• 17 Feb 2022 12:17 PM | Billings (Administrator)

  • 03 Feb 2022 5:41 PM | Billings (Administrator)

    Join us at Thayer Memorial Library for a three-day workshop on reoccurring Saturdays. Dates and details on each workshop below. All workshops are led by Kate Donovan, “Garden Coach” from Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens. Registration is required. Masks are required. We hope to see you there!

    Saturday, February 26, at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Sustainable Gardening

    Become a more efficient gardener by learning how to elongate your growing season and maximize your output, all while preserving resources. 

    Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Pollinator Garden

    Pollinators are the life blood for good production.  We will explore ways to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficials to your garden.

    Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Organic Approach

    Bugs taking over your life?  Weary of spraying the wrong stuff on your food?  We’ll help take all the guess work out of everything

  • 21 Jan 2022 7:51 AM | Billings (Administrator)

    You are invited to the Groton Garden Club Annual Lecture.

    This year we welcome Garden Coach and Designer Daphne Minner. 

    She will discuss habitat gardening, and the benefits of using a native plant palette in our gardens. 

    Save the Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time 

    Topic: Nurturing Native Plants and Pollinators

    Use this link to register for the webinar:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar. Feel free to share the lecture information with friends and Garden Club members. You are receiving this message because you were registered for the 2021 Annual Lecture. This year’s topic is a follow up to 2021’s Lecture “Natural Control of Pesky Invasive Plants." Now that your invasive plants have been removed, learn what to do next.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

    The Groton Garden Club

    Groton, MA


  • 30 Dec 2021 2:48 PM | Billings (Administrator)

    Jumping Worm Conference

    January 26 & 27, 2022 - 9:00 to 11:45 am

    Do you have questions about jumping/snake worms? If you immediately answered yes, this conference is for you!

    Join UMass Extension as we welcome scientists who specialize in jumping/snake worm research to discuss the latest understanding of these earthworms. How to identify these worms, what their potential impacts are, and the latest research into how we might manage them to be discussed. 

    These LIVE virtual presentations will also give you the chance to get your questions answered following each speaker's presentation. So bring your questions!



    Day 1: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • Earthworms in Managed and Urban Landscapes: Impacts and Solutions - Dr. Olga Kostromytska, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
    • Invasive Amynthas and Metaphire Earthworms in New England Forests, Their Damage to Soils and Alteration of Nutrients - Dr. Justin Richardson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Day 2: Thursday, January 27, 2022 
    • Jumping Worms - Why Care & What To Do?  Dr. Josef Görres, University of Vermont
    • Understanding and Preventing Jumping Worm Invasion Dr. Annise Dobson, Yale School of the Environment
    Cost: $25/pp for one day; $40/pp for both days
    Pesticide credit 
    (valid for all New England states for applicable categories):1/2 contact hour PER DAY for categories 29, 35, 36, 37, and Applicator’s (core) License.
    Association credits:  1 MCA, 1 MCLP, 1 MCH, 1 CFE,  2 ISA, and 2 SAF (cat 1) credits PER DAY.
  • 14 Sep 2021 1:18 PM | Billings (Administrator)

    New England Dahlia Society Show & Sale

    Saturday, September 25, 2021, 1-5PM
    Show and Sale: 1-5PM
    Award Ceremony: 3-4PM

    Sunday, September 26, 2021, 10AM-3PM
    Show and Sale: 10AM-3PM
    Lecture: “How to Grow Beautiful Dahlias in Your Home Garden” | 1-2PM

    There are few flowers that have the unique genetics of dahlias, which accounts for their amazing variability of forms, colors, and sizes. From dime-sized minion singles to giant decorative blooms, open-faced forms, honeycomb balls, waterlilies, and cactus types, you will be amazed at the variety of this flower family. Come and see for yourself! The annual Dahlia Show will feature displays of diverse and beautiful specimens entered into the Dahlia competition. Only the best of the best blooms are entered by growers joining us from all over New England.

    The New England Dahlia Society is a horticultural organization devoted to the study, growth, exhibition, and enjoyment of dahlias. We are a young society, founded in 2016, with over 100 members of both seasoned and beginning growers from all over New England (MA, RI, CT, ME, NH, VT) as well as NY and NJ.

  • 18 Aug 2021 10:36 AM | Billings (Administrator)

    2021 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium- Inspiration for Next Year: Specialty Gardens

    Due to the pandemic, the MMGA was forced to cancel our fall 2020 Gardening Symposium. But you can’t keep a great learning opportunity down! For everyone’s safety and convenience, we’re back this September VIRTUALLY.

    To avoid Zoom fatigue, we’ve packaged the four Symposium lectures into four dates, one talk per day, 1-1/4 hrs. each:

    • Two Monday evening presentations, September 13 and 20 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT)

    • Two Saturday morning presentations, September 18 and 25 (10:00-11:15 AM EDT)

    Who should attend? Gardeners with all levels of experience, beginners to Master Gardeners, including Green Industry professionals. And because we’re virtual this year, we’re welcoming everyone everywhere…so invite your friends in other states. All lectures will be presented live and include handouts as well as 15 minutes of moderated Q&A time with the speakers.

    Please join us in September. We hope the “Inspiration” you take away from our 2021 Gardening Symposium becomes your 2022 reality!


    Jeff Epping

    “Gravel Gardening: Gardens that Rock”

    Monday, September 13, 2021, 7:00-8:15 PM EDT

    LEARN HOW to create a stunning and earth-friendly gravel garden that requires less water, mulch, energy, chemicals, and labor – but gives back so much more.

    Jeff Epping is the longtime Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, which was voted “One of the Top 10 Most Inspiring Gardens in North America” by Horticulture Magazine. Jeff practices environmentally conscious gardening with plants as its central focus. With gravel gardens you get the same beauty as a traditional perennial garden but with significantly less maintenance. Once established, these sustainable plant communities thrive on natural rainfall alone.

    Annie S. White, PhD, ASLA

    “Ecosystem Gardening”

    Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00-11:15 AM EDT

    LEARN HOW to create your own sustainable garden that conserves natural resources and welcomes pollinators.

    Annie White is an Ecological Landscape Designer and the owner of Nectar Landscape Design Studio in Stowe, Vermont. She is also a full-time Lecturer of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture and Design at the University of Vermont. Annie holds an MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Plant & Soil Science from UVT. She is passionate about designing cutting-edge and science-based ecological landscapes of all sizes.

    John Lonsdale, PhD

    “Unusual Bulbs for the Garden”

    Monday, September 20, 2021, 7:00-8:15 PM EDT

    LEARN HOW to design with, grow, and propagate fall- and spring-flowering favorites as well as “unique treasures” such as Erythronium, Arisaema, Corydalis, Trillium, and other less well-known ephemerals.

    John Lonsdale was born and raised in England where he earned a PhD in Microbiology. A chemist by profession, he was also a very active member of the Alpine Garden Society and in 1995 was awarded the AGS Gold Merit. After a move to the US, his focus shifted to bulbs that thrive at his new property, The Lonsdale Garden in Edgewood, Pennsylvania.

    Ken Druse

    “The Scentual Garden”

    Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00-11:15 AM

    LEARN HOW to incorporate familiar and unusual scented plants, shrubs and trees in your garden to stimulate the senses and soothe and restore the spirit.

    Ken Druse is a celebrated lecturer, podcaster, and award-winning author and photographer. Called “the guru of natural gardening” by the New York Times, he is best known for his 20 garden books, published over the last 30 years. The Garden Club of America presented Ken with the Sarah Chapman Francis medal for lifetime achievement in garden communication. Ken’s latest book, The Scentual Garden, explores the world of botanical fragrance.


    • $80.00 regular pricing, July 2 – September 7, 2021

    • Includes four live lectures and handouts

    • Lectures are not available individually, and missed talks are not refundable

    • Refunds for the full four-lecture program available through September 7

  • 24 Jun 2021 6:30 PM | Billings (Administrator)

    Planning meeting for Program Committee.  First meeting for the new year schedule.  Sue Billings home, 120 Whitcomb Dr.  Lancaster. Ma.  Let me know at golferlady45@gmail.com if you plan on attending so I have enough chairs and wine and dip.   Decisions are whether to continue zoom as well as in person.   Topics.  Workshops.  Suggestions always welcome.  

  • 03 Jun 2021 5:20 AM | Billings (Administrator)

     The Carlisle Garden Club invites the members of your club to join our live tour of five spectacular country gardens on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The gardens offer a wide range of innovations, from stunning water features to a wide array of native pollinator plants that support species diversity. Each is the product of the gardener’s plan to work with nature to weave textures and color into serene, rewarding habitat. Move at your own pace to capture ideas to apply at home.


    Advance ticket discounts are available through June 7. Visit our website. www.carlislegardenclub.org, for ticket and travel details, or to ask us a question.  Please be prepared to use appropriate masks and social distancing at the Tour. Be sure to watch our website this summer for exciting news!


  • 25 May 2021 6:58 AM | Billings (Administrator)

    Press Release

    Contact: Mary Bandouveres
    Publicity Chair, Springfield Garden Club spfldgardenclub@gmail.com Telephone: 413.222.2972


    Worried about the planet? Change starts in your back yard!

    SPRINGFIELD, MA — The Springfield Garden Club will host a program presented by entomologist and author Doug Tallamy on Wednesday, June 16 at 7 PM. The event will be virtual and will be accessible via Zoom.

    The Springfield Garden Club has been encouraging our members, our neighbors and our city officials
    to “Go Native” but many have been taking it on faith without a full understanding of why it is so crucial. By appealing to the widest audience possible, we hope to raise the awareness of the public as well as help them to be part of the solution,” explained Club president Beate Bolen.

    Tallamys program will focus on the information in his book Natures Best Hope” but will also touch on related areas. Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope. The program will include a question-and-answer segment.

    Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

    The program is open to the public as well as club members via Zoom. Tickets for guests are $12.50 and are available at EventBrite.com.

    For more information on this and other Springfield Garden Club events go to www.gcfm.org/springfieldgardenclub or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMAGardenClub/


    Organized in 1917 and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1928, The Springfield Garden Club works to create interest in the art of gardening, stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation, and encourage the appreciation of the visual art of designing with plant material.

  • 07 May 2021 8:48 AM | Billings (Administrator)

    Right in our back yard a fascinating ultra modern factory/farm of hydroponically grown lettuce.  The CEO Paul Seller explains in a series of videos the philosphy and history.   Something to think about for future food produce.   Interesting.   Sue



Lancaster Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Massachusetts, P.O. Box 22, South Lancaster, Massachusetts 01561

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