Programs and Activities
Place: St Andrews Episcopal Church
Location: 3 Francis Street, Framingham, MA
February 10th, 2024
March 13th, 2024
April 10th, 2024
Speaker: Nancy Brais
Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association (MGA)
May 8th, 2024
Plant Swap. Members only
May, DTB, 2024
Sun, Shade, Flowers, perennial and annual, Shrubs and Trees, Groundcover, Herbs, Native Plants,etc.
September 2023 through May 2024
October 11th, 2023
How homeowners can manage invasive weeds
Speaker: Jennifer Forman-Orth
(Member of Framingham Conservation Commission,
MA Department of Agricultural Resources)
November 8th, 2023
Card making with dried flowers
Flowers collected and dried by members
December 13th, 2023
Starting Seeds in Winter (in Milk Jugs)
Hands on Activity
Visit in December or early January to see the Inn decorated for the holidays by area garden clubs. The committee always does a wonderful job.
Sat. May 8th Plant Sale on the Framingham Commons. This sale funds all of our club’s activities for the year. The perennials come from the gardens of our members. Members pot and labeling perennials in the fall or spring.
Helping Our Community:
Once a year, our club collects and donates boxes of cereal to the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café at Park, a local food pantry. Also, Hoops and Homework receives a yearly donation from our club, in memory of Jean Bartley. A “Memorial Garden” project underway at Simpson Park will honor late member Maggie Kelber with the donations received in her memory. The Park also honors the memories of the members we have lost over the years.
Projects for the year
Work continues at the Village Hall, our civic development project at the Framingham History Center. Constructed in 1834 on the Commons, the Hall has perennials donated by members and planted in the spring of 2011. Our members provide the upkeep and planting of the all-season beds enjoyed by the many visitors to the Hall.
In 2013-2014, we added the maintenance of Simpson Park, off Central, Fenwick and Haynes Streets, a projecbegun by Simpson Park Garden Club in 1969. In 1996, an adjacent area known as the Shortiss Memorial site was added. Seasonal weeding, pruning, mulching, planting and fall bulb planting will be continued by the Civic Development Committee and interested members. Please see a more detailed description of this project in the rear of the yearbook.
Garden of Hope
Through garden founder Betty Jost, we are honored to continue with the fall and spring upkeep and cleaning of The Garden of Hope at the Metrowest (Framingham) Hospital. Betty and her late husband started the perennial and shade garden in 1989, in memory of their son, who died of cancer. The garden is so appreciated and is a beautiful place to enjoy spring ephemerals, hostas, flowering shrubs and perennials throughout the year.