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 and Marilyn Sullivan  
CP-Heights-PlantersArlington Heights Planters
Now in its second year, the Club designs and maintains the planter on Mass Avenue across the street from the MBTA depot in Arlington Heights, creating a presence in that part of town.
Project Leader:  Nancie Richardson
CP-Broadway-PlazaBroadway Plaza
The Club maintains the four concrete planters in this Arlington Center location for the enjoyment of the merchants and shoppers.  The planters have suffered from the invasion of underground tree roots and vermin.  The plaza will be evaluated by the Town and the Garden Club for redevelopment.  Those planters that are flourishing will be maintained throughout the season.
Project Leader:  Stephan Miller
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
This year the Garden Club and the Town are remodeling the area on Maple Street in front of the Senior Center.  Several garden design workshops were held, led by Sally Naish, and and Garden Club member Janet Ford created the winning design.  The Town has developed a plan for the walkways and drive up to the island that we hope will be installed.  Then the Committee will begin the purchase and planting of the garden display.
Project Leaders:  Joanne Morel, Kathleen Morello
CP-Town-Hall-GardensTown Hall Gardens and Whittemore-Robbins House Garden
These 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 Leader:  Patsy Kraemer

Educational and Social Programs

CP-Eco-FestEcoFest: 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”.  The next EcoFest will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  The speaker will be Ben Barken of HomeHarvest LLC, an Arlington-based business creating edible landscapes and inviting outdoor social spaces.
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:  Donna McGowan and Nancy Pike
CP-Garden-TherapyGarden 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
Every other year in March, the Club offers the ever-popular Books in Bloom – an 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.  (2019:  Date TBA)
Chair:  Patsy Kraemer
CP-Plant-SaleAnnual 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 19, 2018, 9 am-1 pm at the Jason Russell House in Arlington.

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