West Springfield Garden Club to 'help us grow'

Charlotte Pasquerella, president of the West Springfield Garden Club, standing, welcomes new members Kay and Andrew Plourde and Marilyn Tomlinson to the first meeting of the spring season on March 15 at the West Springfield Senior Center.
Reminder Publications photo by Lori Szepelak
April 18, 2012

By Lori Szepelak

lorio@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD — "Help Us Grow" is the theme of this year's West Springfield Garden Club, and new members are already plotting how to help the 50 plus active members during their ambitious spring season.

Charlotte Pasquerella, president, shared the club's beautification program for the year, plans which include sites at Mittineague Park, the library, town common and Mittineague greenhouse. She also elaborated on the friendships that are made over the years, as well as the experience of creating and sharing with others the beauty of one's gardening efforts.

"We welcome persons of all ages who are interested in gardening," Pasquerella said.

The garden club meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the West Springfield Senior Center through December. Officers include Pasquerella; Lynn Gagnon, vice president; Jacqueline Rosner, secretary, and Joanne Roberts, treasurer.

Upcoming spring and summer programs include:

• April 19, "Edible Perennial Gardening," 7 p.m., West Springfield Senior Center. The presentation will feature a variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials that can be grown for produce in the region.

• April 24, local gardener Gerry Barbeau will impersonate Emily Dickinson, reciting Dickinson's poems expressing her love of gardening, 7 p.m., West Springfield Public Library. Free and open to the public.

• May 12, open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mittineague Park greenhouse. The public is invited to view the greenhouse and purchase plants grown by club members.

• May 17, plant swap, 7 p.m., entrance to Mittineague Park's Santa House. Garden club members will bring in perennial plants from their garden to swap with other members. Plants not taken will be brought to the plant sale.

• May 18 to 19, plant sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., entrance to Mittineague Park. The club will also sell refreshments as well as raffle off items created by members.

• May 24, 7 p.m., garden club members will meet at the three planters at the entrance to Mittineague Park on Churchill Street. The Seth Swift Garden, located at the back corner of the park, will also be planted that evening.

• June 21, annual flower show, 6:30 p.m., senior center. The exhibition will include club members' plants based on either a creative or horticulture theme. The event is free and open to the public, and all who attend may enter and vote for their favorite exhibit. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded.

• July 19, annual picnic, 6 p.m., Mittineague Park. Garden club members will bring a favorite dish to share with others at the pavilion. Family and friends may come and enjoy good food, conversation and intriguing flower arrangements by candlelight. Pasquerella reminds everyone to bring their bug spray!

For more information on joining the garden club, contact Pasquerella at 263-3284. Dues are $10 per year.

"Learn with hands-on projects, programs and trips to gain new skills and knowledge," Pasquerella added.



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