It’s high season for garden clubs, and that means — primarily — ladies in brimmed hats transforming traffic islands, holding plant sales, and doing all manner of interpretive floral arranging.
But garden clubs aren't just for old ladies in white gloves. Clubs in several MetroWest communities are attracting new and younger members with a variety of interesting activities. Next
The Waltham Garden Club, for example, had multiple activities for children at the 26th annual Sheepshearing Festival on April 27.
Pictured above, Cynthia Sin and friend Karen Montesflores volunteered at the "Plant Seeds" booth, where children learned to plant sunflower seeds to take home with them. The Waltham Garden Club had a booth with multiple activities for children. Next
According to the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, based in Wellesley, there are 193 garden clubs in the state with a total of more than 12,200 members.
But membership is down in recent years because older members are “aging out,” according Heidi Kost-Gross, president of the federation. So garden clubs are getting creative with outreach.
Pictured: Ivana, 3, and Luna Nunez, 9, Katie Orellana, 7, and Lela Chiavaras are pictured looking at the variety of free seeds being given away at the festival.
“Don’t Just Stand There . . . PLANT SOMETHING!” is new statewide campaign to promote the benefits of gardening. Go to www.plantsomethingma.org/may15 for events by community.
The Waltham Garden Club drew in local families by offering hands-on activities for youngsters at a Gore Place festival .
Sierra Lemire, 2, fills a wheel barrel with potatoes while Allison Shpritzer (left,) 5, and Lucas Rizzi, 4, dig in mulch for potatoes at the Waltham Garden Club booth at the 26th annual Sheepshearing Festival. Next
The federation is collaborating for the first time with upscale retailer Neiman Marcus to present “Be Jeweled and Blossoms,” a display of floral artists’ interpretations of some of the chain’s fine jewelry.
The event runs May 9 through May 12 at the Natick Mall store, at 1245 Worcester St. Next
According to the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts one of the state’s fastest growing clubs is in Framingham, with 17 members added in the last two years. Now it totals 67 members through a special initiative to make sure new members feel welcome.
Zakkai, 9, and Aitana, 4, Mares-Van Praag color at the Waltham Garden Club booth at Gore Place’s Sheepshearing Festival. Next
The Arlington Garden Club, a 92-member group, has a special focus on beautifying traffic islands, with more than 80 plots that are either maintained by members or farmed out to other groups who can help.
“We’ve just gone crazy with civic plantings,” saidKathryn Leva, club president. “I say we planted the seeds of awareness, and we’ve stimulated knowledge and the love of gardening to everybody we come across.” Next
On May 15, guest lecturer Margaret Roach will be featured at the Garden Club of Concord’s annual open meeting, 7 p.m. at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road.
Roach, an author and blogger, worked at Martha Stewart Living, where she was the magazine’s first garden editor. Back to the beginning
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