Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and incorporated in 1931, The Wollaston Garden Club is currently celebrating its 87th year. We presently have 111 members including men and women gardeners of all ages, abilities and interests, from novice to master gardener.
Most of our educational programs and meetings are open to the community. Members' programs include garden strolls, field trips, lectures and workshops in floral design and horticulture. Our Civic Beautification committee maintains a number of public sites in the City of Quincy, our Garden Therapy committee visits senior living communities to provide floral workshop and gardening opportunities, and our Conservation Committee is actively involved in projects preserving and protecting the environment in our city.
We encourage local gardeners interested in joining our club to attend a meeting or two, and read the club by-laws, membership responsibilities and other pertinent information located in the Members section of this site.
December 2021 - Holiday Greens Sale
This year's greens sale was the most succesful we've ever had. We are so grateful to our volunteers who worked countless hours harvesting, organizing and then making these amazing creations. Many people were eagerly waiting at the door to get in fast and secure the perfect one. The first hour was something akin to the "Running of The Brides" but with the holiday spirit.
Tree Planting Ceremony in honor of Harry A. Johnson
On Sunday, November 7, 2021, members of the Wollaston Garden Club were invited to join Anneli Johnson, widow of Harry A. Johnson, at a Tree Planting ceremony at the Faith Lutheran Church. The club has a long history with the church and its beautiful garden, another of Quincy's hidden gems. The club meant a lot to Harry and we were happy to contribute to the purchase of a Japanese cut leaf dwarf red maple in his memory.
Photos of club members attending and a short video appear below.
October 2021 - Wrapping Up Your Garden
Betty Sanders, the first in person speaker in a year and a half, got us off to a good start with her Do's and Don'ts for "Wrapping Up Your Garden". About 38 members were in attendance, all masked except when eating or speaking to the group. The business meeting was conducted by co-presidents Kathy Ceurvels and Ann Foresman, who updated the club on GCFM programs available via Zoom, the Gardening Angels program, and what we could do to get an early start on preparing plants for the spring sale.
A beautiful buffet floral arrangement was done by Susan Lynch, with colorful and creative table arrangements by Mary Cassidy, all of which were part of the opportunity drawing. Refreshments were individually wrapped (and delicious) desserts provided by hostess Kathy Ryan and her committee. The mild weather recently has caused the fall blooming plants to flourish, as evidenced by the wonderful array of horticulture exhibits brought by our members.
See the following photos for more about the meeting, and to see a copy of Betty Sanders' useful handout.
Do's and Don'ts for "Wrapping Up Your Garden"
Betty Sanders Handout.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [236.6 KB]
May 2021 - Virtual Meeting
Michele Frank Schuckel presented "Name that Weed" Michele virtually returns to Wollaston Garden Club to help members determine pesky plants and how to deal with them. Michele is a Certified Master Gardener who has consulted for Boston's Esplanade Association, has designed for Art in Bloom at the MFA and is a certified Home Compost instructor for Mass. Department of Environmental Protection.
May 2021 - Plant Sale
Back again and in person, Wollaston Garden Club came together as a team for this years Spring Plant Sale. Members of the community were lined up early to buy the hundreds of plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Lots of native plants were on offer too.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this years sale a success.
The plant sale this year offered many native plants for sale.
Virtual Interview - QATV
Ann Foresman and Kathy Ceurvels interviewed by Joe Catalano at QATV about the Wollaston Garden Plant Sale May 15th 2021.
April 2021 - Virtual Meeting
Wollaston Garden Club Master Gardener Carol Fischer presented "Perennials - A New Look." Carol offered her expertise in getting your garden ready for spring. Carol shared the Perennials of the Year based on a list selected by the Perennial Plant Association.
The Perennial Plant of the Year program began in 1990 to showcase a perennial that is a standout among its competitors. Perennials chosen are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest and are relatively pest/disease free.
The scientific new look at perennials gives the best success rate categorized by shade/part shade and sun.
Perennial Plant Association https://perennialplant.org/
March 2021 - Virtual Meeting
Julie Sullivan of Quincy Parks Department of Natural Resources gave an update on various natural resource initiatives in the city. The Commonwealth's mission to protect the city's wetland resources, our waterways and how the community can support their health was presented. The Montclair/Wollaston Bog, Black's Creek, Town Brook and 209 acres of salt marshed were highlighted as well as the MA Department of Conservation and Recreations work to plant trees to clean the air, retain water during storms, and protect from wind and sun.
One of Julie's recent project was documenting the City's trails. To learn more https://city-of-quincy-trails-quincy.hub.arcgis.com
If you have additional questions, please contact Julie at email@example.com or at (617) 376-1287
February 2021 - Virtual Meeting
Thomas Mickey presented "The History of Growing and Selling Dahlias". Thomas is a scholar, author, retired professor and a Master Gardener. He discussed the history of dahlias and how they became such a popular garden flower. Dahlias came into fashioin in the mid 1880's, went out of fashion for a long while and back into fashion a year later. Thomas's research studies at the Smithsonian Istitute formed the foundation of his book "America's Romance with the English Garden".
About Thomas Mickey http://americangardening.net/biography/
January 2021 - Virtual Meeting
Lisa Oberholzer Gee presented A Journey into Floral Art with techniques from Germany and Belgium.
Lisa, who lived in Switzeralnd for 10 years, fell in love with floral boutiques and the surrounding mountains and nature. After returning to the US, Lisa continues to explore floral designs from Germany and Belgium.
Lisa's virtual presentation included new ideas and design techiques learned from years abroad.
WGC Members Holiday Planters 2020
Church of Presidents
December 2020 - Holiday Greens Sale
November 2020 - Virtual Meeting
Floral designer, Mary Beth Hayes, began studying floral design so she could bring the beauty of the garden into her home. She uses the freshest seasonal flowers and foliage in her designs which are imbued with lots of textural elements, garden spirit and energy.
Mary Beth has studied with notable floral designers Holly Heider Chapple, Francoise Weeks and Hitomi Gilliam and has also exhibited at the Boston Flower Show, Tower Hill's ‘Winter in Bloom’ and Worcester Art Museum's ‘Flora in Winter.’
For this month's opportunity drawing, she created three beautiful, holiday-themed arrangements - a fall centerpiece, a winter porch pot, and a Christmas garland.
Mary Beth's website: https://www.sempervirensflowers.com
October 2020 - Virtual Meeting
For the second virtual meeting this year Chuck Doughty from Cochato Nursery presented "Designing a Shade Garden". Chuck an avid, enthusiastic gardener shared his beautiful photographs of unique shade plants. He offered lots of helpful tips for designing your own shade garden at home.
Chuck also spoke about his work as Landscaping Director at Northeastern University.
Members watched via zoom while enjoying delicious chocolate chips cookies that were distributed before the virtual meeting.
September 2020 - Garden Therapy @ Atrium at Faxon Woods
Garden Therapy co-chairs, Jackie Ryan and Clare LaMorte gowned and masked in protective gear, assisted residents in creating fall crafts at the Atrium at Faxon Woods an assisted living and senior care center. The residents made their own posters with photographs of beautiful flowers from members of the WGC. The topic: ”The Language of Flowers “. They also decorated little pumpkins.
The residents seemed to enjoy the activities and reminiscing about their own gardens and the joy of flowers.
Due to patient privacy issues we have cropped the faces of the participants from the photos.
September 2020 - Virtual Meeting
Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker presented “The Garden Tourist”
Joan and Jana filled us in on some of the best public gardens and nurseries in the Northeast. We learned about the ideal time of year to visit and each garden’s highlights. Joan and Jana are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers.
Kincaide Park Virtual Tour
Walking Tour of Kincaide Park
Welcome to the newly renovated Kincaide Park.
This tour begins at the Water Street entrance to the park, as very convenient parking is located across the street at the Lincoln-Hancock School.
The land where Kincaide Park sits is of historical significance to Quincy, as it was the site of the Quincy Column Turning Company, part of the granite industry for which Quincy is world renowned. Remnants of this rich history still remain and have been incorporated in the design. The work was done by Scott Bishop Land Design of Quincy as part of Mayor Thomas Koch’s rollout plan for the redevelopment of the city’s parks. Funding for improvements came partially from the city, as well as state and federal grant money.
The land is part of Quincy's floodplain. The renovation project began by removing 3,000 cubic yards of debris that was cleaned, retooled, sand-added, amended and returned. Land manipulation occurred in order to redirect a brook and create soil storage mounds that remain above floodplain elevation which provide viewing areas for the recreational spaces.
As you enter through the Water Street Gate, notice the walking paths that wind through diverse, native planting beds that co-exist with well-organized outdoor exercise stations.
Look to the left and you will see the granite ledge that remains from the Turning Company. Please note the painted lock and rebar hook in the ledge. At its base you will see native bearberry, purple lovegrass and low bush blueberries.
As you continue down the walking path, note the large infiltration basins. These, and the plants selected for them, have been carefully designed to filter and clean groundwater. The field (originally designed to be grass not turf, but changed due to extreme usage needs) is built over an additional mineral water filtration sub-base. Look for American hornbean, haliopsis, false sunflower, cardinal flower, dwarf joe pyeweed, and hopthorn bean in the basin near the field.
Turning around again, note the scarlet oak trees and mountain laurel. Sadly, the sugar maple trees planted by Mayor Koch, when he served with the Quincy Park Department, are likely to climate out and not last much longer.
Moving down the path, note the blue lobelia and switch grass.
At the far end near the field, look for royal fern, iris versicolor, button bush, bog bean and an American white cedar, a rare tree that supports endangered species.
Lining the Gilbert Street entrance to the park are beech trees and ferns.
Turning back to the park are tamarack trees, wild geranium, swamp milkweed, wood oak and wild ginger.
Behind the splash pad is a large bioswale filled with pollinators - coneflowers, Carl Forster grasses and catmint. A primordial berm hosts meta-sequoia (a species of tree that began 40 million years ago, starting at the Jurassic Period), great blue lobelia, and turtleheads.
Continuing onto the hibiscus basin, you will notice marsh ferns and rose mallow.
Lining the Roberts Street entrance path are white oaks.
Turn back to the park and to the left lining the basketball court are 7 sequoia gigantium, another ancient variety of tree native to this land since the Jurassic Period.
Along the sprint track fence trumpet vine has been planted.
Turning to the field, the mound regime that you see includes tulip trees and purple lovegrass. The bases of the mounds are supported with pieces of Quincy granite found on the site. Grassy areas have been planted within a grid substructure that allows for the grass to grow much firmer, meeting ADA accessibility requirements. The wheelchair ramp starts at the base of the mound nearest the Gilbert Street entrance. Wood used to complement the seating is thermally modified to be durable for 40 years.
As you return to the Water Street Entrance, note the red swamp maple trees, celix grasses and pepperbush followed by false cypress, wild geranium, marsh fern and goat’s beard.
We hope you have enjoyed your self-guided tour and come back often.
Thomas Crane Library Tour & Lavender Harvest - July 2020
Each year the gardens of the Thomas Crane Library get more spectacular. If you visited recently you saw the gorgeous lavender in bloom by the front entrance.
Recently, the lavender was harvested (much to the dismay of the pollinating bumblebees) to be dried, turned into frangrant sachets and sold at the annual Greens Sale.
Please enjoy the video tour before the lavender harvest and Wollaston Garden Club member Claire teach us how to harvest lavender.
Garden Tour Video
Lavender Harvest Videos
Caring for Roses
Many of our club members are interested in the topic of caring for rose bushes. Last week, some of our Civic Beautifications Committee members tackled this project at Safford Park.
The roses are planted quite close together. So, after the stunning blooms died it was time to dead head and check for growth. We found signs of disease and unchecked growth.
Below there are three videos by WGC members Jo Costello and Mimi Balsamo on caring for rose bushes.
In the first video Jo shows how to prune a rose bush to create more blooms.
In the second video Jo shows how to check for disease and new growth.
In the third video Mimi talks about neem oil to treat roses from various diseases.
Make your own Neem Oil mix:
2 Tbl. Neem Oil concentrate
2 tsp. liquid dish soap
1 gal. water
Combine all in a pump sprayer, use on veggies, roses, non toxic, can be used right up to harvest.
This spray is useful for aphids, whiteflies and many other garden pests.
Safford Park rose bushes