We are an active group of women dedicated to beautification
and conservation efforts in our city. All members of our club are encouraged
to participate in beautification and conservation activities. (See adopted
spaces). Our signature daffodils and the beautiful planted Mayors
signs are a welcoming beacon for all who enter our city.
We are also dedicated to the education of our Marlborough students,
young and not so young! We fund a scholarship through the Citizens
Scholarship Foundation and also offer grants to students and/or teachers
for plant or conservation related projects.
We are developing a program for our senior citizens, offering tours
and hands on workshops. We are working, in conjunction with, the Marlborough
Senior Center to offer the best support we can for our seniors.
Fundraising activities support scholarships, community beautification
and horticultural education.
Organizations we belong to:
- The New England Wildflower Society
(Garden in the Woods, Framingham)
- The Worcester Horticulture Society (Tower Hill Botanic
- The Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
- The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
The Clubs roots grew strong and deep
The Clubs tree grows strong and tall
In 1959, five friends, Evelyn Dwyer,
Marge Fougere, Rose Kane, Priscilla Pierce, and Roberta Ryan formed
a club to expand their gardening knowledge and share experiences. Marlborough
was celebrating its tercentennial in 1960 and it seemed appropriate
to call the newly formed organization the Colonial Garden Club.
They first met during the day in the homes of various members. In 1967
membership had grown and they began meeting in the Recreational Building
on Bolton Street. Since then the club has moved several times to St.
Anns Parish Hall, then the Peter Rice Homestead, the American
Legion, the Sisters of St. Chretienne Hall, the Senior Center, the District
Education Center, and currently to the Jaworek Elementary School.
In the early years, the club held plant sales, mini flower shows, and
bingo games to pay for guest lecturers. As the membership continued
to grow, the club took on projects to benefit the community. The first
scholarship was awarded to a Marlborough High School student in 1978,
made possible by the proceeds of the Pear Tree Boutique. Scholarships
are now awarded annually to students who are Marlborough residents and
who plan to further their education in the life sciences. The scholarship
program is administered by the Citizens Scholarship Foundation.
Over the years the club has been involved in many civic planting projects.
In 1994 the club landscaped the entrance to the Middle School. After
joining the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in 1996, our club
won a "Petals Grant" which helped fund a circle garden planted
behind City Hall. To celebrate the clubs 40th anniversary in 1999,
a woodland garden with granite bench was installed at Ghiloni Park.
In 2001 the club was instrumental in planning and orchestrating the
planting of hundreds of bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees at the Women
Veterans Memorial Park on Maple Street. Over the past few years
our tentacles have stretched further with added plantings in other prominent
locations throughout the city. In addition, we continue to tend our
signature plantings at all the entrances to the city.
Fundraising activities continue to support scholarships, community beautifications,
and horticultural education. Our newsletter the Trumpet Vine, along
with a Program Booklet keep club members informed of upcoming events,
bylaws, and a membership directory.
To be eligible for membership, prospective members must
attend two meetings before joining the club. New members are required
to participate in the club's civic beautification activities, support
all fund raising events, attend a minimum of four meetings during the
year, and pay annual dues of $15.
As a new member everyone is encouraged to volunteer. Our organization's
success relies on the support of an active membership. There are many
committee options available and we hope that new members will choose
to join at least one.
- Must attend two meetings before becoming member.
- Board votes on membership.
- Must serve on Beautification Committee for 1 year.
- New member dues are to be paid upon admittance to the
You can download
the application and mail the completed form to:
Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough
P.O. Box 1032
Marlborough, MA 01752
ATTN: Membership Coordinator
Our club is a member of The Garden Club Federation of
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The Federation is a member of The National Garden Clubs,
(formerly, the National Council of State Garden Clubs)