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 2020

Dear Members,

Our club had many accomplishments this past year despite the challenges of COVID. Many of us were pushed outside of our comfort levels having to learn new technical skills to use Zoom and Sign Up Genius. We truly embodied the “yes we can” attitude inspired by Norma.

The 100th Year celebration and ice cream social was still held at the Parson Barnard house 100 years and a day after our club’s first garden club meeting. A beautiful “Forget Me Not” stone was placed in memory of deceased members in the gardens that the club so devotedly cares for and it was the perfect venue to honor and celebrate our past.Congratulations to The 100th Year History Book team for the Publication Award given by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts! This was the culmination of a several year effort.

The fall workshops and programs were all held in person, but with the rise of COVID cases again over the holidays, our winter meetings and programs were held virtually. There was a true feeling of celebration and joy when we finally were able to gather again in person at our annual meeting in June! The year culminated in our extraordinary successful plant sale that has earned a reputation as one of the best in the area as attested to by several customers commending our large selection of healthy plants and knowledgeable and helpful members.

The club took on a new project at town hall creating a beautiful pollinator garden which is now in full bloom and attracting many butterflies and bees. We work hard to contribute to the community in the form of civic beautification, garden therapy, educational programs and a scholarship. Our efforts bring satisfaction, provide us with camaraderie and are appreciated by many. I am honored to lead such an amazing group of women and will rely on all of you for your advice, knowledge and creativity. Thank you in advance for all your hard work in the coming year.


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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