The Bedford Garden Club: Thanks for Another Season of Splendor

One view of the garden at Springs Road and Hillside – Image (c) Chris Lipson, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view full-sized image, and look further down in this story to see more views of this garden

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen, with thanks to the Bedford Garden Club

One view of the garden at the intersection of North and Chelmsford Roads – Image (c) Kim Verdries, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view a full sized image, and look further down in the story to see more views of this garden

As summer draws to a close, here’s a quick look back at the flower beds maintained throughout the growing season by the Bedford Garden Club.

The Garden Club prepares and maintains gardens at 18 traffic islands, corners, and public buildings throughout heavily traveled areas of Bedford, including the Lillian Dutton Memorial Herb Garden at the Job Lane Farm Museum, whose work is part of the historical preservation plan for one of the Town’s oldest houses.

At each site, members plant perennials and annuals and they mulch, water, and weed, creating four- season interest at many locations. These gardens and plantings have been designed, tended, and beautified by Club members for many years and benefit the entire Bedford community. This effort is led by Civic Committee Chair Jan Burnes.

Summer 2017 locations and personnel for each planting site follow:

Brooksbie/Great Rd. 
(including Center Island) 
*Christine McGovern, Kate Faulkner, and Sandy Alexander

Burlington/Old Billerica Rd
*Judy Storer, Janet Schimelfenyg and Martha Bryson (non-member)

Dunster/Page Rd.
*Cheryl Miksenas

North/Chelmsford Rd
*Kim Verdries and Barbara Aldorisio

Page/Old Billerica Rd
(often thought of as Page/Burlington Road)
*Barbara Kupfrian, Toni Wood,  Lisa Di Sanzo, Dawn Warrington, Mary Kernan, Kathy Strauch, Gayle Lewis and Sylvia Mallory (nonmember)

Springs/Hillside Rd.
*Claire Austin-White, Susan Wingfield, Chris Lipson, Priscilla Grunes, Kay Hamilton, Carol Amick, Judy Watkins, and Elinor Gonzales (nonmember)

Springs/Pine Hill Corners
(two gardens)
*Bridget Clayton, and *Cheryl Miksenas

Loomis/Webber Ave.
*Claire Higson, Gladys Drohan, Sue Giurleo, Jodi Mahoney, and Joanne Orlando

(Planting and Weeding)
*Jan Burnes, Marion Connarton,  Kaye Spofford, Gloria Moll, Barbara O’Neil, Barbara Feehrer, Jane Button, Christine McGovern, Gayle Lewis, and employee volunteers from Thermo Fisher Scientific

Burlington/Hume Rd.
*Judy Brunner, Lori Gleason (nonmembers), Dorothy Africa, and Kathy Recca

Old Town Hall
*Jan Burnes, Marion Connarton, Barbara O’Neil, Barbara Feehrer, Kaye Spofford, and Gayle Lewis

Shawsheen/Page Rd
*Sandy Baker, Bonnie Kelly, Heather Day, and Caren Caplan (nonmember)

South Rd./Railroad Ave
*Breena Daniell-Gordon, Jodi Mahoney, and Anne Meffan (nonmember)

Davis/Concord Rd
*Mary Ellen Dunstan,Robin Edmonds, Judy Watkins, and Mary Ellen Doherty

Job Lane Herb Garden
*Jo Champney, Claire Higson, Bridget Clayton, Jeannette Pothier, Kathryn Rifkin, Dorothy Africa, Priscilla Grunes, and Chris McGovern

Minuteman Bikeway Gardens
*Terry Gleason and Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway

* Indicates Garden Coordinator

Images of the garden at Springs and Hillside – all (c) Chris Lipson, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view full-sized image

Images of the garden at the corner of Chelmsford and North Road (c) Kim Verdries, 2017 all rights reserved – Click each image to see it at full size

For more information about the Bedford Garden Club and its monthly meetings, please visit

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4 years ago

Gorgeous, always!! Tx for beautifying Bedford!!

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