Save the day, May 10

auction 2016

Save the evening

It’s time for the much anticipated Seaside Garden Club Annual Plant Sale and Auction!

May 10th at the Manchester Community Center
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Auction begins promptly at 6:30 pm
This is the club’s only fund raiser for the year and a terrific time to add some beautiful, proven perennials from our members’ gardens, garden art and many wonderful items donated by local businesses.  Light refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the auction are what keep this club going: funds our programs and community service work and allow us to keep the membership fee at $25.
New this year – A select group of items will be available at 6:00 for sale.  Come early to preview the many Auction items!
You can help by attending the auction…
🌸 Bring your  cash or checkbook
🌸 Invite your friends, family and neighbors

🌸 Donate from your garden:

  • Divide your own perennials (large, healthy, well established)
  • Label your Donations:  Plant name, description (height, bloom time, etc.), care instructions (shade/sun) and a photo
  • Donations can be dropped off the weekend before the auction (May 7th and May 8th) at Kathy Ryan’s or Janet Groth’s or at the Manchester Community Center on May 10th after 4:00 pm on the side stairway (parking lot side).
Name Maine Botanical Garden
Start 2016/04/26 at 07:00:00 PM
End 2016/04/26 at 08:30:00 PM
Description Come take a virtual tour of the remarkable Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Maureen Bovet, an experienced horticulturist and entertaining speaker, will be our guide. This program is presented by the Gloucester Lyceum.
Description Come take a virtual tour of the remarkable Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Maureen Bovet, an experienced horticulturist and entertaining speaker, will be our guide. This program is presented by the Gloucester Lyceum. \n\nContact: Mary Weissblum : :
Location Friend Room
 Link  http://www.sawyerfreelibrary.org/



The Friendly Garden Club presents “Landscaping for Birds” with Sally Avery, at the Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room,

32 Essex St., at 7:00 pm.  Ms. Avery will discuss plantings and elements to create an inviting habitat to attract birds.

Free and Open to the Public.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-922-7511



Growers for You This Spring 2016

Good Morning from Connecticut,
Today is Thursday, April 14, 2016.

As you know Hilary and I have retired.  We are settling in to our new home and our new property of 20 acres of conservation/farm land.

The following three businesses are ready for Spring and doing a great job to fill the gap we have left behind.

Asbury Gardens

Anne Gero at Asbury Gardens in Hamilton will be selling organically grown cold crop and tomato seedlings.  The cold crops will include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, beets and Swiss chard.  And for tomatoes, Asbury Gardens will have over 40 varieties.     

Opening Day is April 30th and all plants will be sold from the deJager Bulb Store at 188 Asbury Street, Hamilton.  All of the plant varieties as well as directions and hours are on her website at asburygardens.net.  If you have any questions, you can contact Anne at anne@asburygardens.net or 978-998-5494.

Blue Moon Farm Essex, located at 28 Choate St in Essex, is owned by Patti Byrne.  Patti has been growing organically and her artichokes (on facebook) are very cute!  She has high hopes for a Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Farm. Opening for Blue Moon Farm Essex will be in May.  You can reach Patti for details at 978-857-7954.

Cedar Rock Farm, located at 299 Concord St in Gloucester, is owned by Tucker Smith and his fried Elise.

Opening Day is April 22nd. Hours will be Friday – Tuesday 8-5 and Sunday 9-3.

     Their website is Cedarrockgardens.com

     Email address is Cedarrockgardens@gmail.com

They grow organically with non-GMO seed but are not certified.  The varieties you will find (both vegetables and flowers) are many of the same that we grew.  The cut flowers they grow are so.. beautiful!

      You can find them on Facebook with their business name.

Directions to Cedar Rock Farm:

From Route 128 and MA-133 Westbound: Take Exit 14 off the highway and turn to head west on MA-133 toward Essex, in 1 mile turn right at the blinking yellow light onto Sumner street, follow Sumner street and take a slight right onto Concord street and we are on the left about .3 miles down.

From MA – 133 Eastbound:  Follow MA-133 through the center of Essex, Turn left onto Harlow street, Turn slight right to stay on Concord street, go over the Walker Creek bridge and turn left to stay on Concord street and we are .3 miles down on the left.

P.S. If your forsythia is blooming, then it is time to spray for the winter moth larva.

Also, I’m thinking of writing a blog?  We are starting from scratch and I thought it might be interesting and educational for folks to watch it happen.  Right know we are waiting for everything to dry out.  We have vernal ponds in our back yard so the Bullfrogs at night are my new best friends!!!   Our farm name is East Meadow Farm.

I will miss you all this spring and sincerely hope you have a wonderful growing season.

Barbara, previously at Goose Cove Gardens

April Newsletter

Seaside Garden Club Newsletter
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Opening comments:

  • SSGC is accepting membership payment for the upcoming 2016/2017 year. The membership fee will remain at $25.  See Lisa or Peggy to make your membership payment.  If you prefer, you can mail a check payable to Seaside Garden Club of Manchester and mail check to Lisa Willwerth , check your membership booklet for contact information.
  • The Northeastern District Annual Luncheon Meeting was held Tuesday, April 5, 2016. I attended the event along with Kathy Ryan, SSGC’s Unsung Hero and Lenore Kepler.
  • Executive Board Member emails are listed in the yearbook. When in doubt as to who to reach out to, please contact the club secretary Kate Willwerth or club president Lucia Darr (Check your membership booklet for contact information)
  • Thanks to those of you who donated 4” pots to make floral arrangements for the shut-ins and the larger plastic pots to be used for auction perennials.
  • Thanks to those of you who supplied food and beverages for the April Meeting.

Community Service:

  • North Shore Community College Scholarship is for $1000. Raffle monies collected are used to fund this scholarship – YTD $621 collected.  The generosity of our members in supporting this scholarship is greatly appreciated!
  • Seaside Garden Club recycles bottles/cups/plastic cutlery. At the end of the meeting, please put your recyclable items in the recycle bin and not the rubbish.

SSGC Upcoming Events:

  • May 10, 2016 – Auction and Plant Sale. This is our big event – bring family and friends!  Monies earned from the auction are what keep this club going, and allow SSGC to keep the membership fee at $25.  It takes a village (the SSGC Board and membership) to coordinate, set-up and execute this event.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, enough time to register for the auction, shop for pre-auction priced sales items, to socialize (food and beverages provided by the SSGC), and to peruse the auction items.  The auction will start promptly at 6:30 pm.
    • Talliers and runners are needed to help the evening of the auction.
    • Please donate viable plants from your garden, or if you happen to be at the garden store consider buying a perennial plant to donate to the auction. If you have lots of small plants to donate, please group them together in a container or basket.
    • Please provide plant information and attach the information to the donated plants – Plant Name / description / Perennial or Annual / Sun or Shade / Picture.
    • The day of the auction is hectic. If possible, please drop off your donations anytime the weekend of May 7th and 8th to Janet Groth or Kathy Ryan.  Plants can also be left at the side entrance of the Manchester Community Center the day of the auction, if possible by 4 pm.
    • Check your membership booklet for contact information:
      • Janet Groth
      • Kathy Ryan
    • June 14, 2016 – The Art of Ikebana

Save the Dates and Other Events:

  • Gloucester Generous Gardeners Plant Sale, Saturday May 21st from 9 am – noon. Gloucester Educational Foundation Plant Sale at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School, 32 Cherry St, Gloucester, MA 01930.
  • Gloucester Generous Gardeners Garden Tour, Saturday, July 9th from 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $30 per person.  Buy online in advance, gloucestergardentours.org or send checks to Generous Gardeners, PO Box 1532, Gloucester, MA 01930.  On the day of the tour, pick up your ticket/booklet with maps and descriptions at St. Anthony’s–by–the Sea, 2 St. Louis Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
  • An invitation from the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club – Art in Bloom, April 27th from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Miles Middle School, 787 Bay Road, Hamilton MA. Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Hear the behind the scenes details of “Art in Bloom” the MFA’s yearly festival combining art and floral arrangements.  View images of gorgeous floral interpretations inspired by museum masterpieces.  Watch live demonstrations of floral arrangements inspired by works of art, and receive expert floral arranging.  Refreshments will be served.  You are invited to wear a creative hat!
  • Nahant Garden Club Spring Plant Sale – Natives and Pollinators (flowering plants, shrubs and a boutique) on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Nahant Life Saving Station from 10 am – 4 pm.
  • Saugus Garden Club Annual Open House & Fundraiser, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Saugus Town Hall Auditorium doors open at 6 pm. Tickets $5.
  • The Manchester Essex Green Team is selling 40 pound bags of Black Earth Compost made from the Manchester Essex School District’s food waste converted into rich and nutritious soil for $8 each.  This sale will be happening on a rolling basis and will continue all year long. All participation is greatly appreciated because the profits will be donated to the Green Team programs in all three schools. The Team is accepting credit card orders by visiting the Team’s secure website at http://www.greenteam.mersd.org, click on the “buy compost” option on the homepage. Or you make payments by checks made out to MERSD and send to The Green Team, 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA 01944.  Green Team Director, Eric Magers, will deliver the product for free to any location in Cape Ann (and a reasonable fee beyond that).  If you have questions, or live beyond Cape Ann for free delivery, please contact the Green Team @ greenteam@mersd.org or 525.6469.

Happy Spring!
Lucia Darr

Book suggestions

while we’re waiting for the snow to melt. You can request through your library’s online catalog, right from home.

Death in the orchid garden : a gardening mystery / Ann Ripley 51Nos9Ia5SL._AA320_QL65_
Pushing up daisies : a dirty business mystery / Rosemary Harris 1094580
Second thyme around / Katie Fforde 1064820

And my favorite British TV series:

Rosemary & Thyme 51fIDpDX6gL._AA320_QL65_

These are all series, you can’t read just one.


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