Belmont Garden Club’s Anne Allen Lecture Focus On Landscaping With Native Plants

Photo: Landscape at Garden in the Woods (Credit: Wikipedia)

Ulrich Lorimer, director of horticulture for the Native Plant Trust, will be the feature speaker at the fourth Anne Allen Horticultural Lecture to take place Thursday, March 28 from 7:30 p.m. at The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Ave. This lecture series is sponsored by The Belmont Garden Club.

Lorimer, an advocate for the use of native plants in the designed landscape, oversees the daily operation of the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts. Nasami Farm nursery focuses on the propagation of and research about New England native plants. 

The Anne Allen Horticultural Lecture is a biennial event that honors the life of Anne Allen, a life in gardening, horticulture and public service. Anne was a lifelong member of The Belmont Garden Club.  The Claflin family, which Allen is related, were founding members of The First Church in Belmont UU and founders of the town of Belmont.  

Thursday’s Allen Memorial Horticultural Lecture Explores The World Of The Modern Plant Hunter

Photo: Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

The lecture is free and honors the gardening legacy of Anne Allen.

The third annual Anne Allen Memorial Horticultural Lecture will be held Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Waldorf High School, 160 Lexington St. It will also be streamed on Zoom, with the Zoom link available at

This year’s speaker is Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, sharing his experience and understanding of plant exploration in “Tales from the Plant Explorer: Adventures in Plant Collecting Around the World.”

The focus of the talk, plant exploration – going into the wild to document plant diversity – is not just a Victorian Era activity, but is very much alive and well in 2020. As a veteran plant explorer, Dosmann uses examples from his own expeditions around the world to compare the historic and modern plant hunter, and places these activities in the context of scholarship, global change, and the search for improved garden plants.

Anne Allen was an Honorary Member of the Belmont Garden Club. Like her mother before her, Anne gave the use of the family greenhouse to the Belmont Garden Club. Anne was also known for helping to initiate and provide guidance to the Chenery Middle School indoor garden. Anne’s family made a memorial bequest to the Belmont Garden Club to fund a horticultural lecture in Anne’s memory.

Welcome Home: Belmont Garden Club’s Holiday Door Tour Set For Dec. 5

Photo: Design Captains, Carolyn Boyle and Sara Townsend who is also the Belmont
Garden Club co-President

Belmont Garden Club’s Holiday Door Tour is next week!

Called “Welcome Home – A Holiday Door Tour,” the club’s big holiday fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Dec 5 from noon to 3 p.m.

The Garden club members are busy getting ready to decorate the doors and entryways of nine Belmont homes creating a festive and fun holiday event for the town. There will also be free hot cocoa and cookies and local musicians at some of the homes.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 day of. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available ONLINE at or at Westcott Mercantile and Westcott Mercantile Home & Garden in Belmont Center, or by calling Sue Kelleher at 617-650-2086.

Proceeds from the event provide the Belmont community with horticultural enhancements and the continued beautification of Belmont spaces.

Leonard Street Again One-Way As Center Welcomes Return To A More Normal (Photos)

Photo: Placing jersey barriers along Leonard Street as Belmont Center’s main roadway becomes one-way ’til Halloween.

The Flett Company’s trucks and excavator were rolling down Leonard Street Monday morning, May 3, as workers under the management of Department of Public Works Director Jay Marcotte placed 35 jersey barriers and 100s of metal barricades along Belmont Center’s busiest road. From today to the end of October, the town’s main business thoroughfare will be a one-way avenue, running southward from Alexandra Avenue to Moore Street as the area becomes a pedestrian and dining friendly spot.

With residents returning to those pre-pandemic “normal” activities as vaccinations become the norm rather than an exception, “we want to welcome them back and enjoy the Center,” said Heidi Sawyer of the Belmont Garden Club.

The single lane road – 10 mph, please – is a return from 2020 when Leonard Street was narrowed to allow restaurants to expand their al fresco dining during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While created to assist the struggling eateries, residents and visitors found the added space to be a new found pleasure which allowed for strolling and people watching during a time when most residents were stuck at home.

There are some improvements from last year as the barriers have a fresh coat of silver paint, bright yellow tables, chairs and umbrellas are scattered along the sidewalks and the inclusion of play spaces with table tennis and other fun activates.

But the most recognizable upgrade from last year are the dozens for planters filled with flowering scrubs and bushes placed on and in-between the jersey barriers, thanks to a collaboration of the Belmont Center Business Association and the Belmont Garden Club which was supported by a $25,000 gift from a local couple which will go to making the summer a return to a more normal.

Tour Belmont’s Community Of Gardens On Sunday, June 9

Photo: Stones on the Belmont Garden’s Cultivating Community garden tour.

The Belmont Garden Club invites the public to participate in “Cultivating Community – A Tour of Gardens” on Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The self-guided tour will include nine private gardens and the Woodlands Garden located at the Belmont Public Library representing the Belmont community.

There will be scheduled demonstrations at the garden stops on containers and floral design, composting, the work of the club’s junior gardeners, and music and art in the gardens.

Tickets are $30 before Sunday (available at Westcott Mercantile stores in Cushing Square and Belmont Center or from a Garden Club member at 617-484-4889) or $35 day of the tour (pick up at the Belmont Public Library).

Proceeds from the tour along with sponsorships will help provide the Belmont community with horticultural enhancements and the continued beautification of community spaces. It will also assist our club programs such as:

  • Junior gardeners,
  • gardening workshops at the Belmont Manor Nursing facility, and
  • scholarships presented to Belmont High School students.


Belmont Garden Club Is Selling Plants And Showing Off On Saturday

Photo: Perennials, please!

The Belmont Garden Club will be holding its annual Perennial Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Belmont’s Town Day, Saturday, June 2. Plants, annuals, and herbs will be on sale with all proceeds going to the club’s college scholarships, town plants and community programs. 

The sale will take place in front of the Belmont Lions Club at the corner of Royal Road and Common Street near the commuter rail tunnel at the entrance of Belmont Center.

Coinciding with the sale, the Garden Club is holding its summer show at the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. 


Garden Club Holding Holiday ‘Greens’ Sale Saturday, Dec. 2

Photo: Nancy Haley of the Belmont Garden Club.

Nancy Haley has been a member of the Belmont Garden Club for “all of three months” but that didn’t put-off the long-time Belmont resident from showing off her wreath-making skills at the Belmont Public Library this week. 

Haley joined more than a dozen fellow enthusiasts preparing for The Belmont Garden Club’s annual Holiday Greens Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church, 421 Common St.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Handmade greens designs will be available along with a Bake Sale of delicious home-baked goodies and a Green Elephant Table with an assortment of items to fill your home with holiday joy.  

Come early for best selections.

Belmont Garden Club’s Holiday Garden Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3

Photo: Arrangement for the holidays.

This Saturday, Dec. 3, the Belmont Garden Club is hosting a Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Five Belmont homes will be beautifully decorated for the season with greens, floral and craft designs by club members. Come and enjoy a self-guided tour filled with creative and inspiring ideas.

Advance tickets are on sale for $35 at Champion Sporting Goods or by calling 617-484-4889. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $40 at the Belmont Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. where all ticket holders can pick up tour maps. 

The Holiday House Tour is Belmont Garden Club’s biggest fundraiser for the year with proceeds supporting civic programs such as community plantings, hospital therapy with the residents of Belmont Manor, college scholarships and the Woodland Garden at the Belmont Public Library.  

For more information please visit the club’s website.


Perennials, Please! Garden Club Yearly Plant Sale Saturday, May 21

Photo: The annual plant sale on Saturday.

Belmont Town Day would be incomplete if you did take home something for your garden or that empty patch from the Belmont Garden Club’s 2016 Annual Perennial Sale.

The plants are grown by the members and include shade and sun-loving perennials, annuals and herbs. 

The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 in front of The Lions Club adjacent the MBTA commuter rail station, at the intersection of Common Street and Royal Road. 

The proceeds raised from this annual event help fund the club’s community projects and its scholarship fund.

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Peeking Behind the Hedges: Private Gardens Opened on Club’s Tour [Video]

Photo: A stop on the Belmont Garden Tour. 

Six private homes and a familiar location adjacent to the Belmont Public Library were highlighted on the 85th Anniversary Garden Tour hosted by the Belmont Garden Club on Saturday, June 13. 

Vehicles attempted to find parking along narrow streets on Belmont Hill as residents and garden enthusiasts descended to see what are private refuges.

Dedicated to the late Anne Allen, the club focused on homeowners “who have created beautiful garden spaces for themselves and their families to enjoy and who have generously opened these spaces for our edification and enjoyment.

Money raised by the tour will be used for community plantings, maintenance of the Woodland Garden which is located on the library’s grounds, garden therapy at Belmont Manor, college scholarships and educational offerings to the public on horticulture and floral design.