Hudson Garden Club officially formed on September 29, 1933. For ten years prior to the ‘formal’ organization date, garden enthusiasts met and held meetings and their cornerstone flower shows. Thirteen members were present in the home of R. T. Hanks of 180 Aurora Street on the night of September 29, 1933 for the organizational meeting of the Hudson Garden Club. By a motion made by Mrs. Tinker and seconded by Mr. Read, Mrs. Helen Stevens was appointed temporary chairman and the meeting was called to order. The proposed constitution, patterned after a general form supplied by Better Homes and Gardens, was read by Mrs. A. B. Cooley and accepted by those present.

Conforming to its avowed purpose, the Club decided on Village beautification, road plantings and a question and answer box at meetings as suggested projects for that fall. Roads selected for plantings were Route 91 and 303 and Macedonia Road. It was agreed to plant a permanent Christmas tree on the Village Green (then referred to as the Park).

Annual dues were 50 cents a family with a guest fee of 10 cents. From its inception the Club has welcomed all residents.

The highlight of our group’s annual projects is the Home and Garden Tour, which began in 1947. The two-day event brings thousands of visitors to Hudson and owes its success to the tremendous support of over 500 volunteers from the community. As a kick-off to the Tour, the Garden Gathering, a benefit cocktail party, is held on a Saturday in advance of the Tour.

Since 1997 alone, the Hudson Garden Club has given more than $500,000 back to the community for city beautification, community grants and scholarships..

Past Presidents (* deceased)

Mrs. R. M Andrews – 1933*
Mrs. Phyllis Gaylord – 1934*
Zella Corlett – 1935*
Mrs. W. R. Hill – 1936 & 1937*
Charlotte Pond – 1937*
MacDonald H. Pierce – 1937*
Agnes Foster – 1938 & 1939*
Helen Stephens – 1940 & 1941*
Marjorie Harbaugh – 1942 & 1943*
Edna Bowerfind – 1944 & 1945*
Jane Murphy – 1946*
Edna Shilts – 1947*
Helen Stephens – 1948*
Viola Kremser – 1949*
Mary McGuiness – 1950 – 1951*
Genevive Jyurovat – 1952 – 1953*
Helen Narten – 1954*
Virginia Crawford – 1955 – 1956*
Martha Phipps – 1957*
Delia Jones – 1958*
Mary McGuiness – 1959*
Alice Spease – 1960*
Jeanette Wickes – 1961 – 1962*
Jane Moody – 1963*
Eleanor Manwell – 1964 – 1965*
Delia Jones – 1966 – 1967*
Lorna Donley – 1968 – 1969*
Ellen Mickel – 1970 – 1971*
Kathalijin Nelson – 1972 – 1973
Jerri Burrows – 1974 – 1975
C. Pauline Crites – 1976 – 1977*
Nancy Aiken – 1978 – 1979*
Shirley Noe – 1980 – 1981
Marilyn Taylor – 1982 – 1983*
Grace Blower – 1984 – 1985
Janet Cheeseman – 1986 – 1987*
Judy Duchae – 1988 – 1989
April Walton – 1990 – 1991
Margie Ewing – 1992 – 1993*
Susan L’Hommedieu – 1994 – 1995
Dorothy Veeder – 1996 – 1997
Tanie S. Griffin – 1997 – 1999
Carole P. Smith – 2000 – 2001
Sherry Beam – 2002 – 2003
Mary Gallo – 2004 – 2005
Nancy Saxer – 2006 – 2007
Janice Larivee – 2008 – 2009
Sherry Beam – 2010 – 2011
Wendy Hilty – 2012 – 2013
Bronwyn Pierson – 2014 – 2015
Carla Maurer – 2016 – 2018
Janice Lindstrom 2019 – 2020