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Garden Club & Rail Trail to Celebrate Arbor Day

by Erin Dowling Porter

Celebrating its 80th year of planting trees in Holliston, the Holliston Garden Club announced today that it will host a brief Arbor Day ceremony at the Upper Charles Rail Trail head on South Street in Holliston on Friday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. to dedicate this year’s tree. Attending will be members of the Holliston Garden Club, including Arbor Day Committee Chair Carol Holly, members Annie Hale, Sharon Thornton, and Barbara Gardner, and Robert Weidknecht, Chair of the Holliston Trails Committee. The public is invited.

Special Garden Club thanks go to: Robert Weidknecht, Chair of the Holliston Trails Committee, who prepared the site; Gordie MacPhail, who planted; Kathy Thomas, who obtained funding; Milton Cohen, who watered; and Holliston town workers who dug holes, removed trees, and cleared.

Holliston Garden Club and Holliston Trails Committee cooperated on the planting of this site, which is intended as the start of planned Garden Club plantings along Holliston’s new Rail Trail. Plantings at South Street include a weeping Kousa dogwood, itea, enkianthus, viburnum and various ground cover. The club received matching grants for some of these plantings and also contributed funding. Clearing of the site, hole digging, planting and watering was performed with volunteers and Holliston town workers.

The Holliston Garden Club has been active in Holliston since 1933. Information on activities or membership can be found at

(A weeping “Kousa” dogwood tree in bloom, this year’s Holliston Garden Club Arbor Day tree.)

Photographers invited to this wicked great ceremony, at which there may even be cookies. Regards as always from the Garden Club.
Erin Dowling Porter

Holliston Garden Club