This Saturday, Sep. 24, is Celebrate Holliston over at Goodwill Park, and the Holliston Garden Club will be there!
Throughout the day, our gardeners will be demonstrating how to make easy floral centerpieces and decorations, and visitors will be able to enter their name in a drawing to win one at the end of the day.
At our booth we will also be giving away Baptisia seeds to any interested junior gardeners, with instructions on how to plant them.
We will also have various information about trees and plants available and on display. Come visit and join in the fun! Hope to see you there!
The Holliston Garden Club is starting back up for another fabulous year of programs, workshops, and gardening! Unfortunately we will not be doing our regular November Floral Design Program this year, but we do have several events this fall, starting with our booth at the Historical Society’s Harvest Fairon Sunday, September 18. From 10:00am – 4:00pm, we will have some great handicrafts for sale, including handmade baby hats, book trees, watercolor paintings, and notecards.
On Saturday, September 24, is Celebrate Holliston, held at Goodwill Park. The Garden Club is joining in on the fun with demos on floral design and horticulture, pumpkin decorating, and raffles. Stay tuned for the schedule!
Also, if you enjoy gardening or would like to learn more about it, we welcome enthusiasts of all levels to join our club. To learn more, stop by our booth at one of these events, or contact usfor more information. As always, happy gardening!
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first Arbor Day here in the US! Trees are vital to our ecosystem, and encouraging the planting of trees is more important than ever today. In honor of Arbor Day, there will be a display at the Holliston Public Library about trees set up through May 5th.
Stop by to learn more about trees, grab an informational brochure, and pick up a guide for a walk through Washington Street that highlights a few of our beautiful trees here in Holliston. The Washington Street Tree Walk may also be found online here, as well as a fun crossword puzzle and articles on native trees and sustainability. Happy Arbor Day!
HOW DO I LOVE NATIVE TREES – LET ME COUNT THE WAYS by Barbara Gardener (Holliston Garden Club)
Ever since I’ve read two tree bestsellers during the pandemic – Richard Powers’s 2019 “Overstory” and German forester Peter Wholleben’s “The Hidden Life of Trees”, trees have taken on a whole new and marvelously mysterious significance. I notice and appreciate them in an entirely new, organic and exciting way – how old are they, how tall are they, how are they communicating with each other and the rest of the natural world in this very moment, how many organisms are feeding off their roots and do they breathe all day and all night? These thoughts monopolize me as I walk under their cover and through the forest or landscape. This examination has led me to question why we’re always talking about the importance of just native plants but rarely discuss or promote the importance of native trees.
A native tree is a species that was growing here before the arrival of Europeans and before the introduction of invasive species of trees like Norway maples or Buckthorns which have seriously dwindled the number of standing native trees. Reintroducing native species of trees and shrubs helps to re-establish the original eco-system of the region and improves their chances for survival and, by extension, all the critters that depend on their unique and local properties.
Native trees are a perfect fit for our specialized environment – they are happier here than their non-native counterparts and consequently require less water and fertilizer and have built up natural defenses to counter pests and fungal infections. All of these reasons translate into a lower cost of maintenance for the homeowner.
Long living trees like native oaks and maples are very effective at soaking up greenhouse gases. They absorb airborne pollutants such as carbon dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide.
Trees breathe by releasing moisture into the air and cool the air by spreading the sun’s rays. Shade trees keep our lawns greener longer which in turn requires less water. Reforestation of urban heat islands with native trees now covered in asphalt is one of the most important ways to mitigate the kind of excessive heat we have experienced here and throughout the country in June of this year. Trees are natural regulators of heat and cold, shading and cooling our homes throughout the summer and, depending on placement, acting as a wind break, lowering heating costs in the winter.
Many species of wildlife do not recognize non-natives species and cannot use them for food or shelter. Native trees and shrubs are especially important to all forms of native wildlife, including birds, mammals, and insects. Just think about it – they are a resource for nesting, fruit and leaves for food, shelter from prey, height for safety and shade for comfort and protection. Trees support the lives of hundreds of organisms in a complicated network that cannot be duplicated in commercially planted environments.
Carol Stocker, long time and respected garden columnist for the Boston Globe, admits, “A mature native tree is more valuable than anything I can plant….though native asters, sunflowers and goldenrod are good providers, trees are the true heroes….”.. She cautions all of us to do a better job preserving them – developers should think again before they clear cut century old stands of native trees for convenience’s sake, home gardeners should not cut down native trees to expand their lawns or plant non native species because they are pretty as opposed to the right choice for our local ecosystems or cut down a native shade tree because it’s encroaching on their flower beds.
Given their essential nature, isn’t it time we re-examined how we treat native trees?
We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our scholarship and our educational grant now through April 15! Our $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior or college student who is a Holliston resident and planning to major in Horticulture, Botany, Landscape Design Forestry, Environmental Science, Land Management, or other garden-related field. It was founded by Dorothy (Dot) Stevens, a former Club president, who recognized the importance of preserving our natural world and whose dream it was to encourage young people to pursue careers in horticulture.
Educational grants are awarded annually to Holliston residents or organizations that seek to provide children with educational projects in horticulture or garden-related subjects. Funded grants over the years have supported the planting of tulip bulbs in the Placentino School courtyard, several High School greenhouse projects, window box planting projects with elementary special needs students, materials for the butterfly aviary, and the installation of a pollinator garden at Placentino Elemetary.
If you are interested in applying for an educational grant or scholarship, please visit our scholarships and grants page and send in your application by April 15.
It’s a busy week for some elves at the Holliston Garden Club! We’ve been busy putting up decorations at the Holliston Public Library and preparing for this Saturday’s Children’s Ornament Workshop. Registration is currently full, but you can sign up to be placed on the waitlist. We are so happy to have this event back this year and to be able to make ornaments with the kids again!
On Sunday afternoon, you can visit the Open House of the Holliston Historical Society, and see the Asa Whiting House all decorated for the holidays! Enjoy some light refreshments and then head on over to the barn for our Holiday Craft Bazaar. Handmade decorations and gifts will be for sale.
If you happen to be passing by the historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury, you can check out its holiday decorations, including a couple rooms that have been decorated by our members. A big thank you to all our volunteer elves! We wish everyone a very merry holiday season!
On Sunday, December 5, from 2:30pm-5:30pm, the Holliston Garden Club will be holding a Holiday CraftBazaar at the Holliston Historical Society’s barn!
During that time the Holliston Historical Society will also be having an open house for the public to come and enjoy the Historical Society house all decorated up for the holidays by volunteer elves from our Garden Club!
After enjoying the lovely decorations at the historical house, head on over to the barn to browse a selection of handcrafted ornaments, wreaths, swags, and other holiday decor. Handcrafted gifts such as baby hats, framed watercolors, and notecards will also be for sale.
We look forward to seeing everyone there! Happy Holidays from the Holliston Garden Club!
Educational grants are awarded annually to Holliston residents or organizations that seek to provide children with educational projects in horticulture or garden-related subjects. Funded grants over the years have supported the planting of tulip bulbs in the Placentino School courtyard, several High School greenhouse projects, window box planting projects with elementary special needs students, materials for the butterfly aviary, and most recently, helped fund the installation of a pollinator garden at Placentino Elemetary.
Our scholarship was founded by Dorothy (Dot) Stevens, a former Club president who recognized the importance of preserving our natural world and whose dream it was to encourage young people to pursue careers in horticulture. The scholarship began small, with money raised from raffles, plant sales, and donations. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a candidate planning to major in Horticulture, Botany, Landscape Design Forestry, Environmental Science, Land Management or other garden-related field. High school seniors or college students who are Holliston residents are eligible to apply.
If you are interested in applying for one of these, please visit our scholarship and grants page and send in your application by April 14.
Save the date! Our April presentation will be about kitchen gardens. This talk will explore a little about the history of kitchen gardening from the colonial era – less has changed than you think! – and offer fun design ideas for small and large spaces. We’ll move on to an overview of culinary herbs and edible flowers discussing their uses and growing preferences.
Our garden can be both a thing of beauty and a benefit to the local ecosystem, supporting life for birds, butterflies, and pollinators. Claudia will give an overview of native plants and just why they are so important! Using her 7,000 square foot garden in Cambridge, MA, as a case study, she will discuss being a steward of landscapes that are both beautiful and places of biodiversity, with a special focus on creating a welcoming habitat for birds.
Claudia Thompson has extensive experience in the field of ecological gardening. She founded Grow Native Massachusetts in 2010 and has become a nationally recognized leader in the native plant movement. She has had an extensive career in the environmental sector. Some of her notable roles include serving as Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and board member for the New England Wildflower Society (now Native Plant Trust). She is a strong advocate of the importance of land stewardship and believes that conservation begins at home.
Everyone is invited to join us for this talk on such an important topic. We look forward to hearing Claudia’s tips on using native plants in our own gardens and learning more about ecological gardening!