This committee oversees the preparing, planting, watering, fertilization and weeding of town gardens. All Civic Beautification participants are requested to help with Spring/Fall cleanup. Scheduling, designing and purchasing plant material is done by each garden Chair. Garden assignments, approving billing and overseeing all gardens is coordinated by the Beautification Chairwoman. No participant limit.

Corporation Beach Dory

Site Chair: Patricia Koehler


Alice Adams

Dot Craft

Trish Graham

Joanne Mockler

Mary Raycraft

Dennis Memorial Library

Site Chair: Barbara Norman

 Marilyn Bowen

Janet Levesque 

Laura Luke

Dennis Public Library

Site Chairs:

Nancy Wilson 

Colleen Baldelli

Dennis Port Pocket Park

Site Chair: Patti Sakellis

Melanie Carlson

Nancy Goldman

Donna Marino

Mary Karen Noonan

Pamela Olson

Kathy Ozella

Marie Susen

Dennis Senior Center

Site Chair: Christine Harrington

Lynn Carlson

Shawn Dahlstrom

Barbara Drowne

Barbara Fitzpatrick

Sheila Meehan

Phyllis Villemaire


Josiah Dennis Manse                  Interpretive Garden

Site Co-Chair: Mary Raycraft

Mary Karen Noonan

Jan Ward

Dennis Village Post Office

Site Chairs: Mary Rahal 

Donna Christensen

Marcia Fredericks 

Jean Forte

Jan Levesque 

Mayflower Beach Dory

Site Chair: Nadine Bradshaw

Susan Genoa

Mary Raycraft

Nobscussett Park

Site Chairs: Peggy Lahey

                    Mauvreen Ackley

Jan Kervick

Nobscussett Park

Site Chair: Peggy Lahey


Marjorie Dienhart

Mary Raycraft

Sheryl Vos

Jan Ward

Martha Young  

Chamber of Commerce

Site Chair: Elizabeth Ching                    

Mary Ann Politi

Marie Susen


The Chairperson of Awards researches the awards available for the Club from GCFM, New England Regional and National Garden Clubs Inc., and any other applicable sources. This information is shared with our VGCD Committee Chairs who may wish to apply for an award or grant.

Chair: Nancy Jamieson


The Design Study Committee holds club workshops to teach members good Floral Design using the Elements and Principles of Design as put forth by the National Garden Club, Inc. The committee will share techniques used to achieve good designs for Home and Shows.

Chairs:  Nancy Jamieson & Priscilla Hutchinson


The Environment Committee keeps members informed about significant conservation and environmental issues as well as local,

state and national legislation on environmental concerns. The use of the Grapevine, announcements at General Meetings, as well

as email notifications of upcoming Internet programs, allow a variety of ways of keeping the membership informed.

Chair:  Chris Harrington

Committee Members: Connie Maney


Garden Therapy spends time monthly with the residents of South Dennis Health Care creating crafts or garden related projects.

Each committee member is responsible for sourcing craft ideas and projects for a specific month which are preapproved by the Chairperson. At the end of the year committee members plant a garden for the residents.

Chair: Phyllis Villemaire 

Committee Members:  Marilyn Bowen, Patricia Koehler, Beverly Petti   


The Grapevine is the VGCD newsletter sent to all VGCD members informing them of scheduled activities and noteworthy information pertaining to gardening, nature, all aspects of VGCD and GCFM information and activities.

Chair: Candy Loiselle


The Horticulture committee, in conjunction with relevant committees is responsible for the planning and organizing of field trips, flower shows, December wreath decorating, horticultural minutes, providing center pieces for the December luncheon and Annual Meeting.

Co-Chairs: Nancy J Wilson & Colleen Baldelli 

Committee Members: Susan Foley, Nancy Jamieson, Barbara Lockhart, Kathy Ozella, Mary Raycraft    


This committee organizes the monthly meeting luncheon refreshments for VGCD members and guests to enjoy. The committee is responsible for proper cleanup and storage of materials.


Co-Chairs:  Connie Maney & Phyillis Villemaire 


The Membership Committee coordinates the record keeping for the body of all VGCD members. This includes the creation of new and renewal applications. Members will interface with any new applicants regarding their interests and skills following which applicant names will be presented to the Board for approval. Members of the committee will work with the Vice President (who is a de-facto member of the committee) to assign a mentor to each new member. The committee will take attendance at meetings and maintain records in print and electronic spreadsheet form showing all current members and their status. This information will be used by the committee to manage renewals and in conjunction with the Tech Team, make current membership lists available on the VGCD website under the secure section for other committees and club members to utilize. The committee along with the Vice-President, may take on other activities during the year such as a welcome event for new members, training for mentors or membership promotion events as needed.

Co-Chairs: Priscilla Cronin & Mary Ann Politi

Committee Members: Shawn Dahlstrom


This VGCD member takes photographs at all VGCD events and works with the website editor to display and archive all photos on the VGCD website.

Chair: Sheryl Vos


The Plant Sale Committee coordinates one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the annual plant sale. The committee is

responsible for all aspects of the sale including purchasing plants from nurseries, gathering members plants, locating a sale site, obtaining town permits, building a team, assigning tasks, works with various committees (as needed) such as the finance team, treasurer, tech team and publicity to coordinate funding and advertising. Additionally, leads the effort to collect plant accessories and vintage items offered for sale. They are responsible for building a team for the final cleanup and disposal of all site materials at the end of the sale. Lastly, provides the final reporting to include finances and balances of accounts within 30 days of the event.

Chair: Melanie Carlson, Marcia Fredericks, Patti Sakellis

Committee Members: Alice Adams, Colleen Baldelli, Nadine Bradshaw, Judie Christie, Enid Crowell, Jean Forte, Sylvia Gabos,

Nancy Goldman, Trish Graham, Christine Harrington, Nancy Jamieson, Laura Luke, Joanne Mockler,

Mary Karen Noonan, Bev Petti, Lynda Stamboni, Sheryl Vos, Nancy J Wilson 



This Committee researches and arranges monthly programs for the club. The program may include speakers and other gardening, nature, and environmentally related subjects, along with focuses that support our club mission and budgets. Additionally, committee members review speaker’s presentations and equipment needs either in person or via technology before engaging on behalf of the club. This includes being a liaison with the speaker, coordinating contracts, submitting requests for payment, introducing the speaker/subject at each monthly meeting. Prior to meeting day, all equipment requirements, plus equipment set up plan is in place to ensure high quality programs. Also, collaborates with other VGCD Committees members to assist in planning the December Member Luncheon, VGCD special events (anniversary celebrations) and providing updates to the Grapevine Editor and Tech Team representatives.

Chair: Donna Chipman, Betsy Harrison

Committee Members: Denise Bienfang, Judie DeCarolis, Barbara Drowne, Susan Genoa, Janice Kervick, Fran Iovinella, Karen Smith 


The Publicity Committee is responsible for managing communications and publicity for notable club events and activities while staying within budget. This includes all forms of written or electronic messaging, internet solutions and/or other avenues of affordable media for promotional purposes. Publicity works with the club photographer and various committees to achieve effective publicity awareness.

Chair: Candy Loiselle, Mary Karen Noonan, Marie Susen


This committee works with local schools and organizations to provide scholarships, tool-ships and grants to residents living on Cape Cod. Working with high school guidance counselors, the committee identifies students who plan to pursue careers in fields that support the mission of the VGCD such as horticulture, landscaping design, environmental science, botany, forestry and other related fields. The committee will meet to review applications and award college scholarships and tool-ships to students to help them meet their career goals. In addition, this group may offer grants and advice to Cape Cod schools and other community organizations to help these organizations create and promote gardens and greens spaces in our town.


Chair: Mary Rahal

Committee Members:  Donna Christensen, Judith Christie, Shawn Dahlstrom, Priscilla Hutchinson, Laura Luke, Connie Maney,

Mary Ann Politi, Patricia Sowpel 


This Committee is responsible for audio and video setup at each monthly meeting in conjunction with the Program Committee. Committee members manage and update the VGCD Facebook Page and website. Club laptop administration, including software updates, antivirus and hardware support, are managed by this team. This committee also works on creating media for all VGCD events such as the plant sale, open meeting and other special events in conjunction with the publicity team.


Co-Chairs: Candy Loiselle & Jan Ward

Committee Members: Elizabeth Ching


Based on current input from all committees, the yearbook committee creates the yearly VGCD yearbook, coordinates printing with detail to cost and distribution. Committee chairs must submit edits or new material to the yearbook Chair as scheduled to guarantee on-time publication. Yearbook draft(s) must be proofread by committee Chairs before going to print. In addition, committee Chairs must provide these changes to the Technology and Publicity teams to ensure all media is in synch.


Chair: Elizabeth Ching 


Co-Chairs: Joanne Mockler & Marie Susen

September Chair - Elizabeth Ching 

Tea Table— Candy Loiselle

Priscilla Cronin, Joan Donovan, Chris Harrington, Jan Kervick, Sheryl Vos

October Chair -  Edie Bracken

Tea Table— Angela Kimball


Marylin Bowen, Donna Christensen, Dot Craft, Elaine Fialky, Jean Forte, Susan Genoa, Jo Ann Kuchera

November Chairs - Marie Susen 

Tea Table—Priscilla Hiutchinson

Judith Christie, Judie DeCarolis, Dagmar Fichtel, Donna Garabrant, Marion Marino, Mary Karen Noonan,

Beverly Petti

January Chairs - Jan Levesque, Rosalie DiNapoli

Tea Table - Nancy Jamieson


Nancy Goldman, Fran Iovinella, Pat Koehler, Barbara Norman, Mary Rahal, Betsy Rinehart

February Chairs - Nancy Wilson 

Tea Table - Joanne Mockler

Chris Harrington, Teedy Farrell, Peggy Lahey, Betty Morse, Mary Raycraft, Lynda Stamboni

March Chair - Betsy Harrison

Tea Table—Pam Olson

Donna Chipman, Enid Crowell, Barbara Drowne, Barbara Fitzpatrick, Gail Jamison       

April Chair - Phyllis Villemaire & Barbara Lockhart

Tea Table - Angela Kimball

Nadine Bradshaw, Mary Ann Politi, Sylvia Gabos, Pat Sowpel

May Chairs -  Ginger Barnes & Susan Foley

Tea Table— Angela Kimball

Alice Adams, Laura Luke, Connie Maney, Pat Sakelis, Jan Ward, Baranda Wilcox, Martha Young