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CONSERVATION 2018-04-15T12:54:23+00:00

Focused on the Environment

The Cohasset Garden Club has focused on conservation since its earliest years, adhering to its mission to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

In keeping with our goal to protect the quality of the environment through educational programs the Club has a Conservation speaker at our public meeting every year. In addition, we have created and executed a number of extensive Conservation education projects for the Town.

Club Conservation projects have included:

  • Researching and producing a Green Resource Guide for the club and the larger community. Green as in local, natural, sustainable, innovative and organic. Local resources ran the gamut from information about local farms producing beef, cheese, vegetables, and honey; sources for baby and children’s safe and innovative products; and contact information for LEED certified architects.  It also contained an extensive Green Glossary and a What You Should Know paragraph in every section.

  • Creating and establishing an annual “Bee a Pollinator Pal” education week for the second grade class of Cohasset’s Osgood School. The week long program begins with a full grade assembly during which the South Shore Natural Science Center provides students with an overview of pollination and its importance to the reproduction of plants.

    Throughout the week, the Cohasset Garden Club provides students with in-class pollinator educational activities. Mid-week, each class gathers around the organic pollinator garden where students learn about the development of the garden, the importance of each plant within the garden to pollinators, and the important life above and below ground that supports the health of the plants. This includes “planting” earthworms in the garden every year. The week culminates with a butterfly release.

  • Participation in the Garden Club of America’s Garden History & Design Program in which very special Cohasset Garden Club’s members’ gardens are researched, documented and photographed for the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Selecting and planting native trees on the Town’s Common. 

  • Conservation speakers for our annual public meeting have included: David Gallo, former Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a pioneer in ocean exploration, who spoke on ocean exploration and the relationship between humanity and the sea; David Pendergast from Agora Greens, spoke about growing “leafy greens” inside a recycled 40’ shipping container that has been retro fitted into a high production and high technology growing machine; and Paul Tukey of SafeLawns.org whose mission is to create a broad-based coalition of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations committed to educating society about the benefits of environmentally responsible lawn care and gardening, with the goal of effecting a quantum change in consumer and industry behavior.

  • The Cohasset Garden Club also sends members as delegates to the Garden Club of America’s annual National Affairs and Legislation conference in Washington, D.C.  The conference features two days of speakers on conservation issues of national importance, including leaders of conservation nonprofits and congressmen and women from both sides of the political aisle. Presentations focus on important topics related to the GCA’s Position Papers on conservation issues.  On the final day of the conference, delegates meet with their Senators and Representatives to lobby on behalf of the GCA’s positions on these issues.

Local Conservation Organizations