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Monthly Meeting

Summer Garden Tour and Cookout


Sunday, 07/23/2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Details

Our July meeting is our summer garden tour, cookout and container contest. Bring those containers you started at our May meeting! Note that there is no herb swap this year. You can put all your energy into your containers! Note that this is a Sunday meeting. John and Lucy are our hosts (see member list […]


Monthly Meeting

Late Spring Garden Tour and Plant Swap


Saturday, 06/24/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Our June meeting will be at Marc and Tina’s home in Fitchburg (see member list or June email reminder for address and driving directions).


Special Event

Tomato and Veggie Plant Sale


Friday, 05/26/2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Details

Our Tomato & Veggie Plant Sale will be held at the home of members Judith Taylor & Scott Lewis on Wednesday 5/24 and Friday 5/26 from 4pm to 8pm each day. Tomato and vegetable plants have been lovingly raised by Judith and there will be many different varieties available. Plants will be about 18-24” tall […]


Special Event

Tomato and Veggie Plant Sale


Wednesday, 05/24/2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Details

Our Tomato & Veggie Plant Sale will be held at the home of members Judith Taylor & Scott Lewis on Wednesday 5/24 and Friday 5/26 from 4pm to 8pm each day. Tomato and vegetable plants have been lovingly raised by Judith and there will be many different varieties available. Plants will be about 18-24” tall […]


Monthly Meeting

Make Your Own Container Garden


Saturday, 05/20/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Stillman’s Nursery, Lunenburg MA

Get ready for our Container Contest later this summer! Our May meeting is a Make Your Own Container Garden event at Stillman’s Farm and Greenhouses in Lunenburg. Please bring your own container. Stillman’s will provide soil, plants (at retail prices) and instructions.


Monthly Meeting

Building Your Own Garden Structures


Saturday, 04/22/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

This event is in a private garden in Shirley, MA. See the member email or email a board member for exact location. Join Gardeners Exchange member Judy Erickson for a workshop and slideshow on garden structures. We will start indoors with slides showing different projects such as arbors, bamboo fences, and trellises. Then you can […]


Monthly Meeting

Edible Landscapes and Growing Small Fruits


Saturday, 03/25/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Built landscapes serve both ecology and humanity. When done well they promote broader ecological functions of hydrology, soil conservation, and wildlife. Spaces to socialize, comfortably walk, engage with natural function, and harvest food are meaningful experiences that cultivate value. There is a $5 charge for this event to help cover the cost of some of […]


Monthly Meeting

Where to begin? Garden Design Basics and Plans


Saturday, 02/25/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Looking for inspiration to tackle a new garden project? Need an approach for organizing and capturing your design?  Can’t get started until the spring plants arrive in the nursery? Join us for a primer on garden design. Cheryl Salatino will take us through her approach to garden planning and design, sharing where she starts, the […]


Monthly Meeting

Pot Luck Supper & Planning for 2017


Sunday, 10/16/2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Details

Center Town Hall, Shirley MA

Our final meeting of the year will be our potluck supper and planning session for next year. Fall dividends will be distributed at the end of the meeting. Watch for email near the event date assigning dishes by members’ last names. This is a Sunday meeting.


Monthly Meeting

Preparing the Garden for Winter Workshop + Fall Swap


Saturday, 09/24/2016
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Details

Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton MA

We’ll be returning to Brigham Hill Farm for a workshop on preparing the garden for the winter. The fall plant swap will precede the meeting and take place at Center Town Hall in Shirley at 9am. Carpooling will depart at 9:30am from Center Town Hall. If you’re going directly to Brigham Hill Farm, plan to […]


Special Event

Guided Tour – Edible Garden at Tower Hill, Boylston (tentative)


Sunday, 08/28/2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, West Boylston MA

Save the date. We are tentatively planning to be at Tower Hill for a tour of the edible garden. Note that this is a special event and is on Sunday, not Saturday. Meet at Center Town Hall in Shirley at 9:45am for carpooling or at Tower Hill at 10:30am


Monthly Meeting

Guided Tour and Picnic at Pleasant Garden Daylilies


Saturday, 08/13/2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Details

Pleasant Garden Daylilies, Bolton MA

We will be visiting Pleasant Garden Daylilies, located at 111 Coventry Wood Road in Bolton, to view (and possibly purchase!) some daylilies of distinction. Bring a picnic lunch; our hosts, Sallyann and Bruce King, will supply the iced tea. Meet at the Shirley Center Town Hall at 10:15am if you would like to carpool. At […]


Monthly Meeting

Summer Garden Tour, Cook Out and Container Contest


Saturday, 07/16/2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Details

John and Lucy are our gracious hosts for this year’s summer garden tour and cookout. See email or member list for their address. Since their home isn’t far from the usual carpool meeting place, there is no formal carpool plan for this meeting. Members that want to carpool together are encouraged to do so to […]


Monthly Meeting

Spring Member Garden Tour


Saturday, 06/18/2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

We will tour Scott and Judith’s gardens. Vegetable gardens, berry bushes, shrubs and a variety of flowers, all surrounded by ample stone, mostly “harvested” on their property. Flowering shrubs, perennials and rock gardens should be the highlights at this time of year. See group email for Scott and Judith’s address. Meet at Center Town Hall, […]


Monthly Meeting

Guided Tour – Garden in the Woods, Framingham


Saturday, 05/21/2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Garden in the Woods, Framingham MA

Guided tour of New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA. Meet at 9:15am at Center Town Hall in Shirley for carpooling or at 10:30am at Garden in the Woods


Monthly Meeting

Healthy Soils = Healthy Gardens


Saturday, 04/23/2016
10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Our Gardeners Exchange meeting on Saturday, April 23 will feature a not-to-be-missed presentation on a topic of vital importance for all gardeners: healthy soil. After all, the soil is where all gardens begin! In addition to the presentation, spring dividends will be distributed at the end of the meeting (see below for details). As always, […]


Monthly Meeting

Epimediums: Jewels of the Shade


Saturday, 03/26/2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Description: Known by many as a simple ground cover for dry woodland shade, Epimediums are finally getting the appreciation they deserve. This “perfect shade perennial” possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Karen Perkins, owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available, including some […]


Monthly Meeting

Low-Maintenance Gardening with Native Plants


Saturday, 02/27/2016
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Description: Dividing, replanting, spraying, deadheading: at some point it begins to be too much. Making the effort to replace flowering non-native perennials with native flowering shrubs and groundcovers can, in the end, allow you to live in a better relationship with your outdoor space: sitting and relaxing in it, instead of being on your hands and […]


Monthly Meeting

Pot Luck Supper, 2016 Planning and Fall Dividends


Sunday, 10/18/2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Details

Old Town Hall, Shirley MA

Pot Luck Supper & Planning for 2016 and Fall Dividend Distribution. (Note: This is a Sunday meeting.)


Special Event

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Fall Tour


Saturday, 10/03/2015
10:20 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, West Boylston MA

Fall Tour with Joann Vieira Members-only event. Free. We need an accurate count in advance, so see the email for RSVP info and respond by 9/28/2015. Meet at 10:20am for carpooling* or 11:20am at Tower Hill Botanical Garden Registration Desk * Meeting place for carpooling is Old Town Hall, 3 Parker Road, Shirley, MA More […]


Monthly Meeting

Fall Garden Tour and Fall Plant Swap


Saturday, 09/19/2015
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Details

Fall Garden Tour Marc & Tina’s, Fitchburg


Monthly Meeting

How to Grow and Use Herbs and Container Contest


Saturday, 08/15/2015
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Details

The Hillside School, Marlboro MA

Herbs: How to Grow & Use – Jen Mitton The Hillside School, Marlboro, MA Bring your containers for the judging and prizes!


Monthly Meeting

Garden Tour, Summer Cookout and Herb Swap


Saturday, 07/18/2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Details

Summer Garden Tour and Cook Out Please join us on Saturday, July 18th for a pot-luck cookout and herb plant swap at the home of Celeste and Ted in Leominster (see member email for address). Come socialize with your Gardeners Exchange friends while enjoying delights from the grill. Appetizers, sides, desserts & beverages will be […]


Monthly Meeting

Brigham Hill Farm Garden Tour and Spring Plant Swap


Saturday, 06/20/2015
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton MA

Garden Tour Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton, MA Meet at 9:30am for carpooling* or 10:30am at destination * Meeting place for carpooling is Old Town Hall, 3 Parker Road, Shirley, MA


Special Event

Visit to Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennial Nursery


Saturday, 06/06/2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennial Nursery, Goffstown NH

Meet at 9:30am for carpooling* or 10:30am at destination * Meeting place for carpooling is Old Town Hall, 3 Parker Road, Shirley, MA


Monthly Meeting

Spring Garden Tour


Saturday, 05/09/2015
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Spring Garden Tour Diane Kazanjian’s Gardens in Pepperell This event has moved to May 9th. More details will be sent by email.


Monthly Meeting

Plant Propagation Presentation, Spring Dividend Distribution and Book / Magazine Swap


Saturday, 04/25/2015
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Presentation Our presentation on plant propagation will be given by Master Gardener Joseph Rajunas. Joe is a retired chemist and has been gardening since he was five years old, when he weeded his father’s “Victory Garden” in Boston’s Fenway area. In addition to a small backyard garden, Joe built his own greenhouse in which he […]


Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Flower Arranging Workshop and Houseplant Swap


Saturday, 03/28/2015
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Workshop Make Your Own Flower Arrangement – Karen McDonald


Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Daylily Presentation and Seed Swap


Saturday, 02/28/2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Hazen Library, Shirley MA

Presentation Daylily Treasures & Secret Gardens – Denise Pavlovich


Monthly Meeting

Annual End-of-Year Potluck, Planning for 2015 and Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Sunday, 10/19/2014
All Day
Event Details

Old Town Hall, Shirley MA

Annual End-of-Year Potluck ~ Planning for 2015 ~ Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Monthly Meeting

Annual Fall Plan Swap and Make Your Own Concrete Lead Birdbaths


Saturday, 09/20/2014
All Day
Event Details

Annual Fall Plant Swap ~ Fall Workshop “Make Your Own Concrete Leaf Birdbaths” with Linda Donalds and Lois Dunham


Monthly Meeting

Annual Container Garden Contest and Tour of Hillside School’s Farm and Garden


Saturday, 08/16/2014
All Day
Event Details

Annual Container Garden Contest ~ Garden Tour of Hillside School’s Farm & Garden


Special Event

Visit to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls


Sunday, 07/27/2014
All Day
Event Details

Visit to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls ~ Picnic Lunch (bring your own lunch)


Monthly Meeting

Garden Tour and Summer Cook Out


Saturday, 07/19/2014
All Day
Event Details

Garden Tour and Summer Cook Out at a Member’s Gardens


Monthly Meeting

Annual Spring Plant Swap and Italianate Garden Tour


Saturday, 06/14/2014
All Day
Event Details

Annual Spring Plant Swap ~ Garden Tour of an Italianate Garden by local author John Hanson Mitchell


Monthly Meeting

Tour of Members’ Gardens in Shirley


Saturday, 05/17/2014
All Day
Event Details

Tour of (2) Members’ Gardens in Shirley


Special Event

Visit to Peter George’s for tour of his Rock Gardens


Sunday, 05/04/2014
All Day
Event Details

Visit to Peter George’s for tour of his Rock Gardens ~ Picnic Lunch (bring your own lunch)


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on Rock Gardens and Spring Dividend Distribution


Saturday, 04/12/2014
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on Rock Gardens entitled: “The Evolution of My Garden – OR – How My Garden Proves that There is No Such Thing as Intelligent Design” by Peter George, President of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) ~ Distribution of Spring Plant Dividends


Monthly Meeting

Tower Hill Members-Only Winter Garden Tour by Joann Vieira


Saturday, 03/15/2014
All Day
Event Details

Members-Only Winter Garden Tour by Joann Vieira Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA


Monthly Meeting

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting and Presentation on “Native Plants: Right Plant, Right Place”


Saturday, 02/15/2014
All Day
Event Details

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting ~ Presentation on “Native Plants: Right Plant, Right Place” by Ellen Souza ~ Annual Houseplant and Garden Magazine/Catalog Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual End-of-Year Potluck, Planning for 2014 and Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Sunday, 10/20/2013
All Day
Event Details

Old Town Hall, Shirley MA

Annual End-of-Year Potluck ~ Planning for 2014 ~ Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Monthly Meeting

“Hypertufa Planter Workshop” by Linda Donalds and Lois Dunham


Saturday, 09/21/2013
All Day
Event Details

Presentation “Hypertufa Planter Workshop” by Linda Donalds and Lois Dunham ~ Annual Fall Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

“Pruning Workshop” by Denis Wagner and Annual Container Garden Contest


Saturday, 08/17/2013
All Day
Event Details

Presentation “Pruning Workshop” by Denis Wagner of Denis Wagner Fine Gardening in Harvard ~ Annual Container Garden Contest


Monthly Meeting

Garden Tour & Summer Cook Out


Saturday, 07/20/2013
All Day
Event Details

Garden Tour & Summer Cook Out at Member’s Gardens in Shirley


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Medicinal Plants”


Saturday, 06/22/2013
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Medicinal Plants” by Jodie Gilson of J. Gilson Greenhouses in Groton ~ Annual Spring Plant Swap


Special Event

Tour of Brigham Hill Farm’s Gardens


Saturday, 06/15/2013
All Day
Event Details

Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton MA

Tour of Brigham Hill Farm’s Gardens ~ Lunch on the Terrace (bring your own lunch)


Monthly Meeting

Tour of Member’s Gardens in Leominster


Saturday, 05/18/2013
All Day
Event Details

Tour of Member’s Gardens in Leominster


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Unusual Plants for Your Garden”


Saturday, 04/20/2013
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Unusual Plants for Your Garden” by Ellen Todd of Todd Landscape Designs in Groton ~ Distribution of Spring Plant Dividends


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Shapes & Sizes: Designing for Impact and Interest”


Saturday, 03/16/2013
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Shapes & Sizes: Designing for Impact and Interest” by Cheryl Salatino of Dancing Shadows Garden Design in Sudbury ~ Annual Houseplant Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting and Presentation on “Winter Floral Arrangements”


Saturday, 02/16/2013
All Day
Event Details

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting ~ Presentation on “Winter Floral Arrangements” by Karen McDonald, owner of Petal Pushers ~ Annual Garden Magazine and Catalog Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual End-of-Year Potluck, Planning for 2012 and Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Sunday, 10/16/2011
All Day
Event Details

Old Town Hall, Shirley MA

Annual End-of-Year Potluck ~ Planning for 2012 ~ Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Monthly Meeting

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley and Fall Plant Swap


Saturday, 09/17/2011
All Day
Event Details

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley ~ Fall Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

Workshop on “Make Your Own Leaf Birdbath” and Container Garden Contest


Saturday, 08/20/2011
All Day
Event Details

Workshop on “Make Your Own Leaf Birdbath” by Linda Donalds with Cindy Mitton and Liz Cole ~ Container Garden Contest


Monthly Meeting

Tour of Daylily Gardens by Denise Pavlovich


Saturday, 07/23/2011
All Day
Event Details

Tour of Daylily Gardens by Denise Pavlovich


Special Event

Tour of Brigham Hill Farm’s Gardens


Saturday, 07/16/2011
All Day
Event Details

Brigham Hill Farm, North Grafton MA

Tour of Brigham Hill Farm’s Gardens


Monthly Meeting

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley and Spring Plant Swap


Saturday, 06/18/2011
All Day
Event Details

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley ~ Spring Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Container Gardening” by Dawn Pavone


Saturday, 05/21/2011
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Container Gardening” by Dawn Pavone of Turessa Botanicals Garden Design


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Kitchen Herbs” by Linda Russell


Saturday, 04/16/2011
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Kitchen Herbs” by Linda Russell of Scentsibilities in Boylston ~ Distribution of Spring Plant Dividends


Monthly Meeting

Presentation on “Caring for Houseplants”


Saturday, 03/19/2011
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Caring for Houseplants” by Dina Samfield ~ Presentation on “Starting Seeds Indoors” by Cynthia Furman ~ Houseplant Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting and Presentation on “Daylilies for Three-Season Bloom”


Saturday, 02/19/2011
All Day
Event Details

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting ~ Presentation on “Daylilies for Three-Season Bloom” by Denise Pavlovich of Covered Bridge Perennials in Pepperell ~ Garden Magazine and Catalog Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual End-of-Year Potluck, Planning for 2011 and Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Saturday, 10/16/2010
All Day
Event Details

Old Town Hall, Shirley MA

Annual End-of-Year Potluck ~ Planning for 2011 ~ Distribution of Fall Bulb Dividends


Monthly Meeting

“Intro to Soil Science for Gardeners” by Michelle Cannon


Saturday, 09/18/2010
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Intro to Soil Science for Gardeners” by Michelle Cannon ~ Fall Plant Swap


Special Event

“Not Your Grandmother’s Hostas” by Sue Andersen


Sunday, 08/22/2010
All Day
Event Details

Presentation & Tour on “Not Your Grandmother’s Hostas” by Sue Andersen Location:  Mason Hollow Nursery, Mason NH  


Monthly Meeting

“Habitat Garden Tour”


Saturday, 08/21/2010
All Day
Event Details

“Habitat Garden Tour” hosted by Ellen Sousa (presenter at our February meeting) Location:  Turkey Hill Brook Farm in Spencer, MA


Monthly Meeting

Tour of a Member’s Gardens


Saturday, 07/17/2010
All Day
Event Details

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley


Monthly Meeting

Tour of a Member’s Gardens and Spring Plant Swap


Saturday, 06/19/2010
12:00 am
Event Details

Tour of a Member’s Gardens in Shirley ~ Spring Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

“Pruning” by Fran West


Saturday, 05/15/2010
All Day
Event Details

Presentation & Demonstation on “Pruning” by Fran West


Monthly Meeting

Tour of a Member’s Gardens


Saturday, 04/17/2010
All Day
Event Details

Tour of a Member’s Gardens near Shirley Center ~ Distribution of Spring Plant Dividends


Monthly Meeting

“Simple Water Features for the Backyard Gardener”


Saturday, 03/20/2010
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Simple Water Features for the Backyard Gardener” by Andrienne Clark & Natalie Delorey ~ Houseplant Swap


Monthly Meeting

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting and Presentation on “Habitat Landscaping”


Saturday, 02/20/2010
All Day
Event Details

Annual Kick-Off Planning Meeting ~ Presentation on “Habitat Landscaping” by Ellen Sousa of Turkey Hill Brook Farm ~ Garden Magazine and Catalog Swap


Monthly Meeting

Workshop on “Making Hypertufa Planters” by Linda Donalds


Saturday, 09/19/2009
All Day
Event Details

Workshop on “Making Hypertufa Planters” by Linda Donalds ~ Fall Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

“Putting the Garden to Bed” by Ingrid Wheeler


Saturday, 08/15/2009
All Day
Event Details

“Putting the Garden to Bed” by Ingrid Wheeler


Monthly Meeting

Tour of Farandnear Gardens and Conservation Area by Dan Stephens


Saturday, 07/18/2009
All Day
Event Details

Tour of Farandnear Gardens and Conservation Area by Dan Stephens


Monthly Meeting

“Shade Gardening” at Blanchette’s


Saturday, 06/20/2009
All Day
Event Details

“Shade Gardening” at Blanchette’s ~ Tour of Joe Pye Weed’s Garden


Monthly Meeting

“Growing Annuals” by Ingrid Wheeler


Saturday, 05/16/2009
All Day
Event Details

“Growing Annuals” by Ingrid Wheeler ~ Spring Plant Swap


Monthly Meeting

“Backyard Vegetable Gardening” by Ann and Mike Gagnon


Saturday, 03/21/2009
All Day
Event Details

“Backyard Vegetable Gardening” by Ann and Mike Gagnon


Monthly Meeting

“Gardening in the Northeast Kingdom” by Beth Wade


Saturday, 02/21/2009
All Day
Event Details

Presentation on “Gardening in the Northeast Kingdom” by Beth Wade