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The Springfield Garden Club is pleased to award Berkley Hutchins the Sandra MacGillivray Memorial Award. This scholarship of $1000 is given to one River Valley Technical Center student each year in remembrance of former teacher, Springfield Garden Club member, and outstanding citizen of Springfield, Sandy MacGillivray. The money for this scholarship came as donations from Sandy’s family and many friends from here and far away, and many fellow garden club members who all recognized her dedication to this community. Sandy taught business courses at the technical center and at Springfield High School for many years. She loved to work with students and to encourage and guide them in any way she could into living productive lives. This scholarship was awarded to Berkley at the RVTC awards night because she possesses some of the great qualities of leadership, scholarship, and diligence that Sandy MacGillivray exhibited throughout her life Berkley will be attending Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and pursuing a BS in nursing this Fall.



The June 2022 Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont meeting had a large Springfield contingent (click to enlarge):
FGCV 2022



Sandy MacGillivray Memorial Scholarship Established



Looking for Alicia’s Horticultural Notes? Just click here. Many thanks to Alicia Jenks for offering her inspirational gardening advice.



Enjoy Irises? See this from Marita Johnson:

To My 'Collection of Iris Friends',

I have produced a program on my Iris Gardens for SAPA TV, our Springfield Area Public Access Television Station. I think you’d enjoy watching it. It is in 2 parts, each is about 50 minutes long.Irises

It took me 120 hours to organize my photographs to tell the story, write and narrate the script and edit it together and add music.

It is partly just for enjoying the beauty of the irises, partly to learn the history of the stories behind my gardens and the many visitors who come, and partly educational on how to grow and care for irises.

If you do watch it, I’d enjoy hearing from you.



The programs are available on SAPA TV. Click on the links below:

An Iris Rainbow of Colors Part 1 (52 minutes)

Part 1 shows photographs and tells stories of the irises and visitors to Bruce & Marita Johnson’s spectacular iris garden which includes over 200 different colors of irises. It includes her visit to Oregon to visit the iris growers’ gardens where her irises have come from.

An Iris Rainbow of Colors Part 2 (47 minutes)

Part 2 tells the story of plants and visitors to the other gardens at Bruce and Marita Johnson’s home - the Crescent Garden of perennials, the Fairy Garden and Labyrinth which is designed in the shape of an iris. Also Marita gives gardening tips for growing irises, including how to divide and replant them.