Our History​

 

When the Colonial Garden Club of Hollis was organized in 1966, it was the desire and intent of the founders to provide a forum where knowledge as well as the joys of gardening could be shared. Surrounded by the natural beauty of New England, the Club has been dedicated to helping maintain and enhance the beauty of Hollis, New Hampshire.

The Colonial Garden Club achieved more than the original founders dared to dream, including many landscaping projects throughout the community like Hollis Social Library, Hollis Town Hall, Farley Building, Always Ready Engine House, and Monument Square.  Contributions have also been made to many other community projects over the years, including the Nissitissit Land Fund, Town Hall Restoration, Ambulance Fund, Clean Up Day, and the Therapeutic Garden for Home, Health, and Hospice. 

Working in cooperation with Beaver Brook Association, the Club participated in the Save the Elm Project and helped establish the Horticultural Library.

Beginning in 1992, the Wheeler House garden was restored in honor of the late Lucie Beebe. Restoration took place over a two-year period and included redesigning the garden as well as rebuilding the stone walls. Today, the Lucie Beebe Garden stands as a testament to the continued dedication of the Club members, who regularly volunteer their time to maintain it.

In 1996, the shed behind Little Nichols Field was rebuilt, a town project initiated by the Garden Club. In 1998, members designed and planted the garden around the flagpole at the new Hollis Brookline High School.

When electricity and water were not readily available on the Town Common, particularly around the Monument, the Garden Club worked to ensure these services were made available, allowing plants to be more easily watered and spotlights to illuminate the holiday wreaths and annual plantings.

Community Contributions: 

  • Town Beautifications include the Seasonal Town Plantings in Monument Square, the Town Hall, Hollis Library planters,  the Wheeler House and Lucie Beebe Gardens and the Always Ready Engine House
  • Fall clean-up at all these locations including the Lawrence Barn
  • Christmas/Holiday Wreaths and Swags all around town and in addition to the above locations, the schools, fire station, police stations, and Memorial Park. 

Charitable Contributions:

  • Annual $1,000 Scholarship to a graduating senior
  • Beaver Brook Association
  • Congregational Church of Hollis
  • Middle School Greenhouse Projection in 2017

Artistic Floral Contributions and Participation:

  • Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Hollis Social Library floral arrangements at front desk
  • Quilt in Bloom, Pepperell Lawrence Library, 1017

It is through our fundraising that the club proudly supports

all our community projects and charitable contributions.