August Meetings

Our ”Special Event: Tour of the Edible Garden at Tower Hill” tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 7, has been moved to Sunday, August 28. Our tour guide will be Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture at THBG. And yes, this is a Sunday meeting – meet at the Center Town Hall in Shirley for carpooling at 9:45am or 10:30am at THBG.

Our second August event is unchanged and will be our Saturday, August 13 “Guided Tour and Picnic at Pleasant Garden Perennials” in Bolton. Meet at the Center Town Hall in Shirley for carpooling at 10:15am or 11am at the destination & don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch. Pleasant Garden Perennials emphasizes day lilies & has both display gardens to enjoy & plants for sale. The latter are in the ground & will be dug for pick up at a later date.

See the recent email from Janet with more details.

John and Lucy’s Garden Tour, Cookout and Container Contest

What a fantastic day to be outdoors! With a breeze and the shade of John and Lucy’s backyard, members enjoyed each other’s tasty appetizers, sides and desserts and Gary helped John with the grilling for delicious burgers and hot dogs.

The food was wonderful and members seemed to enjoy catching up with many a smile filled conversation going on. The main appeal was, of course, John and Lucy’s gardens. The daylily beds amazed, the hostas looked great and the vegetable garden impressed.

The fairy garden and anything goes themes seemed to be a hit for the container contest as there were many entries. All were beautiful and picking winners wasn’t easy but a few members walked away with some nice gift cards to reward their creativity and hard work.

Enjoy this tour through the memories of the day! Click the small photo to start the slideshow.

Tour of Judith and Scott’s Gardens

Today’s member garden tour was well attended. The abundance of plants in the swap are headed to nice new homes and the tomato and other vegetable starts that were sold will prove delicious for their new owners in addition to providing some funding for Gardeners Exchange.

Since many spring plants had just gone by in the week or two before the tour, here is a short slideshow of the recent blooms as a reminder of the tour and a view of a slightly different time period in the gardens. Don’t look too closely as some of these images were pre-weeding 🙂

Garden in the Woods Tour

Almost 20 members attended the May meeting which was a tour of Garden in the Woods in Framingham. It was a great time of year to be there with over 60 different plant varieties and species in bloom.

Garden in the Woods has been evolving. They are working to be more oriented around not just wildflowers, but wildflowers that are native to this area. Some major projects are now complete and there are more planned in their master plan.

Here is a slideshow of some highlights from our tour. Click the photo to open the slideshow then click “Start Slideshow” or use your arrow keys or mouse to move through the images.

Healthy Soil

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Ben Barkan from Homeharvest listening to a soil question
Ben Barkan of Homeharvest gave an educational presentation on healthy soils at our April meeting. For those that couldn’t take notes at the pace Ben was sharing helpful information, Homeharvest has a maintenance manual on their website that covers much of what Ben shared and more.