Guest Speaker: Ian Cooke, Executive Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association
Date: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 6 PM Social 6:30 PM Program
Location: First Congregational Church 495 Canton Avenue
The Neponset River was once a severely polluted industrial river. Today, most streams in the Neponset River system meet swimmable standards during dry weather and most of the river has been opened up for canoeing, bike paths and waterfront parks. Join Ian Cooke, Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association, for a program to learn about triumphs and challenges ahead for this 120 square mile area that is home to 330,000+ people and a drinking water source for 120,000 people. The Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.
As Executive Director, Ian has developed and expanded the organization’s programs and fostered development of the watershed approach in MA. He has served as Executive Director since 1993. Ian currently serves as Board President for the MA Rivers Alliance and was formerly a Board Member of the MA Watershed Coalition. He has a BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.
Many thanks to those who participated in our annual Greens Sale
Proceeds from the annual Greens and Perennial Sales fund our community outreach programs:
Gardens we tend: Milton Public Library, The Lily Corner (Hemerocallis Corner), The Sturgis Russell Horse Trough, The Powder House, and The Spalding Garden. Every spring and fall we teach the history of the Neponset River Watershed to all fourth grade classes in the Milton Public School system. Additionally, we give out grants once a year to organizations within the town that are in keeping with our mission.
Worthwhile Events around Boston
Boston Flower and Garden Show – March 13-17
World Trade Center, Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Art in Bloom – Saturday, April 27 through Monday, April 29
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Huntington Avenue, Boston
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 a 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.