Laurelwood Garden Club to preserve local history with the Fitchburg Historical Society – Sentinel and Enterprise


FITCHBURG – The Laurelwood Garden Club will hold its first meeting for the 2022-2023 season at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 9 at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 718 Main St.

“Susan Navarre, Executive Director of the Fitchburg Historical Society, will guide us through the paths of history preservation, programs and open house exhibits,” said Julie Palioca, Public Relations Coordinator. “She will discuss the importance of researching, collecting, preserving and cataloging the growth, events, famous people and industries that have brought us to this day and beyond.”

The club will feature various items donated to the garden club to catalog and preserve the history of the garden club.

The Laurelwood Garden Club will hold its 11th Annual Scholarship Tea on Saturday, September 17 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, to benefit its scholarship fund.

“Guests will be served English tea, flavors and sweets to a room overflowing with members and their guests,” Palioca said. “Tables will be decorated with a different tablescape theme displaying a variety of colorful, whimsical and interesting centerpieces with the theme carried throughout the table with dishes and artifacts.”

The club is offering a scholarship to a high school student who will pursue an education in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping or architecture, conservation, forestry, agronomy, urban planning, land management, botany, biology and environmental studies.

“This year’s scholarship was awarded to Harrison Taylor, a graduate of Lunenburg High School,” said Palioca. “He will attend the University of Vermont in Montpellier majoring in environmental science.”

The Laurelwood Garden Club’s planned programs for the remainder of the year include a fall-themed meeting on Friday, October 14 and the annual planting of 1,000 daffodil bulbs, as part of the club’s civic beautification project. on Tuesday, October 18. which will take place throughout the city.

“Members will participate in a hands-on holiday door wreath-making workshop at the meeting on Friday, November 18,” said Palioca, “And the club will hold its annual holiday luncheon on Wednesday, December 7 at the Old Mill Restaurant. .”

The Laurelwood Garden Club partners with the Fitchburg Art Museum to host the annual Art In Bloom exhibit. This year, Art in Bloom will celebrate its 25th anniversary from April 27-30.

Laurelwood Garden Club meetings, featuring speakers and programs, are held the second Friday of the month September through June from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings are held at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St.

The club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Mass Inc. and affiliated with the National Garden Clubs Inc., New England area.

“Membership and meetings are open to guests who enjoy any type of gardening, are interested in floral design and work with flowers,” Palioca said.

Those interested in attending a meeting or seeking membership information should call Palioca at 978-537-7630.


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