Civic Development Project
Arlington Beautification: Traffic Islands & Planters
Club, with the Town’s support, coordinates the adoption of the public planters and traffic islands by individual gardeners and businesses. By encouraging citizen and local business participation through publicity, and offering assistance on plant selection, over 60 traffic islands and public planters have been adopted.
Project Leader: Marilyn Sullivan
Committee: Jane Foley ,Marie Doughty, Fritzi Galley, Patsy Kraemer, Katherine Krister ,Valerie Maxwell, Joan Robbio, Mary Rogers
In 2016, the Club adopted the planter in front of Prime Butcher on Mass Avenue in the Heights clearing out all the scrub bushes and weeds and doing a redesign. We now maintain the planter for the pleasure of shoppers and passersby.
Project Leader: Nancie Richardson
Committee: Joyce Cuklanz, Karen Doyle, Wally Mabey, Janet O’Riorden, Ellen Porretta
Jason Russell House Kitchen Garden and Plantings
The Club first designed a colonial herb garden at the Jason Russell House for the 1975 Bicentennial Celebration. After extensive research, the Club replanted the garden in 2016 to include plants reflecting household, culinary and medicinal plants that might have been found in a colonial kitchen garden in the mid-1700’s when the Jason Russell House was built. AGC volunteers continue to add to the garden area including two historically accurate apple trees, maintain the Jason Russell house beds, and educate the public about the uses of a colonial kitchen. The Club also creates seasonal holiday wreaths for the house.
Co-Chairs: Juliette Avots, Carol Nahagian
Committee: Lolly Bennett, Carol Davis, Emily Forshay-Crowley, Monique Goldstyn, Cindy Hamel, Patsy Kraemer, Barbara Neenan, Agnes O’Donnell, Jeannie O’Farrell, Gerri Ricci, Jean Rosenberg
Town Hall Gardens Reflecting Pool Area and Whittemore-Robbins House
The Club maintains two areas of the Town Hall Gardens: the Reflecting Pool area and the gardens surrounding the Whittemore-Robbins House. Major CPA funding has brought the Reflecting Pool area back to life and the Club maintains the plantings around it. The Club rescued the overgrown garden at the house a few years ago and refurbished it with native plants and others in keeping with the 19th Century period when the house was built. Appearances are important, given the frequent use of both the pool area and house for special functions. Spring planting of annuals, pruning, and periodic weeding keep everything in peak condition.
All members are invited to participate in the approximately 20 scheduled work days each growing season.
Project Leaders: Patsy Kraemer & Emily Snyder
Committee: Garden Club members
Ridge Street Circle
Started in the summer of 2018, the Club maintains the large traffic circle located in the intersection of Ridge Street and Oak Hill drive. The area has been cleared of overgrown plantings, mulched, and new plants added.
Project Leader: Stephan Miller
Committee: Garden Club Members
Connection with the Community Program
Representatives from the Club along with local retailers participate in meetings held by the town’s Dept. of Economic Development to discuss and evaluate retail status, community events and beautification in the three areas of Arlington: East, Center and Heights.
Representatives: Emily Snyder – East; Patsy Kraemer -Center; Jane Foley – Heights
The Club is always looking for fundraising ideas. Please contact the Vice President of Operations with your suggestions.
Whether rooting cuttings, dividing perennials, grooming houseplants, or donating garden-related paraphernalia, Club members work together to make this popular annual event the Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.