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Our April meeting is cancelled. The Board will try to reschedule the speaker. We are also re-thinking the May annual plant auction/fundraiser. If you have any suggestions please contact President Elaine (dancerecp1@yahoo.com).

GCFM 2020 Spring Programs
UPDATE
 In an effort to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to our members
and follow State and National mandates about group gatherings, all GCFM Programs and Events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 calendar are cancelled including:
Landscape Design Workshop, Gardening School, Designing Workshop, Flower Show School, Environmental Workshop, SE District Spring Meeting, Middlesex Spring Meeting, Wallack Lecture, Horticulture Morning, Garden Consultants, Landscape Design Consultants and Judges Council Meetings.
The GCFM Annual Meeting scheduled for 6/3/2020 is also cancelled.
Lyn Hoyt will be available by email gardenclubfedma@gmail.com
phone 781-237-0336
9am-2pm, Tuesday-Thursday
We will be working to reschedule any and all programs whenever possible.
For refunds please contact the Program Coordinator associated with the event and/or mail a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to her with your details.
Wallack Lecture refunds will be administered upon receipt of the tickets and SASE. Mail items to: Ann Webster 16 Brent Road Lexington, MA 02420
Thank you for your patience. Please refer to gcfm.org for additional updates.
We hope that you will put your new found extra time to good use in your gardens and remember to join the Native Plant Challenge!
Reputable Resources for the latest information:
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. www.gcfm.org
The Garden Club Federation Of Massachusetts | 400 Fifth Avenue, Suite 110, Waltham, MA
Dear GCFM Members,
In light of these developments over the last 24 hours- Massachusetts declaring a State of Emergency and the WHO declaring a global pandemic-, GCFM has made the blanket decision to cancel all Federation sponsored events for the month of March.
This includes: Horticulture Morning on 3/12, Programs Workshops on 3/19, 3/24, and Landscape Design Workshop on 3/26. Individual Districts and Garden Clubs are encouraged to make their own best-informed decisions as to whether they will carry on with their local programming.
As the situation develops, we will keep you informed about rescheduled programs and all of our April activities, including Gardening School on 4/2-3, Design Morning on 4/7, Flower Show School on 4/15-18 and Environmental Workshop on 4/22. Please monitor GCFM.org for the most up to date information.
Though we are disappointed about these missed opportunities, we have newly found time for our own gardens and lovely spring-like weather to work in. So, enjoy getting a head start and stay well!
The GCFM Executive Board

Join us for our March 10 Meeting featuring Susan Guest.

This is a lively presentation with some audience participation. Susan provides educational and practical information to create Long Lasting Gardeners! Members learn about ergonomic tools, modifications, time management, and other strategies for maintaining health and vigor. Gardening is demanding on the body. Raking, pushing, pulling, lots of bending. There are times when you are working your muscles and getting stronger, and times when you are straining your muscles or joints and even getting injured. Learn a variety of ways to work in the garden that provide more ease.

Seaside Garden Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops. Guests are welcome, there is a $5 fee.  Contact Dot for more information, Dotsieradzki@gmail.com.

The Boots and Blooms event is Friday, April 3 at The Cruiseport in Gloucester.
Last year, Beth Coz and Lisa Willwerth entered a Stunning arrangement and will do it again this year.
Here is the link if you are interested in entering: http://bit.ly/2HZQ7Pn
Contact Elaine about club support for materials.
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All club members, board members and officers;
Here is the Schedule for the Amateur Horticulture division at the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 11-15, 2020.
This is a great opportunity to display your favorites.
Read the schedule here:

Native Plant Finder

From the National Wildlife Federation, here’s a link to finding native plants (by zip code) and butterflies. This is about the species, not cultivars, which are better for native wildlife.

http://nwf.org/nativeplantfinder

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Source for the above link.

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