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Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings take place at the
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
Pleasure Grounds: Public Gardens close to Home
Gail anderson

Former journalist and master gardener Gail Anderson will give us an armchair PowerPoint tour of public gardens north of Boston, from pocket size to grand landscapes. We'll see perennial borders, rose gardens, woodland paths, annual beds, water features, and much more. We'll also learn the history, horticultural practices, and special plants at each property, so we'll be well prepared for a future visit to these hortucultural gems, either on our own or perhaps with NGC!


OCTOBER 19, 2017
Designing in Shady Retreats
Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker (Enchanted Gardens)

In this richly illustrated lecture, horticulturists Joan and Jana will explore a variety of intriguing shady retreats that will inspire us to create our own. They will show us design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners; highlight unusual plants that thrive in low light; and demonstrate the creative use of art objects, seating and water features in designing shady retreats.


NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Holliday arrangements from Your Yard
Betty Sanders

Betty is a Master Gardener, flower show judge, and immediate past president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. In this presentation, she shows us how to turn cuttings for our yard into beautiful, long-lasting, and inexpensive holiday arrangements. As a bonus, we will auction off the arrangements that she creates for us during her demonstration!


DECEMBER 21, 2017
Potluck Holiday dinner followed by
Gardening for Wildlife: Why Yards Matter
Susannah Lerman

Susannah is a Research Ecologist for the US Forest Service. She will share with us the connections between how we manage our yards and gardens and the health and success of native wildlife populations. The results of Susannah's research show that awareness of these connections is critical for sustaining urban environments for birds and other wildlife and for adv ancing human well-being by reconnecting people with nearby nature. Susannah's program will be preceded by our annual pot luck holiday dinner!
Bring food to share. Enjoy socializing and a slide show.


JANUARY 11, 2018
Begonias: Fancy Leaves and Fabulous Flowers
Betsy Szymczak

Our own Betsy Szymczak is a Branch President of the American Begonia Society and a certified begonia judge. After giving us a brief history of this large genus and defining what makes a begonia a begonia, she will discuss how to grow and propagate these versatile plants and show us examples of different species and hybrids. Betsy is kindly donating some of these plants for us to raffle off, so you may go home with a beautiful begonia!


FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Winter Pruning
Jen Kettell

Jen is a certified arborist and horticulturist who will talk to us about why late winter is an ideal time to start pruning trees, shrubs, and woody vines. She will also show us the techniques we need to begin pruning in our own gardens and discuss pruning objectives, appropriate tools and personal protective gear, and where to find additional resources.


MARCH 15, 2018
(Note: Please help support the Natick Service Council Food Pantry by bringing a few unexpired, non-perishable food items to the meeting. They would especially like breakfast cereals (except for Cheerios). And any other non-expired food or essentials such as personal-size toiletries.)

Creating Sustainable Gardens
Sally Muspratt

A highly regarded professional landscape designer with her own design company, Sally will discuss the basic requirements for a sustainable garden along with horticultural issues raised by specific plants. She will focus on their weaknesses, such as invasiveness and susceptibility to disease, and strengths, including drought tolerance and effectiveness in solving specific design problems. She will also share with us an illustrated case study of a sustainable garden.


APRIL 19, 2018
Get Ready for Spring
Suzanne Mahler

Suzanne is a past President of the New England Daylily Society, long-time garden lecturer, and the owner of Mahler Gardens, home to 650 daylily cultivars and 250 varieties of hosta. We are pleased to welcome her back to NGC to discuss guidelines for preparing our landscapes for a new growing season, including spring pruning, transplanting trees and shrubs, and dividing perennials. She will also share photos of theme gardens and public gardens that will remind us of the beauty soon to unfold as nature bursts forth with the glorious blooms of spring.


MAY 10, 2018
Garden Tool Show & Tell
by various members

Got a favorite unusual garden tool? Show it off to the club! If there is a limited source, be sure to have information for ordering it.


JUNE 2, 2018
Natick Community Senior Center
117 East Central Street (Route 135)

Sidewalk yard-art & plant sale: 12pm-1pm
Auction: 1pm until the plants are gone.
Laurie Adelstein, Chair

This afternoon of enjoyment features brisk bidding for plants that have been proven to grow successfully in our sometimes challenging weather conditions. Most of the plants are perennials from our members' gardens, and are labeled for bloom time and season, height, spacing needed, and sun and moisture requirements. There will also be annuals and some vegetable and herb seedlings. Compared to plant retailers, the prices are a bargain. This is an easy way to start or enhance your own garden for years of summer enjoyment.

There will be door prizes during the afternoon. In years past these have included large hanging baskets, small rose bushes, specimen plants, gardening hand tools and hand care items. Please come, enjoy the fun, meet a friendly group of garden enthusiasts, and help us raise funds for our next year's programs.


JUNE 7, 2018 (6:00-9:15)
Annual Year-End Recognition Dinner & Celebration

Lillian Graffam, Chair

Reward for a year well enjoyed, our annual recognition dinner gives us a lovely night out with our garden club friends.

Watch your e-mail for sign-up information.

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