During the summers Deb often trials plant material in her own pots. She does this to make sure the plants will perform in her clients’ pots. She often tries different combinations to see how they work together. This summer was definitely a challenging one. Click here to see what worked and what didn’t for Summer 2022. (This is a series of short videos, very informative.)

See her website at https://thecapturedgarden.com/whats-new/

New E-book just published!


Plants and Design Techniques for Ornamental Gardens

Fall can be a beautiful time in the garden with vivid foliage, blooms and berries. Landscape designer Jana Milbocker offers design tips and recommendations for more than 100 trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines that enrich the autumn garden. Illustrated with stunning color photographs, this gardening guide will inspire you to create your own fabulous fall garden.

Format: E-Book (PDF), 94 pages, 164 color photos, $9.95

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Save the date, Tuesday, September 13 for the first meeting of the new season. Our guest speaker will be Rosemary Malfi, the Pollinator Network Coordinator for NOFA Mass (Northeast Organic Farming Association). The Massachusetts Pollinator Network is a statewide initiative to connect and support the growing number of communities, organizations, growers, and researchers working to protect pollinators and native plant communities across the Commonwealth. The evening’s topic will be

Supporting Pollinator Health At Home.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. 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.

We meet 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.

Annual membership is $30, make checks payable to The Seaside Garden Club, PO Box 94, Manchester, 01944. Guests are welcome to the September meeting for free. Subsequently, there is a $5 fee for guests.

08/04/2022 | Thursday, August 11th, 11am-noon: Hydrangeas: Which One Is Right For Me? ZOOM with Rockport and Tewksbury | Rockport Public Library **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER with the Tewksbury Library and receive a ZOOM LINK. This lecture focuses on the key points that gardeners should consider before they invest in a hydrangea.… -noon-hydrangeas-which-one-is-right-for-me-zoom-with-rockport-and-tewksbury-library/” data-slug=”thursday-august-4-11am-noon-hydrangeas-which … rockportlibrary.assabetinteractive.com

I just learned about MONARCH GARDENER NURSERY, located in Hamilton.


June Meeting

A walk led by Jeff Cochand of the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust and pot luck dinner. Anne’s Woods was named by Frances Burnett, one of MECT’s founding trustees, to honor her sister, Anne Gallagher. Anne, who died when a young mother, loved this vibrant wildflower site.

Have a wonderful summer and see you in September.


This year Registration is open and via SignUp Genius (an online registration app). When someone signs up the application will show which Division/s and Categories are available (Important Note: no individual names will be shown as already registered for any Division/s and Categories).  If a Division and Category is full the application will either advise it is full or not show up.

Topsfield Fair GCFM Flower Show Flyer Link:

Hope to see all the GCFM Northeast District Clubs be represented this year!

Kim Edwards 
GCFM Northeastern District Director 

Potential for egg masses to have been accidentally brought in on nursery stock imported from other states.


BOSTON- The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is asking the public to keep an eye out for the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) during the spring planting season due to the risk of egg masses being accidentally brought in on shipments of trees imported from other states. MDAR recently received reports that nursery stock from SLF-infested areas may have been sent to Massachusetts growers. Due to this, anyone who has recently purchased trees or shrubs or had them planted on their property, particularly maple or crabapple trees, is being asked to inspect the trunk and branches to ensure there are no SLF egg masses or any hitchhiking nymphs, and to report any finds to MDAR. Landscapers and plant nurseries are also being reminded to stay on the lookout for this pest.

“Spotted lanternfly is a tricky pest to deal with, because it can be so challenging to detect before it becomes established,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “With the potential impact of this pest on grape and hop growers, as well as pick-your-own orchards and other parts of the agritourism industry, we are asking anyone with newly planted trees to check them for signs of SLF and to report it if they find it, so that we can limit the spread of this pest in our state.”

In addition to the agricultural impacts it causes, spotted lanternfly has the potential to negatively impact outdoor activities due to the swarming behavior of this pest when the adults appear in the late summer. SLF egg masses are about an inch and a half long, and are flat and gray in color, making them difficult to detect, especially on tree bark. Because of this, any SLF may not be noticed until the nymphs hatch at the end of May or the start of June. The public is asked to look for small black insects marked with white dots. If grapes or tree-of-heaven are in the area, they will migrate to those plants.

Spotted lanternfly is a sap-feeding insect that has caused significant impacts to vineyards, orchards, and other agricultural commodities in states where it has become established. SLF not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has been observed to impact outdoor recreation in other states where populations are high and adult lanternflies swarm in large numbers during mating season. If you see any signs of spotted lanternfly, please report it to MDAR at https://massnrc.org/pests/slf.

Thursday, May 26, 6pm at Sacred Heart Church Community Center.

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