We have 42 members, with 12 new members joining this year. --Welcome!!!
PROGRAMS Despite the pandemic, we were able to have a very successful year with exciting programs. We visited gardens from around the world with Lis Murphy, learned about lighting options for starting seeds/plants inside with Steve Parr and how to make a Succulent Kissing Ball with Cactus Cliff. Our speaker on designing a garden with Native Plants was Cheryl Salatino, owner of Dancing Shadows Garden Design , was very informative and entertaining... GRANT The Garden Club with the Thomas Prince School received a grant from the Mass Cultural Council on Identifying and Understanding the Impact of Invasive Plants. It included Learning about Native Plants with Kindergartners, their Teachers and Families, contributing to the development of the science curriculum and hands-on class activities. Resources on Native and Invasive Plants were obtained, developed, or purchased for TPS. HIKES/GARDEN VISIT We had 2 hikes--one with the Cindy Dunn in the spring learning about nature at Wachusett Meadows and the other at Thomas Prince School on Identifying and Reporting Invasive Plants with Jen Forman-Orth from MDAR. We also visited a beautiful private garden, Joyce's Garden, with welcoming hosts Joyce and Charlie Hannaford, in Natick, MA. It was spectacular! OUR ANNUAL PLANT SALE/FUNDRAISER We earned more than we had ever before -more than$ 2700 and held our first garden club raffle as a fundraiser offering a number of baskets with garden items , gift certificates, plants, or garden materials. Everyone worked hard and was very happy with the results. VETERAN'S MEMORIAL GARDEN at PRINCETON COMMON We had a lot of community involvement in redesigning the Veteran's Memorial Garden in time for Veteran's Day- to honor and give thanks to all of our men and women who served or are serving in the armed services. We planted over 130 perennials and replaced the lilacs. We are looking forward to spring and the beauty of a new garden which will continue to grow over the years. We express our thanks and appreciation to our select board, historical commission , Karl Smith, certified arborist, who removed the old lilacs, The Andersons (Doug and Joyce) who purchased the new Lilacs, Richard Caron, a Veteran, from Busy Bee, 2 Residents--JoEllen Quigley and Tom Hulzman, and our garden club members: Lis Murphy, Steve Parr, Shelly York, Carol Schrader, Erik Garcia, Michelle Kennedy, Claire Golding, Marsha Paine,Fred Paine, Dave Metivier, Beth Hunter, Gina Constantino and Dot Odgren.
OTHER ACTIVITIES WEDDINGWe designed and made 16 hydrangea centerpieces for a wedding in September. The mother of the bride, bride and family were very pleased. Thank you Roz for your recommendation.
Princeton Art Society Annual Art Show WGC members made flower arrangements to complement the artwork of their show in June (see photos on the Events tab).
CLASSES Making a FAIRY TERRARIUM with the Council on Aging. Making a BIRD FEEDER WREATH with the Princeton Library. INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT OF STRUCTURE OF THE CLUB
We developed our WGC BROCHURE, MEMBERSHIP FORM, with MEMBER INTEREST SURVEY, MEMBERSHIP BOOK with names and contact info. We also added GARDEN PLANT SOURCES, Places where members of the WGC, buy their plants, (under RESOURCES TAB of the website)., a list to be continuously updated.
We REVISED our BYLAWS. We Continue to improve our WEBSITE to make it user-friendly and informative: including our annual calendar, programs with photos, information about joining the club, Community and Gardening Resources on a Variety of Topics. We have a WGC site on Nextdoor Princeton with conversations on gardening, and started to look into and set up social media. WE WISH EVERYONE a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2022!! TO PLANT A GARDEN IS To BELIEVE IN TOMORROW (Audrey Hepburn)