Schedule of Programs and Events
2013 - 2014

Theme :

Please refer to your 2013 - 2014 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 2013

September 5     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 10       'Gardening is Murder'
A Lecture and Demonstration --
with Neal Sanders
As the spouse of an avid gardener with no "real" responsibilities other than to dig holes and move rocks, Neal has lots of time to observe gardeners and their foibles. He weaves those observations into an illustrated talk that is humorous, informative and poignant.

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:
Pat Kosicki, Anne Becklean, Christine O'Connor, Judy Dembsey, Peggy Garrison, Cathy Fochtman, Laura Lindop, Maureen Christmas, Joan Yatteau, Susanne Fuller

2013 Acton's Looking Good Winners
Left to right:
Pat Kosicki - AGC President
Jean Lane - AGC Acton Looking Good Committee Chair
McDonald's - Continued Excellence: Manny Baptista
Acton Chrysler - Best New Business: Christine Chapski
Curcurbit Farm - Best Garden Center : Thelma Nelson
Donelan's Supermarket - Best Cafe Appeal: Heidi Rodriquez
Peggy Garrison - AGC Acton Looking Good Committee
Donelan's Supermarket - Best Cafe Appeal: Chris Harris
Not pictured:
Bursaw Gas and Oil - Best Service Business
Dunkin Donuts on 2A - Best Roadside Appeal
Pro Tech at 27/2A & 27/111 - Creative Landscape Design
Gould's Plaza - Best Plaza

September 12      
Public Lecture, 'Shirley Towle Memorial Series' - Local Climate Change from Records of Thoreau to Present with Professor Richard Primack
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September 17       Horticulture Study Group
Preparing Horticulture Exhibits for our Flower Show and Perennial Plant Exchange
Leaders: Phyllis McDonough and Helen Webster
at 9:15 AM

September 23-24       Acton Garden Club Presents, 'Massachusetts Beautiful' A Standard Flower Show
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September 24 -28   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, t Louis, MO
September 24   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM
September 30   GCFMA Horticulture Morning

October 2013

October 1       'Creative Floral Card Making' A Short Lecture
followed by a workshop, during which members will create a floral card. Members will need to bring small, sharp scissors and a container of Elmer's School Glue.
with Hortense McCarthy and Rosemarie Engel-Conn,

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

Click here to see photos of the Dried Floral notecards members created

October 4-14       Topsfield Fair
October 5       West Acton Oktoberfest 2013
October 8      Horticulture Study Group
Garden Elements-A Photo Journal
Program Leaders: Carol Stewart-Grinkus
at 9:15AM

October 23       GCFMA Fall Conference, Sheraton Framingham
October 30       GCFMA Design Workshop I,
October 30       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
October 30- November 11       GCFM Landscape Design School

November 2013

November 5       'World Class Local Florist'
Floral Demonstration

Tony Tedesco
A National Garden Club Flower Show Master Judge and Design Consultant for the NGC Flower Show School Committee,Tony is the owner of One Main Street Studio in Stow MA where his colorful style and expertise make him a sought after designer and lecturer on state, national and international levels.

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

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November 2-3       GCFMA Environmental Study School, Elm Bank
November 9-11       GCFM Central District Flower Show, Tower Hill, Boylston, MA
November 12       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
New Growing Zone Map Plus
at 9:15 am
Program Presenter: Joan Yatteau
November 19       Floral Design Study Group
at 9:15 AM

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Food & Flowers Part I - 'Bountiful Harvest'
Create a Holiday centerpiece using container grown plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers ideal for your Thanksgiving table! - with Thelma Shoneman
Bring 3 small pumpkins or gourds - white or orange, and a bunch of green or red grapes. All other components will be provided.
• Floral tool box, pruners, floral shears, knife, stapler, wire cutters.
Cost: $20

November 21       Board Meeting, Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
November 29 - December 29 ‘Holly Days’
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

December 2013

December 3   Holiday Holiday Wreaths! - A Greens Workshop
    Bring your pruners, and a selection of small greens from your yard to create a wreath on an 8½” oasis ring form, perfect for a fresh greens centerpiece with candle, an advent wreath or to hang indoors or out!
    Boxwood, chamaecyparis, juniper, berries and small cones are suggested.
    Cost: $5 per oasis ring form
    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 2014

January 14       Horticulture Study Group
Annual "Planning Meeting" and Gardening Book and Magazine Swap",
at 9:15 AM

January 14       GCFMA Design Workshop II
January 21       Floral Design Study Group
Food and Flowers, Part II - "Supermarket Bouquet Challenge!"
Bring a mixed "supermarket" bouquet of your choice, a container you think is the correct size, 6” or so, your pruners and tool kit. Oasis will be available for purchase. Learn sometips on what to do to transform these bouquets into creativearrangements! FUN! Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

January 23-26   'Flora in Winter'
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2014 Flora In Winter
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January 28       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM
January 28     Financial Reports Due

February 2014

February 4       'The Pollinator Garden' - A Slide Lecture
Following the rhythm of the seasons, celebrated landscape designer Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. ’
with Kim Smith
Author, Filmmaker
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

February 11       Horticulture Study Group
‘Lyme Disease’ ,
Program Presenter: Sandy Bonzagni
at 9:15 AM

February 25       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
February 25       Annual Reports Due

March 2014

March 4       'Gardening in the Shade' - A Slideshow and Lecture Presentation
Featuring shady sites which pose challenges but need not lack pizzazz! Learn which trees, shrubs and perennials tolerate low light while providing fabulous flowers and foliage for a peaceful shady retreat.
with Suzanne Mahler horticulturist, garden writer and lecturer

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

March 11       Horticulture Study Group
' Eat the View (Creative Vegetable Gardening) '
Program Presenter: Dia Chigas, Fran Portante, Sue Whitcomb
at 9:15 AM

March 12 - 16   Boston Flower & Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
2014 Boston Flower and Garden Show
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March 18       Floral Design Study Group
Food and Flowers, Part III - "Luncheon Special"
Bring a table setting for one including a placemat or cloth,napkin, dish(es), beverage container and a suitable floralcontainer appropriate for one place setting or a table for toolbox. Bring your floral toolbox. Cost: $TBD (Includes flowers)
at 9:15 AM
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March 24       GCFMA Back to Basics III
March 25       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

April 2014


April 1       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 3-5       GCFM Garden Study School, Tower Hill Boylston
April 8       Horticulture Study Group
Soil Chemistry
Program Presenter: Carole Ward
at 9:15 AM

April 8       GCFM Design Workshop III
April 26- 28   Art in Bloom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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April 29       Board Meeting
at 9:15 AM
(Both incoming and outgoing Board Members)

May 2014

May 6       'Peacefield-The New England Farm of John and Abigail Adams'
Slide Presentation This presentation seeks to explore and uncover John and Abigail’s little known farm, Peacefield. For 30 years they called an ever-expanding piece of land in Southeastern Massachusetts home.
Laurie Ellen Pazzano Landscape Historian

May 17       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant Sale
                  Pictures from the 2014 Sale click here
May 20       Horticulture Study Group
Tour: The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens Eastern shore of Lake Sunapee in Newbury, NH
Program Leader: Anne Becklean
at 8:30 AM Leave the Acton Center Fire Station

May 27      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

May 30- May 3       NGC National Convention, Norman, OK

June 2014

June 3       'Floral Designs Inspired by Fabulous Gardens'
Floral Designs inspired by six fabulous gardens recently visited in Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan, Pennnsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maine. Each arrangement includes a unique leaf manipulation.
with Thelma Shoneman, Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge, Master Status

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

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June 4       GCFMA Annual Meeting
    Awards presented to The Acton Garden Club:
  • Bay State Flower Show Award for "Massachusetts Beautiful"
  • Press Book Award, 2nd Place, Large Club
  • Publications Award for designing and producing a digital photo history of the club year to better preserve club history and improve access
  • Cindora Goldberg Award to Maureen Christmas for the most outstanding design submitted by a member of the GCFM

June 10       Horticulture Study Group
James P. Keller Rose Garden and Fenway Victory Garden
Program Presenter: Anne Becklean
at 9:15AM leave the Acton Center Fire Station

July 2014

July 8       A Tour of Maple Grove The Consummate Collector's Garden
We will travel to Boylston, MA to tour Mr.Trexler's one acre garden which reflects his broad range of interests in the world of horticulture.
with John Trexler, Retired Executive Director Worcester County Horticultural Society Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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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August 2014

August 5      
Tour of Judy Dembsey's Garden
with Judy Dembsey, Horticulture Study chairman, Judy Dembsey, will open her exquisite garden to members, and give a short talk on how it has evolved over 40 years.
Bring sunscreen, a chair and a hat.
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