Welcome to The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury Web Site
If you are a current member...
We have designed this web site to help you make the most of your club membership. Visit it often to stay up-to-date on future meetings, Civic Beautification Committee projects and other activities. At the top of this page is a series of "tabs": click on CALENDAR for quick information on key upcoming dates. The ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEWS tab has detailed information on future meetings/speakers and club events.
Our Facebook page is updated regularly and includes gardening tips and news of other gardening events in the community. To LIKE us on Facebook, click this link or cut & paste the following url into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/EveGardenClubOfWestRox.
If you are not a member...
We invite you to get to know us. Below is information on our club's history, mission and civic beautification projects. You are welcome to attend any of our public meetings/events, which are listed under the CALENDAR tab. We're always looking for new members who share our passion for gardening and the environment; but you are also welcome simply to drop-in for one of our meetings at any time. To stay in touch, be sure to LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EveGardenClubOfWestRox.
Have questions about the EGCWR? Check out the CONTACT tab for a list of members who will be happy to help you.
The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury (EGCWR) was founded in 1996 -- twenty years ago next year! -- by a group of area residents ranging from horticultural first-timers to experienced garden-gurus. In addition to their love of gardening, they had one other thing in common: their busy lifestyles required that club meetings be held in the evening, hence our club's name. We have been a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1997. At present our club has 65 members. We are proud of our diversity in terms of not only our gardening experience and interests but also our ages, heritage, and "day jobs."
The EGCWR's mission is to commit to and actively participate in all phases of gardening, to develop and maintain civic beautification sites in the local community, and to promote awareness of the need to conserve our natural resources.
Living Our Mission
The EGCWR currently maintains four beautification sites in our community:
- The West Roxbury Parkway entrance to the Allandale Woods Urban Wild: This EGCWR Beautification Site is not only one of several entrances to Boston's 2nd largest unfragmented woodland but also home to two markers commemorating the annexation of West Roxbury to the City of Boston on January 15, 1874. Markers were placed by former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2000. The site also features a flagpole with the American flag, considered by many residents to be a West Roxbury landmark. This entrance to Allandale Woods is one of eleven currently under review by the city for renovations. Pending further decisions, the club continues to maintain seasonal planters, shrubs and perennials at the site and to display flags on Flag Days.
- Beethoven School, Washington Street: Club members work with school administrators and teachers to "bring a little green" to this otherwise asphalt campus. Each year members hold a fall daffodil-bulb planting event with 2nd graders, who look forward to seeing the flowers break ground and bloom in the spring. Club members also contribute and plant other flowering annuals/perennials, grasses and greenery at the school.
- Mass DOT Visibility Site at Route 1 and Caledonian Avenue: This traffic island presents us with a number of unique challenges, including unrelenting sun, limited water supply and exhaust from passing traffic. Club members manicure the area and refresh plantings seasonally, creating an attractive visual "resting place" for Boston commuters' weary eyes. (Special thanks to Ace Auto and Plate Glass Company for their ongoing assistance with watering and trash removal at this location.)
Several of the above sites have won awards in the Boston Mayor's Annual Garden Contest, and all are heavily used and valued by community members.
- West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library: Since 1998 our club has been working with the Friends of the West Roxbury Branch Library to enhance the landscape surrounding this community landmark, adding "living color" to the entryway and maintaining the popular Reading Garden, which provides visitors with a verdant retreat for reading and reflection. The chairperson of our Library Beautification Committee also sits on the board of the Friends.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we are dependent on member-volunteers and support from the community to fund the above beautification projects and other activities related to our mission. In odd-numbered years, we hold a West Roxbury garden tour showcasing some of our area's extraordinary "city gardens." We raise money through sponsorships, tour ticket sales and a raffle for merchandise/services donated by local businesses.
Our most recent Garden Tour -- the 10th in the club's history -- was held in June 2015.