Schedule of Programs and Events
2011 - 2012

Theme :

Please refer to your 2011 - 2012 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 2011

September 8     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 13       ‘Myths, Lies and All the Latest Dirt’"
A Lecture -- Whether your thumbs are green or black, the lessons learned in the garden are relevant to work, relationships, spirituality and personal growth.
with C.L. Fornari
Garden Lady of Cape Cod

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: Anne Becklean, Christine O'Connor, Judy Dembsey, Julie Eacott, Joan Yatteau
Back row: Maureen Christmas, Susan Diguette, Laura Lindop, Peggy Garrison

2011 Acton's Looking Good Winners
Left to right:
Linda Chance - AGC Acton Looking Good Committee Chair
Pro Tech at 27/2A & 27/111 - Best Landscaped Intersections: Mousrafah
Nashoba Placement, Inc.- Continued Excellence :Carol Coyne
Julie's Place- Best Small Space :Betty Saganich
AGC President - Susanne Fuller
Not pictured:
Curcurbit Farm - Best Garden Center
McDonald's - Best Landscaped Business
Sprigs - Unique Culunary Garden
Bursaw Oil & Gas,Inc - Creative Design
This Greenhouse Design Center - Best Cottage Garden
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September 13-15       GCFM Flower Show School
September 20       Horticulture Study Group
Topic: ‘Garden Art,’ Demonstration/Part Participation
Learn how to make:
1. Stone planter with succulents
2. Twig obelisk with Carol Stewart-Grinkis
at 9:15 AM

September 23 -24   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri
September 27   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM

September 27       GCFM Central North District Coffee, Great Brook Farm, Stow
September 28       GCFM Floral Technique Workshop
September 29 - October 4       Topsfield Fair

October 2011

October 1       West Acton Oktoberfest 2011
October 4       ‘The Asian Longhorn Beetle’ A Slide Lecture
After the discovery in New York in 1996 of Asian longhorned beetles (ALB, Anoplophora glabripennis), the Secretary of Agriculture declared an extraordinary emergency with regulatory and control actions in order to combat the infestation. In August of 2008, beetles were detected in Worcester, MA, and have further spread since then.
with Ryan Vazquez, Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer with the Eradication Program of the United States Department of Agriculture

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

October 11      Horticulture Study Group
Program Presenter: Cathy Fochtman
at 9:15 AM

October 11       GCFM Design Workshop I,
October 12       GCFM Horticulture Morning,
October 18-20   GCFM - NE Regional Meeting, Radisson Hotel, Chelmsford, MA
October 24       GCFM Fall Conference, Andover Country Club
The Acton Garden Club wins an award at the Fall Conference:
The Barbara D. May Website Award
Maureen Christmas won the Deanna Mossachi Creative Design Award for her design at Tower Hill
October 25       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

October 25       Newsletter Deadline       Read the Fall 2011 Newsletter
October 26       GCFM Designing Principles I,
October 27-29       GCFM Landscape Design School, Regis College

November 2011

November 1       ‘Balsam and Bling’
A Lecture Demonstration A Floral and Fashion Holiday Presentation

Bill Graham ,
One of New England’s leading floral designers, Bill is also a commentator, educator, lecturer and motivator.

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

November 8       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
Tour of the New Tower Hill Facilities
Leave from Acton Center Fire Station at 9:15 am to carpool to Tower Hill
Contact: Kathy Burke

November 12-13       GCFM MA Environmental Study School
November 15       Floral Design Study Group
Festive Table Displays - Part I: Autumn Feast"
Create a perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table - with Thelma Shoneman
Bring: • 5 grouds of different shapes (all other components be provided)
• Floral tool box, pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters.
Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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November 25 - January 1, 2012 ‘Holly Days’
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA Click here to see photos

November 29       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

December 2011

December 7   Tree 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 tree shaped door design
  • A mixed green cone shaped tree
  • A mixed green centerpiece
All deocrated with shimmering balls and roping.
Cost: $5.00 per project
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 2012

January 10       Horticulture Study Group
Annual "Planning Meeting" and Gardening Book and Magazine Swap",
at 9:15 AM

January 17       GCFM Design Workshop II (snow date - January 18)
January 24       Floral Design Study Group
Festive Table Displays - Part II Mardi Gras
Create a stunning design for your Mardi Gras Buffet table in the festive colors of Mardi Gras – purple, gold and green
Bring your floral toolbox – All components will be provided Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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January 25       GCFM Designing Principles II (snow date - January 26)
January 26 - 29   'Flora in Winter' - 10th Anniversary Year
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2012 Flora In Winter
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January 26       GCFM Designing Principles II (snow date - January 27)
January 31       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM
January 31     Financial Reports Due
Newsletter Deadline       Read the Spring 2012 Newsletter

February 2012

February 7       ‘Paris Gardens’
Lecture A personal tour of the best gardens Paris has to offer. The PowerPoint lecture will include French garden design and plant cultivation along with the fascinating history of these parks.
with Maureen Bovet
While living in Paris, she led garden tours for the Paris Garden Guild and is now a Museum Associate at the MFA.
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

Click here to see Enterprise Bank presentation
February 7   Gardening with Young People
with Best Buddies
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February 14       Horticulture Study Group
'BlueBerry Connection' ,
Program Presenters: Joan Gardner and Joanne Moss
at 9:15 AM

February 19       GCFM Horticulture Morning
February 23 - 26   Rhode Island Flower & Garden Show - Providence
2012 Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show
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February 28       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
February 28       Annual Reports Due

March 2012

March 6       ‘Tulipmania’
A PowerPoint Lecture - The tulip, with its trans-global migration, found itself the principle actor in an economic drama of historic proportion in the 17th century.
with Ila Cox Ila is a plant lover, gardener, garden traveler, student of plant and garden history and flower arranger.

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

March 8       Horticulture Study Group
'Strategies to Ease Garden Maintenance as We Age'
Program Presenter: Judy Dembsey
at 9:15 AM

March 14 - 18   Boston Flower & Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
2012 Boston Flower and Garden Show
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March 19       GCFM Horticulture Morning
March 20       Floral Design Study Group
Festive Table Displays – Part III Simply Spring
Create a beautiful centerpiece with an oriental flair.
Components will be provided.
Bring your floral toolbox. Cost: $20.00 (Includes flowers)
at 9:15 AM
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March 27       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

April 2012


April 3       The Annual Meeting and Luncheon
      Coffee and Conversation 9:30 AM
      Business Meeting and Annual Meeting 10:00 AM
      Friendship Hour 11:00 AM
      Luncheon 12:00 PM
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April 10       Horticulture Study Group
Strategies to Ease Garden Maintenance as We Age
Program Presenter: Judy Dembsey
at 9:15 AM

April 10       GCFM Design Workshop III
April 12-14       GCFM Garden Study School, Tower Hill Boylston
April 25       GCFM Designing Principles III
April 24       Board Meeting
at 9:15 AM
(Both incoming and outgoing Board Members)
April 28- 30   Art in Bloom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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May 2012

May 1       ‘Simply Pruning'
A Demonstration guaranteed to take the fear out of that first big cut!
Joe Biagioni With over 20 years experience as an arborist, he teaches classes for Clark University’s New England School of Gardening at Tower Hill and has spoken and taught at numerous garden clubs, professional organizations, trade shows and symposia.

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

May 8       Horticulture Study Group
Program Presenters: Stephanie Reid
at 9:15 AM

May 19       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant Sale
                  Pictures from the 2012 Sale click here
May 29      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

May 25-30       NGC National Convention, Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY

June 2012

June 5       ‘‘A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner’
A character actor performance set in 1910, seven years after the opening of Fenway Court which Mrs. Gardner designed, built and willed to the City of Boston. ’
with Jessa Piaia, Ms. Piaia studied performance in London and graduated from the Univ of Mass and now works at the Harvard School for Engineering and Applied Sciences.
        Business Meeting 9:45 AM
        Program 10:30 AM
        High Tea 12:00 PM

June 5       GCFM Central North & Central South Annual Meeting
June 5-11       National Garden Week

June 12       Horticulture Study Group
Visit to Codman House in Lincoln 10:00 Stillwater program on DCR Watershed and Farm History
Program Presenter: Nancy Kingman.
Leave Acton Fire Station 9:15 for carpool

June 5       GCFM Central North & Central South Annual Meeting
June 22-24       Newport Flower Show - Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI For Pictures of the designs

July 2012

July 10       A Stroll Through Carole Ward's Garden
Enjoy the beauty of a lovely Newburyport garden.
In addition, for those who wish, a stroll through Pettingill Farms, Salisbury, MA.
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring sunscreen and wear walking shoes and a hat.

August 2012

August 7      
Morning Tea in the Wildflower Garden at Meeting House Hill
Sue Whitcomb and the co-chairs of Meeting House Hill will give an informal chat regarding the development of the gardens.
Meet at Meeting House Hill at 9:30am
Bring a chair, sunscreen, a hat, and wear walking shoes.

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