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

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

Prime  Planter

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

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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

Educational and Social Programs
 
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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
 
 
Hospitality 
 
 
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
 
 
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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: Carol Nahigian and Carmen Torres

Fundraising Programs

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

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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. The next Books in Bloom will be on Friday, March 27, 2020.  
 
Chair: Patsy Kramer 
 
Committee: The Entire Garden  Club
 
 
Annual Spring Plant

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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 16, 2020 at the Jason Russell House in Arlington.
 
Committee: The Entire Garden Club