The Grafton Garden Club meetings and programs are aimed to inform and entertain. In the upcoming year (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010), the Club plans on participating in the Farmers Market on the Grafton Common, presenting a slideshow on Indentifying Mushrooms, and then organizing a Mushroom Foray where a mushroom identification expert checks over what everyone gathered, and taking a trip to Newport, Rhode Island to visit Whitehorne House and Rough Point gardens. And that’s just in September!
The Club has scheduled a presentation on How to Create a Period Garden in October. Christmas in Williamsburg in November prepares attendees for the Williamsburg Christmas Centerpiece Workshop in December. Also in December is Grafton Celebrates the Holidays where businesses and organizations in Grafton come together and present family-friendly activities. The Club will be offering bird feeder workshops for kids while also displaying the results of the Williamsburg Workshop. Also in December, the Club decorates the local Willard Clock Museum (this year there will be an “updated” look with Victorian Decorations to match the Christmas Victorian Tea for Club members).
There is Gardening with Native Plants program in February and March is a Xeriscape (Drought-Tolerant) Gardens presentation. In April, the Club is planning a Vegetable Gardening Panel Discussion. Also April is the 5th Grafton Garden Club Presents: Grafton Community Day. This is when Grafton gets a Spring Cleaning. Businesses and residents pull together and form clean-up teams and attack public areas of the town that need trash pickup or weeding, or maybe a splash of color. When the Grafton Garden Club decided to undertake this new project, the first public area to receive a face lift was one of the Welcome to Grafton signs on a major route into town. Where once there was a lonely sign, now there is a tree and an undergrowth of perennials and color welcoming visitors and returning residents.