Daffodils blooming in public spaces. Window boxes shouting spring. Gorgeous flowers at the Shipyard Park garden. Library urns overflowing with color. Did you know that many of the plantings around town are a result of the hard work of the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club Garden Group?
Mattapoisett Town beautification work began in the 1970s with the start of the Garden Group. The first plantings were at the Triangle, the Post Office, and the Town Hall. This work has continued for more than 50 years with plantings that expanded to other locations – the Historical Society, the Town Wharf, the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, and Town Beach House window boxes. A dogwood tree was planted at the “new” Police Station on Route 6 to honor Eleanor Ross, a former Mattapoisett and State Federation President.
Recently, the group planted a Butterfly Garden at Center School in memory of Suzanne Sylvester, a Club member and a Center School teacher, and a tree at the Town Hall, a Stewartia, in honor of the club’s 75th anniversary. Continuing this mission of civic engagement there is a biennial Garden Club Tour featuring several private gardens in Mattapoisett.
In celebration of the 80th anniversary year of the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club, the 2021 garden tour includes seven Mattapoisett gardens. The “Glorious Gardens” tour is scheduled for June 26, rain or shine. Like all events during this time, please watch for updates.
The Mattapoisett Woman’s Club is always open to new members from the South Coast area. For more information and a membership application, please see the Club’s website www.mattapoisettwomansclub.org/members/.