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 upcoming 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 people members who will be happy to help you.
The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury (EGCWR) was founded in 1996 by a group of area residents who ranged from horticultural first-timers to experienced garden-gurus. 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 an affiliate of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1997. At present our club has just under 50 members. We are proud of our diversity in terms of not only our gardening experience and interests but also our ages, ethnic 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, which is also home to a flagpole commemorating the annexation of West Roxbury to the City of Boston in 1874: We currently maintain three large planters, containing perennials and annuals, as well as a number of shrubs; members decorate the area with American flags on all official "Flag Days." Our club is currently working with Boston Parks & Recreation to identify resources needed to make other enhancements to this urban landmark. (Special thanks to the following for their continuing partnership on this project: Paul Sutton, Boston Parks and Recreation Program Manager/Urban Wilds Initiative; and Chris Tracy, West Roxbury Coordinator in the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services.)·
- Beethoven School, Washington Street: Club members work with school administrators and teachers to "bring a little green" to this otherwise asphalt campus. Each fall we afford second graders -- hopefully future gardeners themselves! -- the opportunity to plant bulbs in the school's flagpole garden. Materials for this popular student event are provided by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Fall Daffodil Program. Club members also contribute and plant other flowering plants 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 as needed, 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 Library to enhance the landscape surrounding this venerable old/new building, add "living color" to the entryway and maintain the popular Reading Garden, which provides visitors with a lush, verdant retreat for reading and reflection. The chair of our beautification committee also sits on the board of the Library Friends.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we are dependent on member voluntarism 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 garden tour showcasing some of our area's extraordinary "city gardens." We raise money through sponsorships, tour ticket sales and a raffle of merchandise/services donated by local businesses.
Our 2013 Garden Tour was held on Saturday June 22, 2013. We are happy to report that -- thanks to strong support from West Roxbury and the wider gardening community -- we met all of our goals, in terms not only of mission-critical revenue but also raising club awareness. We made $$$$, met some lovely people, recruited a number of new members, and had a fun and fulfilling day. Check out our photos in the PHOTOS section.