Our Mission and Causes
Established in 1924, the West Dennis Garden Club provides a common meeting ground for those interested in all aspects of gardening. The Club is active in improving the appearance of our community and promoting the conservation and preservation of our natural beauty and resources.
It also supports a number of charitable causes, which are described below.
Each year, West Dennis Garden Club awards a $1,500 scholarship to a high school student from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School or Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. These students pursue degrees in horticulture, environmental or agricultural studies or related fields.
The West Dennis Garden Club Scholarship Committee Chairperson will accept applications from students attending Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School for the Dorothy Trapp memorial Scholarship of $1,000.00. The recipient must plan to attend an accredited college or university majoring in education. The student must earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in his/her first semester to receive this scholarship.
A Toolship award of up to $1 ,000.00 may be given to a graduate of DY Regional High School or Cape Cod Regional Technical High School who resides in any town served by these schools who plans on entering a trade immediately following high school or plans to attend an accredited post secondary school in preparation to enter a trade.
Emma Beasley: 2023 DY High School graduate. Recipient of the West Dennis Garden Club Scholarship. Will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall. Majoring in Environmental Science.
Luke Bullock: 2023 graduate of DY High School. Recipient of the Dorothy Trapp memorial scholarship. Will attend Lasell University in the fall. Majoring in Elementary Education.
Alexis James: 2023 graduate of Cape Cod Tech School. Recipient of the West Dennis Garden Club Toolship Scholarship. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She will attend Cape Cod Community College in the fall. Majoring in the Dental Hygienist program.
The West Dennis Garden club supports the Needy Family Fund, which was created some years ago to help a family in need during the holiday season. The money that is raised is donated to a family with a student who attends the Ezra Baker Elementary School in West Dennis. The family is chosen by the school.
Monthly donations are also made to the Family Pantry in Harwich.
The Garden Club also donates carnations to Meals on Wheels during the holidays.
CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES IN DENNIS
The Garden Club cares for the Memorial Garden at Jericho and the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse gardens. Care consists of planting, watering, and weeding the gardens throughout the summer months.
The Garden Club provides floral arrangements for the Dennis Center for Active Living throughout the year.
All of these causes are funded by the Garden Club’s annual Plant and Yard Sale, held each spring, and an Apple Pie Sale held each fall. Additional donations are welcomed and much appreciated. You may make a general donation or choose which cause you would like to support.
Above are the names from left to right.
Freda Nickerson Alexis’ grandmother, Alexis James,
Dr. George Bovino, Chair Scholarship Committee,
Emma Beasley, her mother Kristina Beasley,
Luke Bullock, his mother Victoria Krukowski