"There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments."
-- Janet Kilburn Phillips
The mission of the Reading Garden Club is to encourage an active interest in horticulture and conservation
among the amateur gardeners in the community, and to further the knowledge of beautifying town and home.
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The Reading Garden Club was organized in 1956 and federated in 1958. Membership is limited to 49 active members, and anyone in Reading
or an abutting town is eligible for membership. The dues are $45 per year which includes the cost of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts newsletter, the Mayflower.
Dues are payable by March 31. The Club meets the second Thursday of each month, October through June.
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- President: Evelyn Pyle
- Vice President: Ania Knap
- Recording Secretary: Betty Walsh
- Corresponding Secretary: Karen Erdman
- Treasurer: EIleen Ames
- Past President: Suzanne McCance
- Adopt-an-Island: Works as a liaison between the town and various organizations, clubs, and
individuals who request an AAI site. There are currently 105 sites throughout town, each marked by a green sign and an
- Civic Beautification: Responsible for planting and maintaining plantings
at the Reading Public Library and urns at the Town Hall.
- Community Outreach:Coordinates visits with Seniors, and presents scholarship funds to Reading high School seniors heading to college.
- Flower Press: Coordinates, prepares, and distributes a member newsletter.
- Horticulture: Responsible for planting and maintaining period gardens at the Parker Tavern, and
decorating the Tavern for the Christmas Open House every other year. They also maintain gardens at the Sawtelle Hospice House, and attend horticultural programs at the Espousal
Center in Waltham.
- Hospitality: Sets up monthly Hospitality Committees for all meetings, and keeps the kitchen
closet supplied and organized for monthly meeting luncheons.
- Membership: Responsible for keeping an account of all members, maintain meeting sign-up sheets,
track member attendance. Provide applicants with applications, explanations of Committees, and Rules of the Club.
- Outings: Plans two or three trips during Garden Club season. Provides trip information and sign-up sheets for outings.
- Press & Historian: Writes up reports of Club events for local newspapers. Collects
copies of each item for Historian's scrapbook and committee chairperson. Arranges ads for
money-making events, and notifies RCTV, papers, and town website of events.
- Programs: The Club Vice President is responsible for obtaining speakers and presenters for monthly
meetings. Coordinates all special needs for speakers.
- Scheduling: Maintains watering/weeding schedules for the Parker Tavern, the Reading Public Library Celebration Garden, and the Adopt-an-Island site at the Train Depot maintained by RGC.
- Sustaining Members: Maintains contact with the Club's
sustaining members, keeping them informed of Club activities.
- Ways & Means: Organizes all Club fundraising including annual Memory Tree and Geraniums and
More sale. Creates new fundraisers when appropriate.
- Yearbook: The immediate Past President is responsible for collecting and organizing the Yearbook
information, including printing and distribution.