Programs and Activities

Programs  2021-2022

Most of our Programs are held at St Andrews Episcopal Church,

3 Maple Street, Framingham, 

at 7.00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

Please check the Calendar close to the Program date for any changes or email

Wednesday, APRIL 13, 2022 at 6.15 p.m.

The Traveling Cacti and Succelent Show

by Art Scarpa

Learn from the expert.  Art brings cacti and succulent plants from around the world.   Don'An opportunity ro see, and touch succulents pants

Wednesday, MAY 11, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Location:  St Andrews Episcopal Church


This annual favorite is an opportunity to exchange plants with a “secret plant person”.  Members will draw a name, purchase a plant from the secret person plant list ($15 limit), tie a pretty bow on it and bring it to the exchange, along with some horticultural information about the plant. 

Wednesday, June 2022


This event is for members only.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 5.30 p.m.

Location:  CHEZ ROSE


We open the new garden club year with our traditional Pot Luck Supper and social evening.  This is always an enjoyable evening, with sharing of fine foods, renewal of friendships, and an overview of programs and club activities for the year.  Guests and prospective members are welcome to this function. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7.45 p.m.

Location:  St Andrews Episcopal Church


Ellen Sousa, Turkey Hill Brook Farm, Spencer, MA       

With growing community awareness of the importance of interactions between man and nature, the audience will learn about vital connections between pollinators and native plants, and how they benefit our community.  As part of the presentation, the speaker will provide information on native plants suitable for Massachusetts gardeners. The program will be of interest to homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers who are interested in helping to maintain the balance of nature in our community. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 1.00 p.m.

Location:  Friends Meeting House, 831 Edmunds Road, Framingham


PLEASE NOTE:  this is a change in day from Wednesday to Saturday.

We will be meeting on Saturday afternoon at the Framingham Friends Meeting House, 831 Edmunds Road for a hands on meeting/activity.  Details will be forthcoming in October.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Location:  St Andrews Episcopal Church


Betsy Szymczak, Natick, MA 

Far from ordinary, begonias are wonderful houseplants; many make lovely terrarium specimens.  This program will feature how to grow begonias both inside and out.  With the holidays, it’s time for “winter-flowering” and fancy-leaved hybrids to enjoy while waiting for spring.  Our speaker is an avid flower gardener who grows begonias as house plants. Betsy is a Begonia Judge for the American Begonia Society. 

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 9, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Location:  St Andrews Episcopal Church

NATURE TRAVEL:  Chiricahua Mountains, Wildlife Oasis in the Desert

Joy Marzolf, The Joys of Nature, Framingham, MA

Join us as we explore this beautiful area on the Arizona-New Mexico border.  Due to the widely varied habitats, this area is a birding hotspot, as well as home to a variety of butterflies, frogs, wildflowers, and reptiles.  Joy has been a previous speaker to our group, and always presents a lively and interesting program.

Wednesday, MARCH 9, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Location:  St Andrews Episcopal Church


Erin Espinoza, The New Garden Society, Boston, MA

Since 2013, The New Garden Society has facilitated year-round educational opportunities in partnership with The MA Department of Correction.  The Society has trained over 500 incarcerated and detained students in the art and science of plants, working with them in prisons,  prison hospitals and youth facilities.  The students are 13-80 years old.  In prison classrooms, students are taught core horticultural concepts, and these concepts are then applied in prison gardens and greenhouses.  Join us in learning about this worthwhile program.   

Activities of the year


Wayside Inn:

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.


Fund Raising: 

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

Village Hall

 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.


Simpson Park

In 2013-2014, we added the maintenance of Simpson Park, off Central, Fenwick and Haynes Streets, a project begun 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.