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Falmouth Garden Club

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NEWS

October Meeting

Just in case you couldn't join us here are a few pictures of the arrangements all done without the use of oasis ... which is really tough on our environment !

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Maureen Christmas
 

Adding some final details !

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Fan Favorite on the left .... we all thought we could pull this arrangement off !  Love the use of twigs and grasses from Maureen's yard as well as the little birch bark picks shown above !
The 5 arrangements were raffled off to some very happy members. 

Colleen Giacomozzi s interview in Ruth Craffey's beautiful garden at minute 2:39

Picture of the generous Garden Owners who made our Hydrangea Festival Tour possible !
taken at August meeting photo credit Ann Worthington

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GARDEN ACHIEVEMENT  
2021 Award Winners

Nominated by friends and neighbors, the Falmouth Garden Club selects noteworthy gardens , visible from the street, throughout the Falmouth area to receive a Garden Achievement Award. These awards are given to hands-on home gardeners in recognition of the time and effort it takes to create and maintain a beautiful garden. 

Homeowner recipients for 2021 are MaryAnn & Jim Moran, Nancy & Michael Dias, Beth & Don Wills, Patti Riccardelli and Mary Schlicte.  These gardeners certainly live the objectives of the Falmouth Garden Club which are to encourage the study of/interest in gardening & horticulture and to assist in the beautification of Falmouth.  These owners will be presented with their award during a fall monthly meeting of the garden club.

                                                  Awarded this year are the 5 lovely gardens below !

Celebrating 90 years of Flowers, Gardens and Community
Falmouth Garden Club Though the Decades   

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1931  The first meeting of the Falmouth Garden Club was hosted by Caroline Welch who served water to its 11 founding members.  Dues were $1 and members had to “love growing gardens and flowers” to join.  The club joined the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in 1934, an affiliation that continues to provide today’s members with education, support and leadership.

 

1940   In 1943, a memorial stone was placed by Falmouth Garden Club in Woods Hole, honoring Michael Walsh, who made the rambler rose world famous.  Members planted 34 different species of his rambler roses along Woods Hole Road and still maintain the rose garden there today.

 

1950   The club received a letter from Senator John F. Kennedy in 1956 acknowledging the club’s support for land preservation and indicating that he and Senator Saltonstall were introducing legislation to protect land surrounding Cape Cod Canal as a national park.  Later, as President, Kennedy would go on to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore.

 

1960  Through its Outdoor Classroom Junior Gardeners Committee, the club completed the installation of a dock in Morse Pond as an outdoor classroom for local sixth grade science students.  The club continues its commitment to education today by awarding annual scholarships to local high school students and hosts an inter-generational Junior/Senior Gardeners program that connects young and old around a love of gardening.

 

1970  As a Bicentennial gift to the town, the club began planting what would eventually become known as Memorial Park in 1976. Membership voted to work in and support the park in perpetuity and raised more than $25,000 as an endowment.

 

1980  The club began a 10-year tradition of making and raffling quilts to raise funds for scholarships and other causes.  During the 1980s, the club made six quilts, each with a different theme and 36 hand embroidered squares.  A 17th Century Herb Garden was the theme used to honor Falmouth’s 300th anniversary in 1986.

 

1990  Hurricane Bob devastated Memorial Park in 1991, downing trees and leaving debris and “wild onion” to grow untamed.  As a result, the club voted to give up the maintenance of Memorial Park a year later in December 1992.

 

2000   After 12 years of neglect, and aided by a crew from a local corrections facility, the club began cleaning up Memorial Park.  Using the original landscaping plan from 1976 as a guide, the club embarked on a multi-year restoration plan.  The gardens would be selected as the Historic Gardens of Massachusetts as a result.

 

2010   The club was honored with a Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Historic Preservation Certificate for its long-standing tradition of decorating the Wicks House for the Falmouth Historical Society during the holidays.  What began as a $11.25 investment in 1971 has grown to be a much beloved tradition for the town.

 

2021   In keeping with a long-standing tradition of honoring Arbor Day, the club commemorated its 90th anniversary with a donation to the town’s newly established apple orchard in 2021.  As early as April 1931, just a few weeks after its first meeting, the club planted its first tree in observance of the George Washington bicentennial.