Presidents Message

Maplewood Garden Club’s President Monthly Message

December 2023

DECEMBER IS HERE and it is holiday season once again! Whatever our personal traditions, we all celebrate this time with family, coming together to break bread and share gifts, in houses decorated for the festivities. I don’t know your time frame, but for my household, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, the decorations start coming down from the attic, and I start getting busy putting everything up, so as soon as December opens, the house is fully adorned.

OUR TOWN OF Maplewood is no different. The first weekend in December is chocked full of events to help get it decorated and the Maplewood Garden Club proudly assists in making the season special for our friends and neighbors. This year the Train Station Tree will be going up on Friday, December 1st, wreaths will be made on Saturday, December 2nd, and the exterior of the station will be adorned with pine swags later that afternoon.  Dickens Village will open with tree lighting and Santa’s visit on Sunday, December 3rd. Whew! A busy start to the holidays, and MGC is part of it all!

THANKS TO ALL of you who helped create ornaments for this year’s train station tree. The birds, hearts, and seed pods are beautiful! If you’re free the morning of the first, come down to the station and help put the decorations on the tree. Come to the Parlor at the Woodland on Saturday, December 2nd and help make the wreaths that will be festooning doors across town. It makes me so proud to see the love for our town expressed in the wreaths we make and deliver. Look for them not only at the train station, but at the libraries, the Durand-Hedden house, the Senior Center and DeHart Community Center, the Greenhouses, the Woodland, and so many other places. And don’t forget to visit our scale-model greenhouse that is part of Dickens Village! Another adorable way we show our love for this town.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE to bring a little of MGC’s holiday magic into your own home, some our handmade ornaments will be available for you to take with you from our meeting on December 4th! They are from prior year’s station trees and include crocheted snowflakes, painted sweetgum pods, as well as little bees we made from sequoia pinecones. Please feel free to take as many as you would like.  Use them on wreaths, on a tree, or as fun gift toppers, and be reminded of all the joy MGC brings to your life as you celebrate with you and yours.


~ Lisa Lackey