North Andover Garden Club Mission
Our mission is to encourage an interest and active
participation in civic beautification, horticulture,
flower arranging, and conservation
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Conservation Pledge
I give my pledge as an American to save
and faithfully defend from waste the natural resources of my country - its air, soils, and minerals,
its forests, waters, and wildlife
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State Tree - Elm
State Flower - Arbutus
State Bird – Chickadee

NAGC Membership
Members: 45
Associate Members: 8
Honorary Members: 2

A Letter from Our President  September 2022

Dear Members,

The Garden Club had a busy and active past year while adjusting to a new normal of living with COVID.  The year kicked off at the Welcome Back Social on a warm September evening at the NA Country Club.  The evening was an optimistic start to the year enjoyed by 36 members.  The Club is growing and we have welcomed 7 new members over the past two years. 

The Club had many firsts.  Two of our shared programs had over 60 people attend.  We held our first two programs in the new Worden Theater at the Historical Society’s Stevens Center. Our Club set a record for the Christmas Kindness drive for a total $1560. We accepted credit card payments for the first time at the Plant Sale. Over one half of the sales were by credit card, and the sale netted a profit of over $10,000.

The money raised at the Plant Sale is put to good use. The Club donated over $2000 for the renovation of two areas of Patriots Memorial Park which celebrated it’s 100th birthday. The $1500 Richard Kulpinski Memorial Scholarship was granted to a senior at North Andover High School and the Club voted to give two $1500 scholarships this year. Town buildings were once again adorned with the beautiful wreaths we decorated at the Greens Workshop.  The weekly library floral arrangements and four outdoor urns were enjoyed by patrons. The Civic Beautification Committee worked hard at Town Hall maintaining the pollinator garden, renovating the front gardens, and planting Ajuga for ground cover. The pollinator garden was officially added to the Massachusetts Pollinator Pathway!  The Parson Barnard renovation is complete and Garden Therapy was back in person all year.

Our accomplishments were numerous and we should all be proud of our hard work and contributions to the community.  This year we look forward to many interesting programs, social events, workshops and service.  We will continue to uphold the Garden Club mission and to move forward with technology including social media, electronic payments and tools such as the Sign-Up Genius. I am excited and honored to lead the Club this year and can’t wait to once again learn, create and grow new friendships. 

Sincerely,

Ann Cavanaugh

 

 

 

                



 
 

In the pamphlet entitled “History of the North Andover Garden Club”, written in 1949 by Kate Hastings Stevens, we see how the early members of the garden club contributed greatly to not only the club’s growth and cohesiveness but also the development of the larger community of North Andover with their creative foresight and personal resourcefulness. 

History of the North Andover Garden Club
By
Kate Hastings Stevens


A History of the North Andover Garden Club1 would not be complete without a description of the background from which it developed.  The first gardens of old Andover were dooryards enclosed by picket or rail fences.  Their small area was filled with syringe and rose bushes and sweet-smelling flowers such as lavender and peonies.  Usually there were two shade trees, one on either side of the gate.  Of such a garden one catches a glimpse in Miss Bailey’s history of Andover 2, where a photograph of the Phillips Manse (building 1752), taken before the dooryard fence was torn down and the piazza added, is reproduced.  The remodeling of the house was done after the deaths of Miss Caroline and Miss Susan Phillips 3 in 1883.  In 1884 Bishop Brooks became is owner, and H. H. Richardson, architect of Trinity church in Boston, drew plans for the alterations which brought the house more nearly in keeping with current living demands.
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