Hopkinton Garden Club Receives Award for Civic Projects

 The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts awarded the Hopkinton Garden Club, a member club,  the 2020 Continuing Civic Projects Award, Medium Club, for continual maintenance of one or more civic projects. The Federation recognizes the club’s accomplishments in ongoing Hopkinton beautification efforts at the “Welcome to Hopkinton” sign, Town Common trough, George V. Brown statue, Doughboy Memorial statue, downtown intersection at Main and Grove Street, Hayden Rowe and Grove St traffic island, Iris and Violet Garden, Main Street Cemetery border, and the Hopkinton Library planters, as well as the fourteen planters along Main Street.

The Hopkinton Garden Club thanks their local business supporters for their generous financial support; the Hopkinton Department of Public Works for their assistance with the club’s beautification efforts; as well as their own member volunteers who plan, plant and maintain the sites.




National Garden Club - Citation for 75 Years of Membership!


We are pleased to announce the Hopkinton Garden Club has been recognized for its 75 years of membership with The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. 

Our Club was organized locally in 1924 to service Hopkinton, formally joining the Federation in 1945. The Federation assists member Massachusetts garden clubs with education and an appreciation of Horticulture, Landscape and Floral Design, Gardening and Environmental Concerns. 

We look forward to celebrating our 100th year of providing services to Hopkinton in 2024!!!



Member Garden Photo Contest Winners!

Our members submitted scenes of their gardens in our first ever photo contest! Take a minute to look at all our beautiful winning scenes...


Session 6 - a native plant, and a "general" scene. Congratulations to Diane M. and Audrey!


Natives Vernonia noveboracensis, and Asclepias Tuberosa



Session 5 - a garden view, and person in the garden. Congratulations to Audrey and Diane F.!


Session 4 - a garden view and a "general" scene. Congratulations to Mary-Anne, Kris, and Audrey!




Session 3 - hardscape and a "general" scene. Congratulations to Mary-Anne and Diane M!


Session 2 - animal(s) or insect(s) in the garden, and a "general" scene. Congratulations to Ryta and Mary-Anne!




Session 1 - a single flower, and a "general" scene. Congratulations to Diane F., Kris, and Mary-Anne!



Donate to the Garden Club

We are grateful for all donations in support of our volunteer community service programs. Please click here if you would like to donate to our club via credit card.


Thank you 

 "Help Hopkinton Bloom" Sponsors!

This year, our annual fundraising efforts were curtailed when the full extent of the corona virus became public. 

We are especially grateful to those local businesses who elected to donate to our downtown beautification efforts despite the precarious business climate. Because of these dedicated organizations, we were able to provide welcoming blooms to our public spaces this year. 

Please join us in supporting our sponsors and recognizing their contribution to our community!

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Our 2020 Scholarship Winner!

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Gross has been selected as the 2020 Garden Club Scholarship recipient. Elizabeth was awarded the scholarship at the Hopkinton High School Awards Ceremony earlier in June. She will be attending Villanova University in the fall to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences. 

Congratulations Elizabeth!




Our Self-Watering Downtown Planters!!

In 2018, our club purchased self-watering planters for the downtown area.

Each planter can hold up to 18 gallons of water which is then available to the plantings on a continuous basis. The water supply needs to be replenished on a regular basis ranging from about 1 week in extremely hot summer weather to 2 weeks during early spring and fall. Previously, our members had to water planters every day or so in extremely hot weather. Getting the 4 - 6 gallons of water to each planter was not an easy task! The new planters are easier to maintain and provide the water needed to keep the plants looking their best.


Check out this website to attract birds to your garden

Many thanks to a website visitor for recommending this useful resource from the National Audubon Society. Just enter your zip code to view a list of bird friendly native plants for your area. Search results can be refined by plant type or bird species.

                    Online January Speaker Series
                        Kitchen Herb Garden 
                         with Betsy Williams
            January 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
                   Free and Open to the Public!

This informative lecture covers everything you need to know to establish and maintain a kitchen herb garden - seeds, propagation, and preserving. The presentation includes ideas for herbal gifts, how to gather seeds, recipes, and where to buy plants. 

Betsy Williams teaches, lectures, and writes about living with herbs and flowers. A lifelong gardener, herb grower and cook, she trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening, and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations. , propagation, preserving. The presentation includes ideas for herbal gifts, how to gather seeds, recipes, and where to buy plants.  The platform is mostly a lecture with some photos, and a handout provided before the meeting.

Betsy is the author Potpourri and Fragrant Crafts published by Readers Digest, The Little Book Series published by The Proper Season Press, and Are there Fairies at the Bottom of Your Garden? Growing Up Green with the Fairies. She is currently working on a third edition of her herb cookbook, Mrs. Thrift Cooks. Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally and has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.

This program will be held via Zoom and is open to the public. Non-members who wish to attend are asked to pre-register by email at register@hopkintongardenclub.org and state their interest in attending the January 19th online event. Instructions will be sent prior to the event.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council through the Massachusetts Cultural Council LCC program.



                              GO NATIVE!

Native plants in home gardens are essential to giving our pollinators safe habitat in which they can thrive. Climate change, overbuilding, invasive species and other factors have destroyed large areas previously home to our insect and bird populations. With so much land being "chopped up", putting native plants in your garden will add to those from your neighbors’ gardens creating larger spaces for pollinators to call home.

We ask for your help on behalf of pollinators who work hard to maintain the ecological systems we depend on (like food growth!). 

Here, we'll provide links to articles, webinars and webinars to educate you on native plants and why they're so important to pollinators, and to us. We'll be updating this list over time, so be sure to check back for additional information.

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Webinars:
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See our complete list of lectures ...

Want to learn about gardening? Each year, our club offers lectures on a variety of gardening topics. We hope you'll attend to learn about the amazing plant world, get information about our club, and meet our club members. These lectures are free and open to the public! See our full club calendar and lecture schedule here.


Join Us!

Do you like flowers? Landscapes? Meeting new friends? 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 garden design. 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.


Flowers for Vets




Each month, September through June, club members create floral arrangements to decorate the tables at the Senior Center for their Veteran's breakfast.

*We will continue to work for our veterans when the Senior Center reopens


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