Gardener, educator, frequent NGC speaker, and author of the
Garden in The Burrow blog, Cheryl Monroe
brings her expertise and her eye for beauty in the garden to inspire us to “pretty up”
our end-of-summer gardens and enjoy their beauty throughout the fall. We will learn the
best plants, tips and techniques to ensure that our gardens look like showplaces right
through to the first snowfall.
October 18, 2018
World War II Botany: How Plants Won the War
Judith is a botanist, garden historian and author who has recently written a book,
Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II
on the history of World War II from a botanical perspective. Her enlightening and highly
entertaining presentation will cover the critical roles of plants in determining the
outcome of the war. From victory gardens and agriculture to rubber, coal, paper, timber,
drugs, and fibers, plant products supplied the wartime materials that played key roles in victory.
November 15, 2018
Edible Forest Gardens and Beyond
In this presentation, sustainable garden designer Andrew Whittaker of
Green Abundance By Design
discusses the concepts behind the creation of a landscape that respects nature's design.
He illustrates his talk with three case studies of such landscapes. Although each has
its own unique scale and features, they all include the basic components of native
plants, edible plants, and pollinator-friendly plants. Photos will showcase the
creation of each garden and its function in action.
December 13, 2018
Potluck Holiday dinner
and How to Take a Better Photograph
with Kristen Torkleson
Once again, we will showcase our considerable culinary skills for an evening
of great food, friends, and fun. Come join us!
As a bonus, professional photographer Kirsten Torkelson will help improve our
picture-taking skills no matter what kind of camera we use. She will show us
ways to ensure that our photos tell the story we intended to tell and will
share photography tips to help us take better photographs of our gardens and
Kirsten will wrap up the evening with a "Name the Flower" contest with prizes for the winners!
January 17, 2019
The Gardens of Devon and Cornwall: Highlights of the Fifth English Garden Tour
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall and Devon are home to some
of the most exciting, rare, and beautiful plants in the British Isles as well as the
site of our 2018 English Garden Tour with Sue Parry Davies. Join garden designer
Jana Milbocker, author of
The Garden Tourist: 120 destination gardens and nurseries in the Northeast,
for an armchair tour of twelve important gardens in this region, from the tropical
Abbey Gardens of Tresco to the mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan and the futuristic
biomes of the Eden Project.
February 21, 2019
Color Gardens: Beautiful Perennial Combinations From Spring Through Frost
Maria von Brincken
Maria is an award-winning garden designer who will talk about the use of design tools
such as color theory and bloom sequence in creating a perennial garden that is colorful
from spring through fall. She will give us ideas for winning color combinations in
both shade and sun gardens.
March 21, 2019
Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and many other vegetables grow well in sunny spaces,
but what edibles can you grow in the shade? Join botanist Dan Jaffe from
in the Woods to learn about the various native, perennial edibles that thrive in
shady environments. You will discover a wide variety of choice edibles from the
leaves of ramps, the stems of Solomon’s seal, and the fruit of Solomon’s plume.
(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.)
April 18, 2019
Growing a Cottage Garden
For those of us who would like to import something of the colorful organized chaos
of an English cottage garden to our New England gardens, garden writer and TV and
radio personality Charlie Nardozzi will share his expertise. He’ll review the
history and elements of a cottage garden and provide examples of traditional and
nontraditional uses of flowers, shrubs, trees, and hardscaping to create focal
points and color patterns in a cottage garden.
JUNE ?, 2019
THE 2019 NGC ANNUAL PLANT AUCTION
Natick Community Senior Center
117 East Central Street (Route 135)
Sidewalk yard-art & plant sale: 12pm-1pm
Auction: 1pm until the plants are gone.
11am - Drop off for-sale items
12pm-1pm - Sidewalk plant sale
1pm - 4pm - Auction
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 ?, 2019 (6:00-9:15)
Annual Year-End Recognition Dinner & Celebration
Lillian Graffam & Marilyn Lustig, Co-chairs
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.