June Meeting

The June 12 meeting of the Seaside Garden Club will conclude the season with a very special field trip to Powder House Hill followed by a pot luck supper back at the Manchester Community Center. Guest speaker Nadine Mazola will introduce the concept of “Forest Bathing” to the group. Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called “Shinrin Yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems. Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the “Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs” (http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/). Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku. There is a body of scientific knowledge that supports the benefits of walking and spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine’s most important guiding principle. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer through her own personal wellness journey. A Massachusetts native who loves spending time wandering and exploring in nature, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with us and creating environments for Forest Therapy. We’ll experience forest bathing while walking through Powder House Reservation.

Members and guests are encouraged to meet at MCC at 5:45pm to car pool to Newport Park. The walk begins at 6pm. All participants will return to MCC at approximately 7:30pm to enjoy a pot luck supper with both Nadine and Mike Dyer who will do a brief overview of the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust organization. Seaside Garden Club welcomes new members; the June meeting is a good time to join for next year, $30 membership.

Maybe we’ll find some wild flowers on our walk at Powder House Hill June 12.


Reader Robert Millman sent photos and wrote the following question:

I am new to Gloucester, having bought a home two years ago.

As we were clearing some down trees and brush, we came upon a small stand on what I think are Monotropa, related to Indian Pipes, but do not look like any other pictures I have found.  Corliss and another local nursery were not able to provide anything further information.

Can you ask your readers or do you have any suggestions of who I could reach out to?

Thank you

Hello Robert,

Your beautiful clumps of wildflowers are the North American native One-flowered Broom-rape (Orobanche uniflora); also called Naked Broomrape. I can see why you thought it was related to Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), or Ghost Plant. Neither grows green leaves and both produce single flowers, typically seen growing in bunches.
Indian Pipes photo courtesy wikicommons media
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Many thanks

to everyone who helped with the auction.

SSGC thank you

Town Hall community service update. Thanks to Denise Samolchuk’s husband for trimming the overgrown holly bushes. and thanks to Helen Kamins for the plants for the front steps. We always need extra hands for community service. Get in touch with Elaine Persons to help out.

Helen, town hall pots

Town Hall shrubs

Seaside Garden Club recently held its annual plant auction which was very well attended. Proceeds benefit our club’s community service projects, our monthly speakers and a scholarship at Shore Community College. We wish to thank the following sponsors: Asbury Gardens, Beach Street Café, Brick End Farms, Cala’s, Chapman’s Florist & Garden Center, Corliss Brothers, Cygnet’s, Evviva Cucina, Gordon’s Florist, HerbFarmacy, Marshall’s Farm Stand, Neptune’s Harvest, Northeast Nursery, Not Your Average Joe’s, Pallazola Brothers Landscape & Construction, Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Seaside Sustainability/Eric Magers, Seven Central, Shea’s, Talbots, Ward’s Florist, Winward Grill and Wolf Hill.

Prospective members are invited to our next meeting, June 12 which will start out at Powder House Hill at 6pm with Nadine Mazola, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Nadine will share Forest Bathing with us and hints on creating environments for Forest Therapy. We will meet back at Manchester Community Center for a pot-luck dinner. Guests are welcome for $5 or if you wish to join Seaside Garden Club for next year, the June meeting is free.

GCFM Club Presidents and GCFM Board of Directors; Mayflower spring 2018
Here is the Spring 2018 Mayflower to download and share with club members.
Since it is the Program Issue, there are two sections: Main Section and Program Section.
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From the beginning of the Seaside Garden Club in 1969, the members delivered flowering plants to Manchester residents confined to their homes or hospitals in the area. The first plants were Paperwhite Narcissus and Sally Loring conducted a workshop for “forcing spring bulbs that year” in which thirty-three plants were delivered.  A tradition began and has continued yearly on this lovely first weekend in May under the auspicious of the Community Service Committee chaired by Lenore Kepler and her committee of Bonnie Benincasa and Donna Johnson.  This year over forty flowering Rieger Begonia plants were delivered by eighteen garden club members.

This is the second annual delivery of flowering plants to the residents of Newport Park with a combined effort of Seaside Garden club members Elaine Persons and Sari Oseasohn and the energetic Cub Scout Pack 30.


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