Archive for August 18th, 2017

Club Presidents,
Please share this with your members.  Note we are sending to last year’s presidents while we work to update our contact list.  Thank you for your assistance.

Join us for a series of interactive programs with distinguished 
Massachusetts Designers
Demonstrating how to create designs.
Monday, September 18
Monday, November 13
Monday, February 26
(snow date February 27)
Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
The Espousal Center
554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452
Total Fee: $45.00 for all three sessions
Make checks payable to GCFM, Inc.
Please mail check and registration to:
Ruth Evans, 11 Willowbrook Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
Registration deadline: September 15, 2017
2017-18 Back to Basics Registration
Name: ________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________
Town: ________________________________ State: ________ Zip:________          Phone: _______________________________
E-Mail: ________________________________________________ 
Garden Club:_________________________________________

Click here to download the form Back to Basics Registration form

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Dear GCFM Club Presidents,

ESS, Course 2 is about 6 weeks away.  Many thanks to those early birds who already sent their registration forms and checks to Jan Todd, our registrar.  If you haven’t yet, but would like to attend, there is still time.  We’d love to have you join us.  The registration form is attached to this email and can also be found on the GCFM website and the  GCFM Environmental Studies School Facebook page— just click on the Sign Up button.  Please “like” this page to stay informed and increase awareness of our great school!
Environmental Studies School
Series 5, Course 2 – The Living Earth:  Land & Related Issues
Professional lecture topics will include:
  • Land Ecology and Wildlife-Plant Interactions– both lectures with Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth of the New England Wild Flower Society
  • Gardening with Nature by landscape historian and designer Marie Stella
  • Coastal Zone Management with Dr. Anamarija Frankic of the Green Harbors Project
  • Plants & Agriculture with Farmer Dave Dumaresq
  • Source Reduction of Toxics with Felice Kincannon of TURI (UMass Lowell’s Toxic Use Reduction Institute)
  • Environmental Resources with Carolyn Dann of the Mass DEP
  • Wildlife Biology with Dr. Prassede Calabi of UMass Boston
Plus, a naturalist-led field trip to Clark Farm, a local, sustainable farm in Carlisle, MA.  Classes will be held in a newly renovated, LEED Certified Platinum building in historic downtown Lowell– a city undergoing an exciting revitalization of business and culture.
Date: Saturday, 9/23/17 and Sunday, 9/24/17
Time:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (includes time for check-in and optional exam on Sunday)
Location:  UTEC Inc., 35 Warren St, Lowell, MA
Chairman:  Leigh Cameron, leighb.cameron@gmail.com ,  978-703-0813
Registrar:  Jan Todd, jan@jandbtodd.com
Accommodations: UTEC is across from the UMass Inn & Conference Center where rooms may be available if booked far enough in advance.  (Unfortunately, they cannot hold a block of rooms for us as the Inn is busy during the school year.)  There’s a Courtyard Marriott 3 miles away and The Stonehenge Inn & Spa nearby as well.  A Radisson, Hampton Inn, and several others are in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Tewksbury.  The conference venue is easily accessible from Route 3 and I-495.
Registration form attached. Click here:2017 ESS Registration Form
Please register soon if you’re interested and pass this email along to fellow garden club members and friends.  We look forward to seeing you in September!
Leigh Cameron
GCFM Environmental Studies School Chairman

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  –Margaret Mead

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