About Us

Since its inception in 1998, Wayland Beautification has dedicated its efforts to beautifying highly visible areas of Wayland with garden spaces and trees. The garden spaces, which are primarily designed for low maintenance and multi-season interest, are routinely maintained April through October by a core group of volunteers. Twenty-eight barrels are also planted along the main roads and at the entrances to parks, the landfill and Town Hall each June.

The sites for garden spaces were selected to provide enjoyment for both residents and visitors to Wayland. Hooker’s Green, a large triangular garden located at the intersection of Rt. 20 and Old Connecticut Path, welcomes visitors to Wayland from the east with its colorful combination of perennials and ornamental grasses. From the west, the   entrance to the landfill is enjoyed throughout the year as the pink and white roses of summer give way to the ornamental grasses throughout the fall and winter. In the Town Center area, the large oak trees in Blacksmith Green are underplanted with painted ferns and impatiens in the spring, and the Mellen Law Office garden of daylilies, hostas and phlox is tended to as well. There are planted beds sited below the four sign areas in town as well as a red day lily garden near the Knox monument at Five Paths.

Over 46 shade and ornamental trees have been planted by Wayland Beautification, which monitors and waters them until established. Sites for trees include such highly visible areas as Hooker’s Green, the landfill, Alpine Field, Adams Lane, the high school and the middle school.

The “Keep Wayland Tidy Campaign” was formed in response to the problem of litter in Wayland. Dedicated members of this subgroup of Wayland Beautification are organizing a multi-faceted approach to keeping the town’s streets and public areas free of litter.

Wayland Beautification receives town funds as well as public donations to support its work. Major donations from the Wayland Business Association have been used for plant material and some installation of trees. Mahoney’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and Weir Meadow Nursery have been extremely generous in donating plant material for the barrels and gardens. Even with the selection of bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees for sustainability, watering consumes a substantial part of the budget. The remainder of the work, which represents hundreds of hours of labor annually, is primarily done by volunteers, and a summertime intern. Wayland Beautification continues to plan future projects thoughtfully but conservatively.

Membership in Wayland Beautification is by participation. Any resident with an interest in joining is invited to attend informal planning meetings held the first and third Wednesday each month at 8:15 a.m. in TownHall. Volunteers are always needed to help with spring, summer and fall planting or maintenance. Volunteers can call contact us through the contact form on this page.

Wayland Beautification is grateful for the tremendous cooperation and support it has received from numerous town departments. Wayland Beautification is proud of its accomplishments to date and looks forward to continuing to contribute in a meaningful way to the town’s beautification efforts.


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