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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




JUNE 20-26, 2016

MissionLisa BritzThe Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

*Background of Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Eight years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.

The Pollinator Partnership is also proud to announce that June 15-21, 2015 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 15-21, 2015 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinators’ message out to as many people as possible. It’s not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let’s SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!


The Blue Hills Observatory!

“Dr. Gallo referenced the Blue Hill Observatory’s good website. Could we share the link with members — and maybe added to our website? FYI, where Hale and I live (Carberry Lane development + our property + and 30-35 acres behind us [now DCR]) was once the summer estate of the Rotch family — Abbott Lawrence Rotch being the observatory’s founder (at age 25), benefactor, and the first Professor of Meteorology at Harvard University.”

It sounds to me like a program in the making!

Here are the links Tucker has referenced.


Submitted by Carla Morey

April 8, 2016