Bring in plants to donate then pick up new plants for your yard.
Proceeds support our club, speakers, workshops, community service, scholarship at NSCC.

A fun evening for a good cause.

(Plants can be dropped off at Kathy Ryan’s beforehand or dropped off at the Community Center, parking lot side door, after 4:30pm. Download the plant description form.)

Seaside Garden Club members have adopted Manchester Town Hall as its latest community project.  Join us on Saturday, April 22, 10am-noon for clean up of 2 areas around town hall, the front ramp and the lower level entrance. Many hands will make the work go quickly. Elaine Persons is heading up this endeavor, email her to volunteer your time, dancerecp1@yahoo.com.

Please bring gloves, your own hand tools.

The Town Hall Project is underway!!!
We will be pruning and raking the gardens on April 22nd from 10:00am until noon
We will have a rain date of April 29th same time frame.
We will be planting new additions to the gardens on May 13th from 10:00am to noon.
We will also have a rain date for this as well of May 21st same time frame.
I will have a signup sheet with me on these dates so we can properly thank all who helped
complete this project.







April 11 meeting

April 11, 2017 –  Back Yard Growers of Gloucester.
Join us this Tuesday, 7pm, for a presentation by Back Yard Growers.
We’ll be discussing the May plant sale & auction. We need member participation to make it a success.
And save the day, May 9, for the annual Plant Sale and Auction.

April 12 ~ “Books in Bloom”

Modeled after the popular Art in Bloom, held annually at the Museum of Fine Arts, participants will be inspired to create a floral arrangement representing a favorite book, even a song or poem. Come enjoy the unique and creative arrangements, which will be displayed with a copy of the book. Some arrangements will be available for a silent auction at the end of the evening, cash or checks will be accepted. Our evening will be augmented by our traditional garden club dessert buffet, tables to sit and talk, live music, and the company of friends. Registration form and details can be found under the Calendar page of this website.

7:00 pm – 9:00pm  –  Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, Admission $10 ~ Payable at the door by cash or check.
Free to HWGC Members.

Hi Lucia,
I would like to invite your garden club to the Ellen Ecker Ogden event.  Our attendance opened up and we would like to alert you club about this upcoming workshop.  I don’t know who is in charge of your programing but if you would like to pass this on pls do.  I hope you are well. Take care.



The Essex County Garden Club would like to invite you to our upcoming event. We have spots available for an exciting event on Wednesday and we would like to welcome anyone from the public or your members to join if you are interested.  Ellen Ecker Ogden will visit us next week.

The Essex County Garden Club would like to invite you to

A Garden Design Workshop this Wednesday March, 29th

With special guest Ellen Ecker Ogden

9:30 – 12pm @ Appleton Farms

In this hands-on design workshop, you will learn how to take a fresh look at your vegetable garden, with an eye towards aesthetics, comfort, and ease. The goal is to create a garden space that is designed from the start – on paper, using the right set of tools, and drawing inspiration from a basic primer of good design. You will start to draw an edible garden design that has style and visual appeal, looking at new ways to fit growing areas into the natural landscape of the back yard. Bring graph paper and pencils, and photos of your garden.

Friends and non-members are welcome to join us at this event.

$25 fee due at time of Reservation, paypal.me/ecgc














April 11, 7pm at the Manchester Community Center

Guests are welcome, $5 fee.  Renew your membership early for the 2017-2018 season, and new members are encouraged to join by April 30 and save $5.
Membership before April 30 is $25, after May 1, $30.

Backyard Gardeners bios

Lara Lepionka

Founder and Executive Director, Backyard Growers

During the 2008 recession Lara Lepionka and her family tore out their postage stamp lawn and started an intensive urban micro-farm, feeding their family of four and creating a model for urban farming in Gloucester, MA. Having caught the gardening bug, Lara founded Backyard Growers in 2010 with a $6,000 budget, helping a handful of families in her neighborhood start their own vegetable gardens. Her ultimate goal: creating life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.

She has developed Backyard Growers into a grassroots non-profit organization with an annual budget of over $250,000. Backyard Growers provides resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, non-profit organizations, and public schools, and offers accompanying programs and initiatives that promote a love of fresh, local produce. Prior to her role as Executive Director of Backyard Growers, Lara has worked for the past twenty years in the non-profit sector focusing on education, the arts and food justice issues.

Backyard Growers

Backyard Growers (BYG) is a grassroots organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens and accompanying programming at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food. Our mission has remained consistent since our inception, with new mission-driven programs and initiatives added each year to continue reaching a broader swath of our community over time.

Urban farmer Lara Lepionka founded Backyard Growers in 2010 as a way to help her neighbors stretch their budgets by growing their own food.  Since those first gardens were built, Backyard Growers has grown exponentially to include a suite of programs serving a broad segment of Gloucester’s low- to moderate-income residents with a focus on serving children and their families. From a school garden program operating district-wide to bring over 1,500 students Pre-K through high school out to their school gardens each year, to evening cooking classes for new gardeners, Backyard Growers aims to make access to gardening and fresh, healthy food an easy option for Gloucester residents.

Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 6:00 AM
Subject: Announcing the 2017 Gardening Symposium


  2017 MMGA Massachusetts

Gardening Symposium

March 10, 2017
Dear Lucia,
Thanks to learning-hungry gardeners like you, our 2016 Symposium was a resounding success, exceeding the MMGA’s goals for both attendance and positive participant feedback. We are now hard at work to make this year’s Symposium even better and are pleased to announce that registration is now open. Click here to register.

It’s not too soon to sign up: Early Bird pricing is in effect thru August 6; and, in order to ensure a positive experience for everyone, we are once again capping the number of attendees.

The 2017 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium
“Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden”
Saturday, September 23 – Westford, MA
Announcing our four award-winning speakers

Two of our speakers (David Culp and Kathleen Gagan) will be focusing on plant selection. David is an author and VP of Sunny Border Nurseries; Kathleen is the owner of Peony’s Envy, purveyor of amazing plants. Speakers Janet Macunovich and Thomas Rainer will focus on best practices and new concepts in landscape design. Janet’s topic is “The Art of Fall Garden Clean Up.” Thomas is a landscape architect, teacher, author and environmental advocate; he was recently tapped by the International Master Gardener Association to speak at their summer conference.

For more 2017 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium details, Click here to read or download our brochure.

P.S. If you belong to a garden club, plant society or other gardening organization, please forward this email to your fellow members and remind folks who are also Master Gardeners that the Symposium has been approved for 4 hours of Continuing Education credit toward their 2017 requirements for active status. Just click the green “Forward” button below.


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