Schedule of Programs and Events
2008 - 2009

Theme :

Please refer to your 2008 - 2009 Yearbook for details on program or event locations.
The GCFM Horticulture Mornings, Design Workshop, and Back to Basics programs are held at the Espousal Center from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

September 2008

September 4     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 9       'Gardens in Time’"
with Adriana O’Sullivan, Landscape Designer and Lecturer

Coffee honoring Past Presidents - 9:00 AM             Honoring 'Acton's Looking Good' Winners - 9:30 AM

Business Meeting - 9:45 AM
Program - 10:30 AM


September 13       Acton Day 2008

September 16       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’ - Tour of ‘Turkey Brook Farm’ Ecological Gardening Site, Spencer, MA
Leave Acton Center Fire Station at 9:15 pm
Contact: Trudy Walther

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September 24-26   GCFM Flower Show School, Course IV
Holiday Inn, Taunton, MA

September 30   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM

October 2008

October 7       The Emerald Necklace -Frederick Law Olmsted and the Massachusetts Legacy
     
with Alan Banks,
Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historical Site

Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM


October 14      Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’ - ‘Maintenance of Garden Tools’ and Perennial Plant Exchange (bring a favorite tool to share)
Program Presenters: Sally Patrick and Sam Wasfy
at 9:15 AM

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October 4       West Acton Oktoberfest 2008

October 16       Junior Gardeners , at 2:30 PM
"Create fall floral arrangements using mini pumpkins and fresh flowers"
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October 16-17
GCFM - NE Regional Meeting Historic Preservation workshop (prior to NER Meeting), Sturbridge, MA

October 21       Floral Design Study Group
Autumn Colors....Build a Design and Fill Your Tool Box"
Program #1 in a series of 3, teaches how to build an armature. With this reusable framework you will make a beautiful fall centerpiece for your table with Thelma Shoneman
Bring: • A tool box (a fishing tackle box or other box to use for your floral tools and supplies). • Pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters. Cost: $25
at 9:15 AM


October 23-25   GCFM Landscape Design School, Course III, Series 13
Regis College

October 28       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

October 28       Newsletter Deadline       Read the Fall 2008 Newsletter


November 2008

November 4       Gardening with Insects – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Insects are always with us in the garden.
Let’s get an understanding of them and their relationships, both beneficial and harmful to the plants we grow and how to develop a balanced ecosystem.
with Tia Pinney ,
Teacher Naturalist and Adult Program Coordinator Mass Audubon, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM


November 1-2   GCFM Environmental Studies School, Course 1, Series III
Nantasket Beach Hotel & Conference Center. Hull, MA

November 4-5      GCFM - Fall Conference, Mansfield, MA
     
November 7-9   GCFM Central North/Central South District Flower Fri-Sun Show
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

November 18       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
Theme: ‘In the Garden’- ‘Propagation of Hardwood Cuttings’
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November 26       Junior Gardeners , at 2:30 PM
    "Arranging floral Thanksgiving centerpieces with residents of The Inn at Robbins Brook"
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November 25       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM

November 28 - December 30 ‘Holly Days’ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA



December 2008

December 2   ‘A Holiday Wreath Workshop'

Instead of one wreath for your front door, make 2 or 3 to hang vertically attached with a ribbon or build a ‘snowman wreath.’ Make a wreath in an Oasis ring and place a candle or bowl of cranberries in the center for a long-lasting holiday centerpiece. Use O’dapters and turn your candlesticks into festive decorations for your table or mantel. Bring greens from your yard and create a unique holiday decoration. The greens can be purchased, but should not be too large.
with Thelma Shoneman,
Master Judge,
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM
Luncheon Noon

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January 2009

January 13       Horticulture Study Group
Annual "Planning Meeting" and Gardening Book and Magazine Swap",
at 9:15 AM

January 20       Floral Design Study Group
Tropical Colors.....Build a Design and Fill Your Tool Box
Program #2 in a series of 3 builds a creative design with some help from wires and glue! Bring: • Your floral tool box • Pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters, needle nose pliers. Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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January 22       Junior Gardeners , at 2:30 PM
‘Behind the scenes’ tour of Winston Flowers
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January 25       75th Anniversary Party , Sun - 1-4 pm
Scupper Jack’s, Route 2A, Acton, MA      For additional Celebration Events - Click here
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January 27       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM

January 27       Financial Reports Due
Newsletter Deadline       Read the Spring 2009 Newsletter

February 2009

February 3       Spiritual Healing – Creating a Healthy Garden Space
Slideshow lecture. Most of us need a special place to relax, contemplate, meditate or just to be. This designed space will give you the peace and quiet you need and deserve.
with Mary Fontes, RN and Master/Teacher Reiki Therapy, Master Gardener
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM



February 1-28       Junior Gardeners
'Take-Home Project for the Month'
Prepare entries for the 2009 New England Spring Flower Show. Entry options may include a nature collage, kitchen refuse planting, or other planting based on the NEFS entry requirements. Materials may be picked up, and completed projects dropped off at the home of Pam Nelson

February 5-8   'Flora in Winter'
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

February 10       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’‘Designs for Waterwise Gardens’ ,
at 9:15 AM

February 24       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

February 24       Annual Reports Due

March 2009

March 3       Public Planting for Four Seasons
We can make beautiful civic plantings even in March! We’ll look at successes and failures to help us get it right.
with Sally Muspratt Landscape Designer, Writer and Lecturer

Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

March 10       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’ ‘Living with Wildlife’
at 9:15 AM

March 12 - 14     Blooms - New England Spring Flower Show, One International Place, Boston

Maureen Christmas Laura Lindop Laura Lindop - Winner of the Petite Award


March 19       Junior Gardeners , at 2:30 PM
Create an indoor herb garden
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March 24       Floral Design Study Group
Spring Colors.... Build a Design and Fill Your Tool Box
Program #3 in a series of 3 builds a parallel design using 2 containers and 3 pin holders. (Pin holders can be ordered at the January meeting if you need them and will be an additional cost to the workshop.) Bring: Your floral tool box and pin holders Cost: $20.00 (Includes flowers and containers
at 9:15 AM


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March 31       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM


April 2009

ANNUAL DUES ARE DUE

April 7       The Annual Meeting and Luncheon
      Business Meeting and Annual Meeting 10:00 AM
      Friendship Hour 11:00 AM
      Luncheon 12:00 PM
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April 2-4   GCFM Gardening Study School,
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

April 14       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’‘ ‘Ferns and Friends in the Garden’
at 9:15 AM

April 25-28   Art in Bloom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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April 28       Board Meeting
at 9:15 AM
(Both incoming and outgoing Board Members)

May 2009

May 5       Apples: The Incredible Edible Apple and Johnny Appleseed
A Slide Lecture - Apple blossoms and apple pie– what could be better.All about apples:Facts, history, anecdotes and recipes
with Nancy L. Hubert Landscape Design Historian – ‘Apple Lady’

     
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM


May 13-18   NGC National Convention, Houston, TX

May 16       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant Sale
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May 19       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’ Tour of ‘Garden in the Woods’
Leave Fire Station at 9:15 AM

May 26      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

May 29-31   GCFM - Elm Bank Flower Show, Wellesley, MA

June 2009

June 2       Creating Our Own Creative Containers and Designs
A Demonstration Techniques for creating truly creative containers for the home and flower show from everyday materials
with Robin Murphy, NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge and Gardening Consultant
        Business Meeting 9:45 AM
        Program 10:30 AM
        High Tea 12:00 PM

June 7-13       National Garden Week

June 3-4   GCFM Annual Meeting, Regency Hotel, Westford, MA

June 9       Horticulture Study Group
Theme: ‘In the Garden’ 'How to Plant Window Boxes and Strawberry Jars’ "Decorative Leaves for the Home - A Workshop"
at 9:15 AM

June 12 & 13   ‘Garden Sights and Floral Delights’ - 75th Anniversary Celebration Garden Tour
of Club members’ gardens with original floral designs at each location
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm      
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For additional 75th Celebration Events - Click here

July 2009

July 7       Canceled due to weather A Visit to Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth, NH
Enjoy the gardens and history of Strawbery Banke The AGC will pick up the cost of the general entrance fee; however, there are options if people want to take the House Tour. The House Tour tickets can be purchased for $10, and you need to notify the Program Chair in advance.

Tour Starts: 10:30 am
Leave Acton Center Fire Station 9:00 AM


August 2009

August 4       Please Note Change of Location and Program
A Tour of Acton Arboretum
with Joan Yatteau - President of AGC
at 9:15 AM
(If rain or unusually high temperatures then an alternative location will be communicated)

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