Annie White, from the UVM Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, will present
Designing Pollinator Friendly Landscapes
at the UMass Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: Sustainable Landscapes Management Day
March 30, 2017

Pollinator-friendly landscaping is a trend in the industry. Annie will discuss some of the top perennial picks for pollinators, creative and effective ways to use these plants in the landscape to help support a diversity of pollinators

Spring Kickoff for Landscapers
Sustainable Landscapes Management
March 30, 2017 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: TownePlace Suites, 50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham, MA

Sustainable landscapes are not only environmentally sound but they can also be functional, maintainable and aesthetically pleasing. Come join us to learn ways to make your landscapes greener and more sustainable.

Cost: $100/person, $90 for 3 or more from the same company. Lunch included in the registration fee (please contact us if dietary restrictions will limit your lunch options).

Topics include:

  • Designing Pollinator Friendly Landscapes
  • Including Native Shrubs in the Landscape
  • Management of Common Diseases of Perennials in the Landscape
  • Managing Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Sustainably
  • Management of Invasive Plants in the Landscape

See the full agenda at ag.umass.edu/events/spring-kickoff-for-landscapers-sustainable-landscapes-management

Credits: Three pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 2 ISA, 2 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 1 MCH.

To register: go to ag.umass.edu/landscape/upcoming-events

Save the Date


The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts


The Northeastern District

invite you to

The Northeastern District Annual Meeting

Nahant Country Club, 280 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coffee and registration:                                                         10:00 a.m.

Introductions & Announcements:                                        11:00 a.m.

Guest Speaker:                                                                         11:15 a.m.

Kim Smith “The Pollinator Garden”

Buffet Luncheon , Awards and Opportunity Drawing       12:30 p.m.

Luncheon fee:     $40.00

Send checks made payable to GCFM. Kindly list all club members. Send to Fran Lucas, District Director, 16 Krochmal Rd., Peabody, MA  01960

A reminder: Please bring an item for our opportunity drawing. Items pertaining to gardening, valued at approximately $50.00 will be appreciated.

Note: (The club will pay for the president and unsung hero to attend, but all are well to come.)

Gardening Study School
Course IV Series 10
April 6 & 7, 2017
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
Subjects covered:
Thursday, April 6.
¨  Specialized Styles of Gardening – Laura Eisner, Landscape Designer
¨  Techniques For Growing Woody Ornamentals – Paul Rogers
¨  Home Irrigation Techniques- Paul Rogers, Horticultural Consultant
¨  Techniques for Growing Fruit – Joann Viera, Horticulturalist Tower Hill
Friday, April 7,
¨  Outdoor Identification of Plants – Dr. Judith Sumner, Botanist
¨  How to Exhibit Horticultural Specimens in a Flower Show – Sandy Joyce, NGC Flower Show Instructor & Master Judge
¨  Test for those becoming consultants
Suggested Reading:
1. Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon may be purchased through Amazon.com
Make checks payable to: The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. (GCFM).
Mail registration form and fee to:
Linda Jean Smith, Registrar, 23 Bentley Lane, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Registration deadline is March 16, 2017. No refunds:
For further information please contact Chairman:


PHONE_______________________________     NGC, Inc. Life Member #________________-____
GARDEN CLUB________________________________________________________
Please check one:
______$110 – GCFM Garden Club Student Member, exam fee included.
______$100 – Refresher
______$140 – Non-member (2 day fee)
_____ $70 – One Day Registration (non-member & make up exam)
______$18 per day with beverage – Box Lunch fee: Choices will be sent out closer to course.
______ Total

Books in Bloom

Presented by the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club

February 2017

Dear Garden Club Friend,

The Hamilton Wenham Garden Club is hosting a Books in Bloom event on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Miles River School in Hamilton. It is modeled after the popular Art In Bloom, which is held in the spring annually at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Books in Bloom will feature floral arrangements that highlight favorite books, media, and other resource materials.

Participants will be inspired by a favorite book – fiction novel, non-fiction, graphic novel, how-to book, children’s book, even a song or poem. This is not a flower show so there will be no judging. You are free to interpret, design, and create.  The arrangement is the unique interpretation of the designer, and an opportunity to let your creative juices flow. Each arrangement will be displayed with a copy of the book or media, the name of the floral designer, and their organization.  For designers who so wish, their arrangements will be available for a silent auction at the end of the evening.

Our evening will be augmented by refreshments, tables to sit and talk, music, and the company of friends. Other local garden clubs are invited to enter designs or just share in this evening of creativity and inspiration.

Floral artists, both amateur and professional, are welcome to submit arrangements for the event. Submission forms are included with this letter.

For further information, please contact:

Susan Guest, Co-Chair, 978-290-9703,  susanguest35@yahoo.com

Candy Martinez, Co-Chair, 978-468-2326, canmart2@gmail.com


   All are welcome!                                  All experience levels and ages.                         Amateurs, professionals, individuals, groups.

Designer Registration Form

Books in Bloom

April 12, 2017, 7-9pm

Miles River School 787 Bay Rd, South Hamilton, MA 01982

Presented by the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club

Registrations are due no later than March 20th.

I would like to create a floral arrangement for the Books in Bloom event. Please print

Name ________________________________________________________________

Designer Name / Business: _______________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________

STREET              CITY              STATE         ZIP


Website address (if applicable): ____________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________________________________

Designer Signature: _________________________________________

Date: _____________________________________________________

Book Title _________________________________________________

I wish to donate my arrangement for the silent auction.  YES   NO

Return Form by email to:


Susan Guest  58 Rust St. S. Hamilton, MA 01982

For questions, contact Books in Bloom Chairs:

Susan Guest: 978-290-9703  susanguest35@yahoo.com

Candace Martinez: 978-468-2326   canmart2@gmail.com


New breakfast spot

Magnolia is getting a new restaurant at 2 Lexington Avenue. The owner is Scott Spencer, with his major helpers, Maddi and Emily, gave me the opportunity to have a peek at this great addition to Lexington Avenue. This place looks great and look forward to having breakfast or lunch there.

via Press Restaurant on Lexington Avenue — GoodMorningGloucester


from the

Paul Parent Garden Club


When I was younger, and it came time to select the perfect Christmas tree, we had one choice–the Balsam fir. Although this is still the number one tree sold in New England, today the selection is very different and our choices more numerous. Let me tell you about these trees and then you can select wisely.

The Balsam Fir
Needles lie flat on each side of the branch and the branch is thickly covered with needles. The needle is dark green on top and pale green on the bottom. Needles are an inch long and, when crushed, are VERY fragrant. Your entire home will smell like the great outdoors. Branches are stiff but will bend with the weight of lights and ornaments. Ornaments are easily displayed, as the branches spread out and open up the tree to show inside to the trunk. Balsam fir has long lasting color, fragrance and freshness.

Frasier Fir
A new hybrid of the Balsam fir. Needles are flat and surround the branch, not just on the sides. The top of the needles is very dark green, while the underside is silver. Needles are an inch long and have some fragrance to them. The tree is much fuller than the traditional Balsam fir. The branches are stiff but will bend some with the weight of the lights and ornaments. When it is heavily sheared, ornaments lie on the side of the branches as the tree does not open up as much. Fraser fir has the best color of all trees with the dark green top and silver underside. Fragrance good in the room it’s in.

Douglas Fir
Flat needles on each side of the branch like the Balsam but longer–1.5 to 2 inches long. The branches are thick with needles; they are dark green on top and silver green on the underside. There is a little bit of fragrance but not like the Balsam fir. Branches are very flexible and decorate easily but heavy ornaments pull down branches easily. Tree has a weeping appearance, unusual and beautiful. Like all fir trees, it’s long lasting, has good color and is fresh looking. Look for tags on the branches to see where it was grown. If grown on the West coast and you had temperatures 20 degrees or colder, do not buy it. West coast grown trees will shed needles when they hit the heat in your home.

Scotch Pine
Once very popular in the Midwest but due to insect problems and disease there are fewer and fewer trees grown each year. It grows very upright and the branches are stiff. Lights and ornaments lie on the side of the tree as branches bend very little. Needles are 2 inches long and blue green, with a silver underside. Not much of a fragrance but will last in the house longer than most trees.

White Pine
Very soft looking with pale green needles 3 to 4 inches long. Trees are sheared heavily and I think it is difficult to decorate, as branches are soft and ornaments fall off easily. Dries up faster than the fir family, as needles are thin and soft. It’s beautiful to look at, but the tree will not last long in a warm room.

Noble Fir
From the West Coast, this is a tree that we should all try at one time. Stems are filled with one inch long needles that are rounded on the tip. Several layers of silver green needles on the branches, and they are just beautiful. Branches spaced about 6 inches apart, almost like layers on the tree, so ornaments can dangle on branches and display beautifully. No real fragrance but this tree will not shed needles–yes, it will not shed! When dry, it maintains its color.

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”
Charles Dickens


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