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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
(Note: Change of date; usual date would be Sept. 21)
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.


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FEBRUARY 16, 2017
House Plant Success
Dr. Paul Steen

A Lifetime Certified Master Gardener, Paul talks about what goes wrong with house plants, which problems are most critical, and how to prevent them from occurring.


MARCH 16, 2017
(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.)
Gardening with Native Plants: Why it Matters
Claudia Thompson

Native plants are increasingly recognized as important to our gardens and landscapes. Claudia Thompson will give us an overview of their essential role in ecosystem health -- starting with the concept of co-evolution between plants and animals, and ending with a virtual tour of her 7000 square foot garden in Cambridge, MA.
Ms. Thompson is the Founder of Grow Native Massachusetts. She will share her ideas for creating your own amazing habitat for native birds, butterflies and wildlife.


APRIL 20, 2017
Organic Containers, Terrariums too
Paul Split

Perhaps you have seen Paul at the Boston Flower Show demonstrating and lecturing over the past 30 plus years. After he has inspired us with photos of his favorite work, he'll create 3 organic containers for us to raffle: a moss garden, a terrarium and an herb garden.


MAY 18, 2017
Italianate Garden Tour
Members Only

Driving directions will be in the newsletter, plus members will receive an e-mail.


JUNE 3, 2017
Natick Community Senior Center
117 East Central Street (Route 135)
Sidewalk yard-art & plant sale: 12pm-1pm
Auction: 1pm-4pm or 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 8, 2017 (6:00-9:15)
Annual Year-End Recognition Dinner & Celebration
Dolphin Restaurant
Lillian Graffam, Chair

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

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