An Enchanting Tour of English Gardens.

On a cold January evening, Driftwood Garden Club current president Ginny von Rueden delighted the audience with highlights of the group tour she organized of Great Houses and Gardens of Yorkshire and the Lake District of England.

This was our first gathering held in the meeting room at the temporary library while Abbot Public Library undergoes extensive renovations. Many thanks to our hostesses and to the staff of the library for such a warm welcome.

The Tour! Planned in honor of Driftwood Garden Club’s 70th Birthday, the travelers were led by head gardeners in such exquisite sites such as York Minster, Littlethorpe Manor, Castle Howard (of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and ‘Bridgerton’ fame), Harlow Carr Gardens, Parcevall Hall, Levens Hall, Lowther Castle, and Holker Hall. Tour members enjoyed a private lakeside cruise along Windemere and a visit to Beatrix Potter’s home at Hilltop Farmhouse.

Please note that Ginny von Rueden will also present ‘A Tour of English Gardens’ for the Council on Aging Marblehead Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 15th at 12:30 pm.


‘Tis the Season to Decorate Holiday Wreaths!

Making Seasons Bright! Members of the Driftwood Garden Club gathered at the Jacobi Community Center to adorn over 50 fresh holiday wreaths and swags which are distributed by the Council on Aging to Marblehead residents.

DGC bow-making experts demonstrated their technique while the others decorated the fresh greenery with ornaments, pinecones, dried flowers and glitter.

Wishing all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!


Sneak Peek …Driftwood Garden Club elves help decorate King Hooper for Christmas Walk!

Please enjoy the Winter Wonderland décor created by five local garden clubs at Marblehead Arts Association’s King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. The Open House is Thursday evening 12/1 from 5-7 PM, and the mansion is open to the public during Christmas Walk hours on Saturday 12/3 and Sunday12/4 from noon till 5 PM.

Driftwood Garden Club elves installed the design created by members Ginny von Rueden and Laurie Boggis.


Save the Date, Local Garden Clubs Decorate King Hooper Mansion.

Please mark your calendars to visit Marblehead Arts Association’s “Winter Wonderland” at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA. Enjoy the festive holiday décor provided by Marblehead local garden clubs.

Open House is Thursday evening, December 1st from 5-7 PM.  The Artisans Holiday Marketplace and Winter Members Exhibition in the mansion will be open during the Marblehead Christmas Walk, Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4th from 12-5 PM.

And now … here’s a sneak peak of Driftwood Garden Club members working on the stunning design created by longtime-members Ginny von Rueden and Laurie Boggis.

Stay tuned for pictures of the final results installed in the King Hooper Mansion!


The Magic of a Winter Garden

Members of the Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead gathered recently for The Magic of a Winter Garden presentation by Joan Butler and Jan Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens.

According to master gardener Joan Butler, “The garden can be a magical place – even in winter! Stripped of summer foliage and flowers, the success of a winter garden lies in its structure, basic design and choice of plant material.” Their lecture provided inspiration and tips on designing our gardens for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting vignettes.

According to DGC Past President Kathy Bradford, Principal of Bradford Design Associates, “Ornamental grasses, sedums, and winterberry provide excellent winter interest. And don’t cut back until spring!”


Garden photos credit by Kathy Bradford.


Farewell to the Secret Garden, for now!

Members of the Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead gathered together on a crisp October morning to bid farewell to the Secret Garden at the Abbot Public Library. The Library at 235 Pleasant Street has moved to an interim location at the former Eveleth School while the building and grounds undergo extensive renovations. Renovations are scheduled to begin in December, with a projected completion in spring of 2024.

Abbot Library’s Secret Garden, named after the classic English novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has been lovingly upgraded and maintained by the Driftwood Garden Club for many years.

DGC Past-President Mary Stewart coordinated the design and installation of this granite key set in the Secret Garden’s brick patio back in the early 1990s. The key, a prominent symbol in the novel, unlocks the hidden garden where the children enjoy the wonders of nature and the healing of their spirits. Pictured is the original cover of The Secret Garden novel published in the U.S. in 1911. (source Houghton Library, Harvard University)

We look froward to the completion of the Abbot Library renovation with new garden space, and we look forward to our new civic projects in Marblehead.

The Secret Garden at Abbot Public Library, Marblehead, 2022

Eye Candy!

Even though most Driftwood Garden Club members are still hard at work in their own yards as well as tending the grounds of the Abbot Public Library, a few DGC gardeners also donate their time and talent to create luscious floral arrangements for the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion at 161 Washington Street in Marblehead. Hats off to our own Ginny von Rueden, Laurie Boggis, Susan McMullen, and Jo Ann Augeri Silva for treating us, and Lee Mansion visitors from around the globe, to this floral eye candy! Feast your eyes!

Arrangement by Susan McMullen.

Arrangement by Ginny von Rueden.
Arrangement by Ginny von Rueden.

Arrangement by Laurie Boggis and Susan McMullen
Arrangement by Laurie Boggis and Susan McMullen.
Arrangement by Ginny von Rueden

Driftwood Garden Club 70th Anniversary in the news!

The Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead proudly celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1952. Please take a few minutes to watch our current president Ginny von Rueden’s interview with James Maroney, Marblehead Community Media & Access, Inc. marbleheadtv.org

The story will air on this week’s Marblehead TV Headline News beginning Friday, June 24. Don’t miss it!

Here’s the link, enjoy!

James Maroney, Marblehead Community Media & Access, Inc. marbleheadtv.org. interviews Driftwood Garden Club President Ginny von Rueden.

Driftwood Garden Club Annual Luncheon 2022!

After a busy year of educational programs, a successful Plant Sale, maintaining the gardens at the Abbot Public Library, and working in our own gardens, members of the Driftwood Garden Club relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company at our Annual Luncheon in June. The weather was delightful and our hostess’s garden was picture perfect. 

Our outgoing President recapped the year and welcomed the new Officers and Board of Director Members.

Our incoming President and Club Historian highlighted the 70Th Anniversary of the Driftwood Garden Club’s founding in 1952.  Happy Birthday to the Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead!

Next year will be a year of transition as the library is renovated.  The DGC is flexible and committed to another civic project, whatever that may be.  Each member received a sentimental hosta plant, divided from hostas planted at the library many years ago.


Driftwood Garden Club Plant Sale 2022!

Many thanks to all our fellow gardeners, friends, families, and neighbors who bought plants at the Driftwood Garden Club Plant Sale on 5/7/22. We loved seeing your smiling faces as you carefully chose plants for your own gardens or to give as gifts. Thanks so much for your support.

The selection of specialty plants, including double bloodroot and trillium, sold out quickly. Hanging baskets, annuals, herbs, and succulents were popular. Gardeners marveled at the variety of healthy ground covers, sun and shade perennials, as well as orchids and hand-crafted baskets for Mother’s Day gifts.

And it’s a Wrap! DGC members enjoying lunch at The Landing after the sale!

Hope to see you next year!

From our gardens to yours, we hope your Driftwood Garden Club plants continue to thrive!