NORFOLK – The Garden Club of Norfolk was the recipient of a Civic Development and Historic Preservation Grant presented by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts at their fall meeting in Boxborough.
The grant was accepted by Emily Nicodemus, Garden Club of Norfolk’s grant chairman and Liz Davey, memorial rose garden chairman for The Garden Club of Norfolk from Nancy Hubert, chairman of the Federation’s Civic Development and Historic Preservation Committee, and Suzanne McCance, Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, president.
The funds from this grant will enable the renovation of the Memorial Rose Garden on Town Hill in the center of Norfolk. Work on the area was started in 2017 with the removal of a border of barberry, a Massachusetts listed invasive plant, and aggressive grasses followed by pruning, and soil testing. In April 2017, there was a consultation on site with Mike and Angelina Chute, rose consultants from Rhode Island. The Chutes will return to Norfolk on March 14 to present a public program for the Garden Club of Norfolk on “Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening.”
In 2018, roses and other supporting perennial plants will be planted to complete the renewed landscape plan for the Memorial Rose Garden. The garden includes a memorial plaque to the family of Mary Gould, the garden’s original benefactor, a 911 memorial statue, and memorial bricks donated by residents of Norfolk. The maintenance plan will be carried out by garden club members.
The club thanks the Norfolk DPW for their cooperation and assistance in the preparation of the grant application and for their work at the site.
The Garden Club of Norfolk encourages anyone who would like to help with this project or any of their other civic plantings to consider joining the club. Those interested in learning more about gardening topics, or who have plants to donate to the club’s annual plant sale in May, should visit the club’s website for more information:at https://gardenclubofnorfolkma.com.
Club meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., September to June. All are welcome.