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: 9
Honorary Members:  3

 A Letter from Our President         Sept., 2019

Dear Members,

When we reach August 5, 2020, we will be one of a few Massachusetts garden clubs to achieve the distinction of being operational for 100 years.  This was not easy. It required effort and creativity in overcoming hurdles from former and current members, especially those who have been active for over 20 years and instrumental in maintaining the Club until now. Throughout the coming year our Club’s interesting history will be shared with you in our publications and at our celebrations.
 

But let’s start with what we’ve achieved most recently:  Our increase in membership broke records. The Annual Plant Sale incorporated new suppliers and features and even under the worst of weather conditions, was again successful. Sales of Amaryllis bulbs and proceeds from the North Andover Farmer’s Market boosted Club revenues. Club publicity played a major role in the success of these activities and was no doubt a major factor in our programs being so well attended.

Garden Therapy programs brought enjoyment to many local seniors. The horse trough and library urn plantings remained eye-catching all year, library arrangements added beauty and interest weekly and refurbishment of the Parson Barnard House garden beds is underway.

 The Floral Design, Boxwood Tree and Gourds Decorating workshops and the Patriot’s Park Informational Meeting proved to be popular member events. Finally, granting the Richard Kulpinski Memorial Scholarship to four North Andover High School graduates was a significant Club highlight, made possible in large part to our treasury being well managed.

All of these endeavors require the same effort and creativity that previous members demonstrated.  With that being said, I’m counting on each of us to build on these achievements and remain willing to go the extra mile when needed, to welcome and educate new members and to join in the many activities the Club provides.

As your President I am eager to incorporate your ideas that make membership in the garden club meaningful, fun and rewarding; one that fosters life-long friendships based on common interests.

Sincerely,

Norma Lochmann

 

 

                



 
 

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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