Schedule of Programs and Events
2014 - 2015

Theme :

Please refer to your 2014 - 2015 Yearbook for details on program or event locations.
The GCFM Horticulture Mornings and Design Workshop programs are held at the Elm Bank from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon. Back to Basics programs are held at the Espousal Center from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

September 2014

September 4     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 9       'Wild Edibles In and Around Acton'
with Russ Cohen
Presents three dozen of the tastiest species the region has to offer! Foraging wild edibles in our area Ways to cook and serve these wild edibles Foraged goodie sample.

Coffee honoring Past Presidents - 9:00 AM
Business Meeting - 9:45 AM
Program - 10:30 AM

Acton Garden Club Past Presidents (left to right):
Anne Becklean (1979-1981), Judy Dembsey (1985-1987), Susan Diguette (1995-1997), Peggy Garrison (1999-2001), Cathy Fochtman (2001-2003), Laura Lindop (2005-2007), Maureen Christmas (2007-2009), Joan Yatteau (2009-2011), Susanne Fuller (2011-2013)

September 16       Horticulture Study Group
Tour of Janet Richards's Garden
Program Leader: Janet Richards
at 9:15 AM

September 23 -28   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa
September 29   GCFMA Horticulture Morning
September 30   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM

October 2014

October 7       'Creating an Edible Still Life Buffet'
Learn how to turn your holiday buffet table into a beautiful work of art. Watch as cooking instructor Liz Barbour demonstrates how to use found objects, fruits, vegetables, fine china, fresh herbs, and flowers to create a three-dimensional still life for you and your dinner guest to enjoy.
with Liz Barbour,

Coffee 6:45 PM
Honoring 'Acton's Looking Good' Winners - 7:00 PM
Business Meeting 7:15 PM
Program 7:30 PM

2014 Acton's Looking Good Winners
Left to right:
Acton Woods Plaza - Most Imporved Plaza: Bob Stone
Sunoco Station - Best Large Business: Mr. Rata
Life Care of Acton - Most Improved: Joanne Lanzillo
Gould's Plaza - Plaza Excellence : Marvin Gould
Nagog Mall - Plaza Excellence: Carl Fiantago
Dunkin Donuts (182 Great Road) - Continuing Excellence: Amanda Endrawos
West Acton Pharmacy - Best Small Business: Saad Dinno
CuCurbit Farm - Best Farm Stand: Heidi Porten
Not pictured:
Donelans Cafe - Best Contianer Gardens
Nashoba Placement - Continuing Excellence

October 3-13       Topsfield Fair
October 6       GCFMA Back to Basics I
October 14      Horticulture Study Group
Thinking Ahead to Spring Plant Purchases (Late Summer and Fall Perennials)
Program Leaders: Susanne Fuller and Anne Sterling
at 9:15AM

October 14       GCFMA Design Workshop I,
October 23      
Public Lecture, 'Landscape Design 101 - 80th Anniversary Celebration' -

at 7:00 PM
Acton Town Hall, Room 204

with Ms. Gretel Anspach, Past President of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. Do you have the feeling that you should have a plan for your property rather than just mowing it or buying whatever is in bloom? Now is the time to get started for the next growing season. Enjoy some pretty pictures and practical advice, whether you have a patio or an estate.

at 7:00 PM
Acton Town Hall, Room 204

October 28       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
October 28       Floral Design Study Group
at 1:30 PM

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'Design Classics: Geometric Styles Part 1 - Oval'
Create a Fall centerpiece in the classic oval style ideal for any table setting and fun for your Halloween party. All components will be provided, with Thelma Shoneman
Bring: Pruners and Floral tool box Cost: $20
October 28       GCFMA Fall Conference
October 30- November 1       GCFMA Landscape Design School

November 2014

November 3       GCFMA Back to Basics II
November 4       'The Real Dirt About Dirt'

Andi Ross
It's all about the soil! This hot topic is a must for all gardeners. The lecture will simplify soil science. Learn how easy it is to restore soil to optimum health by exploring the virtues of compost, compost tea, lasagna composting & vermiculture.

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

November 8-9       GCFMA Environmental Study School, Elm Bank
November 11       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:00 AM
What is Horticultural Therapy?
at 9:15 am
Program Presenter: Joan Yatteau

November 18       Board Meeting, Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
November 28 - December 28 'Holly Days'
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

December 2014

December 2   Holiday Kissing Balls! - A Greens Workshop
    Bring your pruners, and a selection of small greens from your yard to create a kissing ball using a 4 1/2" netted floral foam sphere ready for hanging. This ball is ideal for porch or garden hooks but can also double as a table centerpiece. Boxwood, Chamaecyparis, Juniper, berries and small cones are suggested. Cost: $5 per sphere and ribbon
    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 2015

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

January 13       GCFMA Design Workshop II
January 20       Floral Design Study Group
Design Classics: Geometric Styles Part II - Vertical
Create a design with a vertical thrust using a backboard to define your space. You will combine bright colored flowers and interesting foliage to make a bold statement. Bring your pruners and tool box and U-Glu dashes. All other components will be provided. Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM

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January 22-25   'Flora in Winter'
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2015 Flora In Winter
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January 27       Board Meeting, at 9:00 AM
January 27     Financial Reports Due

February 2015

February 3       'Perennials Season by Season'
Learn about perennials that: enjoy lean soil, little or no fertilizer, less water, little or no deadheading.
with Kerry Ann Mendez, Author

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

February 10       Horticulture Study Group
‘Workshop: Rosebud Wreath & How to Dry Flowers’ ,
Program Presenter: Janet Richards, Jean Lane, Helen Webster
at 9:15 AM

February 24       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
February 24       Annual Reports Due

March 2015

March 3       'Gardening for the Spirit' - A Slideshow and Lecture Presentation
Take an unusual look at different elements to bring into your garden to create a place of Peace & Joy. The discussion will be followed by an inspiring slide presentation.
with Cheryl Collins Photographer, Lecturer, & Gardener

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

March 10       Horticulture Study Group
'What's in a Word? (Gardening Vocabulary Plus)'
Program Presenter: Judy Dembsey
at 9:15 AM

March 11 - 15   Boston Flower & Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
March 24       Floral Design Study Group
Design Classics: Geometric Styles Part III-Triangle
Create a graceful design in the symmetrical triangular shape ideal for spaces where a one-sided arrangement isappropriate as in the center of a chest or table. Bring yourpruners and tool box. All components will be provided. Cost: $20
at 9:15 AM
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March 23       GCFMA Back to Basics III
March 31       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

April 2015


April 1       The Annual Meeting and Luncheon
      Coffee and Conversation 9:00 AM
      Business Meeting and Annual Meeting 9:30 AM
      Program 'A Season Full of Color', Sue Kaplan 10:30 AM
      Luncheon 12:00 PM
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April 8-10       GCFM Garden Study School, Tower Hill Boylston
April 14       Horticulture Study Group
Topics of Choice: Iris, Astilbe and Holly
Program Presenter: Susanne Fuller, Trudy Walther, Judy Shuppert
at 9:15 AM

April 14       GCFM Design Workshop III
April 25- 27   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 2015

May 5       'America's Romance with the English Garden: How it All Began'
with Thomas Mickey Master Gardener, Local Author, and Landscape Designer

May 11- 18       NGC National Convention, Louisville, KY

May 14      
Public Lecture, 'Shirley Towle Memorial Lecture Series' - with Kerry Mendez, 'Gardening Simplified for Changing Lifestyles: Plant This, Not That'

Refreshments at 6:300PM - Program starts at 7:00 PM
Acton Congregational Church, Concord Rd, Acton

Change happens but many still dream of 'Better Homes and Gardens' landscapes but reality has muddied the picture. Job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens. Time for some 'editing'. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow downsizing strategies, recommended no fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to 'autopilot' as you can get....

May 16       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant SaleFor Information click here
May 19       Horticulture Study Group
Weeding in the Woods (Removing Invasive Plants from Acton's Conservation Lands) with Jim Snyder-Grant
Program Leader: Susan Harrigan
at 9:15 AM

May 26      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

June 2015

June 2       'Flower Shows are Fun! A Small Flower Show'
Program features commentary on "What Makes a Winning Entry" followed by time for members to enjoy the show before Tea.
with Thelma Shoneman, Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge, Master Status

        Flower Show Entries 7:30-8:45 AM
        Judging Begins 9:00 AM
        Business Meeting 10:00 AM
        Program 10:45 AM
        High Tea 12:00 PM

June 2-3       GCFMA Annual Meeting

June 9       Horticulture Study Group
Bridges of Flowers in Shelburne Falls
Program Leader: Pat Kosicki
at 9:15AM leave the Acton Center Fire Station

July 2015

July 7       Late Summer Glories Planning the Late Summer Garden Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Self guided walk, visit greenhouse and shop. Lecture at 11:00 am.
with Joanne Vieira Horticultural Director Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 9:00am
Bring bag lunch or buy at Twigs Cafe. Hat, sunblock, good walking shoes are suggested.

August 2015

August 4      
Tour of Anne Sterling's Garden
with Anne Sterling, When I moved to Acton, I faced hundred-year-old maples planted five feet from my kitchen window, foundation plantings from Home Depot, and Hosta lancifolia edging the driveway. Over the last fifteen years, trees were removed and gardens that take advantage of the shade and moisture that surround the house have grown to fill the edges of the yard.
at 10:00am
Bring a chair and a hat. Light refreshments will be served. Park behind the West Acton Fire Station, a one minute walk to the house.

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