Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Marathon Daffodils

The Dracut Garden Club, along with the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and many others, supports our Boston community in the "Marathon Daffodils" event.  The goal is to plant daffodils along the 26.2 mile route, so they'll be in bloom for the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Donations and volunteers are welcome-- at any age, any level of gardening experience.  Please visit Marathon Daffodils or see below for more information.

Press Release

For Immediate release:

Boston…August 13, 2013 – Marathon Daffodils is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, gardeners, cities and towns, organizations, businesses, and citizens interested in preserving the spirit of the Boston Marathon and Boston Strong, while embracing the tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring to Boston.

Some of Massachusetts top horticultural organizations, partnering with communities and volunteers plan to plant daffodils along the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, to create a new event “Marathon Daffodils.” Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Garden Club Federation, The Town of Brookline Parks, The Charles River Conservancy and other groups have agreed to collaborate. The goal is to raise $1000 per mile for a total of $26,500 from Hopkinton to Boston.

“We want to do something to lift the spirits of the community, in support of Boston Marathon 2014 and Boston Strong,” said Diane Valle, volunteer and organizer.

“We are excited to participate,” said Kathy Abbott, Executive Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, “because we believe Marathon Daffodils represent Spring and rebirth. This is a great community building opportunity.”

Plans include outreach to supporters and volunteers from young to old; and novices to Master Gardeners; to plant daffodils. “Marathon Daffodil” donations are welcome, sent to The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

“With the support of the communities, the planting of daffodils is to commence in October and continue through December, along the route, and hopefully throughout our communities,” said Kathy Thomas, Past Garden Club Federation President and horticultural activist.

Volunteers are welcome.

For more information:

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Grouchy Ladybug Comes to Life...

Arrangement & photo by Kristin McCauley

....in flowers!  Inspired by Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug, DGC member Kristin McCauley created this adorable arrangement for the upcoming "Books in Bloom" project with the Dracut Library.  Anyone is welcome to participate in the event.  Just pick up an entry form at the library's Circulation Desk, then drop-off your arrangement between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on Thursday, 9/12.  Ribbons will be awarded on Friday, 9/13 from 6-7 pm at the library.  For more info, visit Books in Bloom or the Dracut Library.

And don't forget to check out Kristin's arrangement on display in the Children's Room : )

Friday, September 6, 2013

13th Annual Dracut Old Home Day

Who doesn't love a good raffle?  Well, the Dracut Garden Club is going to be raffling off THREE beautiful, interesting, and useful baskets at the 13th annual Dracut Old Home Day.  Our ever-changing gift baskets are a hit every year as well as being a successful fundraiser for our club.  This year we'll have a Bulb Basket, School Supply Basket, and a Holiday Basket. All timely and useful as autumn is fast-approaching, and rest assured, it will be a beautiful presentation in DGC style.

The event takes place at the Dracut High School Complex, 1580 Lakeview Ave, rain or shine. Please stop by our table tomorrow, September 7th from 9 AM - 4 PM, and try your raffle luck! 

The Orpha Fox Memorial Garden at the Oliver J. Colburn House, built circa 1790