Life’s So Sweet with a Sugar Maple in Your Yard, Trish Wesley Umbrell.
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Regrettably,  Life’s So Sweet with a Sugar Maple in Your Yard, with Trish Wesley Umbrell, has to be cancelled for this year. We were unable to work out an alternative date. We will invite her back next year.

Our March 13 program, Life’s So Sweet with a Sugar Maple in Your Yard, with Trish Wesley Umbrell, maple sugar demonstration, IS POSTPONED until March 20th, same time, same place.  Don’t forget, this program is sponsored by a Manchester Cultural Council grant, admission is free, so bring a friend next week. Stay safe in the storm!

Celebrating Herbs: A Symposium Presented by The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America The Herb Society of America, New England Unit is a 501(c) (3) educational organization. Proceeds help support educational projects including our Teaching Herb Garden at Elm Bank – 2018

Join The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America as we celebrate herbs in our festivities, our gardens and our senses. The event features lectures by experts Kelly Orzel, Betsy Williams and Dr. Judith Sumner.

A catered herbal luncheon, demonstrations and displays, silent auction and herbal marketplace are included in this ‘celebration of herbs’.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Hunnewell Carriage House The Gardens at Elm Bank 900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482


Gardening for the Five Senses – Lecture by Kelly Orzel

Want to know the difference between a charming garden and a breathtaking garden? Simple. An extraordinary garden engages all of your senses, not just sight. The smallest of things can transport us back to another place and time: the scent of lilac in the evening, the unmistakable taste of basil in a summer salad, the wooly comfort of lamb’s ears. Each one elicits a memory while creating a new one. In this talk Kelly teaches you how to create a beautiful and stimulating garden in your backyard that will tickle all five senses – sound, sight, smell, taste and touch – sustainably!

Herbal Weddings: Old Traditions, Modern Uses – Lecture by Betsy Williams

An herbal wedding is the essence of romance! The perfumed air, the delightful colors and the ancient symbolism of the plants blend to create a truly magical day. The program includes the stories and traditions of wedding herbs and the language of flowers, cultural directions for growing the herbs, garden design suggestions and how to use herbs and herbal flowers creatively in wedding flowers, food and drink.

Garden Herbs: Their Cultivation, Cookery, Cures and Caveats – Lecture by Dr. Judith Sumner

Plants offered the first effective cures for disease. The history of herbal medicine is defined by lore and science—in equal measures. The European herbal tradition is reflected in the medicinal plants carried by early settlers to the New World; many of these species escaped dooryard gardens and naturalized in our local flora. Our local flora now includes many plants with legitimate or presumed curative properties. Historic lore and the Doctrine of Signatures document herbs in fanciful ways that reflect human dependence on these essential plants. Many of these same medicinal herbs were used in cookery and food preservation, revealing the ethnobotanical wisdom of herbal antibiotic properties. Join us for this intriguing overview of medicinal and culinary plants—from ancient traditions to gourmet cookery, military history, and modern medicine.Celebrating Herbs: A Symposium Presented by The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America The Herb Society of America, New England Unit is a 501(c) (3) educational organization. Proceeds help support educational projects including our Teaching Herb Garden at Elm Bank – 2018

Schedule Highlights:

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30 – 9:40 Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:40 – 10:40 Judith Sumner
  • 10:40 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Kelly Orzel
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Betsy Williams
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Closing and Silent Auction


You will have plenty of opportunities for breaks and conversation as well as viewing and bidding in the silent auction.


HSA Members early bird registration (Postmarked on or before March 10th) $85.00

Non-HSA Members early bird registration (Postmarked on or before March 10th) $90.00

After March 10, all registrations postmarked no later than March 24 $105.00

All registrations must be received by March 28. No refunds after March 28.

Includes morning refreshments and an herbal luncheon. Morning coffee/tea and associated breakfast items will be serviced during registration and morning breaks. Tea, coffee and bottled water will be available throughout the day. Lunch Choices
Black Forest Ham with Dilled Havarti Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato & Honey Mustard on Whole Grain Bread.*

Rare Roast Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Tomato and Arugula on a Bulkie Roll *

Vegetarian West Coast Roller with Havarti, Provolone, Guacamole, Romaine, Carrots, Tomato and Sprouts in a Whole Wheat Wrap*

(* Bag Lunch choice includes Sandwich, Chips and

Boxed Chicken Caesar Salad with Red Peppers, Parmesan Cheese and Homemade Croutons (Box Chicken Salad Lunch includes Salad, Pita Bread and Brownie)

Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Baby Arugula with olive oil on Gluten Free Bread (with Fresh Fruit Cup)


For board members
Civic Development & Historic Preservation Grants: Does your club have a project involving your town’s library, town hall, islands, or the local historical society? Grants of up to $2,000 are available. Details are in the attached PDF. Application deadline is July 1. Questions? Contact: Leslie Frost, 978.475.8400 or frostandover@verizon.net or Heidi Lost-Gross, 781.237.2618 or heidikostgross@gmail.com.
Reminder: Program Speaker Workshop is March 20 at Elm Bank in Wellesley and March 28 at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston. This is a great event for program chairs to attend. Pre-registration required. Registration and information here: http://files.constantcontact.com/6c224ab0101/669d0ff8-16dc-4824-9549-fa431455491c.pdf
Memory Book Listings: Remembering Club Members: The Federation is again creating a memory book of garden club members who have passed since our 2017 annual meeting. If a member of your garden club has passed away during this past year (beginning June 1, 2017), please send their name; a very short bio on them (garden club, date of death; number of years a member, contributions to garden club and community); and an electronic photograph (jpeg file), if possible, to Linda Jean Smith, 23 Bentley Lane, Chelmsford, MA 01824, 978-256-3101lindajean.smith@comcast.net no later than Friday, May 12, 2018.
For all members: Upcoming educational opportunities from GCFM
Horticulture Morning March 27 (10:00-11:30 am) is one of the GCFM educational events. Speaker is Jamie Colen, garden director at Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, N.H. His slide show presentation “Common Sense Growing” will dispel many garden myths and misconceptions as well as touch upon a short history of Fuller Gardens. Held at The Espousal Center in Waltham. Flyer attached (Horticultural Morning 3.27.18).
Gardening Study School (April 12 & 13): Club members interested in furthering their knowledge are invited to participate. Topics covered include: Basic botany, characteristics of soils, techniques for growing outdoor flowers, plant propagation, vegetative propagation, and composting.
PDF of invitation to April 3 district luncheon attached; watch your mail for a printed invitation that you can show to your board and members.
Date is Tuesday, April 3, time is 10:00 am – 2:15 pm, location Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester (a short distance from the end/beginning of Rt. 128). Cost remains at $40.00 per person for coffee & snacks, lunch, and our speaker James Harrison of The Food Project. New this year are two “micro” presentations – a “behind the scenes” look at Salem’s garden tour and an introduction to the garden club federation’s educational offerings. Make checks out to GCFM and mail to me at 65 Green St, Marblehead, 01945.
Clubs are asked to bring an item for the opportunity drawing. A value of $40-50 is much appreciated. New this year is the “Petite Boutique” of selected vendors. Both contribute to covering the cost of this event.
We’ll also be recognizing clubs celebrating a milestone anniversary (25 years or more) as well as  a club’s “unsung heroine:” that person in your club who goes above and beyond in service to your club and community. Please email your information to me, including name of club, milestone (years ending in 5 or 0), and/or your unsung heroine.


2018 Ruth Wallack Fund Lecture April 24: “A Floral Journey from Afar” with New Zealand’s Francine Thomas
10:00 am, Regis College Fine Arts Center, Weston, Mass
Tickets $20.00 (I have a few tickets, see flyer for mail in information)
Questions? Please send me an email.
Looking forward to seeing you on April 3,
Nancy Davidge
GCFM Northeastern District Director
M/T: 617.901.4200
O: 781.631.9134

The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) is a nonprofit, member-based organization made up of professionals, businesses and pro-active community members who believe in using landscape practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial. They offer information, classes and webinars. Sign up to receive monthly ELA newsletter.

to make an arrangement for Bootstraps’ Boots and Blooms gala, April 6, at Beauport. Bootstraps is asking clubs to submit arrangements for centerpieces. Contact
Lisa Willwerth for more info :<lwillwerth@beverlybootstraps.org>

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