WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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112 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 C E L E B R A T I N G 7 5 Y E A R S W I T H P R I D E in 1940 seven energetic Weston women, formerly of Wayland Garden Club, knew it was time to start a garden club in Weston. They wanted a vigorous organization that served both civic and educational purposes. Envisioning a working club for "dirt gardeners," they limited membership to 50 so there would be no room for dead wood. The club's first speaker in 1941 was the head horticulturalist at Waltham Field Station, who described how to make and use compost. Other meeting topics included a week's routine in the garden, caring for houseplants, and pruning. Seventy-five years later, Weston Garden Club's educational mission continues with monthly speakers, mem- ber-led workshops, and demonstrations. Recent topics have included cultivating roses, hostas, and mushrooms; creating garden vignettes and rain gardens; holiday floral design; and a return to that important topic, pruning. Through the years, the club has navigated societal changes while remaining relevant. The Conservation Committee is a good example as it has guided the club's response to a wide spectrum of needs: water conservation, litter reduction, and the introduction of recycling at the town dump. In 1986, when the Fish Derby Pond at Weston High School was choked with debris, the club worked with students and the town to remove trash and stock the pond. "The main strength of our club is our membership," says long-time member Chay Veeder. "Members feed off each other, motivating, stim- ulating, and taking each other to new levels of gardening, design, horti- culture, and civic responsibility." Chay grew up in a home filled with flowers from her physician father's garden. When both her children were in school, Chay joined the garden club. "I took to it like a fish to water," she says, "I love the traditions we keep; they inspire and sustain us." At the forefront of tradition is the watering trough in Weston Center between the Town Green and the old library building. Serving thirsty horses from 1897, in 1948 Weston Garden Club took over the trough and began the seasonal plantings the club provides today. The club's logo is this iconic image. The club also provides perennial gardens at the Fiske Triangle and the Center Street median. Other "…to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds and the beautifying of our town and homes." C A R O LY N S . E L L I S writer F L O R A L P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y P E T E R B A K E R

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