September 19th – 7:00 pm        
The Community House, 284 Bay Road
Members Only

Pot Luck Dinner & Social

We will gather together to catch up with old friends and meet the newest members of the club. There will be a presentation by the Horticulture and the Design committees, who will present guidelines for entering competitions throughout the year.  Heather Kent will be welcoming in the new season with HWGC updates and more!

 Potluck Dish – Using the first letter of your last name, please bring a serving for 6-8 people: A – G bring dessert; H-M bring salad, app, or cold plate; N-Z bring main dish  Please note: All dishes must be ready to serve. Beverages will be provided. Please bring your own dinnerware, glass, and utensils.

October 17th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Herbs in the Organic Backyard Garden           

Come hear Jean Anderson share her knowledge on organic herbs to grow in your backyard. Jean will also speak about what herbs work best in your homes during the winter months. Learn about herbs in container gardens, and lots of other tips on growing organic herbs. She also drys lots of herbs to cook with, and will share some recipes.

November 14th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School – Fall Fundraiser
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Decorations

Learn how to turn cuttings from your own yard into a variety of holiday arrangements for your home. Betty Sanders –  Master Gardner, nationally accredited flower show judge, and long-time friend to HWGC – will create several arrangements while discussing the elements of design.

December 12th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School

Members Only       

The Creative Feast – Still Life for a Holiday Buffet

Learn how to turn your holiday buffet table into a beautiful work of art.  Watch as chef 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 guests to enjoy. Following the demonstration, Liz will show us how to cook 2 seasonal recipes with samples for everyone to enjoy.

January 16th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

Welcoming Native Plants and Insects into your Garden 

Rebecca Warner shares her journey of creating sustainable gardens and highlights Doug Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home.  One of the best reasons to grow native plants is to provide food and habitat. She will demonstrate how to choose beautiful, pleasing plants that attract beneficial insects and pollinators. Rebecca will reveal some truths about native plants, the good citizens, and the thugs, and will offer garden maintenance tips to make your yard easy to maintain and hospitable to native plants and insects.

February 13th – 11:30-2:30 pm
Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield
Members Only

Club Member Luncheon and Conservation

We return to the Willowdale Estate for our club luncheon. This is a beautiful venue just perfect for a fabulous luncheon. This historic and architecturally interesting building with Craftsman details will be a delightful distraction from the winter weather.

 Gretel Clark is our guest speaker who will discuss conservation.

 Register by emailing Susan or register during the December and January meetings. Bring your checkbook. Deadline for payments- Feb. 4th .  Susan Guest  –   Cost $30

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

Perennial Garden Care

Perennials are the workhorses of the garden with most coming back year after year. With a little know-how you can keep your garden in bloom for most of the season.  We will explore which perennials will work best in your gardens and discuss how to keep them in good form. Kathi Gariepy will present tips and ideas for caring for your perennial garden. Perennial plants “live through the years” and repeatedly give us joy as we anticipate their yearly return. Learn what most perennials need in terms of soil, pruning and nutrition, in order to have healthy plants and continued enjoyment.

April 10th – 7:00 pm
Miles River Middle School
Open to the Public

Floral Design – Welcome Spring!

Join us for an educational demonstration on design elements using spring flowers.  Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd will demonstrate how to create your own flower designs to be used throughout your home with a spring theme. Six designs including containers will be in a draw at the end of the presentation. Linda and Elaine are Nationally accredited Master flower show judges.

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

Annual Meeting and Plant Swap

Heather Kent will lead the Annual Meeting, recapping our year and sharing the wonderful projects and events of 2018-19. 

 In addition, the Garden Committee will talk about all of the steps taken to date in the creation of our Pingree Park Garden, HWGC’s garden for the community.

 Plant Swap: Be sure to join us for our annual meeting and traditional plant swap. Add something new to your garden, share a favorite plant with others.

May 18th – 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Hamilton Senior Center
299 Bay Road

Annual Plant Sale

Come early for the best selection! You will find a great variety of perennials, annuals, and herbs, for full sun to full shade. Gardening consultants will be on hand to assist you and answer any questions you may have about the plants. The plant sale is free and open to the public, both cash and checks will be accepted. Funds raised through the sale are used to support scholarships, programs and projects sponsored by the HWGC.

June 8th – 10:30 am
Pingree Park

Pingree Park Garden Opening Celebration

Please join us in our “Welcome to the Community” opening celebration of the new Pingree Park Garden. An informal gathering for our donors, volunteers, friends, neighbors and park visitors! We’ll enjoy a quick stroll through the paths and a word about the different plant material selected for our garden design.

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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