Meetings take place the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 19 Academy Street, Arlington. Held September through May, meetings begin with a professional speaker, followed by a brief business meeting. During Covid the Club will follow the guidelines per the Town of Arlington.
Upcoming Programs & Events
JUNE 16, 2022 – DINNER JASON RUSSELL HOUSE
PLANT SALE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS SEE YOU IN 2023
May 18, 2022- “Splendor in the Grasses” ZOOM
Andi Ross- Landscape Designer, Certified Organic Land-Care Professional and Garden Coach.
The popularity of planting ornamental grasses in New England has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. Planting with ornamental grasses offers the busy gardener easy maintenance and stunning design elements. There are grasses for shady, sunny, part- sun garden locations as well as an assortment of colors and textures. Join us as we hear what is new and how best to plant and maintain the many varieties of ornamental grasses available in our area.
April 20, 2022 – “A People’s Garden: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens”
Jean Rosenberg- AGC member and CMBG volunteer
In 1991 a small group of visionaries discussed the idea of a Maine botanical garden which would include natural landscapes, cultivated gardens and a focus on education, horticulture and research. The gardens opened to the Public in 2007. These gardens have become one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country.
March 16, 2022- “Trees: Their Importance to the Environment and the Community”- IN PERSON
Tim Lecuivre-Town of Arlington Tree Warden
Tim will speak on the value and necessity of having a variety of trees in Arlington and how can help mitigate the effects we have experienced from global warming. He will introduce us to the Town’s Tree Committee and engage us in ways in which we can become tree stewards in Arlington.
February 16,2022- Gardening with Dahlias
Betsy Szymczak – American Dahlia Society, Judge and Member
Betsy will share her knowledge of dahlias, their history and their introduction into the American garden. You will learn how to select Dahlia tubors, where to plant, how to fertilize and water them. Members can contact one of the Program Co-Chairs to receive the program handout.
January 19, 2022 – Gardening for our native pollinators:
Brucie Moulton, Co-founder, Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways Group; Member, Massachusetts Pollinator Network Steering Committee; Co-chair, Sustainable Arlington.
Rosemary Malfi, Ph.D., Coordinator, Massachusetts Pollinator Network, Co-leader, Community Pesticides Reduction Network. 10 years’ experience as a research scientist in the field of pollinator health
Gardens with native plants, shrubs and trees can provide much-needed support to native pollinators and birds. However, plants vary in the extent, timing and type of support they provide, and different pollinators need nectar, pollen and other plant resources at different times throughout the growing season.
Local and statewide organizations and initiatives are working to share this information and build connections to support native pollinators.
Here are some programs which might interest members:
Adopt A Tree
The Arlington Tree Committee still looking for volunteers. The fall is a very important time to keep watering new street trees (until the ground is frozen). https://arlingtontrees.org
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.
November 20, 2021 – Fessenden’s Herb and Spice Factory on Arlington’s Mill Brook
Richard Duffy – Historian and author
Richard Duffy will share the discovery in recent years of long-lost business records of the mid-1800s from the Philip Fessenden spice mill in West Cambridge (Arlington) that provide a vividly detailed picture of this fascinating enterprise.
Learn about Fessenden’s raw botanical materials, some of his remarkable customers and the place of his business in the Boston market for herbs, spices, and other stone-ground specialty products.
October 20. 2021 – Nancy Brais.
Ergonomics for Gardening; Keep diggin’ what you love in comfort and safety. Ergonomics is fitting the task to the person to maximize the safety, productivity and comfort for doing the task.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 – Maureen Bovet on Greater Boston Parks and Gardens
Maureen is passionate about gardens and has compiled her beautiful photos to illustrate the bounty of public garden spaces we enjoy in southern New England. These will include her favorites, the ones she visits each year and in as many seasons as she can. This will be a great opportunity to plan some garden visits before the winds blow cold!
APRIL 21. – Jen Kettell on Pruning
“Avoiding the Green Helmet”
Jen Kettell, of Radiant Leaf Consulting, will help us learn how to prune shrubs at this time of year. In some ways, Jen says, pruning flowering shrubs can be a bit more complicated than pruning trees. When shrubs have been improperly pruned or just left to their own devices, they begin to resemble what she calls “the green helmet”.
In this virtual workshop you will learn how to avoid the green helmet by selective and timely pruning using her 10-step guide along with the appropriate tools and personal protective gear.
MARCH 17 – Mystic River Watershed Association
MyRWA is an environmental organization based in Arlington, which works for a vibrant, healthy and resilient Mystic River watershed for the benefit of all community members. Learn about some of its initiatives that impact Arlington, including, park, plant and garden-based strategies to reduce flooding and stormwater pollution which you might have seen around town.
FEBRUARY 17 – Hot Topics in Waste Diversion
Arlington’s Recycling Coordinator Charlotte Milan has early memories of making crafts out of ordinary household objects. As a natural maker, she sees value in stuff that’s lying around that others might consider trash. Charlotte values collaborating with colleagues and volunteers to find all kinds of creative ways to promote waste diversion.
Arlington’s School Sustainability Coordinator Rachel Oliveri grew up in a family of educators and reuse/repair enthusiasts. She loves supporting students who work as a team to advocate for the environment at their schools and in their community. She feels lucky to work with Charlotte and connect Arlington youth and their families to local waste diversion projects.
FEBRUARY 17 – Floral Interpretations
Noted flower arranger Thelma Shoneman will show us how to make flower interpretations of our favorite music pieces. On March 27th the Robbins Library will host an evening soiree, a fundraiser for our Arlington libraries as well as the Friends of the Robbins Gardens, representing all types of music, from operas to musicals to children’s books with scores. You’ll be seeing reminders of that often in coming months.
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.)
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.
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.
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 Lolly 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.
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.
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