Town Gardens: The Hanover Garden Club designs and plants twelve gardens in the town along Main Street, the Howe Library, Fire Station, Storrs Pond, the Co-op and more.
Colorful Beds of Flowers: The club members design the gardens each winter, order the plants and then in May, members come together to plant twelve gardens over two days. The gardens are maintained by HGC members and with a supporting grant from the Hanover Improvement Society.
Holiday decorations: The club purchases wreaths for the Hanover Town Hall, the Hanover Fire and Police Departments, Howe Library and Maynard House.
Education: Our members actively participate in seeding, transplanting and potting seedlings in our greenhouse in preparation for the annual Plant Sale as well growing plants for the many Town garden beds. The HGC "Weeder Team" tackles the beds once a month to give them extra TLC!
Funds for Local Libraries: The Club makes annual contributions to promote the purchase of books on gardening, conservation, sustainability and nature for adults and children. Contributions go to libraries in Hanover, Etna, Norwich, Lyme, Lebanon, West Lebanon, Plainfield, Orford, Enfield, Cornish, Thetford, and Fairlee. Read Up!
Julius Mason Fund & Beautification Project
Julius Mason, born in Hanover in 1894, was one of the town's loyal mail carriers for over 37 years. He was a devoted and energetic gardener and became an early and active member of the The Hanover Garden Club. Over the years he spent countless hours planting and caring for several roadside gardens to beautify Hanover, the town he loved.
In 1965, the Hanover Garden Club and the Hanover Conservation Council established the Julius Mason Fund to honor his devotion to the beautification of the town.
The fund was to provide for the continued maintenance of the public gardens and
beautification projects in Hanover.
In 2003, the Hanover Garden Club assumed full responsibility for the Julius Mason Fund. Three fund raising projects are organized each year to provide the necessary funding needed to carry out the beautification projects.
The Hanover Garden Club's Fact Sheet
The Hanover Garden Club was established in 1936 with the purpose of:
Promoting the knowledge and love of gardening
Participating in civic beautification
Promoting conservation and sustainability
The Hanover Garden Club continues to be a volunteer-based 501-(C) (3) organization with membership open to any resident of the Upper Valley who may be interested in the purposes of the Club. As part of our volunteer mandate, we provide a multitude of free services to the community at large.
230+ members representing thirteen NH and twelve VT Upper Valley Communities
The Club donates funds to 13 Upper Valley libraries enabling them to purchase books related to nature, gardening and sustainability
HGC sponsors a Horticultural Internship for The Montshire Museum of Science
Monthly meetings cover a variety of gardening topics. The free public programs run from September-November and January -May
HGC conducts community workshops related to pollinators,
sustainability, conservation and related gardening topics
Information on invasive plants is distributed locally
Maintain an active web site (www.hanovergardenclub.org)
Offer classes on gardening related topics through Osher
Provide weekly flower arrangements to patients at DHMC
Distribute individual holiday arrangements to Meals-on-Wheels recipients and other Senior Citizen groups at Christmas
Sponsor a yearly plant sale
Offer gardening advice to novice gardeners
Design, plant and maintain the Hanover town gardens.
Operate and maintain an active greenhouse, since 1989
Offer an Open Garden program during the summer months
In 2016 Cornish, Hanover and Woodstock were visited.
In 2017 Norwich, Post Mills, East Thetford, and Lebanon were visited.
In 2019 we visited Lebanon, Thetford, and Lyme gardens.
Provide Christmas wreaths to the town offices
History of the Town Gardens
In 1919, Julius Mason began his 37-year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Hanover, NH, and delivered mail primarily to the area west of Main Street. During his long career, he planted a variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs in many public places along his mail route. Over the years many gardens were developed and tended by Mr. Mason. During the summer months, these areas of Hanover were a blaze of color.
After his death in 1965, the Hanover Conservation Council, in association with the Hanover Garden Club, established the Julius Mason Fund. The primary purpose of the fund was to continue what Julius Mason had started some 46 years earlier.
Between 1965 and 2003, the Hanover Conservation Council and the Hanover Garden Club shared in the over-sight of these gardens. By 2003, the Hanover Garden Club assumed full responsibility for the fund and continues to design, plant and maintain between eleven to fourteen gardens each summer. In 2004-2005, the Club added hanging baskets to the Town Garden program.
The Hanover Garden Club supports the Julius Mason Fund with fund-raising efforts throughout the year. For the past several years, The Hanover Improvement Society has provided supplemental funds to water the baskets and gardens that adorn Main Street. It is with great pride that our members of the garden club are continuing what Julius Mason started so long ago. This effort is continued each summer for the community to enjoy.
Hanover's Julius Mason gardens today:
Gilberte Interiors/Allen Street bed
Hanover Co-op triangle bed
Hanover Police and Fire Department bed
Hanover Town Hall bed
Howe Library planters and garden
Hanover Town Library barrels (Etna)
Hood Downtown Museum bed
Nugget Theater/Arcade beds (3)
Storrs Pond Kiosk bed and Tennis Hut basket
Daniel Webster Cottage street-side trough