Springfield Garden Club

Springfield, Massachusetts

"Rooted in the Past and Still Growing"

The Springfield Garden Club was organized in 1917, 

federated in 1928 and celebrated its CENTENNIAL in 2017-2018

This is us....

The Springfield Garden Club strives to:

create interest in the art of gardening

stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation

encourage the appreciation of the visual art of designing with plant material

Our Affiliations

We are proud member of:

National Garden Clubs, Inc. www.gardenclub.org

New England Garden Clubs, Inc. https://newenglandgc.org/  

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. www.gcfm.org/districtclub

Tower Hill Botanic Garden  www.towerhillbg.org

Happenings and Highlights 

See our Events Page  for More Happenings and Information

Arbor Day 2024

Tree Dedication in Forest Park

Honoring Patrick Sullivan

On April 26th we celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of a Sourwood tree in Forest Park.  This year's Tree Planting was dedicated to Patrick Sullivan, recently retired Springfield Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreational Management.  Patrick served the city over a 37-year career.  He has been and continues to be an avid supporter of the Springfield Garden Club and was instrumental in the Club's return to Springfield and Forest Park in 2020.  We are immensely grateful and proud to call him a club member and a friend.  

Special thanks to Joe Carvalho for his original musical score and to Bob Pellin for the creation of this photo compilation

April Meeting

Sustainable Raised Bed Gardening

Presented by Gretel Anspach

Lifetime Massachusetts Master Gardener, Gretel shared with us her extensive knowledge and expertise on using raised beds for food production. She has established and maintains a 20,000 square foot raised bed garden that has provided fresh produce for the Marlboro and Maynard Food Banks for the last 10 years. 

Festival of Flowers

April 2024

Springfield Garden Club 

Member Contributions

If you were one of the fifteen club members who generously created an arrangement for this event, we are so very proud of each and every one of you!!

A note from the Springfield Museums:

"Thank you all for another incredible year of flowers! The 11th annual event drew more than 3,000 visitors, and we had our best Festival of Flowers Saturday (Family Day) ever! Your generosity and dedication made this possible."

 More Photos will be available soon.  

March Meeting

Mechanics Toolbox

Presented by Bob Whitney

As entertaining and informative as ever, Bob Whitney joined us in the Monkey House at Forest Park.  Drawing on his extensive design experience, Bob demonstrated the creation of arrangements sprinkling in hints and tips for using multiple techniques and tools like braiding, wiring, taping, gluing, preservatives, paints, and wires.

February Meeting

Interpreting Art in Flowers

Presented by Springfield Garden Club Designers

Have you been inspired by the beautiful designs created for the Festival of Flowers? Would you like to be part of it but wonder how to put it all together? Talented and adventurous club members shared how they moved through viewing and selecting an art piece, envisioning a representation, selecting materials and building a design.  We hope that you all have been inspired and will come to enjoy the spectacle of the Festival of Flowers April 4-7. 

November Meeting

Growing Natives From Seed

Presented by Alexis Doshas

Ever wonder why some seeds are so hard to get started? As the manager of Nasami Farm Nursery, Alexis shared her extensive experience in starting and growing native seeds and why they are so important for us to add to our gardens.

Click Here to Learn More 

Special Zoom Program

October 2023

The Unexpected Houseplant

Presented by Tovah Martin

Tovah joined us via zoom from her beautiful hame in Connecticut.   With her book of the same title as a starting point this horticulturist, photographer, author and lecturer encouraged us to "dust off our houseplants and update their image." She was gracious enough to stay with us after her presentation to answer all of our questions with her warm and witty style.  You can follow her on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin

October Meeting

PROGRAM: Bringing Home the Beauty:  Native Plants in Our Gardens

Director of The Native Plant Trust since March of 2019, Uli Lorimer joined us at Forest Park.  He has advocated tirelessly for the use of native plants in public and private gardens. His staff of 25 and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants and collect and preserve native seeds to ensure plant diversity. With his Northeast Native Plant Primer as a starting point, he will showed us how we can bring the beauty of native plants into our own gardens.

Check out his book here

September Meeting

PROGRAM: Rain Gardens, Why They Are Important and How To Make One That Works.

Rachel Lindsay explained why rain gardens are an effective, nature-based “Green Infrastructure” solution to prevent larger environmental problems caused by run off from our streets, roofs, driveways, and patios. Rachel is Head of Landscape Design at the Regenerative Design Group.  If you'd like to learn more, please visit their website

 This GCFM award-winning video of member photos of  beloved trees was created in celebration of the

150th anniversary of Arbor Day

Created by  Bob Pellin, 

member Springfield Garden Club

Scholar's Art Project

2021 Scholarship recipient Aaron Richmond-Crosset shares with us his creative art project and what it may represent.  

See more photos and Aaron's detailed description on our Scholarship page  (click here) 

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