Press Releases

SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB HOSTS LOCAL NATURALIST AND EXPERT FORAGER

September 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield Garden Club will host “Nibbling on Plants in Your Backyard and Beyond” presented by Russ Cohen on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11:30 AM. The event will be in person at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park as well as virtually via Zoom.

Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 60-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

Russ will also include a few details regarding some native edible plants he has grown successfully from seed, and the partnerships he has made with conservation groups and others to add edible native plants to their landscapes.

Last but not least, Russ will bring printed handouts along with samples of foraged goodies for folks to sip and nibble on.


The meeting will be held at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108, and via “Zoom”. Luncheon will be provided, including gluten free options, beginning

at 11:30 am.


Guest fee is $5 and tickets are available on Eventbrite.



SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB TREE PLANTING TO CELEBRATE

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARBOR DAY AND HONOR WWl VETERANS

April 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield Garden Club, in conjunction with the Springfield Parks Department, will hold an Arbor Day Tree Planting on Friday, April 29 at 1PM in the Memorial Grove at Forest Park.

Over one hundred years ago, one pin oak tree was planted in Forest Park for each of the 150 men from

Springfield who gave their lives fighting in World War I, known at the time as The Great War. That the Memorial Grove remains today – providing new generations with shade and beauty-- is a testament to the foresight of those who planted the mighty oaks when they were but seedlings in 1920.

A plaque placed on a boulder in the grove in 1921 by the Springfield Publicity Club commemorates the planting and the soldiers who gave their lives. Over time, some of the trees have died but due to the efforts of Eagle Scout Geoffrey Klafeta of Troop 77, six were planted in 2018 to replenish some of the missing trees. Last year, the Springfield Garden Club added to the replenishment. With the tree to be planted on the 29th the grove will be 150 trees strong again.

The year 2022 also marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Arbor Day in the United States as well as the 50th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation established in 1972, one hundred years after the first Arbor Day in Nebraska. To commemorate these anniversaries and to help re-establish a tree native to Springfield, MA, the Springfield Garden Club will offer 150 red mulberry seedlings to those who attend the ceremony.

The public is encouraged to join the Springfield Garden Club at the ceremony.

For more information on this and other Springfield Garden Club events go to

www.springfieldgardenclubma.org or visit them on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMAGardenClub/


SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB OFFERS $2000 SCHOLARSHIP

March 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield Garden Club is accepting applications for their annual $2000 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior, undergraduate or graduate college student majoring in a full-time plant science or environmental studies program, such as horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, land management or other allied fields.


The candidate must be a resident of Hampden County, demonstrate financial need and have adequate academic standing. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate college students are eligible for consideration.


For additional information and to request a copy of the application contact Elizabeth Tongue at 413-627-5503 or Jane Glushik at SGCscholarship@gmail.com.


Scholarship applications are to be complete and meet the submission deadline of April 15, 2022, to be eligible for consideration.


The SGC has awarded over $80,000 to more than 50 students during the past 30 plus years. Funds for the scholarship are raised at the annual plant sale held each May at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. The Annual Plant Sale this year will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 9AM to noon.


For more information on the Springfield Garden Club events go to www.springfieldgardenclubma.org or visit them on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMAGardenClub/


Click Here for Detailed Scholarship Information and Application

DESIREE NARANGO TO SPEAK ON USE OF NATIVE PLANTS IN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

March 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- The Springfield Garden Club will host “THE BIRDS, THE BEES, THE FLOWERS, AND THE TREES: WHY NATIVE PLANTS MATTER FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, presented by Desiree L. Narango, Ph.D., UMass Amherst Department of Biology.


The presentation is open to the public as well as club members in person and via Zoom. Desiree will examine conservation in urban and suburban gardens and the importance of plants and insects over the annual cycle of birds. Her current studies involve the habitat and diets of migratory birds in urban forests. Desiree’s research emphasizes the need to save pollinators by selecting native plants.


The meeting will be held at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108, in person and via “Zoom”. Guest fee is $5.00 and tickets are available on Eventbrite.


Social hour begins at 11:30, the club business meeting is at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30. Lunch will be served, including gluten free options, beginning at 11:30 am. For more information on this and other Springfield Garden Club events go to www.springfieldgardenclubma.org.


SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS HERBS, HERBALS, AND HERBALISTS

February 2022

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- The Springfield Garden Club will host “Herbs, Herbals and Herbalists” presented by Judith Sumner on Friday, February 18 at 11:30 AM. The event will be in person at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park as well as virtually via Zoom.

Judith Sumner is a botanist who will talk on early herbals and plant life, including the Doctrine of Signatures, an ancient practice of using plants for their beneficial capacities through observation. She will also discuss ancient and modern herb and spice uses as part of herbal history. Discussion will include Judith’s recently published book Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II, which examines victory gardens, timber, fibers, rubber, medicinal plants, herbalism, camouflage, survival practices and botanical gardens in wartime.

Sumner specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history. She has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods. Judith graduated from Vassar College and completed graduate studies in botany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at the British Museum (Natural History) and did extensive field work in the Pacific region on the genus Pittosporum and is widely published.

The meeting will be held at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108. Directions to Carriage house at: www.barneycarriagehouse.com.

The presentation is open to the public as well as club members via Zoom. Social hour begins at 11:30, the club business meeting is at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30. Tickets for guests are $5 and are available at EventBrite.com


SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB RAISES FUNDS FOR GARDENING THE COMMUNITY

January 2022

Pictured above, left to right: Ramon Eliston - Farm Store Manager for the Day, Vana Nespor, President, Springfield Garden Club, Toussaint Paskins, GTC's Assistant Director of Youth Leadership & Agriculture and his son Jaiden Jimenez.

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield Garden Club used the last day of 2021 to support a stronger future and improve food equity in Springfield by contributing $1078 to Gardening the Community.

The donation was presented on New Year's Eve by SGC President Vana Nespor to Ramon Elliston, GTC Farm Store Manager; Toussaint Paskins, GTC's Assistant Director of Youth Leadership & Agriculture; and his son Jaiden Jimenez. "The donation is critical", Toussaint said, "in getting us nearer our goal." While there, Toussaint took Nespor on a tour of the new experimental winter composting unit and showed her the different varieties of kale that were still growing vigorously in the gardens.

GTC operates a training program created for youth from around the Mason Square neighborhood and beyond to grow fruits and vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots. Youth receive a stipend and are taught principles of urban sustainable living and urban agriculture.

The food that is grown is sold at their 200 Walnut Street Community Farm Store, the Mason Square Farmers Market, local restaurants, and bodegas (corner stores). Youth also bring food home to their families. When Nespor visited the Farm Store to present the check, business was brisk with area residents purchasing nutritious food for their New Year’s Eve dinners.

For more information on how you too can support Gardening the Community, visit www.gardeningthecommunity.org