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The Norwood Evening Garden Club recently announced the installation of a new slate of officers for a two-year term. Tracy Firth of Walpole was elected President, Nancy Costa of Norwood was elected Vice President, Lorraine Devine of Randolph was elected Secretary, and Susan Cosman of Walpole was elected Treasurer.
Firth has selected her Board and says she is confident that with such a strong support team, the club will continue to be an asset to the communities it serves.
The new Board of Directors includes Norwood residents: Rita Russo, Newsletter Editor; Donna Lane, Awards, Scholarships, Flower Shows and Publicity; Nell Rose Maresco, Sunshine; Sheela Venkatesh, Webmaster. Walpole residents: Susan Pearson, Membership; and Susan Cosman, Ways & Means Overseer. Westwood residents: Wendy Wilhelm, Civic Beautification; Kathleen Pellegrini, Garden Therapy; Stoughton resident Fran McNulty, Hospitality; and Dedham resident Anne Heller, Horticulture. Also assisting will be Norwood residents Peggy Burns, Plant-A-Row project lead; Debbie and Jim Schulz, liaisons to the Trustees of Reservations for Francis William Bird Park; and Lisa Oberly, Plant Sale chair.
Firth will continue as liaison to The Friends of Adams Farm and Costa will continue as project lead for Art in Bloom. Lane and Maureen O’Brien of Dedham, both of whom are board members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, will serve as liaisons to the parent organization.
According to Costa, the new Programs chair, the Garden Club has an interesting lineup of speakers scheduled for this year, including talks and demonstrations covering garden design, floral design, water gardening, container gardening and Boston’s Green Spaces. The Club plans to enter the Boston and Newport Flower Shows and will continue its Plant-A-Row for the Hungry campaign, as well its annual Art in Bloom event, where club members interpret the drawings of Norwood and Walpole High School art students. Most club programs and events are open to the public.
In addition to offering a variety of entertaining and educational programs, the Club will continue its significant civic beautification efforts for the towns of Norwood and Walpole. The Club’s most visible community contributions to date have been the design and care of the “Washington Street Corridor” which includes the beds in Norwood’s Guild Square, the Round in Norwood Center, the corner of Cottage and Washington streets at the Common, Hawes Pool Park in South Norwood, and the beds at the entrance to Bird Park in Walpole. This year, they plan to complete the landscape plantings at Norwood’s historic George H. Morse house on Washington Street and will care for the Walpole Library garden.
Because the Club meets in the evening, it draws members from a number of towns – Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, Dedham and several others. The 18-year-old Club is composed of novices, experts and all levels in-between. Membership is open to anyone who loves gardening and is willing to further the Club’s goals.
“Our primary objectives are to encourage interest in all phases of home gardening, and to promote environmentally sound horticultural practices, civic beauty and the conservation of natural resources,” Firth said.
The Norwood Evening Garden Club has won many awards at the local, regional and national levels from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, the New England Region of Garden Clubs, National Garden Clubs, Inc., the Boston and Newport Flower Shows and the Marshfield Fair. They have also won numerous awards from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and an award of distinction from the Garden Club of America.
For more information about becoming a member of the Norwood Evening Garden Club or to learn about upcoming club programs, contact Susan Pearson at 508-668-4039 or visit www.NorwoodEveningGardenClub.org.

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