Worcester Garden Club


The Salisbury Gardens and Greenhouses

An illustrated talk by James A. Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm
Theatre, Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Sponsored by the Worcester Garden Club, Preservation Worcester, and Tower Hill Botanic Garden as part of the Lost Gardens of Worcester County project.
Standing on Highland Street, the 1772 Salisbury Mansion and the 1838 Salisbury House are surrounded today by a large asphalt parking lot. Of course, this was not always the case. Gardens and greenhouses once graced the grounds of the Salisbury House, which stood alone on this site until 1929, when the Salisbury Mansion was moved here from its original location at Lincoln Square. Period photographs, many taken by Frederick Coulson, the gardener’s son, will bring to life late-19th century floriculture on the Salisbury estate – during its occupancy by Stephen Salisbury III.

Members of the club celebrate the newly installed signs at the Asian Longhorned Beetle-Resistant Arboretum in Green Hill Park. September 16, 2013.

Arbor Day, April 27, Green Hill Park

On Arbor Day, April 27, 2012 Worcester Garden Club celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Green Hill Park Arboretum.

This Arboretum is the culmination of three years of effort by WGC members. At the end of April, 2011, WGC won the national Founders Fund Award from The Garden Club of America, bringing $25,000 to Green Hill Park to establish a new arboretum of trees to demonstrate that specie diversity is the best way to surmount environmental challenges.

It is our hope that this park will become an educational destination where visitors can learn about which trees are resistant to the Asian Longhorned Beetle, and which trees are appropriate for their particular locations, adhering to GCA's mission of "right plant, right place."

WGC is proud to collaborate with the city's Parks Department and Forestry Operations, the Worcester Tree Initiative, and faculty and students from Worcester Technical High School to create this educational prototype.

Within the ensuing year, WGC looks forward to adding interpretive signage about individual trees, the Asian Longhorned Beetle, and the monocuture of maples that fueled the ALB infestation.

This event was reported on Worcester's Channel 3 News. To see the video clip, clickHERE.

The Telegram also featured Arbor Day and the Arboretum. ClickHERE to read the article.

Club Members at Arbor Day

For more pictures for the event go to the Community section of this website.

The Purposes of the Worcester Garden Club Are:

  • To promote the knowledge and appreciation of gardening, horticulture, flower arranging, and all phases of conservation;
  • To educate the community in the art of gardening, in the science of horticulture and in the conservation of all our national and local resources;
  • To encourage and develop civic planting throughout Worcester County.