September 20, 2017          7:00 pm          The Community House, Hamilton

Pot Luck Dinner & Social

We will gather together to catch up with old friends and meet the newest members of the club. Members will have the chance to socialize and share gardening tips.  There will be a presentation by the Horticulture and the Design committees, which will present guidelines for entering competitions throughout the year.  We welcome our new President, Heather Kent, and the new board members, who will inform us of the exciting events of the coming year.

Potluck Dish:
Using the first letter of your last name, please bring a serving for 6-8 people:
A through G – Salad, Appetizer, or Cold plate
H through M – Main course
N through Z – Desert

Special Note: Please bring your favorite dinnerware from home.  Beverages will be provided.  Due to the new location, dishes must be ready to be served on arrival as we will not have access to ovens or heating elements.  Thank you! 
Members only event.

October 18th, 2017          7:00 pm          Buker School

“Tulip Mania!   The History of the Tulip”             

Horticulturalist, Ila Cox will take us on a journey of the wandering beauty – the tulip.  she will cover the tulip’s history and the passage from Persia to the United States.  Ila will explain the economic and historical relevance this flower has had on the world.  She will also cover the Dutch tulip production and the tulip’s commercial success. Ila will end her presentation with a demonstration of some unique ways to arrange tulips in a floral display.
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

October 21, 2017          10:00 am – 11:00 am         Messelaar Bulb Company

Field Trip to Messelaar Bulb Company, 160 County Road, Route 1A, Ipswich

Our garden club will be given a tour of Messelaar Bulb Company’s bulb barn in Ipswich. John Messelaar started this business in 1947 when he emigrated from Holland. Pieter Messelaar, his son, has run the business since 1969.  This is his 49th year and he still enjoys it very much and loves to share his knowledge.

This tour of the tulip barn will include descriptions of the various flower bulbs- tulips, daffodil, narcissi, hyacinth and other bulbs.  He will discuss the varieties of bulbs with tips such as planting, blooming and care.  Questions will be answered and free books will be handed out to help with understanding the different divisions of tulips and daffodils. The bulbs this company sells are imported from Holland and they carry only the largest, highest quality bulbs available.  You may choose to purchase some in time for fall planting.
Please wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, as the barn floor is uneven.  Drive yourself there, or carpool.  There is plenty of parking.  Sign ups will be at the September and October meetings.
Members only event.

November 15, 2017          7:00 pm           Miles River Middle School

“Designing Shady Retreats”

Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker are plant collectors, garden designers, and writers.  Their lectures combine horticulture and landscape design to educate, inspire and delight.  This richly illustrated lecture will explore a variety of intriguing gardens that will inspire you to create a shady retreat.  Learn about plants that will do well in low light.  Learn design tricks and strategies to light up shady corners.  Our presenters will also highlight unusual plants that thrive in low light conditions, and illustrate the creative use of art objects, seating, and water features.
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

December 2, 2017        9:00 am – 2:00 pm       Winthrop School

“Decorative Delights” for the Holidays

The Hamilton Wenham Garden Club will be selling beautiful holiday designs and arrangements using fresh greens. All items are created by HWGC members. This is a special fundraising sale.

December 13, 2017          7:00 pm        Miles River Middle School         

Holiday Greens Workshop

This traditional workshop will start off with a new, economical idea for wreaths. Joanne Kennett will provide a short design demonstration on making a wreath with salt marsh hay that you can reuse each year.
As usual, we will set up tables to assemble a variety of arrangements, wreaths, candle o’dapters, centerpieces, and other festive arrangements.  Your greens, containers, and oasis will be supplied.  Add your own interpretation and accents.  We encourage you to bring inspiration in the form of your own flowers, decorations or containers.  We also invite non-participating members to stop by to experience the creativity and sense the anticipation of the coming holidays.
Sign up sheets will be available at the October and November meetings.  A fee for each arrangement will be collected to cover materials.  Contact Susan Guest to sign up.
Members only event.

January 17, 2018           7:00 pm           Miles River Middle School

Flower Arranging with Props Workshop 

Join us for a flower arranging workshop and demonstration with our own talented designer, LuBeth Kuemmerle.  Learn to create a floral design without the use of oasis. Numerous techniques and mechanics will be demonstrated.  Workshop participants will then be given a container and “props”, plus plant material to create their own take-home arrangement.

*Pre-registration is required.  A $20 fee will be collected to cover materials.  Contact Susan Guest to register.

Container Swap!  Bring a decorative pot or an unusual vase or container to swap.  Please, no plain clay pots.  Bring something you think someone would love.  Left overs are to be returned to the owner.
Members only event.

February 15, 2018    11:30 am – 2:30pm        Willowdale Estate, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield

Club Member Luncheon and CSAs

We have a new destination for our club luncheon.  Willowdale Estate 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.

CSA is Community Supported Agriculture.  We will have a short presentation by Jane Roundy from the Three Sisters Garden Project, a CSA located in Ipswich.  Jane will talk about this idea, the growth of CSAs, and then our delicious luncheon will be served! Menus available with sign up.  A modest fee will be collected.

Sign up sheets will be available during the December and January meetings.  You can also contact Susan Guest to register.
Members only event.

March 21, 2018                  7:00pm              Miles River Middle School

“Hydrangea Highlights”

Gail Anderson is a landscape designer and has worked for the Trustees of Reservations as a horticulturist at Long Hill Reservation in Beverly.  Gail will present information on hydrangea varieties and help demystify this very popular blooming shrub.  Learn about the different species, re-blooming varieties, as well as gardening tips for planting and pruning.  There has been an explosion of new cultivars, with cute, quirky names. Find out how to care for your shrubs and grow an appreciation for this popular plant in an informative lecture.
Open to the Public, Donation Suggested

April 28, 2018          7:00pm – 9:00 pm          

“Books in Bloom”

At Heritage Hall, First Congregational Church, 624 Bay Road, Hamilton

The Hamilton Wenham Garden Club presents ~ Books in Bloom!
We had such a wonderful response to our first event we are doing it again!
This Saturday event will include floral designs, reminiscing about the books, and bidding on the arrangements and other treasures in a Silent Auction.
Refreshments will be served.  This event is open to the public in support of our garden club programs such as garden therapy and the Community Garden Project at Pingree Park.
There is no fee to enter a design.  We anticipate a true community effort as we work closely with club members, professional and non-professional designers, and invite anyone from our town towns to participate. The deadline for admissions has been extended to April 14th.
Books in Bloom Registration Form
Books in Bloom FAQs
Open to the Public, Admission $10 per person, Children $5

May 16, 2018                  7:00 pm                  Miles River Middle School

Perennial Foods to Grow in New England
Annual Meeting, Plant Swap

Hannah Traggis is the senior horticulturist at Massachusetts Horticulture.  Hannah works to promote the growth of local organic food systems and garden science through education.  Her programs connect the science of horticulture to the practice of gardening.  Hannah will speak about exciting heirloom plants and perennial food crops to grow.  She will review what will grow well in our area and answer questions.  Hannah will also touch on conservation and organic practices.

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.  Heather Kent will lead the Annual Meeting, recapping our year and sharing the wonderful projects and events of 2017-2018.

May 19, 2018    8:30 am – 12:00 pm     Hamilton Council on Aging

Plant Sale

Hamilton Wenham Garden Club’s annual plant sale.

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