Meetings take place the third Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church (office entrance), 74 Pleasant Street, Arlington. Held September through May, meetings typically begin with a professional speaker, followed by a brief business meeting and a light lunch.
Upcoming Programs & Events
NOVEMBER 18 – Botanical Art: Then and Now
Diane Piktialis and Joyce Westner are members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists as well as numerous other botanical institutions. They are lovers of art and gardening, and the art of gardening, and will do demonstrations along with their talk
DECEMBER 16 – Catered Luncheon
Instead of our usual meeting format, December will see us celebrating the holidays that bring us joy during the winter. There will be a catered luncheon as well as music and lots of socialization time.
JANUARY 20 – Historian, food designer, and former TV chef for Boston’s Good Day Show Lou Greenstein will demonstrate —“Using Carved Vegetables and Fruit as Centerpieces” – to our members. His creations will become property of the club to raffle, auction off, or eat! (Remember that January is a bag-lunch meal with the board supplying desserts and beverages.)
FEBRUARY 17 – Floral Interpretations
Thelma Shoneman, widely recognized as an accredited flower-show judge, exhibitor, guest speaker and teacher, will fire up our flower-arranging appetites in preparation for this year’s bi-annual fundraiser, Books in Bloom. This will be a floral design presentation focusing on expressing book titles by using flowers, leaf manipulations and floral techniques in creative designs.
MARCH 16 – Chickens in the Garden
This is not a menu item but a talk about having chickens in your garden, even here in Arlington. Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener who will talk about the reasons chickens are wonderful – they provide eggs, wonderful fertilizer, and lots of company. Learn the ins and outs of housing, feeding, and tending chickens, and meet a couple of the “ladies” (i.e. hens).
MARCH 27 – Books in Bloom
APRIL 20 – H is for Daylilies
No, this isn’t a mistake. Adele Keohan is a master gardener and daylily (Hemerocallis) enthusiast as well as a regional officer in the National Daylily Society. She edits an award-winning regional daylily society publication and has taught workshops throughout the region. Adele lives in Sharon, where she gardens as organically as possible.
MAY 16 – Plant Sale
MAY 18 – Somebody from the Wright-Locke farm will be coming to our May meeting. Please check for further information on our website www.arlingtongarden.org closer to the date for program information.
JUNE – Date TBD. Catered Meal and end-of-year Celebration at Town Hall.
Other Garden Related Events
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Offers many garden-related lectures and events throughout the year, many but not all of which are held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s headquarters at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. Seasonal garden tours and daily programs are also held Gardens at Elm Bank, 36 acres on the Elm Bank Reservation at 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA 02482.
The site includes open fields and meadows, streams and pools, wooded areas and formal gardens. Mass Hort is uniquely positioned, not only to protect these natural resources, but also to develop spaces that enhance visitors’ appreciation of the landscape and the surrounding Charles River.
Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association
Master Gardeners are experienced and trained volunteers who provide horticultural information and education resources to the gardening public, offer technical support for horticulture projects and contribute outreach programs for community events.
The first Master Gardener (MG) program was started in 1972 in Seattle, Washington by Cooperative Extension Agents as a means of more effectively addressing questions posed to them by eager home gardeners. Within a few years the program was adopted throughout Washington and by many other states. Today, Master Gardeners are in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several Canadian provinces. The vast majority of Master Gardener programs are run by the Cooperative Extension Services of land-grant universities. MG programs are usually organized county by county, with extension agents and university professors serving as program instructors.
OCTOBER 21 – Easy First Steps to an Earthy Friendly Garden
Ms. Warner, a home gardener and blogger, will give us a quick recipe for marking peat-free potting mix for use in containers.
SEPTEMBER 16 – Spring Bulbs – Daffodils and Beyond
Speaker: Betty Sanders
Betty is a Lifetime Massachusetts Master Gardener and a nationally accredited flower-show judge. She has studied gardening everywhere from the Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society (now the Native Plant Trust. She is also a scientist, with a chemistry degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With a large font of knowledge and a dose of humor, Betty will teach (and re-teach) us about bulb planting and start planning our spring gardens.
JUNE – Catered meal and end-of-year activities. June 6th at 6:00PM
MAY 8 – Birds in Your Backyard
Through colorful digital images, lecture and demonstration, Betsy Grecoe will reveal interesting facts about the birds you can expect at your feeder, how to feed, house and care for them, and especially how to landscape and plant to attract those birds.
APRIL 10 – Pressed Flower Workshop
In this hands-on workshop, Cheryl Monroe, a licensed adult educator and Master Gardener, will lead us in the use of pressed flowers to make arrangements that will be computer-scanned and then sent back to us as greeting cards. There will be a $5 charge for any member who would like to participate in the workshop part of the presentation.
MARCH 13 – Pets and Plants
April Daley, Master Gardener and former veterinary nurse, will help us understand what “toxic” and “poisonous” mean with respect to our pets. She will provide us with a method to evaluate the pet, the plant, and horticultural practices to assess how much risk is involved in each situation.
FEBRUARY 13 – Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary and Its Connections to Arlington
Garden club members, Jan Ford and Lally Bennett will present a program originally prepared for the Historical Society, but of special interest to all in Arlington.
JANUARY 9 – A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Art
Clad in period attire, Jessa Piaia, portrayer of women in history, uses drama to reveal the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of women in American history.
DECEMBER 12 – Holiday celebration with catered luncheon
NOVEMBER 14 – Wrapping Up Your Garden
Betty Sanders, former President, Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, has extensive gardening experience, and she lectures widely. She is also a National Garden Clubs instructor and an accredited national flower show judge.
Wrapping up your garden speaks specifically to preparing your garden ready for winter and spring.
OCTOBER 10 – Hip, Hip, Hydrangeas, Part 1
Andi Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified land-care professional, private garden host, horticulturist, oil painter, as well as speaker. She is passionate about all things plants, a self-identified plant geek. This is the first in a series of talks about hydrangeas.
SEPTEMBER 12 – Compost: Why It Can Be the Only Fertilizer You Need
Adam Jankauskas is the Founder of City Compost. Motivated by the limited access to clean, healthy food, and problems facing the industrialized food system, in 2013 he left his role in technology to pursue composting and the development of nutrient-rich soil. He works to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, return nutrients to the soil, and live an overall more sustainable life-style.
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