Category Archives: Garden Club

MGC’s new website

Would you please let your blog readers know that the Medfield Garden has a new website? Here’s the announcement below from our presidents, Carroll Noel-Mozer and Molly Sliney.

MGC bleeding hearts


The Medfield Garden Club is proud to announce the launch of our new website The site, designed by Medfield resident, Diane Borelli, features our club’s history, our annual events and public programming and our four-season civic beautification work welcoming residents and visitors alike as they travel on Medfield’s highways and byways. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our club’s story with the community on the Medfield Garden Club website. Please visit Enjoy!


Carroll Noel-Mozer and Molly Sliney

Co-Presidents, Medfield Garden Club

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden

From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden Dedicated

On Friday, September 6, the Medfield Garden Club dedicated a new civic planting in Medfield, the Pinky Meader Memorial Garden, affectionately known as Pinky’s Garden. Members of the garden club and Pinky’s family gathered behind the Unitarian Church in Medfield overlooking Meetinghouse Pond and the Dwight Derby House to dedicate the granite-inscribed bench and the new garden to a dear friend, gardening colleague, mentor and long-time Medfield volunteer who passed away and left a deep legacy of horticultural knowledge and civic beautification to the Town of Medfield and members of the Medfield Garden Club.

We invite the community to visit our lovely new site on the Unitarian Church lawn at 26 North Street and to enjoy some repose in one of the most beautiful settings in Medfield.


MGC’s nice thanks

The Board of Selectmen awarded the Medfield Garden Club $2500 towards its work maintaining garden sites around the town, such as the planters in front of the Town House, Meting House Pond, at the Medfield Memorial Library, and at numerous traffic islands.  Just imagine the cost to the town if Medfield instead maintained those sites via DPW employees, like Wellesley for one does.

For extra credit, what flower is depicted on the Medfield Garden Club logo below:


June 4, 2019


Dear Selectmen Marcucci, Murby and Peterson


On behalf of the Medfield Garden Club, we would like to thank you for your approval of our request for funding in the amount of $2500 for ongoing maintenance and renovation of our TASC civic beautification sites. Your heartfelt and public praise for our volunteer efforts and your financial support are important incentives for our thirty-three TASC volunteers in twenty-three community sites as we work to create a four-season garden welcome to all who come to Medfield.


Thank you so very much from all of us in the Medfield Garden Club.


Yours in bloom,


Michele Feinsilver Hoye

President, Medfield Garden Club


Carroll Noel-Mozer

Incoming President, Medfield Garden Club


Molly Sliney

Incoming President, Medfield Garden Club


Nancy Tella

TASC Chair, Medfield Garden Club


Garden Club letter to DPW


Maurice Goulet

Director of Public Works

Town of Medfield

459 Main Street

Medfield MA 02052


Dear Mr. Goulet:

The Medfield Garden Club would like to thank you and the Department of Public Works for all you do in helping us achieve one of the primary missions of our club: the beautification of Medfield’s highways and byways through civic plantings. The DPW crews, under the resourceful and skilled supervision of Bobbie Kennedy, have been instrumental in creating islands and planters, edged, loamed and mulched, into which we put flowers and shrubs, but it’s the structural work that your crews do for us that makes our individual gardens lovely.    Your partnership with our club is much appreciated and the importance of that partnership is evident when residents and visitors alike remark on the beauty of Medfield, its trees, shrubs and flowers, all of which make Medfield, Medfield.

Thank you for the work you do in our TASC sites and thank you for your continued and long-time support of the Medfield Garden Club. We couldn’t do it without you!


Michele Feinsilver Hoye

President, Medfield Garden Club



Medfield Garden Club Holiday Home Sale

MGC-Holiday Home Sale 2017

Hello friends and neighbors.


The Medfield Garden Club would like to invite you to the 2017 Holiday Home Sale, “Deck the Halls,” on Saturday, December 2 at the Unitarian Church, 26 North Street in Medfield from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Holiday Home Sale is our biggest fundraiser and this year we’ve created a new fashion forward look for any home decor, inside or out. We’ll still have traditional tabletop and boxwood favorites, but we invite you to experience our beautiful custom wreaths, our welcoming porch and entryway designs and our imaginative arrangements in unusual containers and materials sure to please any decorating taste. 


Included in this email is a poster to share. Please tell everyone you know about our sale and please bring family and friends to our event. We want this “new” holiday sale to be a success so the Medfield Garden Club can continue to support its mission of conservation, community beautification and education. 


The Medfield Garden Club has an eight-five year history in Medfield. Community support has been the cornerstone of our viability as a non-profit and we thank you for that generous support.


In appreciation from the Medfield Garden Club and wishing you the best this holiday season,


Michele Feinsilver Hoye

President, Medfield Garden Club

Medfield Garden Club requests town’s financial support


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Medfield Garden Club Request for Funding for TASC (Town Area Sites)



The Medfield Garden Club is requesting $2500 from the Town of Medfield’s Local Meal Tax Fund to defray the cost of renovation for several of its civic planting sites and to contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the club’s twenty-three sites in town.


The Medfield Garden Club was  established in 1933 for the purpose of community beautification, conservation, and education. The first civic plantings by the club were done in 1935 when Medfield Garden Club members planted trees at schools and the police station. The club has a long history of volunteerism in town. The Medfield Garden Club currently maintains twenty-three TASC sites around Medfield with four season interest. The sites include the Town Hall and the Medfield Public Library, the stone planters at the entrances to the town serving as a welcome to Medfield, and many island and container gardens  within the downtown area.  These sites require the year-round efforts of thirty-five Medfield Garden Club volunteers and a budget of $4900. In addition to the twenty-three island and container gardens, the Medfield Garden Club provides the winter wreaths, swags, and greens for the Town House, the Medfield Public Library and the gazebo.




For nearly eighty-five years, the club has self-funded its efforts to maintain its civic beautification sites through two major fundraisers:  a spring plant sale and a winter holiday greens sale. Unfortunately, over time, these fundraisers have contributed less and less to our revenue due to increased competition with inexpensive nursery or outlet stock, fewer people gardening and more people having landscapers buy and install plants for homeowners and rising prices on the cost of our materials.


The Medfield Garden Club is in need of financial assistance to perform our site renovations and ongoing maintenance. We are requesting that the Town of Medfield partner with us to ensure the continuation of our beautification efforts in the community. The Medfield Garden Club is committed to keeping these twenty-three sites looking their best season to season and year to year. With that goal in mind, the club began making major changes to our TASC sites starting this spring in 2017. Renovations will continue through the summer of 2018.



Schedule and Scope of Work


We are transitioning from annuals, which are expensive, water hungry plants, to native plants, to more drought resistant  perennials and to dwarf shrubs. This plan is expensive for start-up costs, but we expect it will pay off over the years with more consistent beauty and hardier plants and with lower maintenance and watering needs. We are utilizing non-toxic water saving crystals in most of the container gardens to further reduce watering needs.


We are also in the process of renovating several sites to neaten and provide continuity among the island gardens with granite curbing and an edging of river stone and mulch. Bobby Kennedy and the DPW crew have been very responsive and helpful as we make some of these hardscaping upgrades. The DPW did a wonderful job building the stone planters at the entrances to Medfield, the DPW site, and at Knollwood and South Streets. The stone planters were installed one at a time over the last several years and are a beautiful welcome into our community.


Additionally, we working with John Thompson to include stone and other artifacts from the Medfield State Hospital to serve as focal points in the island gardens that bookend the Hospital district.


The combination of these efforts will result in more aesthetically pleasing gardens that will be easier and less costly to maintain in terms of worked hours,  dollars and water usage.




Michele Feinsilver, president of the Medfield Garden Club, and I had a recent discussion with Mr. Sullivan who suggested that we request funding from the Local Meals Tax Fund, since most of our sites are within the downtown area and go a long way towards enhancing the appearance of the Town to residents and passersby. To that end, we are requesting $2500 from the Town of Medfield for the renovation and maintenance of our twenty-three sites. All thirty-five of our TASC site volunteers report community members stopping to admire the club’s plantings and to thank us for all we do to beautify the town.


Thank you for your consideration and contribution to our ongoing volunteer efforts.


Nancy Tella

Chairperson, TASC Sites

Medfield Garden Club












Locations of the 2017 Medfield Garden Club TASC Sites


DPW Stone Planter

Harding and West Mill Streets

Hospital Road and Harding Streets

Hospital Road and Route 27

Hospital Road at McCarthy Field

Library Containers

Library In-ground, Native Shade Garden and Walkways

Meeting House Pond

North and Farm Street

North and Harding Streets

North and Pine Streets

North Street and Route 109

Safety Building, Dale Street

Route 109 and Causeway Streets

Route 109 and Hartford Street

Route 109 East Stone Planter

Route 109 West Stone Planter

Route 27 South Stone Planter

Routes 109 and 27

South and Knollwood Streets

South and Philip Streets

South Street Extension and Route 27

Town Hall


Total TASC Four Season Budget 2017


Costs for soil, plant material, annuals and perennials, holiday and seasonal decorations for individual sites and containers


In-ground Sites                                 12@$150 each                                                                  $1800

Small Containers                              7@$150 each                                                                    $1050

Large Containers                              8@$200 each                                                                    $1600


Town Hall/Library/Gazebo Winter Greens

Six (6) large wreaths, two (2) regular wreaths, ten (10) swags                                       $ 450


Total TASC Budget for 2017                                                                                                          $4900


Volunteer Hours Necessary to Maintain Sites


The Medfield Garden Club has one TASC coordinator who oversees all sites and site managers. The club has thirty-five site managers who are responsible for planting, weeding and watering on a weekly or twice weekly basis depending on the specific site needs, weather and time of year. Currently, mulch, river stones and curbing is provided by the Town DPW. Water continues to be a pressing issue at most sites and safety is always a concern because the sites are primarily located on highways and byways.

New planting island at Rte 27 & Hospital Road

From the Medfield Garden Club –


Dear Fellow Residents of Medfield,
As you enter the north side of Medfield on route 27, The Medfield Garden Club hopes you will take note of a new garden site we have just installed at the Hospital Road island. It is a lovely example of collaboration between the Selectmen’s office, the Dept of Public Works, and the Medfield Garden Club with the common goal of beautifying the Town of Medfield.
With the support of the Selectmen, the MGC planned the site and with the tremendous assistance of the men of the Highway Dept, it has become a reality. Under the direction of Ken Feeney, Bobby Kennedy and his crew pulled up the ugly green asphalt, dug up the soil, placed a couple of large stones as focal points and then edged the island site with river stones and mulch. Even without the plants it was beautiful!! The garden has just been planted and mulched and will hopefully develop into a pretty roadside garden to welcome folks as they enter our town.
Please enjoy, and thanks again to all involved in this effort.
Nancy Tella

On being a selectman

Long discussion yesterday with Mike Sullivan and his intern, Kyle Andrulonis, about Building Committee and town governance issues.

  • garage site work being preformed by our own DPW is ahead of schedule
  • huge amounts of underground infrastructure being installed, including what Mike described as several Olympic sized swimming pool holes to allow for on-site disposal of  the storm water run off
  • DPW saving the town lots of money
  • salt shed almost completed

The DPW will deal with the North Street paving before the start of school – it is greatly needed as soon as possible given how bad the hole at Green Street has become

I reminded Mike of my suggestion to have Ken Feeney lead a discussion about how our road maintenance efforts extend the life of our roadways and to confirm our use of best practices to extend road life.  The Massachusetts Municipal Association has been providing a lot of information about how ongoing maintenance is the cheapest route in the long run.  I also reminded Mike that Ken should publish his list of streets planned for repairs so pe0ple know just where their street stands on the list – that will give residents some idea of how long they will be waiting.  Giving the residents good data is what the town needs to be doing.

The DPW also needs to get to the Garden Club projects approved by the Board of Selectmen relating to upgrading the plantings at all four town signs and the Hospital Road at Rte 27 island.

The Affordable Housing Committee draft of its Affordable Housing Production Plan was put out last fall, but progress seems to have stalled.  In response to my queries, Mike mentioned that the consultant, Judy Barrett, we hired to write the plan, left the company with whom we contracted for that plan (specifically so we could get Judy to do it).

I have no town committee meetings this week, but I am still spending lots of time reviewing the draft legislation and documents about the transfer to the town of the Medfield State Hospital land for the water tower and the wellfields, as the details of the language are worked out to match the agreement with DCAMM that was part of the mediated resolution of the MSH environmental clean up.  I am told that we are now hoping that the legislature will take up that issue come September, given their light summer schedule.  The town owes thanks to resident volunteers Steve Nolan, Bill Massaro, and John Harney for shepparding that effort along.

Massachusetts Historic Commission 7/18/13 letter to DCAMM agrees to allow demolition of the stable and maintenance builds at the Medfield State Hospital, but refused demolition of the Odyssey Building across the street.  The stable is beautiful, but in danger of collapse.  The mainenance building needs to be removed so testing for the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) can continue under the site of the building.  DCAMM had kindly agreed to demolish Odyssey house at the town’s request as part of the mediated settlement of the Medfield State Hospital environmental clean up, but now the MHC stands in the way of that happening.  There will need to be a long discussion with the MHC over the 1890’s building at the Medfield State Hospital, as it is expected that their condition will turn out to be so poor as to be uneconomic to rehab.  The MSH Development Committee is exploring undertaking condition studies to get better data.  The Town of Medfield also needs to know how its own Historic District Commission will react if the town asks to demolish those 1890’s buildings – Commission chair, Mike Taylor, at the MSH Development Committee meeting last week intimated that he preferred the buildings to be saved.  All mainly agree that is an admirable goal, but the real question is at what cost – if it costs too much to rehab the 1890’s buildings, it could make any redevelopment of the MSH site uneconomic.  Most are guessing that the poor, dilapidated conditon of those buildings will mandate their demolition.

Garden Club meeting

Garden Club president, Nancy Tella and I met this morning for almost an hour to discuss the possible expansion of their volunteer services to the town, in response to my queries.

First, she was suggesting changing the plantings at the traffic islands on Hospital Road where it meets Rte. 27, to match the traffic islands at the intersections of Hartford Street and Rte. 108 or Harding Street at Hospital Road, where they is an actual planting bed inside a ring of cobblestones.  The Hospital Road location would need the installation of a water spigot, as the DPW did for the Hartford Street traffic island, and there is a water line that goes past the site.

Second, she was suggesting installing raised planting beds around the four major Medfield town signs on Rte. 109 and Rte. 27., created by rings of granite stones.  Again, the installation would need to be done by the DPW.

Third, she indicated that she would be willing to ask the Garden Club membership if they would be willing to co-coordinate with others the planting of street trees in town.  My inchoate idea is that we first get technical assistance from a local arborist about what street trees to plant, have a resident/DPW committee work through where to plant the trees, them have some interested group and/or groups coordinate the effort, enlist families to sponsor individual street trees by underwriting what I think might be about a $200-300 cost to buy the tree and the watering bag, and use the DPW’s expertise to actually plant the trees.   Nancy mentioned the importance of follow up care and watering to have the trees survive.  I suggested that I would favor the won paying to acquire a vehicle that could water the trees for them, which could also be used to water the 21 sites currently maintained by the Garden Club already.  The town gets such huge benefits from the tremendous volunteer efforts of the Garden Club, that the town should invest in providing the Garden Club members the tools to better serve the town’s interest.  It would be short money for the amount of return we would get.