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FAMILY MOVIE DAY with Saugus Youth & Recreation
February 20, 2018 (10:00 am)

FAMILY TRIP TO "DISNEY ON ICE" with Saugus Youth & Recreation
February 22, 2018 (1:00 pm)

CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE DINNER at 1st Congregational Church
March 10, 2018 (5:00 pm)

"BOOKS IN BLOOM" at Saugus Public Library
March 16, 2018 (9:00 am)

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Saugus Garden Club has been a member of Garden Club Federation of MA, Inc.
and National Garden Club since 1949

Board Members

Donna Manoogian  (781) 233-5640   and Lorraine DiMilla  (781) 233-7541   

Vice-President:  Kathleen Nadeau

Secretary:  Nancy Sayles             Treasurer:  Randy-Sue Abber

Ruth Berg, Lorna Casella, Dolores Dauenhauer

Membership Chairman:  Ramona Kowalski

Board Meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Saugus Public Library


Standing Committees

Blue Star Memorial:  Randy-Sue Abber
Butterfly Garden:  Donna Manoogian
Communications:  Randy-Sue Abber
Elder Outreach:  Kathy Frederickson
Garden Therapy:  Lorraine Wilton
Hostesses:  Dolores Venetsanakos
Penny Pines:  Lorna Casella
Programs:  Kathleen Nadeau
Veterans Memorial Sites:  Ruth Berg
Yearbook:  Donna Manoogian
Youth Outreach and Youth & Nature Program:  Nancy Sayles

All Saugus Garden Club Meetings are open to the public. 
There may be fees for materials.

Regular Meetings - 3rd Wednesday of each month
from September through June
(no regular meeting in January or February)

Garden Club Application for Membership
click here

The Saugus Garden Club's Membership is a mix of young and old,
beginners and experienced gardeners . . . and friendships that last forever.


2018 Annual "Books in Bloom" at Saugus Public Library

Sponsored by Saugus Garden Club & New Friends of Saugus Public Library

Flower Arrangements Interpreting a Book’s Title, Cover, or Theme

March 16   from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm  
Saturday  March 17   from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Show Open to the Public

Adults and Children are welcome to exhibit arrangements

Please submit ENTRY FORM by March 13, 2018

For complete information, click here to view / print the FLYER for this event


February 3, 2018

Dear Saugus Garden Club Members

In preparation for our Books in Bloom exhibition  
Friday & Saturday   March 16 & 17, 2018

Saugus Garden Club will have an Exhibitors' Meeting
at the Library
on Saturday  February 10  at 10:00 am,
with a snow date of February 17.

The meeting is not mandatory, but will be very informative. 
Members and non-members, including children, are invited.

Set-up will be on Thursday   March 15
from 10:00 am (after the children's program) until 2:30 pm

Books in Bloom will be held
Friday & Saturday    March 16 & 17, 2018
during library regular hours. 

Arrangements will be on display throughout the library.


Community Projects

Butterfly Garden at Breakheart Reservation
The Butterfly Garden at DCR Breakheart Reservation in Saugus is an ongoing project of the
Saugus Garden Club.  Maintained through members' efforts, cooperation from the DCR
and donations from the community.  The garden's objective is to provide a habitat for butterflies
and to educate the Reservation's visitors in a beautiful woodland setting.  In April the Club
participates in "DCR Park Serve Day", the Spring clean-up at Breakheart, and has donated
a new stone birdbath and new birdfeeders to be utilized in the garden.

Blue Star Monument
The Saugus Garden Club maintains the plantings of our Blue Star Memorial Byway marker
that was installed in our Veterans Park in 2009.  In conjunction with the Saugus Military Families
group, the Garden Club also participates in "Welcome Home" ceremonies for returning
servicemen and women held in our Town Hall.

Elder Outreach
The Saugus Garden Club has participated with a local nursing home
in both indoor and outdoor gardening projects.

Youth Outreach - Youth & Nature Program (formerly the Plantastic Program)
Saugus Garden Club members participate with the Saugus Public Library in an ongoing
monthly program for children to expose them to Nature and gardening through books,
horticulture projects and arts and crafts.

Penny Pines Program
The Saugus Garden Club is an ongoing participant in the National Garden Club, Inc.'s
Penny Pines Reforestation Program.  Donations of pocket change at Garden Club
meeting and events are used by the DCR to plant new trees in areas that have been
devastated by natural disasters.  One $68.00 contribution provides the purchase and
planting of approximately 350 seedlings over an acre of forest land.

Saugus Founders' Day

The Saugus Garden Club has a booth at the annual Saugus Founder's Day festival. 
There are plant items for sale and for raffle prizes.  We provide information about the Club
and membership.   We have membership forms on hand for those who would like to join.
At the festival in 2016, our Co-President, Donna Manoogian was named Woman of the Year
due in part to her contributions to the community through the Saugus Garden Club.

Plant Sale
The Club's Annual Plant Sale takes place in June at the
Saugus Historical Society's Strawberry Festival on Main Street.


  Saugus Garden Club Thanks 
To everyone who contributed in any way to the Blue Star By-Way Monument, 
the Saugus Garden Club thanks you all for your support and generosity.

The Saugus Garden Club dedicated the Blue Star Memorial Marker
to honor those who are serving, or who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.


The Saugus Garden Club is responsible for maintaining
and landscaping the area around the site.

Contributions to assist in funding the installation and upkeep are welcome.
If you would like to be a part of this honor to the members of your families,
please call Randy-Sue Abber (781) 231- 0877 for more information. 

The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the Armed Forces
during World War II.  The name was chosen for the star on flags displayed
in homes and businesses denoting a family member serving.


A Brief History of the Saugus Garden Club

A group of 26 men and women who were interested in Victory Gardens got together under the
leadership of Helen Davis on April 12, 1945 to form the Ornamental Garden Club.  These  members
wrote the constitution and bylaws and elected officers with Mrs. Davis as the first president. 
The next year, the name was changed to The Garden Club of Saugus and,
in 1949, was accepted into the Garden Club Federation  of Massachusetts. 

In 1955, the name was changed to the Saugus Garden Club and the mushroom was adopted
as the Club flower.  The Iris was adopted as club flower in 1967 by the club to honor one of its
member, Irene (Perkins, a well-known iris hybridizer, as a memorial to her.  Mrs. Perkins
registered one of her hybrids 'Color Festival' with the American Iris Society in 1953.

In April, 1965, the Saugus Town Meeting created the Saugus Conservation Commission.
The Garden Club members placed the article on the warrant and several members
served on the Commission beginning with President Louise Futter in 1965.

The Club participated in the restoration and dedication of the Saugus Iron Works.
Members served as hostesses dressed in colonial costumes at the dedication ceremony,
planted an herb garden at the Iron Master's House, and planted a tree to commemorate
the US Bicentennial in 2976.

In 2005, the Saugus Garden Club began the planting of the Butterfly Garden at the
Christopher Dunne Visitor Center at the Breakheart Reservation. 
The Club has continued to add plantings, participated in Park Clean-up Day, and
contributed a stone birdbath and birdfeeders to the Butterfly Garden.

A campaign was initiated in 2009 by the Garden Club to install and dedicate a
Blue Star Memorial By-way marker in Saugus to commemorate service men and women in
the United States Armed Forces.  The Club purchased the marker and organized donations
from various veterans groups and private citizens to cover the mounting and installation 
of the marker in the Saugus Veterans Park on Central Street.  It was dedicated on
November 11, 2009 at the annual Veterans Day celebration.  Our Club has also advised
other garden clubs on the procedures for placing Blue Star Markers in their towns.

Over the years the Saugus Garden Club has participated in many projects and Town events.
The Club hosts its annual plant sale at the Historical Society's Strawberry Festival and has
participated for many years in the Saugus Founders' Day festival.  Members participated
in several Garden Club flower shows, worked on and entered horticultural exhibits at the
Boston Flower Show, contributed funds and labor to the Belmonte Middle School Beautification
Project, have done projects with several of the local nursing homes, and have been a mainstay
at the Saugus Public Library with the Plantastic Program for children.  We have formed a
partnership with SAVE (Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment) to contribute toward
their annual high school environmental scholarship.  We recently collaborated with the
New Friends of Saugus Public Library, and the 200th Bicentennial celebration in 2016.

The Garden Club celebrates its long and varied partnership with Saugus; and,
during 2015-2016, the Saugus Garden Club celebrated 70 years and growing!

Saugus Garden Club Constitution          Saugus Garden Club By-laws  

Memorial Books donated to Saugus Public Library by the Saugus Garden Club 


The iris was adopted as club flower in 1967
Original painting 'Iris' by Saugus Garden Club member
Randy-Sue Abber


Annual Open Meeting & Fundraiser
was held Wednesday  April 26, 2017
at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium

Guest Speaker this year was
Bill Graham of Beautiful Things Ltd. in Salem, MA

The topic was "Suddenly Spring", 
and there was a demonstration of flower arranging.

Gorgeous floral arrangement won at the auction by Garden Club member, Jayne Parrott.


3rd Annual Books in Bloom
at Saugus Public Library 
A lively floral interpretation of various books chosen by participants.

Saugus Garden Club held its 3rd Annual Books in Bloom Floral Design Show
Friday  March 17 and Saturday  March 18, 2017  
This event was co-sponsored by The New Friends of the Saugus Public Library

Flower arrangements interpreting a book’s title, cover, or theme
were staged throughout the Library. 


Saugus Garden Club held it's 2nd "Books in Bloom" Flower event
at the Saugus Public Library March 18 & 19, 2016

See the Saugus Cable TV video of "Books in Bloom" click here 

(Books in Bloom segment starts about halfway through the show at 13:40)


Season's Greetings at the Continental Restaurant
On December 9, 2015 many of our Saugus Garden Club members
attended our Holiday Party at the Continental Restaurant. 
It was a delightful affair.  The President of MA Garden Club Federation,
Betty Sanders, was our welcomed guest.  She presented us with
a Citation from the Federation for 70 years of service to the community. 
She enjoyed meeting the members and talking with them.
We also received 70 year Citations from the Secretary of State
and one from the House of Representatives.
We will bring them to our January meeting for your perusal.  
Of all this, we are very proud.


Members of the Saugus Garden Club designed beautiful flower arrangements 
to adorn the Saugus Public Library for the library's First Annual
"Gala and Silent Auction" fundraiser held November 14th.


Saugus Public Library and Saugus Garden Club
Team up for “Books in Bloom” Event

During the weekend of March 19 – 21, 2015  the Saugus Public Library and the
Saugus Garden Club partnered in the inaugural special exhibit - Books in Bloom. 
This floral design show included almost 40 projects by the garden club members,
library employees and volunteers, New Friends of the SPL, and friends and relatives. 
The theme of the exhibit was to use a book to inspire the design, which could
be the theme of the book, the colors, shapes, or images of the book cover.
To say it was a huge success would be an extreme understatement.

Starting Thursday afternoon, a reception was held with wonderful refreshments,
introducing the artists who spoke about the inspirations for their designs.
And the show continued on Friday and Saturday.

Connie Hanson’s design is motivated by the shape of the image of the book
“Alvin: a Life of Dancing”.  See how the orchid mimics the shape of the dancer?

Ramona Kowalsky’s design based on the book “Home for a Bunny” was a dish garden
incorporating a small rabbit figure tucked in among green plants and other accessories.

Jane Foster’s first ever design was in the shape of a sailing ship and was inspired
by “M is for Mayflower” a children’s alphabet book based on Massachusetts

Ceiny Duplessie, granddaughter of Co-President Donna Manoogian, used
“Tangled” as her inspiration using daffodils and a well-loved Rapunzel doll.

And of course, Ruth Berg’s design, based on “Tea with Grandpa” using a tea pot
filled with flowers and a ceramic bag with the words My Grandpa is Special, honoring
Daniel Berg, Ruth’s beloved late husband and grandfather of Dayna and David Levine.

Also, on Saturday, Donna Manoogian, Co-President of the Saugus Garden Club
was regaled with a surprise party in honor of her “we can’t believe it either”,
70th birthday, hosted by her daughters Beth DuPlessie and Myra Monto.

Thank you to all who participated and to all those who came in to enjoy the exhibit.
We hope you all had a wonderful time.


2014 MEG Foundation Evergreen & Lights Festival 
December 5th -13th
Saugus Garden Club decorated a holiday tree donated to the MEG Foundation
that was raffled to raise funds for the restoration of the MEG Building.



Saugus Garden Club Celebrating 70 Years and Growing!
The Saugus Garden Club began its 70th Anniversary season
on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 with the cutting of an anniversary cake
at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Members, including 8 former Presidents,
gathered to share Garden Club history.

The Saugus Garden Club was founded in 1945 by a group of Saugus residents
interested in Victory Gardens.  Over the years, the Club has worked on projects
with many town groups including the Saugus Public Library, the Saugus Historical
Society, and the Saugus Military Families.  The Club has planted trees and
beautified Saugus, dedicated the Blue Star Memorial Byway marker, founded the
Butterfly Garden at Breakheart Reservation and founded the Town of Saugus
Conservation Commission.  The Garden Club was honored this year by the
National Garden Clubs, Inc. for its 65th year of federation. 

The new executive board officers for 2014-2016 were installed at the meeting.

The program for the evening was “Ikebana-The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging”
offered by members Kathleen Nadeau, Lorraine DiMilla, and Leonora Dyment. 



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