Programs & Events

Club Programs Schedule, 2020-21*

Programs are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, also known as Albert Harris Center. The Club socials are held at another location.

New members are welcome to join!

September 9, 2020 – Welcome Back Pizza Party & Plant Swap!
We will be meeting at a member’s barn, including a pizza party and plant swap. More detailed information will be sent in an email to members, including a RSVP.

We will be holding a plant swap. Please bring one or more labeled perennials, houseplants or fall mums to swap for something new. Optionally, if you have flowers you want to cut from your garden, we welcome fresh flower arrangements in a mason jar or small vase for the table centerpieces. The arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the meeting.
Feel free to bring portioned out, individually wrapped dessert items.Covid regulations required, including masks and social distancing. Members watch for an email from Lynda P.

October 14, 2020 – Native Plants for Landscape Design by Amy Nyman
Amy is a landscape designer & owner of Ruby Leaf Design. She was a horticulturist at Garden in the Woods, and now manages the natural areas at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens. Amy will share how to make landscapes blend & balance beauty, function, & health by reconnecting sites with regionally-native plants. This increases biodiversity & resilience in the landscape. Amy has shared that she loves exploring fun plant combinations and playing in the dirt.This will be a one-hour presentation and there will be thirty minutes for Q&A. This will be a zoom presentation that 25 members can view on the large screen at the PSC. Other members will be able to zoom at home. Sign-up required.

At the October meeting, we will be have a flower vase swap. Bring any flower vase or two to swap for another vase.

November 11, 2020 – Perennial Color, Spring through Fall by Suzanne Mahler
Journey through the growing season with a dazzling display of the hottest new perennials and the tried and true favorites for both sunny and shady sites.
This will be an in-person and virtual presentation. Sign-up required. At the November meeting, we will have a bulb and seed swap. Bring any extra bulbs and seeds you would like to share.
December 9, 2020
PGC board members will facilitate. More details to follow.
January 13, 2021 – How to Make Herbal Teas From Plants in Your Garden by Judith Taylor –
via Zoom
Judith Taylor has been gardening in Massachusetts for over 20 years and recently graduated from UMass Green School. She has hands on experience with growing all sorts of perennials, fruits and vegetables as well as landscape design.  This presentation will cover a brief history of tea, how it’s made, and how to make your own herbal teas at home with ingredients from your yards and gardens. Medicinal properties of plants will also be discussed. Tea kits will be available for distribution so you may sample some tea at home.

This will be a zoom presentation.    Interested in joining?  email: info@pepperellgardenclub.org
We hope to reschedule the pruning presentation when we can meet in-person.

February 10, 2021 – Informative Garden mini-sessions
via Zoom
Please join several of our members for informative and interesting garden talks. 4 or 5 members will present 10-15 minute talks with photos on a variety of topics.

This will be a zoom presentation. Interested in joining? email: info@pepperellgardenclub.org

March 10, 2021 – Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening by Gretel Anspach
via Zoom
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening: 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 we discuss can be adapted to many other kinds of gardens as well.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. She won the MMGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Gretel established and maintains a 20,000 square foot food production garden that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro and Maynard Food Pantries for the last ten years. Her primary interest and focus is always in the science behind horticulture.

This will be a zoom presentation. Interested in joining? email: info@pepperellgardenclub.org

April 14, 2021 – For the Love of Dahlias presented by Emily Cleveland
Known as the dahlia lady, Emily has been growing and selling dahlias and flowers for over 20 yeas. 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.
This will be an in-person and virtual presentation. Sign-up required. At the April meeting, we will have a container swap. Bring along a container/planter you no longer want, to swap for something different.
May 12, 2021 – Facilitators: Linda Bisbo and Susan LaRocco
Plant Sale planning for our annual fundraiser. The Plant Sale will be held on May 22, 2021.
The May meeting will be an in-person and virtual event. Sign up required. At the May meeting, we will have an herb swap. Please bring any labeled herbs in 4” pots to swap for something else. Any leftover herbs will be donated to the plant sale.
June 9, 2021 – June Social
The annual June social is held at a local restaurant and enjoyed by members. PGC officers are elected during a brief business meeting. The June social committee will have more details in April/May.