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

SEPTEMBER 06, 2018
(Note: Change of date; usual date would be Sept. 21)
The Fabulous Fall Garden
Cheryl Monroe

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 Sumner

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
Andrew Whittaker

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 house plants.
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
Jana Milbocker

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
Shady Edibles
Dan Jaffe

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 Garden 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
Charlie Nardozzi

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
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.

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