Milton Garden and the Garden Club of America


Partners for Plants is a joint habitat restoration program of the GCA Conservation and Horticulture Committees. Its purpose is to facilitate projects between local GCA clubs and land managers on federal, state, local and other significant public lands. Projects may include the monitoring and protection of rare, endangered and medicinal plants, the propagation and replanting of native plants and the removal of invasive plants.

Milton Garden Club was awarded a P4P Award in 2014 for the installation of a rain garden and restoration of the native plant garden adjacent to the Trailside Museum.  The project was truly a collaboration between our Garden Club, the GCA, the Trailside Museum, Thayer Nursery and various other volunteer groups. The Native Plant Garden had fallen into disrepair and rainwater was washing down from the building, a true waste of precious water. A rain garden was created to capture the water and it provides a burst of color along the walkway as well. At the same time, a group of volunteers cleared the plant garden and a new garden was planted with trees around  it and along the strip of green by the road. Native species were planted to restore the natural habitat for the insects and birds.  As you drive along route 138, make a stop into the Trailside Museum parking lot and read the educational signage provided, you may just find some ideas for your own habitat!

Trailside showing its true colors

trailside museum






The Milton Garden Club, founded in 1924, has a long- standing tradition of promoting gardening, education and community service. The Club’s annual calendar is filled with lectures, hands-on experiences, flower shows, tending of community gardens, field trips and planning and implementing our fundraisers.
Members maintain the Lily Corner, the historic Powder House, the gardens in front of the Milton Public Library, the Horse Trough, town planters and we create decorations for the Robert Bennett Forbes House. In addition, the Club maintains an historic garden designed by Fletcher Steele for Katherine Spalding, a past president of the Milton Garden Club. We have documented 9 Milton gardens for the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian. A major focus of the Club’s conservation agenda is the Neponset River. Once dotted with mills and other industrial sites, the river-after much remediation- is cleaner than it has been in two centuries.  The Neponset River Educational Program was designed by our Club to educate fourth graders about the history and importance of our River through conservation. The Club has awarded grants to entities in the town that are symbiotic with our mission. In 2013 we won a Partner’s for Plants Award from the GCA to restore the Native Plant Garden at the Trailside Museum. Annual fundraisers – a greens sale- perennial sale-compost sale sustain the Club’s programs and projects and contribute to a spirit of camaraderie. We have received awards from local organizations recognizing us for many years of service. We welcome all of you to come and visit, we would be happy to show you around.