The public is invited to join a celebration of the new trees with local officials, foresters and students to launch this living demonstration of species diversity as the best way to surmount environmental challenges.
Significant funding of the project was the result of the Worcester Garden Club and its Beyond the Beetle Arboretum project having won a Garden Club of America nationwide competition for best community project. The prize for the competition was $25,000.
For ninety years, members of the Worcester Garden Club have been learning, doing, contributing and advocating for the natural environment. It was founded in 1919 by two enterprising women, Frances Morse and Gertrude Whitall. When inspired by a Flower Show held at Horticultural Hall (original home of Worcester County Horticultural Society, the third oldest horticultural society in the country) these women decided to invite interested colleagues to take part in their new venture. Meetings were held in people’s homes with the purpose of advancing horticultural knowledge to its members. Activities included educational programs, flower shows, garden tours and community service. These activities continue today.