Programs are held on the second Wednesday of the month, at 6:45 P.M. in the Pepperell Senior Center, except for Club socials and events as noted
September 11, 2019 – “Confessions of a Seed Snatcher” by MariePatrice Masse
MariePatrice Masse is an enthusiastic gardener and nature lover who has collected seeds for many years. Her presentation is a humorous and insightful journey into the world of seed saving. Attendees will learn how to save seeds from their own gardens and enjoy entertaining stories of finding seeds in unusual places. Following the slideshow and lecture, there will be an optional hands-on seed gathering from a large collection of flower heads, seed stalks and pods. Beautiful photographs and entertaining storytelling promise to make this presentation a must-see.
October 9, 2019 – annual plant exchange – bring a perennial or houseplant to swap for something new! Please label or write down the characteristics of the plants you bring. Enjoy chatting with new and returning members.
November 13, 2019 – “Let Us Give Thanks” – presented by Dixie Pickard, former PGC president. Dixie has been in business for 30 years. Her husband, John, is her partner in business, together they own “The Bronze Bell”. Dixie will be creating three different Thanksgiving floral arrangements using seasonal flowers. The arrangements will be raffled off at the end of her presentation.
At the November meeting will be having a bulb/seed share. Bring in any labeled extras you’d like to share.
December 11, 2019 – Annual Holiday Dinner Social – details to follow
January 8, 2020 – “Composing Your Best Garden Photos” presented by member and photography enthusiast, Theresa LeBlanc
Discussion and photo examples of how the basic laws of composition and color theory can be applied to your photos of flowers, plants and general garden creations. Become aware of how subtle changes to your composition can make an average photo into a frame-worthy work of art.
At the January meeting, we will have a houseplant swap. Bring in any extras you’d like to swap or share.
February 12, 2020 – “Companion Planting and Design” presented by Kate Donovan from Blackstone Valley Vegetable Gardens. Location, location, location….some plants naturally grow better next to others, and well, some don’t. Here’s where you can learn what keeps the peace in your garden.
At the February meeting, we will have a seed share and seed catalog swap. Bring along any extras you’d like to share.
March 11, 2020 – “Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening” presented by Susan Hammond from the Mass. Master Gardener Association. Raised beds are an easy and productive way to grow vegetables (and some fruits too!) After a quick review of the basics of growing vegetables at home, we’ll explore the details of raised bed gardening, including design, materials, and construction methods. While this talk focuses on vegetables, the raised bed techniques discussed can be adapted to many other kinds of gardens as well.
At the March meeting, we will have a book/magazine swap. Bring in any extras you’d like to share.
April 8, 2020 – “Those Delightful Dahlias! How to grow and love them!” – presented by Emily Cleaveland. Known as “the Dahlia Lady”, Emily has been growing and selling dahlias and flowers for over 20 years. She grows over 250 plants on her farm in 75 varieties. She will speak on some of the tricks for growing these beauties, how to dig and store the tubers, and touch on the wonder of the dahlia as a cut flower. Hopefully, Emily will bring some tubers along to sell to the group.
May 13, 2020 – Plant Sale planning for our annual fundraiser. The plant sale will be on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
At the May meeting, we will be having an herb swap and a container swap. Bring 1 or 2 labeled herbs in a 4” pot to swap for something new. Bring any container/planter you no longer want and swap for something else.
June 10, 2020 – June social – TBA