Wednesday, June 1 – Annual Meeting of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

The 2016 Annual Meeting of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. will be held at The Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 1.  For registration and complete information visit http://www.gcfm.org/Meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx

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Monday, May 16, 6:00 pm – A Victorian House in the Millennial Age: Providence’s Lippitt House Museum

The Governor Henry Lippitt House has been a Providence, Rhode Island, landmark for 150 years. A reflection of the great wealth created from manufacturing in nineteenth-century Providence, the museum represents the epitome of Victorian design and sensibilities. But what relevancy does it have today in our post-industrial age? On Monday, May 16 at The Gibson House, 137 Beacon Street in Boston, Lippitt House Museum Executive Director Carrie Taylor will discuss the evolving role of historic house museums as a community resource and the museum’s efforts to engage the local community through new program initiatives.

Reception begins at 6 pm, program at 7 pm. $10 for Gibson House members, $15 for nonmembers. To pre-register, please e-mail info@thegibsonhouse.org.


Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Roses

David Cannistraro, past President of the New England Rose Society, will discuss a selection of rose types, and how to properly plant them, prune them through the growing season, and protect them in winter, on Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm in the Parkman Room of the Education Building at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley. He’ll also review best methods to deadhead and fertilize, and include a comparison of natural and over-the-counter sprays.

A fun program to make rose growing easy, this program will be hands-on with potted rose demonstrations. Mass Hort members $12, nonmembers $20 – register online at www.masshort.org.

Also, current President of the NE Rose Society Teresa Mosher will be selling and signing her book, A Year in My Rose Garden.


Month of May Plant Sales

It’s that time of year.  We encourage you to support  Garden Club Plant Sale fund raisers, proceeds from which help fund area beautification projects:

Saturday, May 14, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Boxford Village Garden Club Plant Sale at 2 Elm Street in Boxford. Contact ruthannbud@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – North Andover Garden Club Plant Sale, on the lawn of the Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main Street in North Andover.

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 am – 12:00 noon – Lexington Field & Garden Club Plant Sale at the Samuel Hadley Public Services Building, 201 Bedford Street, Lexington.  Contact http://www.lexgardenclub.org.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Springfield Garden Club Plant Sale at The Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield.  Contact springfieldgardenclubma@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Weymouth Garden Club Plant Sale at the DPW, 120 Winter Street in Weymouth.

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon – Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford Plant Sale, Louisa Lake Parking Lot, Dilla Street, Milford. Contact Margaret Thompson at 508-473-9548.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Mattakeesett Garden Club of Pembroke Plant Sale at the Henry Woods Bandstand, Center Street Route 14, Pembroke.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Scituate Garden Club Plant Sale at The Wildflower Garden at the Mann Farmhouse, Corner of Stockbridge Road and Greenfield Lane in Scituate.  Contact Suzanne Rynne at srynne@hotmail.com.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club Plant Sale at the Hamilton Council on Aging, 299 Bay Road in Hamilton.

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Stoneham Garden Club Plant Sale and Lobster Roll Luncheon at the Common, Central Street in Stoneham.  Contact Jane Trenholm at geotren@rcn.com.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Belmont Garden Club Plant Sale at the Lions Club, 1 Common Street in Belmont. Contact sarah.caputo@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon – Fairbanks Garden Club Plant Sale at Fairbanks House, 511 East Street, Dedham. Contact charlottepollock@verizon.net.

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon – Garden Club of Norfolk Plant and Bake Sale at 139 Main Street in Norfolk.

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon – Haverhill Garden Club Plant Sale at Bradford Common, 75 South Main Street in Haverhill.

 


Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 am – The Hidden Forest

The Lexington Field and Garden Club will present Dr. Susan Goldhor on Wednesday, May 11 beginning at 9:30 am at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Road in Lexington, on the topic of The Hidden Forest.  Few of us know about the hidden organisms that nourish, protect, infect, and destroy the visible portions of our ecosystems.  More than 90% of the world’s plants have fungal partners, without which the world would be a vastly different place.  Fungi depend on plants for oxygen and carbohydrates.  Like us, they have a complicated relationship with the plant kingdom, acting sometimes as good gardeners and sometimes as destroyers.  Photo from www.mushroomthejournal.com.


Sunday, May 22, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm

Author Annie Novak of New York Botanical Garden will share a slideshow of forms and gardens featured in her new book, revealing the hidden world of rooftop farming and how you, too, can get growing.  Novak will answer your questions after her presentation, which will take place Sunday, May 22 from 12 – 1 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston.  Free with admission to the garden, but pre-registration required at www.towerhillbg.org.  Annie is the head farmer and cofounder of the nation’s first commercial green roof vegetable farm, as well as the manager of the Edible Academy of the NYBG, and founder and idrector of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program.


Saturday, September 24 – Save the Date: Moondance Gala

The Esplanade Association announces the 2016 Moondance Gala on Saturday, September 24, celebrating 15 years of making life better in the park.  Thanks to the public’s incredible generosity, the Charles River Esplanade is today, and will continue to be, a treasured urban oasis for all to enjoy.  Event chairs are Lori and Matthew Sidman.  For more information, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact info@esplanadeassociation.org, or call 617-227-0365, ext. 402.

Moondance Save the Date


Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 pm – American Turtle Observatory

Together, the United States and Mexico support one-third of the freshwater turtle species on Earth. Over 137 terminal taxa—species, subspecies, and evolution-significant lineages—occur in diverse habitats across the continent.

Most species of North American turtles are of conservation concern, threatened by a range of factors including forest and wetland fragmentation, pathogens, and collection of adult turtles for pet markets. In order for viable, functional populations to persist, it is necessary to incorporate the best available science into cooperative conservation planning.

American Turtle Observatory is a network of scientists, researchers, agencies, communities, and landowners responding to conservation opportunities in focal landscapes and developing conservation strategies for widespread species of concern and restricted-range species. On Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm, Mike Jones and Liz Willey will discuss their work on turtles. The program will be held at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street in Athol.

Dr. Willey serves on the faculty in the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Dr. Jones is a biologist in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is the lead author and co-editor (with Liz Willey) of Eastern Alpine Guide: Natural History and Conservation of Mountain Tundra East of the Rockies, and lead author of Status and Conservation of the Wood Turtle in the Northeastern United States.  Image by Mike Jones.

Free and open to the public.  For directions visit www.atholbirdclub.org.

Courting pair in MA Mike Jones


Monday, May 16, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Bee Keeping Panel

On Monday, May 16, beginning at 6 pm in the Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, hear a Bee Keeping Panel with Joseph Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carrill, authors of The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees, and Thomas Seeley, author of Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting.

In The Bees in Your Backyard, Joseph Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carril provide an engaging introduction to the roughly four thousand different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field. In Following the Wild Bees, world honeybee authority Thomas Seeley reintroduces readers to the lost pastime of bee hunting, explaining not only the “how-to” but the “how-come” of the sport. Requiring no costly equipment or prior experience, bee hunting offers anyone—whether beekeeper, naturalist, layman, adult, or child—a way to understand nature on a deeper level through an outdoor craft that many people once knew but few practice today.  Free admission.


Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All About Roses

David Cannistraro, past President of the New England Rose Society, will discuss a selection of rose types, and how to properly plant them, prune them, and protect them through the winter, at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley on Thursday, May 19 beginning at 7 pm. He’ll also review the best methods to deadhead and fertilize, and include a comparison of natural and over-the-counter sprays. A fun program to make rose growing easy, this program will be hands-on with potted rose demonstrations.

Current Rose Society President Teresa Mosher, will also be on site, selling and signing her book, A Year In My Rose Garden.
$12 Mass Hort members, $20 nonmembers. Register at 617-933-4973 or email kfolts@masshort.org.