Hi Seaside Gardeners,

As a garden sitter for tomorrow afternoon- I’m at Garden #2 , I just got back from the run through of tomorrow’s Generous Gardener’s of Gloucester Eastern Point Garden Tour.

Susan Kelly has found 11 Gardens that each has its own charm – plant material, design, gorgeous colorful plantings, gazebos, pergolas, sitting areas, architectural homes for a backdrop, and  many with ocean views and water views – wow!

With 4 different parking areas  along the route and a CATA van for one loop of 4 gardens, it’s a good walking tour of 11 gardens. There are several restrooms along the way.

Hope to see you at the tour.

Lenore Kepler

Below is info regarding ticket information.

10 AM – 4 PM

Tickets are $30 per person. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour.

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 Avenue. Gloucester, MA 01930.

There are 11 properties and 4 parking locations with the gardens clustered around those locations.

Please no pets.  Rain or Shine.

For more information  –

Contact Susan Kelly,

susan@generousgardeners.org or





Volunteers still needed for the 2016 Gloucester Garden Tour.  Morning shift is 10-1 afternoon shift is 1-4.  Volunteers get a free ticket to tour the gardens in their off shift and are all invited to an after party where we pick the raffle winners.
Dear Garden Aficionado,

The Eastern Point Garden Tour on July 9th from 10-4 is going to be a gorgeous event with 11 properties including numerous gated estate gardens.  We are looking for additional “garden sitters” to welcome visitors, check off gardens visited, and generally guide the garden tour goers around Eastern Point.  It is a fun event and volunteers get a free ticket to view the gardens in the off shift.  We need both AM and PM volunteers.  We have 2 sitters per gardens plus other guide points.

If you have volunteered in the past, you know is it s a fun and worthwhile event.  All proceeds support Gloucester beautification.  Please email me directly at susan@generousgardeners.org.  If you said you would volunteer and didn’t receive the volunteer assignment email that went out yesterday, it means I missed your email, so please call or email me directly rather than responding to this blast email.

Thank you for being a generous gardener.

Susan Kelly

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Gloucester Garden Tour

Please come to the fourth annual Generous Gardeners Gloucester Garden tour on Eastern Point July 9th from 10-4.
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Gloucester Garden Tour – Gloucester’s Exclusive Eastern Point, Saturday July 9, 2016 from 10:00-4:00

Gloucester’s Eastern Point is a community of historic homes and estates along the eastern shore of Gloucester Harbor.  Join us for a self-guided tour of uniquely landscaped properties and see the beauty hidden behind the walls and gates surrounding them.  Gardens of varying sizes and styles will have volunteers from all of the Cape Ann garden clubs as “garden sitters.”  This tour is sure to delight even the most experienced of garden tour goers.

Tickets are $30 per person.  Buy online in advance at www.GloucesterGardenTour.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 Avenue. Gloucester, MA 01930.  Rain or Shine

Please no pets.

For more information contact Susan Kelly susan@generousgardeners.org or 978-282-3306.

Proceeds will be used for 13,000 flowers to be planted on Stacy Boulevard Gardens.  If you would like to learn more about the new gardens go to www.GenerousGardeners.org.

There are not just flowers in our gardens.

Kim Smith Designs

Cecropia Moth Male copyright Kim SmithChristine holding male Cecropia Moth

This newly emerged Cercropia Moth, the largest species of Lepidoptera found in North America, was photographed at the home of my new friend Christine. She lives on the backshore of Gloucester and, with her friend Jane, who lives on the opposite side of Gloucester in the Lanesville area, are trying to repopulate Cape Ann with several species of the stunning and charismatic moths of the Saturn Family. These include the Cecropia Moth (commonly called Robin Moth), Luna Moth, and Polyphemus Moth.

Where formerly abundant, these most beautiful members of the native Giant Silkworm Moth group of Lepidoptera are at extreme risk of becoming extirpated (extinct from a region). Christine recalls a time when she could easily find the cocoons in her neighborhood. Now she finds none. The reasons for their decline are severalfold; loss of habitat, the poison in the pesticides sprayed on trees is highly toxic to all insects, and because they are suffering from a parasitism…

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Program Wrap-up

The 2015-2016 Seaside Garden program finale was an Ikebana demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh; she is only one of 3 people in the Boston area, with Ikebana certification. Barbara Storella won the raffle for the Ikebana arrangement. This program was sponsored, in part, by the Manchester Cultural Counsel, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Ikebana Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh; she is only one of 3 people in the Boston area, with Ikebana certification.

Ikebana Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh; she is only one of 3 people in the Boston area, with Ikebana certification.

Ikebana arrangement

Ikebana arrangement

Ikebana arrangement won by Barbara Storella

Ikebana arrangement won by Barbara Storella

Dear Friend of Gloucester Beautification,

Please join Generous Gardeners for a fundraiser garden party this Saturday from 2-6.  All proceeds will benefit the new Stacy Boulevard Gardens.

The new boulevard gardens, designed by Ann Gilardi Johnson, the designer of the Fishermen’s wives plaza and a Generous Gardener volunteer, will stretch from the Blynman Bridge to the Bocce courts and include beds that mimic the design of the Fishermen’s plaza centered around urns.  The beds, loam and irrigation are incorporated in the reconstruction project.  Generous Gardeners, our non-profit group of volunteer gardeners, is raising funds for the plantings that will include over 13,000 colorful flowers for three seasons of color. Generous Gardeners will plant and maintain the new gardens as well as over twenty other public garden spaces in Gloucester.  Support our efforts and see the thousands of seedlings being grown in Susan’s garden for this project.

Where: 23 Biskie Head Point, Gloucester, MA
When: Saturday, June 11th  2-6
Beverages and Appetizers included in $20 fee
RSVP’s required and space is limited to first 100 people to sign up on eventbrite or to email susan@generousgardeners.org confirming attendance.
Eventbrite link below

Susan Kelly
Generous Gardeners


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