Cultivating Community


Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and incorporated in 1931 we are currently celebrating our 86th year!  We presently have 117 members including men and women gardeners of all ages, abilities and interests, from novice to master gardener.


We are members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc ( and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. ( 


Most of our educational programs and meetings are open to the community. Member’s programs include field trips and workshops in floral design and horticulture. Our civic beautification committee maintains a number of public sites in the city of Quincy, and our conservation committee is actively involved in projects preserving 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. 


Joann Vieira presents Native Plants - October 2019

Joann Vieiria joined the Wollaston Garden Club to discuss "Trees and Shrubs."  Joann recently assumed the role Director of Horticulture at The Trustees of Reservations after almost 30 years at Tower Hill in Boylston. She leads the horticultural efforts of the extraordinary properties of The Trustees.   Joanns passion for trees and shrubs was clear during her presentation on native plants and shrubs.  


Thank you to our Head Hostess, Kathy Ryan and her assistants fro a delicious lunch.  Also, thank you to Marilyn O'Maley for the buffet table arrangement and Judy Hurstak for the pumpkin table arrangements.


Helpful Websites:

The Trustees of Reservations

Avant Gardens

Broken Arrow Nursery



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Native Plant List.pdf
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Dorothy Quincy Homestead - September 2019

Wollaston Garden Club member Rebecca Dinsmore worked with Quincy Homestead to complete the garden restoration of the historical home's boxwoods.  The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts helped fund the project with a grant for Historical Preservation. The restoration project was also funded by a grant from the Quincy Preservation Committee.   


For more information on the Quincy Homestead:


September 2019 - Michele Frank Shuckel presents "Yankee Containers/Survival of the Fittest"

Michele Frank Schuckel presented “Yankee Containers/Survival of the Fittest”  Michele is a Certified Master Gardener who has consulted                 for the Esplanade Association for Horticultural Strategy. She has designed for Art in Bloom at the MFA, and is a Certified Home Compost Instructor through the Mass Dept.of Environmental Protection.  Michele focused her talk on developing beautiful containers using plants native to New England.  The indigenous plants were used to specifically to draw pollinating insects and birds, for seasonal weather tolerance, and to promote garden                             longevity.


Thank you to our head hostess, Claire Turck and her assistants for the delicious snacks.  Thank you to Patiie Lauretto for the buffet floral arrangement and to the members who brought in items for the horticulture exhibit.



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Rose Kenedy Greenway Field Trip - September 2019

Wollaston Garden Club members enjoyed a tour of the Rose Kennedy Greenway led by Anthony Ruggiero, Horticulture Foreman for the Greenway Conservancy and Steph Almasi, Horticulturist and Volunteer Program Assistant. The Greenway showcases a variety of trees, shrubs and plants, including native plants and a native meadow. They have started a Bee Colony that is doing well and the landscape maintenance is 100% organic. This urban oasis is a treasure right in the heart of downtown Boston and the harbor.

Quincy Environmental Fair

On Saturday, July 27, Quincy Community Action Network (QCAN) sponsored an Environmental Fair at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library.  The Wollaston Garden Club, as well as 20 other organization participated. President Emily Lebo, Conservation Chair Eric Hall and Civic Beautification Chair Ann Foresman worked hard preparing for the event, which was a good fit for the Garden Club Federation’s theme this year of “Plant Native Shrubs and Trees”, also referred to as the “Native Plant Challenge”.


At our table, we gave out Native Challenge posters and Milkweed Balls suitable for planting.  Milkweed is native to the United States and is one of the few native plants that attract the very endangered Monarch Butterflies.  The Milkweed ball, or bomb is easily planted, and the ball protects the seeds while they germinate.


hank you to all who participated to this sucessful event.

Summer Members Garden Tours - 2019

The last Garden Stroll did not dissappoint.  Wollaston Garden CLub member Kathy Ceurvels garden includes sunny and shady locations with plant sleesctions thoughtfully designed to maintain continuous seasonal interest.  Perennials, shrubs and colorful flowers are supplemented by grasses, container plantings and gorgeous hardscape.


The second Garden Stroll of the summer included two Wollaston Garden Club neighbors, Kay Borek and Jo Costello.  The two ever changing gardens sport lovely, meticulously cared-for pocket gardens of ornamental grass, collectible perennials, hostas, hydrangeas, and more.




The first members garden tour this year featured a members "Hollywood Regency Garden."  All the elegance of the 1930's glitz, luxury and opulence of bygone times.  Recently updated this beautifully designed garden included a marble trimmed pool, terraces, a beautiful pergola and antique wrought iron details.


Newport Flower Show - 2019

Each day of the Newport Flower Show guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden exhibitions, free lectures and demonstrations, children's activities, and wonderful shopping experiences at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners' Marketplace


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Greening the Gateway Cities Program

DCR Urban and Community Forestry Greening the Gateway Cities Program is designed to reduce household heating and cooling energy use by increasing tree canopy cover in urban residential areas

A healthy urban forest ecosystems improves the quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, the stability of our neighborhoods, and our sense of community and individual pride.

The DCR Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forestry Urban and Community Forestry crews, hired within local communities, plant trees in target neighborhoods to increase tree canopy cover for environmental and energy efficiency benefits.  Several neighborhoods in Quincy are included.


Find out if your address is eligible at:

Hingham Garden Club - President's Tea

Wollaston Garden Club members attended the Hingham Garden Club President's Tea.  Sarah Boynton presented at the event and highlighted Botanical Art jewelry 

Mt Auburn Cemetery field trip 

Wollaston Garden Club members enjoyed a tour of the Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. 


Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.

Students Composting

During this school year, students at the Montessori school on Wollaston Hill in Quincy have been learning about composting.  To help the students learn through practical application, longtime Wollaston Garden Club member Kay Borek, an active composter, invited the students to visit her composting bin once a week.  The children save their lunch scraps, fruits, and vegetables, proudly delivering their compostable materials to Kay’s compost bin every Friday at noon. 

It's quite remarkable to see the 3-5 year olds, walking in pairs down the sidewalk, led by their teacher, Oonagh Connolly, delivering their compostable materials. Even more impressive is how much the children have learned and understand the value of composting and how their small contribution helps the environment.

Bravo to Kay and Oonagh for this initiative.

Spring Plant Sale!

One again, 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, succulents, herbs, and vegetables. Thanks to everyone who helped make this years sale a success.

Art In Bloom  - April 2019

Each spring the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates Art in Bloom - a festival of fine art and flowers. Wollaston Garden Club members Ruth Griffin and Jo Costello created an arrangement for the American wing.


We come to the oil painting “Long Branch, New Jersey” by American artist Winslow Homer.  Here, he captures a sunny day along the atlantic sea board, the lights catching the crevasses of the rising sand bluff as proper persons leisurely enjoy the view.  Well dressed men and women gallivant the shore line of this desirable 1860’s resort destination, where as many as seven of our countries presidents vacationed.  Two women in refined attire admire the seascape below, both in billowing petticoats, one shielding herself from the sun with a vanilla parasol and the other peering through her lorgnette.  Her parasol is held, ferrule down, spoke tips open just enough to reveal a bright red lining which complements the red accessory on her hat quite nicely.  


Complementary to the painting itself, is this exquisite floral arrangement by Wollaston Garden Club’s Ruth Griffin and her assistant Jo Costello.  The vessel for the arrangement is a found object, selected for its similarity in shape to the woman’s parasol.  It is shellacked black to mimic the tone of her skirt, offering contrast to an otherwise predominately pale pallet. The rim of the vessel was hand-painted red to draw our eye to the red lining of the parasol.  The bleached Italian Ruscus create the first layer of greenery and protrude just over the rim, reminiscent of a lacy frock often worn by well-to-do women of the 1800’s.  Just above the Ruscus sit red Carnations, suggesting a ruffled texture and pop of color in the same vein as the adornment on the woman's hat and the red lining.  Above the red Carnations, are a grouping of White Freesia and Ranunculus, soliciting both a softness and detailed structure to the piece.  The white flowers bring your attention to the sun soaked parasols and ruffled hems of windswept garments.  Whitewashed beach bungalows and milky sands occupy much of the paintings colors scheme, therefore, gauzy White Baby’s Breath protrude from the top of the encircled flowers.  The Baby’s Breath gives a whimsical interpretation of tiny flecks of white, reflecting on boats in the distance, a bright spot among the clouds, or individuals just barely in view.  The arrangement is finished with tall pieces of Gypsophila and Bear Grass, extending in the center, just behind the Baby’s Breath mimicking the actual beachgrass atop the dunes.  The grass extends upwards but also bends to reflect the feeling of the soft and salty sea breeze we experience when you take a moment to escape into Homer’s depiction of “Long Branch, New Jersey”.



Wollaston Garden Club member Cynthia Lewis and her niece created an arrangement for Houghs Neck Garden Club.

April 2019 - C. L. Fornari "Myths, Lies and all the Latest Dirt"

At this years Tri-Club Meeting C. L. Fornari presented "Myths, Lies and all the Latest Dirt. C. L., aka The Garden Lady is an author, speaker, and radio host. She's also a co-host of Plantrama, a podcast about plants, and a plant geek at Hyannis Country Garden on Cape Cod.


C. L.'s lively and informative preserntation showed that sometimes information that is passed from gardener to gardener is rock solid wisdom but occasionally some sommonly held beliefs about plants and gardens are misleading or out and out false or new research contraticts traditional gardening practices.


Thank you to our head hostess, Virginia Duffy and her many assistants for the delicious appetizers, dinner and desserts, and to Marylynn Sullivan, Ruth Griffin and Marie Ricci for all the floral arrangements.  Thank you to Anita Fasano for her contributions to the Opportunity Drawing and Diane Hill for the beautiful bookmarks for all the attendees.  And a big thank you to our Special Events Chairs, Susan Lynch and Janet Lynch for a great evening.


Thank you to all members of Houghs Neck and Squantum Garden Clubs who attended.



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Spring Cleaning Has Started!


Cleaner Greener Quincy

Civic Beautification committee members continue spring clean up in Quincy,  raking, spreading bark mulch and planting flowers.





Members of the Civic Beautification committee working at Stafford Park, April 2, 2019


Our Mission:

  • Promote and encourage the love of gardening, the study of horticulture, and the development of floral and landscape design skills.
  • Aid in the protection and conservation of our environment.
  • Promote, encourage and support civic beautification throughout the City of Quincy.