¨Learning – Doing – Achieving – Accomplishing¨
NO GARDEN EVER STOPS GROWING – NO GARDENER EVER STOPS LEARNING
The Winchester Home and Garden Club has been a vital part of life in Winchester since 1934. It all began when 25 women, realizing the interest of flowers and horticulture in town, met to organize a garden club. Meetings were held at the Winchester Public Library or in member’s gardens. These private gardens were also opened on occasion, for a fee, to support club projects such as beautifying public areas of town.
Today the WH&GC has over 150 members. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (October-May). A variety of programs are offered to educate beginner, intermediate and seasoned gardeners. Outside speakers are used to inform members on various aspects of ecology, horticulture, landscape design and other topics of interest. From time to time field trips are arranged to visit areas of horticulture interest or for a workshop. Monthly workshops are offered prior to the start of the general meetings.
The Club still functions as a non-profit organization. Our two main fundraising projects are the Holiday Greens Sale and our Town Wide Holiday Door Decorating Contest. We have an annual Holiday Luncheon in December and an Annual Meeting and Luncheon in May. WH&GC participates in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts annual “Art in Bloom” competition.
Fundraising allows us to partake in many civic beautification projects around town. Our latest project is “The Revitalization of Winchester’s Town Common.” Maintaining a fountain we purchased many years ago has been added to with the planting of a large granite central planter and urn and many smaller planter winding throughout the common walkways. With the spirit of the season in mind, the common is blossoming with seasonal plantings and decorations. Please see the Civic Beautification link on our website for a complete list of our civic involvement. We cooperate with other area garden clubs and organizations to promote the beautification of the town’s parks, green and public spaces. We coordinate with the Chamber of Commerce to promote their bi-annual Garden Tour and provision of the town’s lamppost hanging planters.