Schedule of Programs and Events
2012 - 2013

Theme :

Please refer to your 2012 - 2013 Yearbook for details on program or event locations.
The GCFM Horticulture Mornings, Design Workshop, and Back to Basics programs are held at Elm Bank from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

September 2012

September 6     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 11       ‘Ikebana’ "
A Lecture and Demonstration -- A brief history of the different schools, their concepts and their styles. Demonstrations of the Sogetsu School of Design with arrangements
with Joanne Caccavale
Professionally trained floral designer and Japanese flower arranger. Board member of Ikebana International and the Boston Chapter of the Sogetsu School. She is also a member of the Ikenobo Society of Boston.

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

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Acton Garden Club Past Presidents:
Joan Yatteau, Julie Eacott, Judy Dembsey, Anne Becklean, Peggy Garrison, Cathy Fochtman, Laura Lindop

2012 Acton's Looking Good Winners
Left to right:
Front Row:
Linda Chance - AGC Acton Looking Good Committee Chair
Susanne Fuller - AGC President
Second Row:
Animal Emergency Care - Honorable Mention: Jim Sheehy
Nara Park - Most Improved: Bruce Carly, Cathy Fochtman
TD Bank - Most Environmentally Friendly: Andrew Hall
Nashoba Placement, Inc.- Best Professional Building :Carol Coyne
McDonald's - Best Landscaped Business: Paula and Don Wright, Alida Caceres
Not pictured:
Computer Laptop Services - Best Service Business
Curcurbit Farm - Best Garden Center
Gould Plaza - Best Plaza
Julie's Place - Best Small Space
Pro Tech at 27/2A & 27/111 - Continued Excellence
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September 19-21       GCFM Flower Show School
September 18       Horticulture Study Group
‘Floriade 2012’ in the Netherlands - A pictorial trip to the World Horticultural Expo
Perennial Plant Exchange
Presenters: Nikki Davis and Mike Svoboda
at 9:15 AM

September 25 -29   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 25   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM
September 28 - October 8       Topsfield Fair
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October 2012

October 2       ‘Romantic Gardens’ A Slide Lecture
Come into the lush, sun-dappled world of gardens hidden away from this frantic world in which we live.
with Frederick Rice, Artist/Illustrator, Teacher/Consultant, Garden Designer and Lecturer

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

October 9      Horticulture Study Group
Trip to Pickity Place, Mason, New Hampshire
Program Leaders: Susan Harrigan and Judy Rice
at 9:15AM Leave Acton Center Fire Station DD>
October 13       West Acton Oktoberfest 2012
October 14   GCFM - NE Regional Meeting, Marriott, Providence, RI
October 16       GCFM Design Workshop I,
October 23       Floral Design Study Group
‘Seasonal Specialties - Part I, Autumn Splendor "
Create a long lasting table arrangement combining fresh and dried plant material. Bring some interesting pods or grasses collected from your garden to add a personal touch to your design! with Thelma Shoneman
Bring: • Floral tool box • Pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters. Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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October 25       GCFM Fall Conference, Andover Country Club
The Acton Garden Club wins awards at the Fall Conference:
The prestigious Laura Wetmore Conservation bowl, a New England Region award of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., was awarded to the Acton Garden Club for their spectacular exhibit on Lyme Disease Education
Maureen Christmas won the Four Star Award after successfully completing all four of the schools offered by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts

October 27-28       GCFM Environmental Study School
October 29       GCFM Designing Principles I,
October 30       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
October 30       Newsletter Deadline       Read the Fall 2012 Newsletter

November 2012

November 1-3       GCFM Landscaped Design School III
November 6       ‘Have Scissors Will Travel’
Lecture and Floral Demonstration

Ann McDevitt ,
An accredited International Flower Designer and Teacher with over twenty years of experience

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

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November 9-11       GCFM Central District Flower Show, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA
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November 13       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
Garden Design: Shared Experiences
at 9:15 am
Program Presenter: Linda Chance

November 23 - December 30 ‘Holly Days’
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

November 27       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

December 2012

December 4   Holiday Candle Bobeches - A Greens Workshop

  • 2 candlesticks
  • 2 candles
  • pruners
  • a selection of SMALL greens from your yard to create a beautiful bobeche of greens.
Boxwood, Chameacyparis, juniper, berries and tiny cones are suggested. These are ideal centerpieces for your holiday table.
You will get a kit which includes 2 O’dapters, oasis, ribbon and wires.
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 2013

January 8       Horticulture Study Group
Annual "Planning Meeting" and Gardening Book and Magazine Swap",
at 9:15 AM

January 15       GCFM Design Workshop II (snow date - January 16)
January 22       Floral Design Study Group
‘Seasonal Specialties’ - Part II, Winter Wonder
Create an arrangement featuring tall branches suitable for a hallway table.
Bring your floral toolbox – All components will be provided Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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January 28       GCFM Designing Principles II (snow date - January 29)
January 26       GCFM Designing Principles II (snow date - January 27)
January 29       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM
January 29     Financial Reports Due
Newsletter Deadline       Read the Spring 2013 Newsletter

February 2013

February 1 - 3   'Flora in Winter'
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2013 Flora In Winter
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February 5       ‘Chinese Garden Tour’ - A Slide Lecture
After looking at modern Shanghai with its urban renewal, we will travel through the Yangtze River Delta while also traveling back in time to visit the vernacular landscape of Jingxi (1130), a Chinese ‘Venice.’
with Lynette Tsiang
Landscape gardener who received her design certificate from the Landscape Institute. In 2005 she toured classical Chinese gardens.
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

February 14       Horticulture Study Group
‘Scenic Driveways’ ,
Program Presenter: Carol Stewart-Grinkis
at 9:15 AM

February 25       GCFM Horticulture Morning
February 26       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
February 26       Annual Reports Due

March 2013

March 5       ‘Relax, It’s Only Garden Photography’ - A Slideshow and Lecture Presentation
Basic principles of garden photography will be covered, including camera functions, composition and lighting.
with Rich Pomerantz A full time freelance photographer, lecturer and author based in Litchfield County, CT.

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

March 12       Horticulture Study Group
'Summer and Fall Bulbs '
Program Presenter: Joan Gardner
at 9:15 AM

March 13 - 17   Boston Flower & Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show
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March 19       Floral Design Study Group
‘Seasonal Specialties’ - Part III, Spring Delight
Create an arrangement inspired by a Paula Pryke design. You will decorate your own container using colorful Japanese Washi masking tape then fill container with spring flowers. Components will be provided. Bring your floral toolbox. Cost: $TBD (Includes flowers)
at 9:15 AM
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March 25       GCFM Designing Principles III
March 26       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

April 2013


April 1       GCFM Horticulture Morning
April 2       The Annual Meeting and Luncheon
      Business Meeting and Annual Meeting 10:00 AM
      Friendship Hour 11:00 AM
      Luncheon 12:00 PM
      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 9       Horticulture Study Group
Spring Ephemerals and Early Bloomers
Program Presenter: Trudy Walther
at 9:15 AM

April 9       GCFM Design Workshop III
April 12-14       GCFM Garden Study School, Tower Hill Boylston
April 27- 29   Art in Bloom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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April 30       Board Meeting
at 9:15 AM
(Both incoming and outgoing Board Members)

May 2013

May 7       ‘Habitat Landscaping’
Slide Presentation
Ellen Walther Sousa Writer, teacher and garden coach with a certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from the NE Wildlife Society.

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

May 18       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant SaleFor Information click here
                  Pictures from the 2013 Sale click here
May 21       Horticulture Study Group
Tour of the Wildflower Garden at the Acton Arboretum with Bruce Carley
Program Leader: Sue Whitcomb
meet at 10:00 AM in the parking of Arboretum

May 28      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

May 24-26       NGC National Convention, Seattle, WA

June 2013

June 4       ‘The Buzz on Honeybees’ A Lecture with Observation Hive
The family, home, and the products of bees. Included will be the research she is doing with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

with Barbara MacPhee, Beekeeper for over 30 years – Beekeeper of the Year in 2009 and involved in the promotion of agriculture in Massachusetts.

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

June 1-7       National Garden Week

June 11       Horticulture Study Group
Shrubs for Flower Arranging
Program Presenter: Sue Whitcomb
at 9:15AM

June TBA       GCFM Annual Meeting
June 21-23       Newport Flower Show - Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI

July 2013

July 9       A Visit to a Railway Garden
Debbie and Stan Ames have created a miniature train landscape that travels through their lovely gardens.
with Debbie and Stan Ames, Debbie and Stan are both life members of the National Model Railroad Association where Stan has been active in the creation of the DCC Standards and Recommended Practices’ guidelines. Debbie is an avid gardener and the owner of ‘Tried & True Trains’ a model railroad business.
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring sunscreen and wear walking shoes and a hat.

August 2013

August 6      
Historic Waltham Field Trip to the Lyman Estate and the Robert Treat Paine Estate
The Lyman Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States. The complex of four greenhouses consist of an 1804 grape house, an 1820 camellia house, an 1840 orchid house and a 1930 sales greenhouse. Also visit the mansion with its 37 acres of lawns and gardens.
Next drive up the road a bit and view the Robert Treat Paine Estate known as ‘Stonehurst’ set on 109 acres designed in collaboration between architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring sunscreen and wear walking shoes and a hat.

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