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 31 years. Our active and honorary members are interested gardeners with all levels of experience.
- Advancement of Gardening
- Development of Home Grounds
- Furthering of Civic Beautification
Co-Presidents – Michelle Noonan and Emily Nicodemus
Recording Secretary – Joanne Wason
Corresponding Secretary – Stephanie Markham
Treasurer – Sharon Pierce
Membership – Stephanie Hamel
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 7:00 p.m., except in January, 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.
ACE 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 ACE 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, Police and 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 Train Station Planters. Each month the Garden Club also places a floral arrangement in the Norfolk Public Library.
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.
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.
ACE Coordinator – Sam Benton, Lyn Benton
Awards/Grants – Liz Davey, Michele Drolette
Club Photographer – Sam Benton, Lyn Benton
Facebook – Sam Benton
Garden Therapy – Sally Eykel, Susan Schmidt
Historian – Michele Drolette
Holiday Baskets – Helena Drolette, Michele Drolette
Hospitality – Anne Prior, Sharon Pierce
Junior Gardening – Michelle Noonan
Library Display Case – TBD
Native Plant Ambassadors – TBD
Newsletter – Liz Davey
Norfolk’s 150th Anniversary – Helena Drolette, Michele Drolette
Plant & Bake Sale – Michelle Noonan and Nia Tzelias-Davis (Plants); Sharon Pierce (Food), Leslie Lincoln (Yard Sale)
Publicity – Stephanie Markham
Scholarships – Michele Drolette
Seed Swap & Winter Seeding Workshop – Liz Davey, Sam Benton
Stony Brook Butterfly Garden – Michelle Noonan, Stephanie Markham, Emily Nicodemus
Yearbook – Liz Davey
Website – Stephanie Markham, Emily Nicodemus
The Garden Club is currently responsible for the following areas.
Center of Town Roundabouts: Joanne Wason, Dot Chitty
Olive Day School Sign: Joanne Wason, Rick Tedoldi
Olive Day School Butterfly Garden: Stephanie Markham, Emily Nicodemus, Michelle Noonan, Stephanie Ackley, Stephanie Hamel
Police and Fire Station Sign: Sharon Fenton, Lyn Benton, Sam Benton
Town Hall Planters: Sharon Pierce
Town Hall Sign -Ann Hanssen
Town Hill Adele’s Birdhouse Garden and Town Hall Sign: Leslie Lincoln, Ann Hanssen, Tricia Romanus
Town Hill Herb Garden: Susan Brindley, Liz Davey, Marybeth Stewart
Town Hill Rose Garden: Liz Davey, Susan Brindley, Marybeth Stewart
Train Station Planters: Ann Marie Hennessey, Sam Benton
Welcome to Norfolk Sign – Michele Drolette
Library Entrance Circle – Sharon Pierce
August: Kathleen Callahan
September: Tricia Romanus, Rick Tedoldi
October: Marybeth Stewart
November: Nia Tzellas-Davis
December: Lyn Benton, Sam Benton
January: Ann Hanssen
February: Nia Tzellas-Davis
March: Anne Prior
April: Sally Eykel
May: Susan Schmidt
June: Sue Brindley
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