Garden Club of Hingham Officers and Directors
President — Christina Farren
Vice President — Laura Spaziani
Secretary — Carolyn Clark
Treasurer — Penni Hughes
Nancy Hansberry, Chair
We are approaching the 100th year anniversary of The Garden Club of Hingham. This committee has been established to plan festivities to be held in 2024. The committee will meet quarterly during the 2022-2023 year and more often as we near the 100th year.
The Budget Committee reviews and presents the annual budget to the Executive Board for approval. The Budget Committee reviews any proposal for expenditure of funds in excess of the annual budget and brings the matter for discussion and vote to the Board. They review the Club’s Actual Spending to Budget P&L each quarter; and participate in the audit of the books and accounting records of the Club at the close of the fiscal year.
Communications – Internal
This committee is responsible for coordinating all email and written communications with Club membership. Internal Communications maintains Club distribution lists, operates the Club’s email account is responsible for annual production of the Club Yearbook.
Communications – External
External Communications is responsible for creating awareness of Club membership opportunities, fundraisers, special events, and civic projects through press releases, signage and digital media content. Members design and maintain our website and social media accounts. The Club’s website was redesigned with richer content and functionality in 2022. The Committee is now developing a new strategy for our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The Horticultural Committee organizes monthly horticultural workshops and programs for its members. Horticulture committee members’ presentation of the Hort Short talks at general meetings is encouraged.
The Hospitality Committee provides the flowers and sustenance for garden Club monthly meetings, social events such as the Holiday luncheon (often pot-luck) and the June luncheon meeting. Every few years the club also has a fall social. Committee responsibilities include contributing a baked good, fruit, or floral centerpiece to at least two of eight monthly meetings, assisting the chair as necessary with the club social events. Assistance with the three social event responsibilities could include coordinating attendance and payment, event planning, set up and clean up, venue selection and hostess responsibilities. Hospitality committee members are encouraged to attend all social events.
This group consists of mainly 4th and 5th graders who enjoy a variety of lively and fun workshops. Seasonal projects spark interest in gardening and floral design.
Members of the Garden Club enjoy providing a weekly flower arrangement to greet visitors and staff alike at the main desk of the Hingham Public Library.
The Library Committee maintains the planters and surrounding areas of the Main Entrance of the Library as well as the courtyard located on the second floor. Members meet at least twice a year on a Friday for a spring and fall clean-up and planting. Additionally, all committee members are required to sign up for two weeks of watering the planters and ongoing courtyard maintenance and weeding during the growing season. You may elect to do this work at any time during normal library hours.
The Membership Committee keeps an accurate roster of all club members; active, associate and honored. During the year Membership staffs the sign-in/name tag table at meetings, maintains the sign-up genius system, collects dues and integrates new members into the club.
Mother’s Day Teacup Bouquets
The Mother’s Day Teacup Bouquet fundraiser for the Garden Club is held annually. Club members design beautiful floral arrangements in a variety of teacups- the perfect Mother’s Day surprise! Teacup bouquets can be ordered here on the Club’s website and picked at a location to be announced.
The Nominations Committee identifies, interviews and proposes the slate of Club Officers and Directors for the coming year.
Old Ordinary Garden
The Old Ordinary Garden is located at 21 Lincoln Street on the side of Historic Society’s Old Ordinary House Museum. Committee members are involved in two cleanups – spring and fall. Spring cleanup involves planting annuals. Each member is also expected to sign up for 2 weeks of watering the garden in the summer months. The watering calendar is created in advance of the summer so that schedules can be planned accordingly.
Park and Islands
Perhaps The Garden Club of Hingham’s most visible town commitments are maintaining the three traffic islands in Hingham Center and Founders Park (where North and South Streets meet). Club members dodge cars and trucks at the traffic islands in the Center and manicure dozens of rose bushes and day lilies that surround four iron benches in Founders Park. Founders Park was given to Hingham in 2008 by the Garden Club as a beautiful area of relaxation for downtown shoppers.
Plant A Row
In 2021 the Garden Club created a new program entitled Plant a Row. Club members were invited to grow and share their garden produce, herbs and flowers with the Hingham Food Pantry. In 2022 the program was expanded, inviting members of the larger community to participate.
The Plant Sale is held on the 1st Saturday in June. All active members of GCH contribute to the success of the sale which means many helpers are on board. Additionally, Plant Sale committee members do the digging and dividing of plants from club member’s yards in Autumn and Early Spring, advertising and marketing of the event, organizing and pricing the plant collection, sorting and delivery to the Common on sale day and the sale practically runs itself!
This committee plans and coordinates monthly programs related to gardening. Based on members’ interests, these programs may include guest speakers, crafts and workshops. The committee schedules, prepares contracts and confirms speaker details. At the monthly meeting, committee members introduce and assist the presenters. They also provide a brief overview about upcoming programs.