September 18th – 7:00 pm        
The Community House, 284 Bay Road
Members Only

Pot Luck Dinner & Social

We gather together to kick off the new season, catch up with old friends, and meet the newest members of the club. President Paula Bartlett will share Garden Club happenings. The Horticulture and Design committees will talk about competition opportunities including this year’s focus on helping members build skills and experience. The Program Committee will give an overview of 2019-2020 programs.

Potluck Dish– Using the first letter of your last name, please bring a dish for 6-8 people that is ready to serve: A-G bring dessert; H-M bring salad, app, or cold plate; N-Z bring main dish. Please note if your dish includes allergens or is dairy and/or gluten free. Beverages will be provided.

Creative Tablescaping– One of the fun parts of this event is that everyone brings their own plate, glass, and utensils. Some members enjoy getting creative, while others bring their own paper/plastic. Anything goes!

October 23rd – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Putting the Garden to Bed          

Suzanne Mahlar will givea horticultural presentation covering fall gardening activities including transplanting, lawn care, bulbs, preparing new gardens, and tips for preparing gardens for winter weather. Suzanne is past President of the New England Daylily Society, an Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, works part-time at a local garden center, and writes a weekly gardening column. She has been developing her acre property for 40 years and is an avid plant collector with extensive collections of woody plants and perennials including more than 300 daylily cultivars and 250 varieties of hostas.

November 20th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School – Fall Fundraiser
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Discovering New England Stone Walls

Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls,” will demonstrate how stone walls are constructed while talking about their history and the need for preservation. For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. From 1985 to 2010, Kevin was also an award-winning performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio.

Learn how to preserve your own historic stone walls or join in a 2019-2020 town-wide stonewall restoration and beautification project led by the Wenham Village Improvement Society.

December 11th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School

Members Only       

Holiday Greens

Make your own decorative tabletop boxwood tree that will last through the holiday season. Plant material will be provided, but members are encouraged to bring their own vessel and “doodads” to enhance their tree and match their home decorations. This workshop will be led by members who are experienced floral designers including Joanne Kennett. Always a fun social event!  Materials fee: $10

January 15th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Free and Open to the Public

Conservation Expo 

Resolve to be greener this year! The Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club invites the public to a Conservation Expofeaturing 13 North Shore organizations that can help save the planet, one backyard at a time.

Meet representatives from local conservation organizations, who will each give a 5-minute intro to their area of expertise and have an information table. Learn about conservation topics relevant to our local landscapes and gardens, including dealing with invasive plants, Lyme disease, water conservation techniques, composting, alternatives to traditional lawns, beekeeping, goatscaping, and hydroponics.

February 12th – 11:30-2:30 pm
Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield
Members Only

Club Member Luncheon and “Ergonomics and Tools” Talk

Escape the mid-Winter blues by joining us in this beautiful space for an elegant and relaxing luncheon with other garden lovers.HWGC Member Sue Guest will present a shortened version of her popular talk on adaptive gardening, with a demo of great tools and techniques that ease the physical burden of gardening.

An active gardener, Susan has been an educator, dancer, and a fitness coach.
She is a Conscious Movement Educator, teaching groups and individuals how to improve overall health and wellbeing. She is certified in teaching Nia (Knee-ah) Tai Chi for Healthy Aging, Ageless Grace, andParkinson’s SMART, a program for people affected by PD.

Register by emailing Max King at or bring a checkbook to the December or January meetings.
Luncheon Fee: $35  Deadline for payments is February 4th.

In an abundance of caution, the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club is cancelling both the March 18 and April 15 events, doing its part to minimize any potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We hope to reschedule these programs and will reassess the developments again at the end of April. Please check back for programming updates.

March 18th – 7:00 pm  CANCELLED
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Ecological Landscape Design

Winter is the time we dream about and plan for our gardens, but where do you start? How do you factor in our annual Summer water bans and climate change? Starting with foundational principles in how ecological landscapes are approached, Andrew Whittaker will discuss the creation of various gardens from site analysis, design, and up through the construction phases of their development. The audience will be visually led through each step of the process. Focus is paid towards designing with Native plants, edible plants, rainwater harvesting, and gardens that support our pollinators. Andrew Whittaker is a filmmaker turned garden designer. He is the Owner & Founder of Green Abundance By Design.

April 15th – 7:00 pm  CANCELLED
Miles River Middle School
Members Only

Being in the know for floral design: A Design Workshop

This year the HWGC is helping members to build confidence and skills around design competitions. Whether you are a curious beginner or a blue ribbon collector, join us to get insights that will take you to the next level. You will learn the mechanics of entering a Flower Show, conditioning flowers, and design through experiential instruction. This hands-on workshop will be led by HWGC member Mary Huntoon, together with other experienced club designers.  Attendees should
bring containers and supplies; flowers to be supplied. Mary Huntoon is an award-winning floral designer noted for her creative design, an accredited Master Judge for National Garden Club, Inc., and an NGC Flower Show School Instructor in Design and Symposium.

May 20th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, $10 Donation Suggested

Annual Meeting and Plant Swap

Annual Meeting. Paula Bartlett will lead the business portion of the meeting, recapping of the year and updating on-going projects. Traditional Plant Swap– share your favorite plant with others; add something new to your garden.

The Garden Tourist, 7:30 pm

Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? Author Jana Milbocker will give a visual tour of the best public gardens in the Northeast to visit for inspiration. Learn about each garden’s highlights, ideal times to visit, and discover which ones offer sustainable garden features. Jana is a garden designer and author of The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast. She is the owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in Holliston that creates welcoming, personal gardens for clients in the Boston area.

Date TBA
June Celebration!

Be sure to join us for our HWGC awards, great conversation, and a delicious dinner at a very special location. Check your April-May newsletter for details.

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