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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council voted unanimously to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Framingham Garden Club with a resolution.

“Therefore, on this first day of Spring, March 21, 2023, In recognition of their 90 years of service to our Framingham community, we recognize the Framingham Garden Club to be an asset and enhancement to the wellbeing of all Framingham residents and beautification of our natural space for people and pollinators, and we urge all residents to take cognizance of this and participate fittingly in its observance,” noted the resolution.

The vote was 10-0. District 2 Councilor Cesar Stewart-Morales did not attend last night’s meeting.

The Framingham Garden Club was organized in 1932 and admitted to the State Federation in 1933 and is now one of over 170 garden clubs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Garden Club’s mission is education, conservation, and beautification as they relate to design, horticulture, and gardening in our community.

Members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc, the Framingham Garden Club is just shy of 90 members at 87 members.

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For more than 30 years, the Framingham Garden Club has taught floral design classes at multiple senior living facilities in Framingham.

For almost 20 years they have designed, built, and maintained the Chapel Garden at Cushing Memorial Park

in 2012 they began a revitalization of Nobscot Park and created the Pollinator Garden utilizing native plants to attract bees and butterflies and build a healthy, more sustainable landscape.

Framingham Garden Club Members work with the local Conservation Commission to help clear Framingham public spaces of invasive plant species.

The Framingham Garden Club is the Commonwealth’s largest financial contributor to the National Garden Club’s Penny Pines program that aids reforestation throughout the nation.

Members represent Framingham in the broader community by participating in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts annual Art in Bloom show, and the Worcester Art Museum’s Flora in Winter exhibit annually.

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in 2019 they collaborated with the Framingham History Center to stage an Artifacts in Bloom exhibition creating floral arrangements to interpret artifacts from the Center’s extensive collection.

In December they hold their Greens Sale as a fundraiser to support educational scholarships to Framingham high school students who plan to study environmental science and related fields; and whose members create all the wreaths, swags, baskets, and centerpieces for the weekend long sale.

Each May they hold their plant sale the Saturday before Mother’s Day offering member grown perennials with proceeds benefiting their scholarship program.

The Covid-19 pandemic was a catalyst for change that focused the adaptability and creativity of Framingham Garden Club members, resulting in greater community outreach, membership growth, and fundraising results.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.