Ugliest Garden Photo Contest

Winner!
The Hingham Girl Scout House nominated by Gretchen Amonte

Out of 100’s of photo entries we chose the top 10 Ugliest Gardens and had the public vote. The Hingham Girl Scout House, nominated by Gretchen Amonte will receive $1000 worth of trees, shrubs, and perennials, and a full garden design plus planting help from Weston Nurseries.

About The Hingham Girl Scout House

The Hingham Girl Scout House, on Burr Road, is a meeting and gathering place for the town’s approximately 400 registered Girl Scouts and their leaders. It was built in 1929 by the Hingham Girl Scouts and they have been stewards of the historic building ever since.

Click here to read the WINNING entry essay by Gretchen Amonte

Congratulations to The Hingham Girl Scout House, nominated by Gretchen Amonte

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Read the Entry Essay

By Gretchen Amonte

The Hingham Girl Scout House is a meeting and gathering place for the town’s approximately 400 registered Girl Scouts and their leaders. It was built in 1929 by the Hingham Girl Scouts and they have been stewards of the historic building ever since. The Girl Scouts of Hingham are fortunate to have this property as most towns do not have a common meeting space for their scouts.

Over the years the girls have had meetings, sleepovers, haunted houses, dances, hot chocolate after holiday caroling, opportunities to earn badges, and just had fun. The space has also been used by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scout troops from other towns and states, town clubs, churches, and the Hingham Recreation Department. The operating costs for the house are funded through dues, donations, and fundraising.

The Girl Scout House is currently fundraising to make the house handicap inclusive so that all girls and citizens can participate in all the house has to offer. This is an enormous financial undertaking for a non-profit organization. As a result of prioritizing this ADA initiative, the grounds have fallen into disrepair. It was once a lush open space where girls could play field games, camp, and have campfires. It is now overgrown and barely has room for a couple of picnic tables and a fire pit. It is an underused asset to the Girl Scout programming. The overgrown yard is the public perception of the house and doesn’t tell the true story of the beauty and friendship that happens inside.

If the yard has a facelift, then people are more apt to donate to the fundraising efforts to make the house compliant and inclusive for all of our Girl Scouts. It is the wish of the Hingham Girl Scout House to begin to restore the grounds to the beautiful space it used to be.

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93 East Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
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Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Hingham, MA 02043
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