Members Tour Private Garden

Framingham Garden Club members spent a delightful morning touring a private garden in Paxton last week.

Our genial host took us around his grass tennis court, gardens, extensive fruit trees, and his Koi ponds. (FGC member Margery fed the fish and almost fell in with all of the food!)

Andrea Shagory prepared a wonderful picnic lunch for us. Members commented that it was both educational and relaxing. Pam told our host that he inspired her to try wintering over the tropical water lilies in her Koi pond.

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Framingham Garden Club Scholarship Winners 2017

Susan Whittaker presented the award of a $1,000 scholarship to three diligent local students who plan to attain a degree in some area of Science. Winners were Emily Karger, Marissa Book and Matthew Hakar.

Congratulations to all!

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Ruth Evans Receives National Achievement Award

At the Annual Meeting of the Federation of Massachusetts, “The Wonders of New England”, the Central South District’s Standard Flower Show held at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, received A National Garden Club Achievement Award # 57 for the best Standard Flower Show Staged in A Public Building.

This national award was presented to Ruth Evans, flower show chairman by the President of the National Garden Club, Inc., Nancy Hargroves at a ceremony at the Westford Regency Hotel on June 7th.

Ruth Evans also received the Violet F. MacLaren Show Schedule Award, from Betty Sanders president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

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Some Summer Blooms From Framingham

Here are some beautiful scenes from the garden of Ruth Evans, one of Framingham Garden Club’s most prolific green thumbs.

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Our Secret Garden Success!

Our Spring Sale was a massive success and particular thanks is due to Framingham Garden Club members Pat Towle and Meg Kelley, whose fantastic brainchild “The Secret Garden” – a selection of lovingly handmade gifts, featuring a mix of hearty succulents and delicate flower groupings – was simply breathtaking.

These were just a few images of the beautiful keepsakes we happily shared this year. Bravo to Phyllis Olsen Mary Haden for managing the entire plant sale.

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Garden Club Goes Back In Time

A large group of Framingham Garden Club members attended a special tour at the Framingham Historical Center entitled “Stitches in History,” presented by the History Center’s Curator, Stacen Goldman.

On February 2, 2017, FGC members were treated to a display of clothing that spanned the years 1772-1927. All of the clothing was actually worn by Framingham women. The exhibit consisted of a selection of 13 dresses from the FHC’s massive collection of over 300 items.

We would like to thank Meg Kelley from the Garden Club for arranging this special tour, and especially Stacen Goldman and the History Center for keeping Framingham’s past alive so vibrantly.

Photos by Pat Towle

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FGC Master Arranger Shines in Boston Flower Show

Minal Akkad and her art

The Boston Flower & Garden Show transformed the Seaport World Trade Center into New England’s largest greenhouse from March 22-26, 2017. One of the highlights of the flower show is always the exciting competitions between New England’s top floral designers competing for prestigious honors awarded by credentialed judges.

This year, Framingham Garden Club was thrilled to support one of our own members, Minal Akkad, a world-class Master Arranger who also serves as President of the Boston Chapter of Ikebana International Club.

Congratulations to Minal for being selected to display her touching, artful work at such a prestigious invitational flower show. FGC could not be more proud to count Minal as a member of our club and as a friend.

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Framingham Garden Club Gives Back

The Framingham Garden Club is honored to participate in a meaningful and also practical conservation project that’s as simple as collecting pennies.

At every FGC meeting or event, we gather up whatever spare pennies we have on us. The collection grows surprisingly fast, and every time the total reaches $68.00 the bank is gladly donated to the wonderful Penny Pine program.

The Penny Pine program is a conservation program of the National Garden Club and is administered locally by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Money collected from donors, such as FGC, goes toward the costs of replanting trees indigenous to an area damaged by fire or by other natural catastrophe.

Every $68.00 contribution to the Penny Pines program is granted in loving memory of a special someone who has made a difference in the world.

Meg amongst friends.

Our donation on January 17, 2017 was given in loving memory of Margaret Humphries a beloved member of FGC for 22 years. Meg was active on the finance committee and she was active along the garden patios of Framingham’s best kept plots.

In addition to the Framingham Garden Club, Meg was a member of the Natick Lions Club, her British Group, and two golf leagues. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.


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A Secret Garden Full of Spring Gifts

In a few short weeks, The Spring Plant Sale will add a rush of color and life to Framingham. Saturday May 13th, from 9am to 12:00 – accessible from the Winter Street entrance near Keefe Tech [map].

This year, in addition to our ready-to-transplant potted items for the vegetable and flower garden, The Framingham Garden Club is excited to also offer an array of beautiful, hand-made arrangements that are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts and other special spring occasions such as graduations, first communions, and more.

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These precious keepsakes are perfect to brighten any room just in time for Spring. Many of the displays cleverly come in tiny, antique teacups, classic silver cups, and other small bowls, all donated by members of the FGC.

The lovingly arranged gifts feature a mix of hearty succulents and delicate flower grouping that were handmade by FGC members Pat Towle and Meg Kelley.

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Framingham Garden Club Provides Resource to Elementary Schools

The Framingham Garden Club proudly donated an early reader book to each Framingham elementary school. This month, each school will add The Frightened Frog: An Environmental Tale to their school library. Written and produced by National Garden Clubs, Inc., The Frightened Frog is a resource designed to inform elementary-aged children about amphibians and the environmental issues that they face. The book includes interesting facts about frogs and the ways in which children can “Leap into Action” to help protect and preserve local amphibian habitats.

FGC members at FPS

Framingham Garden Club members (L to R) Nancy Martin, Natalie Mullen, and Estelle Gooltz share “The Frightened Frog” with Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Frank Tiano.

In addition to this generous donation, The Framingham Garden Club continues to support Framingham Public Schools in the form of student scholarships, teacher grants, and funding for the Patterns in Nature, Art, and History program for third graders. 

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