Welcome to the online home of The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly, MA. Established in 1936, our organization enjoys maintaining our own home gardens as well as several civic gardens around the city. We are a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and The National Garden Clubs, Inc. Our meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, and many are open to the public. We’d love for you to join us!
Estate Gardens & Gardeners of Beverly Farms, 1920—1950’s
Presented by Nancy Coffey, Beverly Farms History Project
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open to the Public, Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room
Nancy Coffey will share photos and stories gathered as part of the Beverly Farms History Project. Her research includes stories of the lives of the gardeners—many of them self-educated—who looked after both small holdings and grand estate gardens like Rockmarge. Shown above are Louie Camagnolo and Joe DiFazio in front of their vegetable display.
One of the most unusual gardens was Albert Burrage’s Orchidvale—one of the world’s largest orchid collections. Learn about one Irishman whose first job upon arrival in the U.S. was as a mudhog digging Boston’s subway system and an illiterate Sicilian immigrant who had been “rented” out at the age of 8 as a goatherd. Refreshments will be available. FREE EVENT.