Special Projects

Floral Arrangement Committee Acton Memorial Library

he next time you visit the Library, you may see a lovely floral arrangement on the Circulation Desk. A new Acton Garden Club committee provides floral arrangements two times per month, October to April. What a nice way to brighten a library patron’s day!

Acton Area Looks Good

Every summer The Acton Garden Club conducts the 'Acton's Looking Good Contest' in order to acknowledge Acton businesses whose landscapes enhance the town's beauty and to encourage more businesses to improve their landscapes.
During the summer months, members of the committee serve as judges to evaluate business properties. Criteria for judging include design, color, texture, scale, and maintenance. Winners are chosen in six or seven categories which are decided by the judges. Categories may include, but are not limited to, the following: Single Retail, Plaza, Multiple Occupant Retail, Professional Business, New Business, Most Improved, Small Space, Cottage Garden, Landscaped Intersection, Garden Center, Culinary Garden, or Continued Excellence.
The winners are presented with plaques containing photographs of their property at our October meeting.

The Acton Garden Club promotes Lyme Disease and other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness month in May at its Annual Plant Sale by wearing lime green ribbons. The CDC has reported that there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease annually in the US.
FREE TICK TESTING is now available at bayarealymefoundation.org/ ticktesting for anyone in the United States. By sending in your tick, you will be participating in a citizen science project and national tick-collection/ testing effort whereby scientists can compare past and potential distributions of ticks and tick-borne diseases.
The tick can be dead or alive and preferably sent within 72 hours in a small Ziploc baggie with a damp piece of paper towel or cotton ball in a small padded envelope along with the free tick testing order form. You will receive an email identifying the species with positive and negative disease results within approximately 21 days.
Your participation will help with diagnosis and treatment decisions and there will be a map made of the information. The shared data is completely anonymous. This is the first such large study and it will help all of us. FOUND and UNATTACHED ticks can also be sent to gather more information.
For more information on ticks and tick-borne diseases go to:
  • www.actongardenclub.org
  • www.lymedisease.org
  • www.ilads.org
  • www.actoncabletv.org and search Lyme Aware Mar 2016

Art in Bloom

Each year, two members of the Acton Garden Club take part in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts' prestigious "Art in Bloom". This is a spring festival of art and flowers during which garden clubs from all over New England are invited to create floral interpretations of works of art which have been chosen by the MFA associates.

This year Maureen Christmas, assisted by Ann Leary, interpreted a large statue of Bhairava or Mahakala. Multiple leaf manipulation techniques were used to reflect the detailed carvings on the statue residing in the Southeast Asia Gallery.

National Garden Week

In 1990, the National Garden Club, Inc. Executive Committee decided to start a National Garden Week, the first week of June, to educate the public about Garden Clubs and what they do in the community. It was established to encourage pride in communities and to provide general gardening information. The Acton Garden Club has participated in this National Garden Club, Inc. program by placing a display or floral design at the Acton Memorial Library the first week in June for many years. Our large, colorful display, which had been created for informational use at our Plant Sale in May, was put in place to inform the community of what we do and the programs the Club offers.

Flora in Winter
Flora in Winter Event
at Worcester Art Museum

"Flora in Winter" at the Worcester Art Museum is a floral extravaganza in mid-winter with about 25 floral designers interpreting pieces of art in each of the galleries of the museum.
Maureen Christmas interpreted a Grape Vine Screen by Ch'oe Sokhwan. Using a pair of frames as a base, a grapevine was wound through wire mesh. Plant material invoking the feeling of the screen’s design was selected and put in discretely placed test tubes.
Thelma Shoneman interpreted Three-Quarter Armor for a Cuirassier. Plant material was selected and manipulated to imply the construction of the armor.

Shirley Towle Lecture Series

Shirley Towle A generous bequest from Shirley Towle, a longtime member and former President of the Acton Garden Club, allows the Club to sponsor a series of lectures featuring horticultural or environmental topics. These lectures are open to the public free of charge.
Two lectures have been held since the lecture series began in 2013. The first lecture was on the effects of climate change on local flora, and the second lecture was on the best plants for our gardens.
Going forward, lectures will be held approximately every two years.
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9-11 Memorial

Seven years after the events of September 11, 2001, an Acton memorial site was dedicated using two pieces of the iron structure of the twin towers. The memorial was placed on Main Street in front of the Public Safety Building in memory of the two Acton residents who lost their lives that day. The site consists of an iron sculpture surrounded by a brick walk area and garden. Each element of the design represents the flight of one of the aircraft involved that day. The garden area represents Flight 93 and the meadow near Shanksville, PA.
This year the Garden Club was asked if its members could help restore and assist in maintaining the garden area around the site. A group was formed to make an assessment of the site. A work day was then spent raking, weeding, transplanting, trimming and edging the area. Members will periodically return to do additional improvements and tending to keep the area well cared for.

Propagating Daylilies

The newest addition to the gardens at Meeting House Hill, the Daylily Propagation Bed is a thriving collection of hybrid daylilies generously donated to the garden by Acton resident Fred Knippel. Currently in its third season of growth and located adjacent to the Wildflower Garden’s nursery, more than a dozen unique varieties of daylilies have been planted each spring to continue the process of multiplying these varieties for future Plant Sales.
Additionally, a selection of mature daylilies will be incorporated into Daffodil Run to add visual interest to the existing daylily display along Rt 27.

Propagating Wildflowers

The propagation bed at Meeting House Hill has been reassigned for special propagation of trilliums, twinleaf, and other special wildflowers, due to predation by voles in the garden. Other items may be added later, such as maidenhair fern and other flowers.

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