Programs and Activities


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Preserving and Creating Habitat from Roadside Restoration to Small Urban Planning.

Presenter:  Tara Mitchell,

Landscape Architect for Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

As you drive along the Mass Pike have you ever wondered who, if anyone, plans

and manages the vegetation alongside the highway?  The answer is Yes… Tara Mitchell, landscape architect for Massachusetts Department of Transportation. 

Tara will talk about planting changes and project successes focusing mainly on 3 strategies: limited mowing (vegetation management), native seeding and small-scale urban planting. Her talk will also include examples of planting projects that will be relevant to gardeners or those involved in municipal projects and her design strategy, ecologically based and low maintenance, will provide helpful tips for designing your garden. For more information contact

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Iris Growing in Massachusetts

Presenters:  Jan Sacks and Marty Schafer

Members of the American Iris Society.

Owners of Joe Pye Weed's Garden, Carlisle, MA

Jan Sacks will take us on a photo tour through the iris season including the many sizes and types of irises and will include advice on culture and propagation.

Jan Sacks and Marty Schafer have won numerous top awards for their introduction of many colors, variations of shape, depth of color, vigor and branching from the American Iris Society.  Since the mid 1980's, they have been breeding irises through the process of hybridizing, evaluating and selecting iris seedlings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6.00 p.m.

Our Annual Potluck. 

Guests and prospective members are welcome. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Plant Identification and Floral Design

Part 1.  Members, led by Judith Artley will attempt to identify plants from the seeds, berries, leaves, etc.

Part 2.  Judy Wester, talented floral designer, will give a demonstration on using seasonal material for floral designs.

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.