The Groton Garden Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization. The Club was founded in 1923 and currently has over 75 members. We hold monthly meetings from October through June and include a presentation on gardening or horticulture topics.

We also participate in the following activities:

  • We organize an annual Plant Sale held in May. This event raises funds to maintain the various gardens around town and continue our community service work.
  • Sponsor an annual lecture for the community in February.
  • Hold garden-related workshops for members and their guests.
  • Our varied committees offer members a chance to work outside directly in gardens or with other communications functions such as our website, yearbook, or club publicity.
  • Participate in Grotonfest and promote the club’s mission to the community.
  • Boxwood tree workshop is where members create over 25 holiday boxwood trees for donation to Meals on Wheels and various Groton government offices.
  • Toured local farms to increase awareness of Farming in Groton
  • Creating and installing a new Native Plant and Pollinator Garden at the Groton Town Hall. The purpose is to educate the public on how they can increase native plants in their own yards.
  • Co-sponsor the Groton Arbor Day Celebration
  • Continue to educate our members through programs, workshops, and field trips.

Municipal Gardens

Currently, our members maintain or share responsibility for the following gardens and planters within Groton: 

  • The Blue Star Memorial on Sawyer Common
  • Carol Wheeler Memorial Park in West Groton
  • Center Fire Station gardens and planters
  • Firemen’s Common
  • Four Corners Traffic Island on Boston Road
  • Groton Police Station gardens and planters
  • Hanson Family Memorials on Playground Road
  • Hollis Street Triangle
  • Native Plant Test Garden at the Town Hall
  • Prescott Common
  • Watering Troughs in West Groton and Groton Center
  • Maintenance and decorating at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA

Our Gardens

Our Awards

All Awards received from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) unless otherwise noted.

  • 1967 Civic Beautification – The island area in front of Lavender and Dunkin Donuts (no longer maintained by us), $200 from Sears Roebuck
  • 1970 Citation – Beautification $15.00 from Sears Roebuck
  • 1974 Citation – Garden Therapy
  • 1978 Award of Appreciation – Garden Therapy
  • 1980 National and State Awards – Flower Show, Silver Bowl and Certificate of Achievement
  • 1990 Bay State Award – Flower Show
  • 1991 State Award and President’s Bowl “Overall Excellence in Civic Development Projects“
  • 1992 Club of Distinction Award
  • 1994 Club of Distinction Award
  • 1995 Club of Distinction Award
  • 2015 National and State Awards – Civic Beautification, Boutwell House Gardens, certificate and silver plate
  • 2016 Barbara May Website Award for a medium-sized club. Our website also received a first-place award from the National Club.
  • 2018 Civic Development Award for Landscaping a Public Building
  • 2018 Certificate of Merit for planting Arbor Day trees, and the design and installation of new landscape at the Groton Fire Station
  • 2022 The following awards were received for the 2021 Annual Public Lecture: Natural Control of Pesky Invasive Plants 
    • Patricia Dennett Grant Award – for a community outreach program in ecology, conservation, or horticulture education. This includes a grant of $500.
    • The Public Relations award for publicity and reaching a large segment of the community.
  • 2022 Barbara May Website Award for the Groton Garden Club Website
  • 2022 Yearbook Award