Hopkinton Garden Club offers $1,000 Scholarship!

The Hopkinton Garden Club is soliciting applications for its 2021 Scholarship Program!

This scholarship is available to high school or college students maintaining legal residence in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for at least one year. Applicants must intend to pursue a career in the fields of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, or related fields.

Applications may be obtained through the Hopkinton High School Guidance Department, the Joseph Keefe Technical School Guidance Office, or downloaded here

The application deadline is April 23, 2021.

If you’re eligible, don’t miss this opportunity to apply!


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!!!



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

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!

Site Sponsors:


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 March Speaker Series
                 "Container Gardening"
                  with Jefferey Doherty
       March 16, 2021, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
           Free and Open to the Public!

Container gardening is the practice of growing plants in containers such as pots, planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets, instead of planting them in the ground. 

The plants may include decorative flowers, cacti, edible plants such as herbs and vegetables, and small trees. There are numerous advantages to growing plants in containers, namely that movable plants give more control over moisture, sunlight, and temperature. There is also less risk of weed problems and soil-borne disease. Join us for this presentation by Jeff Doherty and learn how to create container gardens to beautify and enhance your home.

Jeffrey J. Doherty is the principal at Angel’s Garden Center and co-owner with his wife Dayle. Angel’s Garden Center is a landmark at the intersection of West Main and School Streets in Hopkinton and was founded in 1957 by Jeff’s parents Angel and Paul Doherty. Jeff holds a BS in Public Administration from Bentley College and is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist. He was elected President of the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association in February 2019. He also serves as a volunteer on the Community Preservation Committee, Chair of the Open Space Preservation Commission and Chair of the Design Review Board. Jeff and his wife reside in Hopkinton with their two dogs Fitzgerald and Lady.

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 March 16th 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.

Articles:

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.


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