Club members participate in a variety of community projects including civic development, educational/social programs and fundraising.

Civic Development Projects

CP-Traffic-IslandsArlington Beautification: Traffic Islands & Planters
The Club, with the Town’s support, now coordinates the adoption of the public planters and traffic islands by individual gardeners and businesses.  By encouraging citizen participation through publicity, and offering assistance on plant selection, over 60 traffic islands and public planters have been adopted.
Project Leaders:  Marie Doughty, Marilyn Sullivan  
CP-Heights-PlantersArlington Heights Planter
The Club designs and maintains the planter in front of Prime on Mass Avenue for the pleasure of shoppers and passersby.
Project Leader:  Nancie Richardson
CP-Jason-Russell-HouseJason 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 medical 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 will continue to add to the garden, maintain the Jason Russell House beds, and educate the public about the uses of a colonial kitchen garden.  The Club also creates seasonal holiday wreaths for the house.
Project Leaders:  Juliette Avots, Carol Nahigian

CP-landscape-design-workshopSenior Center
The Town will be doing construction on the drive up to the Senior Center and, once completed, the Club will begin the planting.  Member Sally Naish led design workshops and those participating voted on the winning design by member Jan Ford.  Watch for announcements as to when this planting will begin and volunteer to help in this massive project.
Project Leaders:  Joanne Morel, Kathleen Morello

CP-Town-Hall-GardensTown Hall Gardens 
These Town Hall Gardens are a major civic development project for the Club.  All members are invited to participate in work days in the Gardens.  Approximately 20 work days are scheduled during the year.  Master Gardeners also participate in this project, the Gardens being an approved site for Master Gardeners to accumulate volunteer work hours.  The Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens also contribute their labor to these beautiful gardens.
Project Leaders:  Patsy Kraemer, Emily Snyder

Whittemore-Robbins House 
Club members and Master Gardeners have rescued this overgrown garden 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 the house for special functions.  Spring planting of annuals, pruning, and periodic weeding keep everything in peak condition.
Project Leaders:  Patsy Kraemer, Emily Snyder
Arlington Food Pantry Annex Window Boxes
The Club maintains the four small window boxes that decorate the front of the Food Pantry Annex on Broadway.
Project Leader: Katherine Krister
Ridge Street Circle 
This new project adopted in summer 2018 is the large traffic circle located in the intersection of Ridge Street and Oak Hill Drive.  This endeavor for the first year will consist of observing current plantings, cleaning up trash, weeding and mulching.  All are welcome to work days announced in The Perennial, (the AGC email newsletter) and emails.
Project Leader:  Stephan Miller
Connection with the Community Program
Representatives from the Club participate in meetings run by the Chamber of Commerce and local retailers to discuss and evaluate retail status, community events and beautification in the three areas of Arlington: East, Center and Heights.
Representatives:  East: Emily Snyder, Center: Patsy Kraemer, Heights:  Jane Foley


Educational and Social Programs

EcoFest: Arlington’s Eco-Festival
Co-sponsored in conjunction with Sustainable Arlington, this springtime environmental fair is held periodically and offers speakers, workshops and vendors to educate and inform Arlington citizens on “thinking green”.
Committee Reps:  Patsy Kraemer, Emily Snyder
Environmental Awareness
Provides members with information on ecologically friendly garden practices and how gardening has an impact on the environment.  Keeps members aware of Town recycling programs and events.
Project Leader:  Karen MacKinnon
The Hospitality Committee coordinates refreshments (sandwiches, salads, desserts) and decorations for the Club lunches after its meetings, as well as for the catered luncheon in December and dinner in June.  Dessert and coffee/tea are provided, and members are encouraged to volunteer once a season to provide food and help with the set up and clean up.  We ask members to bring their own bag lunch for the January and February meetings, when dessert and coffee are provided by the Board.
Co-Chairs:  Bronwyn Dillon, Zohreh Damghany
Garden Therapy
Committee members meet on the first Monday of each month with residents at the Park Avenue Health Center (formerly Park Avenue Nursing Home) in Arlington.  Their visits provide the opportunity to work with residents on a seasonal project.  Refreshments and a song fest are part of every Garden Therapy Day.
Co-Chairs:  Barbara Neenan and Robin Watkins

Fundraising Programs

The Club is always looking for fundraising ideas.  Please contact the Vice President of Operations with your suggestions.

CP-Books-In-BloomBooks in Bloom
Books in Bloom is a gala evening of floral interpretations of books, with music and refreshments.  Held jointly by the Friends of the Robbins Library and the Garden Club, the event’s proceeds benefit both organizations from its proceeds.  (2020:  Date TBA)
Chair:  Patsy Kraemer
Annual Spring Plant Sale
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.  The next Plant Sale will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Jason Russell House in Arlington.
Committee:  The Entire Club Membership

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