Generous Gardeners Philanthropy through gardening

I was honored when Susan Kelly invited me to see the new plans for a beautiful gardens at the Betty Smith Park.  This pretty spot is behind the tennis courts on Stacy Boulevard.  You may recognize this sculpture in the attached photo of Triton.


Generous Gardeners also has merged with the Gloucester Civic and Garden Council.

Below please find the plans hand colored drawing from Ann Johnson ASLA.

Generous Gardeners will be adding 4 light post and 2 benches.  The poison ivy will be cleared out so the beautiful flowers and trees can thrive.  Susan would like to thank the DPW for their help.  Generous Gardeners will be doing the work on their own.  Also this year the gardeners have planted another 27,000 tulips on the Boulevard.  These volunteers are amazing with their dedication and hard work.  Ann Johnson one of the Landscape Architects volunteers was one of the landscape Architects in Boston at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  Very impressive group.

Board of Directors

Susan Kelly, President

Susan Kelly is the President and co-founder of Generous Gardeners and brings her ambitious vision and exceptional energy to the Board.

Nancy Mertens, Clerk

Nancy Mertens is one of the earliest volunteers with Generous Gardeners and replaced original co-founder Terese O’Connell on the board when she resigned in 2017. She brings vast experience to the board including 7 years on the team organizing the annual Gloucester Garden Tour.

Chuck Kelly, Treasurer

Chuck Kelly brings a banking and accounting background to the Generous Gardeners board, helping ensure perpetual fiscal health for the organization. As a drone enthusiast, his videos and images of the public gardens document the progress of Generous Gardener’s mission.

Antonietta Calabrese

Designated as Lieutenant to Susan, she brings enthusiasm, dedication and vision for the gardens to the board.

Judy Caulkett

Judy Caulkett is an avid gardener and one of the original plant donors to Generous Gardeners.  Judy brings her gardening skill as well as editing and writing skills to the board for grant writing and garden tour literature development. 

Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe comes to Generous Gardeners from the board of the Gloucester Civic and Garden Council as a result of the merger of the organizations in November of 2018. Helen brings a background in landscape architecture and the continuing vision of the GCGC organization for the revitalization of the Betty Smith Garden planned for spring of 2019. The graphic is the Triton statue in that garden.

Hazel Watkinson

Hazel Watkinson is one of several British Generous Gardener volunteers and as a committed volunteer and gifted gardener, she brings a unique perspective and understanding of the social and cultural implications of our mission to Gloucester.

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