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Pot Luck Supper, Planning for 2018 and Fall Dividends


Sunday, 10/15/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Details

Center Town Hall, Shirley MA

Pot Luck Supper & Planning for 2018

Once again the gardening year is coming to a close and that means it’s time for our final meeting of 2017:

  • Delicious pot luck supper – see below for your assigned dish/beverage
  • Seed drop off – bring any seeds you’ve collected for the Spring Seed Swap
  • Fall dividends – if you can’t attend, be sure to have someone pick up your bulbs for you
  • Elections for 2018
  • Brainstorming for 2018 activities

This is one of our most popular events – the food is always delicious & the meeting is an important one as we prepare for 2018 with elections and input for next year’s activities, presentation topics, etc. You’ll also take home your fall dividends and drop off any seeds you’ve collected for next year’s Spring Seed Swap.

Pot Luck Supper – Please bring enough food/drink for 6-8 (along with serving utensils if required) according to the first letter(s) of your last name. (Couples should plan to bring two items.)

A – De Salad or Side Dish
Do – G Main Dish
H – L Dessert
M – N Beverage
P – Y Appetizer

Election of Leaders for 2018

At the meeting we will be electing our Chair/Co-Chairs, Treasurer and members responsible for Communications, Programs, Dividends/Container Contest, and Swaps. Please give this some thought in advance and decide whether you would like to volunteer or nominate another member or members.

Volunteers for 2018

A big thanks to the many members who helped during 2017 – this was another good year in terms of sharing the workload. There will be volunteer signup sheets on each table at the pot luck – so be sure to add your name for 2018.

Brainstorming for 2018

And don’t forget to bring your ideas for 2018. We’ll be discussing the topics you’d like to hear more about & your suggestions for speakers, gardens you’d like to visit, field trips that intrigue you and workshops you’d like to participate in.

Fall Dividends

Fall dividends will be distributed at the end of the meeting. Perry will email photos and descriptions prior to the meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting, please arrange for someone else to pick up your bulbs for you.

Seeds for Spring Seed Swap

Fall is the time to save seeds from your garden to share with your fellow Gardeners Exchange members next spring. If you have already harvested seeds, place them in an envelope & label with the name of the plant, color, height, sun exposure, perennial/annual, etc. and your name and phone # (in case we need to get more information about the plant). Bring them to the pot luck and give them to Judith. They will reappear at the spring seed swap in individual envelopes, ready to be planted.


Monthly Meeting

September Meeting


Saturday, 09/23/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Mason Hollow, Mason NH

Our fall plant swap and visit to Mason Hollow Nursery in Mason, New Hampshire are on September 23rd. We’ll enjoy a presentation, garden tour and plant shopping. We’ll begin early – at 9:00am – in Shirley Center for the plant swap, followed by carpooling to the nursery for the 10:30am presentation. For those who want to make a day of it, lunch at Parker’s Maple Barn is highly recommended and only 1-1/2 miles from the nursery. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

Presentation and Tour

Has your garden become shadier over time as the surrounding trees have grown taller? Is there a shady corner of your yard yearning for attention? Sue will introduce us to hostas – stunning shade lovers that include an enormous variety of sizes, shapes and colors – and their many uses in shady and not-so-shady spaces, alone or in combination with other shade lovers. She’ll share the many tips she’s learned tending the nursery’s expansive display gardens (with a tour to follow), bring us up to date on her ongoing battle with the local vole population and answer our (often many) questions. Prepare to be inspired to tackle those shady areas with new gusto!

Following Sue’s presentation, expect to spend some quality time touring the display gardens and shopping in the nursery. And don’t forget to save your appetite for lunch at Parker’s Maple Barn just down the road.

Fall Plant Swap

Bring potted divisions and extras from your garden – up to 6-8 per member. All plants should be labelled – if you don’t know your plant’s name, a few words describing its likes & dislikes, height, bloom time & color would be helpful. If possible, dig & pot up your plants at least a week in advance so they look their best for the swap.

Background

Owners Sue & Chuck Andersen opened Mason Hollow Nursery in 2001 offering 300 varieties of Hosta. The nursery has since grown and we currently offer upwards of 800 plant varieties!

Along with Hosta, Mason Hollow Nursery also offers great selections of Ornamental Grasses, Heucheras, Wild Flowers, Ferns and selected Trees & Shrubs, collectors’s Conifers and many other selected Perennials.

Mason Hollow Nursery is located in Mason, NH just a short country ride (1.6 miles) from Parker’s Maple Barn Restaurant, a good spot for lunch after our meeting.


Monthly Meeting

Ornamental Grasses


Saturday, 08/26/2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Weston Nurseries, Chelmsford MA

Details to be added soon.


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 or July email reminder for address and driving directions). Look for an email earlier in July with your assignment for a main dish, side dish, beverage or dessert.


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 and will be offered at $4 each or 3 plants for $10 (cash or check only). Proceeds will benefit the Gardeners Exchange, so plan to do your shopping at Judith & Scott’s – the timing is perfect with no chance of frost. As soon as you get your plants home, they can be planted outdoors!

See email from Janet or contact Scott or Judith via their contact info in the member list for address and directions.


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 and will be offered at $4 each or 3 plants for $10 (cash or check only). Proceeds will benefit the Gardeners Exchange, so plan to do your shopping at Judith & Scott’s – the timing is perfect with no chance of frost. As soon as you get your plants home, they can be planted outdoors!

See email from Janet or contact Scott or Judith via their contact info in the member list for address and directions.


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 try your hand at sand casting a birdbath in cement; or tying bamboo for a screen, small fence, or trellis. The goal is to try out techniques and materials, rather than actually complete an entire project, and to come away with lots of new inspiration for your own DIY garden structures.

Judy has been reinventing her vegetable garden with recycled (read trash-picked) materials for several years. Every year is a new combination. She has built trellises, a large pergola, raised beds, cold frames, and is currently building a greenhouse.

Bring mud boots, work gloves and a clean pair of shoes to change into to come inside for refreshments.

In the event of heavy rain, the event will be held on April 23rd.


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 our speakers this year.

Growing, harvesting, and eating food from the garden is a powerful act that touches upon all these attributes, and fruits are the tastiest items to come from the landscape! This lecture will continue to build upon previously covered topics of promoting soil health and basic garden design. It will profile several small fruits, how they integrate with the garden, and include tips for their care.

Presented by Adam Gray Monroy. Adam has 17 years of experience in landscape design and building, and has worked with HomeHarvest Edible Landscapes & Construction for five seasons, happily exploring the integration of edible components into typical urban and suburban landscapes. He enjoys the challenges of building these spaces and the benefits of working with such a fun team. His fields of study include horticulture, sustainable agriculture, and landscape architecture.


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 information she gathers, and the various methods she uses to communicate her analysis, ideas, designs and planting plans. Cheryl’s presentation offers both how-to steps and examples to help every aspiring designer challenge their thinking and get ready for a spring renewal.

Cheryl Salatino is the principal designer and owner of Dancing Shadows Garden Design, a residential landscape design and services firm. She has been designing gardens across Massachusetts, and as far away as Maine, since 2002.

Cheryl is a Certified Landscape Designer and a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She received her certificate in landscape design from the Radcliffe Seminars Landscape Design Program of Harvard University. She was awarded the status of Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist by the Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association as evidence of achieving the industry’s highest standards in nursery and landscape professionalism. Cheryl has also earned an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture and Design as part of the certificate program in Native Plant Studies at the New England Wildflower Society. She enjoys collaborating with her clients and sharing her garden design approach with fellow garden enthusiasts.


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 arrive at 10:30am.


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

Lucy and John's Day Lillies
Lucy and John’s Day Lillies
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 Pleasant Garden, the Kings’ gardens surround their home and pool so that they have a garden view–daylilies predominating–out of every window. Sallyann’s certified display garden has over 400 cultivars, and the property is also a National Wildlife Federation certified habitat.

“Our philosophy has always been…come and enjoy the garden,” says Sallyann, a daylily enthusiast. She was a member of the original Bolton Garden club, and is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society. She has lectured to area garden clubs and at Tower Hill (Worcester County Horticultural Society).

Sallyann is presently both a certified exhibition and garden judge for the daylily society and regularly attends NEDS meetings, which are held at Tower Hill. She is proud of once winning “best in show” at the regularly held flower show at Tower Hill and has many ribbons, but adds that judges cannot enter shows in which they are judging.

She and her husband used to dig plants for their customers while they waited, but now they work out alternate plans with their customers when possible, to ease the digging. “Age has a way of demanding that!” she says.


Monthly Meeting

Summer Garden Tour, Cook Out and Container Contest


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

One of Lucy and John's Day Lillies
One of Lucy and John’s Day Lillies
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 make parking easier at John and Lucy’s.

This meeting includes the container contest!


Monthly Meeting

Spring Member Garden Tour


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

A scene from 2014 at Scott and Judith's
A scene from 2014 at Scott and Judith’s
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, Shirley at 10am for carpooling. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is somewhat limited at Scott and Judith’s


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, light refreshments will be served.

We are charging $5 at the door for this special presentation to help defray the costs of all of our 2016 programs.

This is a 1hr 45min program – so be sure to come on time, get your refreshments, and grab a seat.

“Healthy Soils = Healthy Gardens”

Ben Barkan, HomeHarvest

Image of Ben Barkan
Ben Barkan is the Owner, Founder, Lead Designer, & Consultant at HomeHarvest – Edible Landscapes LLC.

Ben will discuss soil properties such as pH, plant nutrients, organic matter, soil testing and analysis, and how to respond to soil contamination. These basic concepts are important for all gardeners to understand, whether they grow perennials, annuals, edibles or all three. Learn how to develop and maintain soil that produces thriving, colorful perennials or bumper crops of nutrient dense produce. This intensive soil health presentation is suited for anyone interested in growing perennials, annuals or edibles while using sustainable, organic practices.

Inspired by working on more than 30 organic farms in New England, California, Oregon, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia, Ben founded HomeHarvest in 2008 with just a bicycle and shovel. Based out of Arlington and Lexington, HomeHarvest now has several company trucks, eight full time employees, and over 400 edible gardens installed throughout Boston and its suburbs. Ben has a degree in sustainable agriculture and is permaculture-design certified and is a popular speaker throughout our region.

Note: This is a special, intensive one-hour and 45-minute program, so be sure to come on time, get your refreshments, and grab a seat. You won’t be disappointed!

Spring Dividends

The meeting will conclude with distribution of spring dividends, one of the most popular benefits of Gardeners Exchange membership. Each member will take home three perennials hardy in our zone. Extras will be available for purchase so be sure to bring cash or check if you think you might be interested. If you won’t be at the meeting, please make arrangements for another member to pick up your dividends for you. Thank you!

Membership Cards

Gardeners Exchange membership cards will be available at the meeting. If you didn’t get yours last month, be sure to pick it up when you arrive at the meeting. Always show your membership card when you make plant purchases at local nurseries – it may entitle you to a 10 or 15 percent discount.


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 of the exciting new evergreen species from China. Characteristics, growth habit, growing and propagation, pests and diseases, and combining Epimediums with other shade perennials in the garden will also be addressed. We will even get a glimpse into the collecting trips to China made by Darrell Probst. Karen will also feature several choice, easy to grow shade perennials that combine well with Epimediums. 

Image of Karen Perkins
Karen Perkins
Bio: Karen Perkins graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, and from the University of Delaware with a Master of Science in Public Garden Management. She has worked/interned at several botanic gardens including: the Cornell Plantations, Longwood Gardens, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, England, and Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, Scotland. She served in the Education Department of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. for 17 years. 

Karen is currently the owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, a Massachusetts-based mail order nursery, started by Darrell Probst, and offering over 170 species and varieties of Epimediums along with other choice companion shade perennials.


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 knees. We will talk about some of these wonderful native plants, and why they perform as they do in enhancing our environment.    

Image of Karen Longeteig
Karen Longeteig
Bio: Karen Longeteig believes that native trees and shrubs form the most beautiful and appropriate setting for New England’s constructed landscapes. She grew up in Idaho on a ranch, and then lived in Asia and Europe for 20 years. Appreciating these different landscapes, when she returned to the U.S. her interest led her to the design program at the Landscape Institute at Radcliffe. Her 14-year-old business is “Going Native Gardens.”  

Longeteig is a member of Lexington’s Town Tree Committee, a Town Meeting Member, and an advisor to Lexington High School on landscaping, invasive species, and tree selection. She also serves on the Board of COGdesign, which provides low-income urban non-profits with pro bono landscape design. 


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 Than A Tour

Besides our tour of the major areas of the garden with long-time horticultural director Joann Vieira, there are many special Fall Fest events going on the day of our visit:

  • There will be heirloom apple, cider, and beer tastings, and food and beer demos with Heather Schmidt of Union Square Donuts (Best of Boston 2013 & 2015, voted best in the US, Eater.com); and, Best Bees – Talk & Honey Tasting; Gardner Ale House, Beer tasting.
  • The live music is provided by Town Meeting (indie folk/rock/Americana), with Ayer’s own Luke and Russ Condon and friends.
  • The library will be open from 10:00 – 4:00 with The Highgrove Florilegium exhibit of selected watercolors by leading international botanical artists of the flowers in Prince Charles’ garden. (An exhibit talk begins there at 11:00 a.m.)
  • A free talk on The History of Apples with John Bunker will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. For 300 years Massachusetts was the center of American orcharding. Long before the days of Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala and Honeycrisp there was Roxbury Russet, Garden Royal, Hubbardston, Nonesuch and Westfield Seek No Further. Where did those old varieties come from? What were they like? What were they used for? Where are they now? Join apple historian and fruit explorer John Bunker for a romp through the history of apples in the Bay State. Learn the answers to these and other questions. Bring your apples for John to identify.
  • There will also be craft and other vendors.
  • Lunch

    Lunch has not been planned but we know everyone will be hungry following the tour. Twigs Cafe at THBG will be open for lunch and serves a variety of salads, soups, gourmet sandwiches and desserts. In addition there are many wonderful restaurants nearby. Recommended are Harvest Grille on Route 12 in Sterling and Ristorante Via Alta 27 in downtown Clinton, both open for lunch. For those carpooling, don’t forget to take lunch into consideration when making your plans!


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 provided by members. Also please bring along your design ideas and sage advice for Celeste and Ted as they start their third year trying to create gardens to complement their 1898 “summer home.”

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by replying to the member email for this event. 

The festivities will kick off at 12:00 noon with the Gardener’s Exchange First Annual Herb Plant Swap (see below for more info), followed by the cookout. There is plenty of parking available along the driveway and up by the house.

Please bring a dish or beverage (serving 6) according to the first letter(s) of your last name and include serving utensils if needed. Thank you!

Initial      Side / Beverage
A – De:    appetizer
Do – H:   dessert
J – N:        salad or side dish
O – Z:       beverage

Herb Plant Swap

Our August meeting is an herb workshop so now is the time to expand your garden’s herb selection! The least expensive and most fun way to do this is by sharing herbs with fellow gardeners – so we are planning an herb plant swap in conjunction with the cookout. If you would like to participate, please bring your potted and labeled herb plants to the cookout. Some useful information to include would be sun requirements, annual/perennial, self-seeding and perhaps some ideas for how to use it. The swap will be held at around noon, followed by the cookout.

Hope to see everyone on the 18th!


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 grows tropical plants year-round and practices plant propagation techniques.

Joe will present an overview of the methods of sexual and asexual plant propagation including a discussion of seed collection, plant breeding and nomenclature and the methods of asexual propagation including division, cuttings, layering, grafting, and cell culture, some of which he will demonstrate. Handouts will be available.

Gardening Book & Magazine Swap/Share

Bring any gardening books and magazines you’d like to share or swap with members. Just add them to the table near the door when you arrive. All members are invited to take home as many as they’d like. Any leftovers will be donated to the library.

Spring Dividends

Our meeting will conclude with distribution of our spring dividends, one of the most popular benefits of Gardeners Exchange membership. Each member will take home three flowering plants in keeping with this year’s herb and edible flower theme. Varieties chosen will be hardy in our zone, easy to grow and useful for cooking, teas, etc.

This spring’s dividends have been coordinated by members Judith Taylor, Rae Price, Celeste Huber and Lela Rhodes. Many thanks to these hardworking members for their efforts!

If you won’t be able to make the meeting, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your plants for you.

The garden tour originally planned for this date at member Dianne Kazanjian’s has been rescheduled for May 9 due to the late spring. The tour on the 9th will take the place of our May meeting scheduled for the 16th.  (There will be no meeting on May 16th.) 


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