The Pinefield Garden Club of Framingham, Massachusetts was founded by a group of women who were interested in horticulture and gardening and wanted to share their interest with other women. Once a month, except July and August, women met to learn and share. Meetings would begin with a period of socialization over refreshments, followed by information on upcoming club activities and horticultural events around Massachusetts, a brief lesson by a member on a horticultural topic of interest to the group and finally a lecture by an invited guest on a topic selected by the Committee.
The Committee, made up of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and sub-committee chairs meets every two months to conduct club business. The Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Executive Officer positions are filled. Every effort is made to ensure that all Committee leadership positions are rotated.
Very important to the Club is that Club members get to know each other. Members come from Framingham and the surrounding towns in the Metrowest area. In September a potluck dinner is held at the home of one of the members. All members are encouraged to attend. This is a social event, followed by a business meeting. At the end of the year, in June, the Annual Dinner is held. At this time, the new Executive Committee is installed and the Historian presents her Annual Report on the Club's activities during the year. At this time, the new Executive Officers are installed.
The Club's only fundraising activity is the Annual Plant Sale, which is held on the Framingham Common in May. Members dig up plants from their gardens, pot them, add labels with the names of the plants and information about growing conditions. The Plant Sale is a great opportunity for the public to purchase plants well suited to the area at a very low cost.
The Grapevine is the Club's newsletter. The Grapevine provides a forum for members to share their gardening tips, recipes, personal announcements, etc. and for Committee members to spread their information.
Our annual activities include visits to a local nursing home to entertain the residents. Residents are invited to participate in a craft activity followed by refreshments.
Decorating the Wayside Inn is an annual event to prepare the historic Wayside Inn for Christmas. Local garden clubs are allocated a room to decorate in a theme provided by the Inn.
Members are encouraged to share information and to attend the workshops, field trips and other social activities which are held throughout the year.