COMMUNITY PROJECTS 2021-2022
Invasive Species Control - This project remains important for our community and the WGC is taking action. Two particular invasive plants, Garlic Mustard and Black Swallow Wort are currently uncontrollable in our area. When plant growth timing can be determined, "Garlic Mustard Pulls" and (Black Swallow Wort) "Pod Patrols" are scheduled with the assistance of the Civic Beautification Co-Chairs. To date, volunteers have worked to help eradicate these dreadful plants in specific areas in the city, but because much more work needs to be done this project is ongoing.
Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Due to MFA’s decision to limit 2021 Art in Bloom entries, the WGC did not take part. We plan to apply in 2022.
Children’s Peace Garden and Atrium Garden at the Thomas Crane Public Library Main Branch, Quincy - Design, plant and maintain gardens. The gardens at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library have an abundance of fragrant lavender that is in full bloom mid-July. Civic Beautification members assisted with harvesting the beautiful lavender which is dried and put into homemade sachets. These are available for purchase at the December Greens Sale. There is also a short instructional video on our website that demonstrates how to harvest lavender.
This year Claire Fitzmaurice, Mimi Balsamo, Ruth Griffin and Anita Fasano hosted a Lavender Wand Making workshop. Using grosgrain ribbon, Claire demonstrated how to shape and weave lovely patterns through the fresh lavender.
Most members who were in attendance were not familiar with lavender wands but were quickly and competently working away. They were joined by several members of the public, all of whom were invited to make their own wands. The workshop was a big hit as everyone who participated took home their own beautifully made wand.
Corner of Beale/Newport and Hillside on Grandview - As we have for many years, members of our Civic Beautification Committee have continued the maintenance and planting of new rock garden plants at these sites, adding new plants at the oldest site currently being maintained by our club. At the Corner, a large amount of Russian Sage, along with the very invasive Black Swallow-wort and Japanese Knotweed were removed and gave the Corner some room to breathe.
Garden Therapy - This past year the Garden Therapy committee worked with a memory-care facility to create collages entitled “The Language of Flowers.” Senior residents enjoyed using photos of club members' gardens and individual plants as they reminisced about their own former gardens and what flowers mean to them. Committee members also helped residents plant a vegetable/herb garden which they have cared for this summer. The residents enjoyed the visits and committee members look forward to organizing similar activities for the coming WGC year.
Quincy Public Schools Composting Project – In partnership with the Quincy Public Schools, Conservation Committee members have committed to a composting pilot program at one of the city's elementary schools. We will provide a home composter for educational purposes. Club members will support the program as it works with a commercial composting company for the bulk of their food waste.
Safford Park - Planting at Safford Park continued in the spring of 2021 with the addition of portulaca to augment the perennials, knockout roses, ornamental grasses, spring bulbs and summer annuals.
Wollaston Garden Club Scholarships - For the past four years, the club was able to give $500 scholarships to students from Quincy and North Quincy High Schools, and in 2021, we were able to repeat this. Our 2021 winners were chosen by the Guidance Departments at each school, and this year, one winner will attend UMass Boston for Environmental Studies and one will attend UMass Amherst for Environmental Science.