Members of the Canton Garden Club spent several hours designing floral arrangements on Friday. The group gathered at the Canton Public Library for the floral prep for Saturday's For The Birds! Gala benefiting the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Although the Canton Garden Club and the Massachusetts Audubon Society are not officially linked, the two nonprofit groups have similar priorities close to their hearts. Many people know that the Mass Audubon Society ranks conservation as a high priority. Folks may be surprised to know that conservation and nature-education are also main goals of the Canton Garden Club.
For many of the Garden Club members, volunteering to arrange the floral centerpieces for the gala is a great way to volunteer for an organization that promotes habitat preservation and conservation that many wild plant and animal species require.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Roxy Gray of Canton said.
Many of the Garden Club members are also members of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, which is holding their annual gala at the Reebok Center in Canton tonight (April 2) at 7:00 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will support the children’s programming at the Visual Arts Center in Canton.
“It is so important to have the Audubon Society here in Canton," Gray said. “It is a great place for kids to go and have lessons and experience nature.”
The dozen women who arranged the floral centerpieces on Friday afternoon appeared to be in great spirits, as they designed beautiful arrangements with a variety of local flora, including decorative ivy snipped right from one member's garden. Dogwood twigs were freshly cut to serve as perches for little bird figurines that were nestled into each centerpiece. White hydrangeas, bear grass and yellow alstroemeria gave color and depth to the stunning arrangements.
“This is what we are all about,” Lorraine Hatch said.