Schedule of Programs and Events
2017 - 2018

Theme :

Please refer to your 2017 - 2018 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 2017

September 7     Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday
September 12       'Tips, Tricks and Trade Secrets'
with Deborah Trickett
Join Deborah Trickett, owner of The Captured Garden for a presentation as she shares over 100 tips, tricks and trade secrets. Prepare to learn something new: even why denture cleaner may become your new best friend!

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

September 19       Horticulture Study Group
Preparing Specimens for the Flower Show
Program Leader: Dorothy Marquis-Omer

September 13-16   NGC - Fall Board Meeting, St. Louis
September 19   GCFMA Horticulture Morning
September 26   Board Meeting , at 9:15 AM

October 2017

October 3       ' Designing a Garden for All Seasons'
with Suzanne Mahler
Suzanne Mahler, an avid gardener, photographer and lecturer, will take us on a colorful journey through the year. She will present images of plants that offer a progression of bloom and multiple seasons of interest for a landscape that provides beauty year around.

Coffee 9:00 AM
Honoring 'Acton's Looking Good' Winners - 9:30 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

October 1       Acton Boxborough Farmer's Market - The Club will exhibit at the Community Table selling Daffodils
at 10:00

October 5 - 7       NGC Small Standard Flower Show Acton Outdoors
Location: Acton Memorial Libary 486 Main Street
                  Click here for Flower Show Schedule
October 10      Horticulture Study Group
The Hidden Side of Fall Colors Presentation by: Derek Lowe
at 9:15
Program Leaders: Pat Kosicki

October 10       GCFMA Design Morning
October 12       Floral Design Study Group
at 9:15 PM
'Simply Small'
Create a petite design with an 8” frame of reference for height, width, and depth. All components will be provided. with Lori Krinsky
Bring floral shears, wire cutters, and your toolbox. Cost: $22

October 25       GCFMA Fall Conference
October 28- 29   GCFMA Landscape Design School
October 31       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
October 30-31       NEGC Fall Meeting

November 2017

November 7       'Floral Design Demonstration'

with Anna Holmes ,
Anna Holmes, the owner of Flowers by Anna, will give us a floral design demonstration and discussion covering how to plan your design including elements and principles of design. She will also discuss sourcing materials and their care and handling.

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

November 7       GCFMA Horticultural Morning

November 14       Horticulture Study Group,    at 9:15 AM
The Three "D's"-- Deer, Drought and Diggers
at 9:15 am
Program Leaders: Cathy Fochtman

November 28       Board Meeting, Board Meeting,
at 9:15 AM Thursday

December 2017

December 5   Holiday Holiday Greens Workshop: A Design for Your Door (Members Only Program)
    Participants choose to make a swag or a wreath. Base structure and a few decorations will be provided. Bring pruners and a selection of greens. If you have extra greens, please bring them to share. Cost: $10 per base structure.
    with Thelma Shoneman and Joan Gardner.
    Coffee - 9:00 AM
    Business Meeting - 9:45 AM
    Program - 10:30 AM
    Light Lunch - 12:00 Noon

January 2018

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

January 16       GCFMA Design Morning

January 24       Floral Design Study Group
'Simply Oasis Free'
Learn about environmentally friendly techniques to create a design without using oasis for support. All components will be provided. Bring floral shears, wire cutters, and your toolbox. Cost $22.
at 9:15 AM

January 30     Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
January 30     Financial Reports Due

February 2018

February 6       ' The Sustainable Enough Garden'
Rebecca Warner
Rebecca Warner is a home gardener who, like most of us, doesn't have enough time. She will present to us her journey toward sustainable gardening. Rebecca will describe her time saving methods to make compost, make soil, prepare beds for annuals and vegetables, and give us an easy recipe for making non-peat potting mix for containers.
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

February 13       Horticulture Study Group
'Fragrance Plants, Foliage Plants and Plants with Interesting Bark' ,
Program Presenter: Dorothy Marquis-Omer and Fran Portante
at 9:15 AM

February 27       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM
February 27       Annual Reports Due

March 2018

March 6       'Ikebana Floral Demonstration'
with Joanne Caccavale Joanne Caccavale will provide a brief history of Ikebana, the Art of Japanese Flower Arranging, including the different schools, their concepts and styles. We will also enjoy a teaching demonstration of the basic styles of Sogetsu School as she shows us the use of different plant material, containers and mechanics.

Coffee 9:00 AM
Program 9:45 AM

Business Meeting 10:30 AM

March 13       Horticulture Study Group
Pros and Cons of Home Remedies for the Garden
Program Leader: Judy Dembsey
Meeting at Public Safety Building 371 Main Street at 9:15 AM

March 14-18   Boston Flower & Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
March 22       Floral Design Study Group
'Simply Low Profile'
Create an on trend low profile arrangement meant to be viewed from above. All components will be provided. Bring floral shears, wire cutters, and your toolbox. Cost $22
at 9:15 AM

March 27       Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

April 2018


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
April 2       GCFM Horticulture Morning
April 10       Horticulture Study Group
'How to Survive the Drought'
Program Leader: Helen Webster
at 9:15 AM

April 10       GCFM Design Morning
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

May 2018

May 1       'Garden Herbs: Cultivation, Cookery, Cures and Caveats'
with Judith Sumner
Botanist and author Judith Sumner will talk to us about growing garden herbs. Join us for this intriguing overview of medicinal and culinary plants—from ancient traditions to gourmet cookery, military history, and modern medicine.
Coffee 9:00 AM
Business Meeting 9:45 AM
Program 10:30 AM

May 19       Acton Garden Club, Annual Plant Sale
May 29      Board Meeting, at 9:15 AM

June 2018

June 6       'Behind the Scenes at a Flower Farm' (Members Only Program)
with Evelyn Lee
Evelyn Lee is a flower farmer and designer at her specialty cut flower farm, Butternut Gardens in CT. She will give us tips and information for floral culture and harvesting as well as varieties to add to our landscape to ensure garden-inspired floral designs.

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

June 6       GCFMA Annual Meeting

June 12       Horticulture Study Group
Field Trip to Tranquil Lake Nursery and Garden Conservancy
Leave from Acton Center Fire Station
at 9:15 AM

July 2018

July 10       A Garden Tour of Sue Whitcomb’s Home
Our own talented and generous Sue Whitcomb will show us around her beautiful property. Wear comfortable and weather appropriate garb, and wear shoes that are good for uneven terrain. We will meet at Sue’s house, Please park on the street.
at 9:30am
Wear comfortable shoes.

August 2018

August 7      
Guided Tour of Arnold Arboretum

Come along for a guided walking tour of Arnold Arboretum, East Meets West. Since the late 19th century, the Arboretum has been a meeting place for familiar native plants and their Asian cousins. Hear stories about how these plants come together.

Leave from the Acton Center Fire Station to carpool at 8:30am
Bring snack and water; wear comfortable shoes. Tour begins at 10 am

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