Do you like flowers? Landscapes? Meeting new friends and neighbors? How about contributing to your town? The Hopkinton Garden Club offers all this and more!
Club members offer a variety of gardening interests and experience. Some like to get their hands dirty, others prefer floral arranging or designing a garden. Whatever the preference, we are always learning! Everyone donates time and energy to plant and maintain Hopkinton's public spaces several times a year.
We'd love to have you join us! See our membership page for information.
2015 is Hopkinton’s 300th anniversary!
We were proud to participate in several events to help celebrate this special time in our town’s history:Hopkinton 300th Anniversary House and Garden Tour
Historic House and Garden Tour brought us together with the Hopkinton
Historical Society and the Women’s Club to develop a “first time” event
with all three clubs working together. On June 14th, six gardens and six
period homes were opened to the public for a tour of some of Hopkinton’s
unique treasures. Designated members represented our club at meetings
held by the 300th Committee who managed the event. Our club worked to
secure the gardens to be toured, obtain sponsors, help our members
prepare their gardens for the tour, and serve as docents for the event.
Claflin Memorial Fountain Restoration Installation and Planting
Hopkinton’s anniversary events included restoring the1907 Claflin Memorial Fountain on the Town Common to working order. Inoperable for decades, a metal conservator recreated missing pieces and rebuilt the fountain to return it to its former splendor. In September, several club members responded to a request from the conservator to our club to help plant 700+ annuals surrounding the restored fountain.
Hopkinton PolyArts Fair
The Garden Club participated in this special 300th Anniversary fair,
Save the Date!
November 17, 2015 7:30 PM
"Creating Healthy Landscapes with Native Plants: Why it Matters"
with Claudia Thompson
Faith Community Church
Public is Welcome!
Native plants are increasingly recognized as important to our gardens and landscapes, but why? Claudia will give us an overview of their essential role in ecosystem health— starting with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals, and ending with a tour of her 7,000 square foot garden in Cambridge, MA. She will explain the differences among native, naturalized, and invasive plants; and explore the food web that links plants to insects to birds, wildlife, and humans.
Using her garden as a case study, we will learn about the essential principles for designing landscapes that are places of both beauty and biodiversity. This includes working with local ecology, thinking about plant communities, and creating habitat for birds, butterflies, and wildlife. By the end of the program, you will "get" why native plants are so important and understand what you can do in your own garden to make the world a better place!
Thompson is the President of Grow Native Massachusetts, an organization that
she founded in 2010 culminating an extensive career in the environmental
sector. She began her career in the 1970s as a teacher and environmental
educator committed to getting students out into the field. Recently, she served
as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of
Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and worked for several other environmental
organizations. She was a board member for the New England Wild Flower Society
from 1996 to 2005.
Photo courtesy of Claudia's website http://www.grownativemass.org/about/ourorigins