Two of the 3 cornerstones of the Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough’s purpose are Beautification and Conservation: planning, designing, creating, planting and maintaining beautiful gardens in the city that are respectful of our natural resources and conserve them to the extent possible.

Designing and maintaining well thought-out gardens and plantings has evolved over the club’s history as plant science has advanced and education on these topics has been provided to professionals and volunteers engaged in community beautification. Whenever and wherever possible, the club works accordingly with the environment in which city gardens are located by being respectful of existing light, water and soil conditions. Club members evaluate creative layouts, hardscape materials, colors, heights and varying bloom times in order to create and maintain the city’s gardens. We are engaging more and more perennial drought-tolerant plants, trees and shrubs which helps the club reduce watering needs and encourages success of the plantings therefore avoiding waste created by failed plantings. By promoting the use of Native New England plants and Pollinator Plants we encourage successful plantings which will also “give back” to the environment’s resident birds, bees and other helpful insects.

The club also provides gardening education opportunities to targeted groups in our community such as older adults. Our Garden Therapy is an outreach program that brings gardening information and activities directly to older adults in the community, for example those living in assisted living communities and community facilities, such as the Marlborough Senior Center. Information about our Garden Therapy program is available by contacting us at .

Student Scholarships can be awarded annually when there is a qualifying applicant. For more information about our student scholarships, contact us at

Information about club-based learning opportunities is available on our Events page, in The Trumpet Vine and The Grapevine newsletters, on our Facebook page and at club meetings.

Information about other learning opportunities is available through the club and specific state and national gardening organizations. Learn more about these, specific to your interests, by contacting us at