Meetings take place the second Wednesday 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
December 12 – Holiday celebration with catered luncheon
January 9 – A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 18 – Annual Spring Plant Sale
June – Catered meal and end-of-year activities. Date TBD
Other Garden-Related Events
The Boston Flower & Garden Show is held in early spring at one of Boston’s main convention venues. Each year’s theme is designed to inspire exhibitors and visitors alike to begin the gardening season with enthusiasm. A Boston tradition, the Spring Flower Show features gardening exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, activities and vendors. March 13-17, 2019 at Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
NGC Gardening Study School
National Garden Clubs Garden Study School, Course 2 will be held on April 11 & 12, 2019, in Boylston, MA. For details contact State Chairman: Linda Jean Smith | Phone: (978) 256-3101
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. The grounds and gardens of Elm Bank are handicap-accessible. Gardens are Open May 1 – October 8, Tuesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is free to MassHort members and $10 for non-members. Seasonal garden tours and daily programs are offered.
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.