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.
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.
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
July 2020 - Virtual Garden Tour
For garden club members unable to tour Molly's garden please enjoy this virtual garden tour.
Molly chose a variety of plants for her garden to meet the needs of the many pollinators. Perennials, shrubs, flowers, containers and garden art make the garden a perfect escape from the busy city center just one block away.
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
June 2020 - Virtual Garden Tour
In Dan and Marnie's country garden sits a magnificent ancient oak, a dappled shade garden, bountiful bee and butterfly garden, expansive perennial beds, a raised bed vegetable plot, bird sanctuary, flowers, berries, swaying grasses, bark, a Jackmanii Clematis draped trellis and more.
Enoy the virtual walk through.
CIvic Beautification - May 2020
Wollaston Garden Club members hard at work in the community this spring.
Spring at Safford Park
Wollaston Garden Club members continue their Civic Beautification work at Safford Park.
Paul Split presents "Designing Gardens for the Future" February 2020
Paul Split has been part of the Green Industry since 1971 as a nationally recognized desinger and presenter of green workshops and lecutres for garden clubs and other organizations. He has served as a judge at the Boston, Philadelphia and New York Flower Shows.
Paul presented ideas on how to plan your garden in an organic, low maintenance and afforadable way. Paul gave lots of tips on planting seeds, fertilizing, watering and companion gardening. A lot of lleaarning, laughs and fun was had by all.
Thank you to our head hostess, Jackie Ryan and her assistants for delicious snacks. Also thanks to Barbara Breslin for the buffet table floral arrangement.
To learn more about Paul:
Web site www.paulsplit.com
Joanne Chong presents "The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging" - January 2020
Joanne Chong, a lawyer, prefers flowers over law. Together with her trusty assistant, her husband, Joanne shared her love of Ikebana with several arrangements. She demonstrated different styles of Ikebana including Sogetsu School, Moribana and Nagiere.
WIth over 20 years in Japanese flower arranging, Joanne's work can be seen at the New England/Boston Flower Show and the Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom.
Thank you to our head hostess, Mary Ryan, and her many assisants for a delicious lunch. Also thank you to Marie Holster for the buffet table arrangement and to Lisa Tavakoli for her edible table arrangements in tea cups.
Holiday Plant Swap - 2019
Wollaston Garden Club members closed out the year with their annual Holiday Luncheon and Plant Swap. Thanks to Carol Fischer for hosting the event and her incredible plant knowledge. A fun, cheerful time was had by all.
Garden Therapy at Atria Marina Place - December 2019
Holiday Greens Sale 2019
The 2019 Holiday Greens Sale opened Saturday morning to a line around the building. Linda Monaco and her event commitee worked hard planning the event ensuring the sale was a success.
Thank you to all members who created beautiful wreaths, planters and other holiday crafts, and to the members who cut geens in with cold, wind and snow to make the Greens Sale a great community event.
Lisa Ahern presents Holiday Inspirations - Novemebr 2019
Lisa Ahern, Milton Cemetary Superintendent returned again this year to demonstrate beautiful holiday decor with a new twist. Lisa used locally sourced plant materital to create holiday wreaths, holiday mantle arrangement and an updated holiday boxwood tree.
Thank you to our head hostess Nancy Kelly and her assistants for a wonderful dessert table. Also, thank you to Marie Ricci for the buffet table arrangement and to the members that contributed to the Horticultural table.
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.
The Trustees of Reservations www.thetrustees.org
Avant Gardens www.avantgardensne.com/
Broken Arrow Nursery www.brokenarrownursery.com/
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.
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.
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