COMMUNITY PROJECTS 2020-2021
In partnership with the City of Quincy and dependent on fully reopening 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 and club members will support the program as it works with a commercial composting company for the bulk of their food waste.
The COVID-19 pandemic essentially put a halt to many of our usual summer projects. However, we created several virtual garden tours of members’ gardens. In order for club members and the general public to enjoy the virtual tours, go to our website www.wollastongardenclub.com.
Additional updates to our website include several instructional videos showing how to care for and prune roses and the harvesting of lavender at the Thomas Crane Public Library. Again, these instructional videos are available to club members and the general public.
Garden Therapy - In December, Garden Therapy Committee members provided a holiday wreath-decorating workshop with senior residents at Atria Marina Place.
Wollaston Garden Club Scholarships - For the past three years, the club was able to give $500 scholarships to students from Quincy and North Quincy High Schools, and in 2020, we were able to repeat this. Our 2020 winners were chosen by the Guidance Departments at each school, and this year, one winner will attend Mass Maritime Academy for Environmental Science and one will attend Tufts University for Environmental Studies.
”Art in Bloom” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Once again, two club members were prepared to participate in the museum’s program which showcases talent from local garden clubs. Club designers are paired with an object or picture from the museum’s collection and interpret it into a floral arrangement. Although our design team, who had started the design prototype process, was eager and ready to participate, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to apply again next year.
Children’s Peace Garden and Atrium Garden at the Thomas Crane Public Library Main Branch, Quincy - Design, plant and maintain gardens. 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 a short instructional video on our website that demonstrates how to harvest lavender.
Cleaner, Greener Quincy - Each May WGC members support and participate as individuals and as a club in efforts to help clean up the city. The City of Quincy’s Cleaner, Greener Quincy project was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Planters - At the Wollaston Branch of the Library were refreshed and replanted in the spring of 2020.
Safford Park - Planting at Safford Park continued in the spring of 2020 with the addition of portulaca to augment the perennials, knockout roses, ornamental grasses, and spring bulbs.
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 irises and daylilies this spring 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 Wart and Japanese Knot Weed were removed and gave The Corner some room to breathe.
Grants - Applied and received an Historic Preservation grant in 2019 from Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts for restoration of the boxwood garden at the Quincy Homestead. Also received in 2019 from the Quincy Cultural Council a grant for $500 for the Quincy Homestead boxwood restoration.
Composting Program - In 2018 we began a composting program with young students from the Montessori school at the Wollaston Congregational Church. Each week, Monday through Friday, students saved all their lunch scraps which they carried in a bucket to the close-by home of one of our club members where they would place the scraps into her composting bin. Their teacher would stress the importance of the task so that, even at an early age, it impressed upon them that any seemingly small task can help preserve the environment. We continued doing this throughout 2019 and into 2020 until COVID-19 restrictions caused the school to close, first temporarily and ultimately permanently.