About Us

About Us

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The Garden Club of Norfolk was founded in December of 1985, with Helena Drolette as its founding President. The Club joined the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in February of 1988, as part of the Central South District. The Garden Club of Norfolk is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. 

The Garden Club of Norfolk is a non-profit organization that instructs its members and the public on all areas of horticulture and stimulates interest in the beautification of our community. Our club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and is thriving after 35 years. Our active and honorary members are interested gardeners with all levels of experience.

Our Objectives

  • Advancement of Gardening
  • Development of Home Grounds
  • Furthering of Civic Beautification
Join Us

We welcome new members. Contact Susan McCarthy, our President, if you are interested in joining our club.

2020 – 2021 Membership form.

Our email is gardenclubofnorfolkma@gmail.com

Club Officers

President  – Susan McCarthy
Recording Secretary  – Stephanie Hamel
Corresponding Secretary – Emily Nicodemus
Treasurer  – Nia Tzellas
Membership – Gabrielle Dias

Our Program

Our program includes guest speakers from our community and throughout the New England area who share their expertise in horticulture, floral design, conservation, civic beautification, landscape design, and gardening. We also provide hands-on craft and flower arranging workshops.

Meetings and Workshops

Our meetings and workshops are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., except in July and August when there are no meetings. Meetings take place in the Community Room of the Norfolk Public Library unless otherwise noted in the calendar.

NCG (Norfolk Community Gardens)

NCG is organized by a core group of members who are committed to civic beautification and who have taken ownership of particular areas within the Town of Norfolk. Each NCG area has its own committee; any member is welcome to join and help in any of the areas. Each committee is responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance (deadheading, weeding, watering) of their ACE area during the summer months. Each committee acts independently and the club provides flowers. The Garden Club is currently responsible for the following areas: Center of Town Roundabouts, H. Olive Day School Sign, H. Olive Day School Butterfly Garden, Federated Church Butterfly Garden, Stony Brook Butterfly Garden, Fire Station Sign, Town Hall Sign, Town Hall Planters, Town Hill Adele’s Bird House Garden, Town Hill Herb Garden, Town Hill Rose Garden, Welcome to Norfolk Sign, and Library Entrance Garden. Each month the Garden Club also places a floral arrangement in the Norfolk Public Library.

Hospitality Committee

Each member serves on one Hospitality Committee each year. Monthly Responsibilities are:

  • Arrange a meeting to decide on the refreshments and floral theme for the meeting.
  • Arrive 45 minutes prior to the meeting to set up chairs and tables and assist speaker in loading and unloading and setting up necessary materials. Provide refreshments and paper goods. Stay and participate in cleanup after the meeting.
  • If unable to fulfill duties on this committee,  please arrange for a substitute and contact other monthly hospitality committee members.
Fundraisers 

Spring Plant and Bake Sale
Each spring, a Plant and Bake Sale, is held on the Norfolk Town Hill and Gazebo. A wide selection of perennials supplied from our club members’ gardens benefit civic beautification and club projects. Members are on hand to answer gardening questions.

2021-2022 Committees

Awards and Grants – Liz Davey (Chair), Emily Nicodemus, Steph Hamel
Club Photographer – Sabrina Farley
Facebook posts (Gardening Around Norfolk) – Sam Benton, Lyn Benton
Hospitality Chair – Michelle Noonan
Library Display Case – Victoria Ward, June Reinhardt, Ann Marie Hennessey, Liz Davey
Native Plant Committee – Steph Ackley, Emily Nicodemus, Jill Kennedy, Victoria Ward, June Reinhardt, Michelle Daigle, Fran Sullivan, Sabrina Farley
Newsletter – Amy Ricci (Chair), Jill Kennedy, Susan McCarthy, June Reinhardt, Michelle Daigle
Norfolk Civic Gardens Chair – Leslie Lincoln
Norfolk Community Day and other community events (e.g. Stony Brook Fair, Cactus and Succulent Sale, Holiday lights display) – Victoria Ward, Susan Brindley, Michelle Noonan, Anne Prior, Stephanie Knoch
Norfolk Food Pantry Holliday Baskets – Helena Drolette, Michele Drolette
Plant Sale Committee – Steph Hamel, Michelle Noonan, June Reinhardt, Leslie Lincoln, Sharon Pierce, Tricia Romanus, Susan Schmidt, Linda Daly

Bake Table – Dot Chitty, Sharon Pierce
Yard Sale  – Leslie Lincoln (chair), June Reinhardt, Michelle Daigle, Fran Sullivan, Anne Prior, Sally Eykel, Stephanie Knoch
Lawn Signs– June Reinhardt, Cynthia Andrade, Leslie Lincoln

Program Planning –Anne Prior
Scholarships/Kids Camperships – Steph Hamel, Anne Prior, Sharon Pierce
Website – Steph Ackley, Emily Nicodemus, Stephanie Markham
Welcome New Members – Steph Hamel, June Reinhardt, Sharon Pierce
Winter Fundraiser Committee – Steph Hamel, Emily Nicodemus, Gabrielle Dias, Joanne Wason
Yearbook/Bookmark – Amy Ricci (Chair), Steph Hamel, Susan McCarthy
Zoom Master – Steph Hamel
Junior Gardening – Linda Daly

Norfolk Civic Gardens – Leslie Lincoln (chair)

Adele’s Birdhouse Garden – Leslie Lincoln chair (c), Ann Hanssen, Tricia Romanus (watered by town)
Butterfly Gardens

Federated Church – Michelle Noonan (c), Fran Sullivan, Marybeth Stewart, Kadia Quellette
H Olive Day – Emily Nicodemus (c), Stephanie Hamel, Stephanie Knoch, Sabrina Farley
Stony Brook – Stephanie Markham (c), Linda Daly, Victoria Ward, Stephanie Ackley, Emily Nicodemus

Fire Station – Nia Tzellas Davis (c), Amy Ricci
H. Olive Day sign – Joanne Wason (c) Anne Marie Hennessey
Library Entrance
– Sharon Pierce (c), Kathleen Callahan, Stephanie Hame
Senior Center Planter – Dot Chitty (watered by senior center)
Town Hill Rose Garden – Liz Davey (c), Susan Brindley, Janet Turner, Sabrina Farley (watered by town)
Town Hill Herb Garden – Susan Brindley (c), Liz Davey, Kathleen Callahan, June Reinhardt (watered by town)
Town Hall Planters – Janet Turner (c), Cynthia Andrade
Town Hall Sign – Gabrielle Dias (c), Leslie Lincoln, Stephanie Hamel
Town Roundabouts – Joanne Wason (c), Jill Kennedy
Veterans Garden – Rick Tedoldi (c), Stephanie Hamel, Victoria Ward, Leslie Lincoln, Sharon Pierce, Sam Benton, Lyn Benton, Jill Kennedy
Welcome to Norfolk Sign – Susan McCarthy (c), Michelle Daigle

Library Flowers 2021-2022

September – Kathleen Callahan
October – Michelle Drolette and Sally Eykel
November – Sharon Pierce
December – Anne Prior
January – Marybeth Stewart
February – Jill Kennedy
March – Victoria Ward
April – Susan Schmidt
May – June Reinhardt
June – Dot Chitty

Former Presidents

2021-2019  Michelle Noonan, Emily Nicodemus
2017-2019  Michele Drolette, Anne Prior
2015-2017  Liz Davey
2013-2015  Sharon Pierce
2011-2013  Martha  Richardson
2010-2011  Mary Gould
2008-2010  Brenda Zolli
2005-2008  Gail Tuveson
2003-2005  Helena Drolette
2002-2003  Anna Sevy
2000-2002  Gail McCaffrey
1998-2000  Gail Tuveson
1996-1998  Helena Drolette
1994-1996  Lisa Shook
1993-1994  Rita Partridge
1991-1993  Debby DeBello
1989-1991  Jan Conklin
1988-1989  Tricia Cochran
1987-1988  Joan Smith
1985-1987  Helena Drolette