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  September 2020

Dear Members,

"It was the best of times, ... it was the worst of times ..."

  A lot was accomplished in the beginning: Ambassador roles were added to
the Club's officer roster: a new Photo and Social Media Release Form was
released; stronger role and responsibility wording was added to the
Membership application; an Annual Report Template was distributed to all
Committee Chairpersons; Hostess duties were streamlined and communicated
to all, and pictorial recaps were emailed following Club events to keep
everyone informed and engaged.

The trend of increased participation in social events continued with an amazing
turnout during a blizzard for the December 2019 Greens Workshop.  The
hands-on Gourds, Boxwood, and Floral Design Workshops were also well
attended.  At the January 2020 Social, the 100th Birthday Celebration Team launched the first of planned events and introduced: "1920-2020 - 100 years of cultivating gardens and friendships."  Club activity was running smoothly and plans were in place for continued success until Covid19 appeared and
everything changed.

On March 10, 2020, Club members gathered for a floral workshop, unaware it would be our last time together for months.  That day, our govenor enacted a
State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus declared pandemic by the
World Health Organization.  "Social distancing" and '"flattening the curve"
became part of our vocabulary.  Wearing facial masks, washing hands and
ZOOM meetings became the new norm.  An air of uncertainty clouded all
decisions and activities were suspended indefinitely or altered dramatically.
We retreatred to our homes -- and our gardens.  In time, we emerged to focus
on: revitalizing the Parson Barnard garden beds; hosting a revised Plant Sale
and realizing an unexpected profit of over $7,000; gathering for a 100th
Birthday Celebration at the Parson Barnard house; and forged ahead to
complete the Club's 100-year history.

During the uncertainty, members demonstrated a "we can do this" attitude.
In the year ahead, I am confident we will continue to find ways to carry out the
Club's mission and have fun while doing so.
 

 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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