Schedule of Programs and Events
2010 - 2011

Theme :

Please refer to your 2010 - 2011 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 2010

September 9     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 12       Acton Day 2010 - NARA Park

September 14       ‘Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Road Show’"
A Slide Lecture -- Learn what goes on behind the scenes at ‘Art in Bloom’
Nancy Dunham Program Coordinator for the Museum of Fine Arts

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

Acton Garden Club Past Presidents: Front row: Virginia Hahn, Arly Waldron, Anne Becklean
Back row: Peggy Garrison, Julie Eacott, Laura Lindop, Cathy Fochtman, Susan Diguette, Maureen Christmas, Judy Dembsey
2010 Acton's Looking Good Winners
Left to right:
Donelan's - Best Retail Single Occupant: George Raimon and Pam Davis
Auto Tech at 27/2A and Sunoco at 27/111 - Retail Multiple Locations: Vinny and Sandy Cuttone
Gould's - Best Plaza: George and Lester Gould
Nashoba Placement, Inc.- Professional Building :Carol Coyne
McDonald's - Continued Excellence: Antonia Tivas
AGC President Joan Yatteau
Not pictured:
Curcurbit Farm - Most Improved
Acton Model Railroad Center - Honorable Mention

September 14-16       GCFM Flower Show School

September 21       Horticulture Study Group
Tour of John Trexler’s Garden in Boylston with John Trexler is the Executive Director of the Worcester County Horticultural Society at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Leave from Acton Center Fire Station at 9:15 AM
Contact: Carol Stewart-Grinkis

September 23 -26   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, Montana

September 28       GCFM Floral Technique Workshop

September 28   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM

September 27       GCFM Central North District Coffee, Great Brook Farm, Stow

October 2010

October 1-11       Topsfield Fair

October 2       West Acton Oktoberfest 2010

October 4       GCFM Horticulture Morning,

October 5       ‘Sequence of Bloom’ A PowerPoint Presentation
Knowing when plants are at their best enables the gardener to create majestic gardens of delight.
with Laura D. Bibler, Laura earned her Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2000.

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

October 12      Horticulture Study Group
Preparing your Spring Vegetable Garden and Perennial Plant Exchange
Program Presenter: Kristi Twichell and Rheta Roeber
at 9:15 AM

October 13       GCFM Designing Principles I,

October 18-19   GCFM - NE Regional Meeting, Vermont

October 19       Floral Design Study Group
New Trends and Techniques – Part 1 Fun with Foliages"
Create a fall design incorporating foliage manipulation using ‘Uglu dashes.’
Bring: • Floral tool box • Pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters. Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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October 22-24       GCFM Tower Hill Flower Show
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October 26       GCFM Fall Conference, Andover Country Club

October 26       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

October 26       Newsletter Deadline       Read the Fall 2010 Newsletter

October 28-30       GCFM Landscape Design School, ,Regis College

November 2010

November 2       ‘Garden Ornaments’
A Slide Illustrated Lecture When art is placed in a garden, we are invited to explore, discover, and enjoy it. Ashley will give you an insiders tour of the charm of garden ornaments in this lecture.

Ashley Rooney ,
Author of ‘Pots, Pergolas, Pedestals’.

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

November 2       GCFM Design Workshop I

November 6-7       GCFM Environmental Studies School Course III, Series III

November 9       GCFM Environmental Workshop

November 9       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
Four Season Perennial Gardening: Something for Novice and Pro Alike
Program Presenter: Stefanie Reid

November 15       GCFM Horticulture Morning

November 30       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM

November 26 - January 2, 2011 ‘Holly Days’ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

December 2010

December 7   Home for the Holidays! A Greens Workshop

Bring your pruners and a selection of greens from your yard to create one of three festive holiday decorations:
  • A mailbox garland
  • A door swag, in a snowflake or traditional design
  • A centerpiece with sparkle
You will have a choice of several holiday decorations to create. Bring greens from your yard and create a unique holiday decoration. too large.
with Thelma Shoneman Floral Designer and Master Judge for the National Garden Club Federation, Inc.
Coffee - 9:00 AM
Business Meeting - 9:45 AM
Program - 10:30 AM
Light Lunch - 12:00 Noon

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January 2011

January 11       Horticulture Study Group
Annual "Planning Meeting" and Gardening Book and Magazine Swap",
at 9:15 AM

January 18       Floral Design Study Group
New Trends and Techniques – Part 2 Candlelight and Roses
Create a trendy centerpiece using bright colored oasis and beautiful flowers with Maureen Christmas Bring your floral toolbox – All components will be provided Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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January 25       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM

January 25     Financial Reports Due
Newsletter Deadline       Read the Spring 2011 Newsletter

January 26       GCFM Designing Principles II (snow date - January 27)

January 27 - 30   'Flora in Winter'
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2011 Flora In Winter
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February 2011

February 1       ‘Lavender Festival’
Lecture with Slides and Plants
with Nancy Engle
Nancy Engel is a floral designer and has had a booth at the Boston Flower Show for over 20 years. She was trained in Medical Aromatherapy in the South of France with Dr. Daniel Penoel.
There will be samples of Lavender butter and crackers, Lavender Tea, and scents.
Members should come dressed in Lavender to celebrate.
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

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February 8       Horticulture Study Group
Rocks, Rocks, and Rocks - A study of a rock garden, a rockery, and a wall garden. ,
Program Presenters: Nancy Kingman, Judy Dembsey and Trudy Walther (Photography)
at 9:15 AM

February 22       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

February 22       Annual Reports Due
February 28       GCFM Horticulture Morning

March 2011

March 1       ‘Confessions of a Garden Writer’
A PowerPoint Lecture - How I went from covering murders in Detroit to garden writing for ‘The Boston Globe.’
with Carol Stocker Staff Garden Columnist for ‘The Boston Globe’ covering all things horticulture and a three-time winner of the national Quill & Trowel Award of the Garden Writer’s Association

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

March 8       Horticulture Study Group
Birds, Bees and Butterflies - A study of bird and butterfly gardens.
Program Presenter: Alan Cushing
at 9:15 AM

March 16 - 20   Boston Flower and Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
2011 Boston Flower and Garden Show
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March 22       Floral Design Study Group
New Trends and Techniques – Part 3 Trendy Topiaries
Create a long-lasting topiary design using moss and flowers on an oasis sphere. Components will be provided. Bring your floral toolbox. Cost: $20.00 (Includes flowers)
at 9:15 AM

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March 28       GCFM Horticulture Morning

March 29       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

March 29       GCFM Civic Development Workshop

April 2011


April 5       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 5       GCFM Design Workshop II

April 7-9   GCFM Garden Study School

April 12       Horticulture Study Group
Patio and Deck Gardens
Program Presenter: Susanne Fuller and Judy Shuppert
at 9:15 AM

April 13       GCFM Design Principles III II

April 26       Board Meeting
at 9:15 AM
(Both incoming and outgoing Board Members)

April 26       GCFM Central North & Central South Annual Meeting

April 27-29       GCFM Flower Show School II

April 30- May 2   Art in Bloom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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May 2011

May 3       ‘The Constant Garden: Two Thousand Years of Botanical Art’
A Slide Presentation - ‘The Constant Garden’ shows how artists ranging from the muralists of ancient Rome to installation artists of the 20th century have drawn inspiration from nature. This is an introduction to some of the myriad ways in which flowers and plants have influenced human visual and material culture. In addition, Joan Gardner and Susanne Fuller will display antique linens and needlework featuring designs and patterns from nature.
Jennie Summerall, M. Ed. Artist and Independent Lecturer

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

May 14       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant Sale
                  Pictures from the 2011 Sale click here

May 10       GCFM Design Workshop III

May 17       Horticulture Study Group
Hypertufa Container Workshop
Program Presenters: Susanne Fuller and Judy Rice
at 9:15 AM

May 24      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

May 25-30       NGC National Convention, Washington DC

June 2011

June 7       ‘We are not in Kansas anymore.....’
Floral Designs with a Twist
Expect the unexpected with designing ideas and tips revealed.
with Maureen Christmas and Laura Lindop, Both are National Garden Club accredited judges and top award winning designers.

        Business Meeting 9:45 AM
        Program 10:30 AM
        High Tea 12:00 PM

June 2      GCFM Annual Meeting, Crowne Plaza, Natick, MA

June 1-7       National Garden Week

June 14       Horticulture Study Group
10:00 Stillwater program on DCR Watershed and Farm History
Learn about Sterling Garden Club Grant and joint work to upgrade the Interpretive Site.
Program Presenters Jim Lafley, DCR Ranger.
Leave Acton Fire Station 9:15 for Stillwater Farm , rte. 140, Sterling, MA 01564

Travel to Carol Stewart-Grinkis' house & gardens (10 min. away) for box lunch. Stay for a swim if you like!
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June 15 - 19   WAFA - 'This Glorious Earth', Seaport trade Center, Boston

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July 2011

July 5       The Seaside Garden of Cynthia Hosmer York Harbor, Maine
Tour four acres of flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens overlooking the ocean. .
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring a picnic lunch, wear walking shoes, bring sunscreen, water and a hat.

View of the Gardens       Click here to see more photos

August 2011

August 2      
A Day Trip to the Newton’s Property Dartmouth, MA
The Newtons have excellent aviaries as well as beautiful plantings, including bamboo and lilac collections and a large vegetable garden.
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring a picnic lunch, wear walking shoes, bring sunscreen, water and a hat.
View of the Gardens       Click here to see more photos
August 31   Tea Party in the Herb Garden!, Acton Arboretum

We will celebrate late summer with delicacies made with the herb garden’s bounty.
Hostesses: Carol Warde and Sue Nordhausen
Noon - 2pm

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