Field & Garden Club
Education, Service, Friendship

Main Club Program 2017-2018

U    Unless listed otherwise, programs are on Wednesdays at the Lexington Depot13 Depot Square, Lexington. Coffee at 9:30 AM, Business Meeting at 10 AM followed by presentation. Our meetings are free and open to the public. 


Wed. Sept. 13 Bird Friendly Gardens. Landscape designer Nanette Masi will talk about designing

gardens with native plants to attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. She works with

organic materials and techniques and designs gardens to be beautiful from spring through winter.

Wed. Oct. 11, 7 PM Design-less Gardens. Dan Jaffe, propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society will talk about how you can create a low maintenance garden that actively supports the environment and provides beauty all season Instead of using traditional design rules, look to nature for your inspiration: What clues can you take from your landscape to help you provide the right plant for the right place? Learn to evaluate sunlight, moisture, soil, and other factors to encourage a successful garden needing minimum watering, fertilizing, and coddling.

Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church, lower level.

Wed. Nov. 8 Flower Arranging. Mary Huntoon, National Garden Clubs, Inc. Accredited Flower

Show Judge and Instructor in Design, will create several floral arrangements. Her program

encourages audiences to be entertained while learning more about their own personal creativity.

Sun. Nov. 19 (NOTE NEW DATE), 3-5 PM Traffic Island Design. Sally Muspratt will review images of several of our islands and make suggestions about site analysis, plant selection, and maintenance. Limited to 30.

Wed. Dec. 6, 10 AM - 9 PM  Holiday Greens Party. A fun day of making holiday decorations and celebrating the season with LFGC friends. Donations of fresh greens and season decorations encouraged.

Basement, St. Brigid’s Parish Center.

Sun. Dec. 10, 1 - 4 PM Holiday Greens and Decor Sale. Co-sponsored with the Lexington Historical Society. Beautiful greens arrangements and decorations made by LFGC and Society members, as well as gently-used holiday- and garden-themed home goods. Refreshments.

 At the Lexington Depot.

Wed. Jan 10 Ecological Landscaping: New Trends in Landscape Design and Management.

Michael Talbot, an early pioneer of sustainable design and organic land care in the Metro Boston

area, will provide an overview on how these trends can help you have a more beautiful, interesting,

and lower maintenance landscape that is safer for you and better for the environment.

Wed. Feb 14 Magic of the Winter Garden. Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens

know full well that the garden can be a magical place – even in winter! Stripped of summer foliage

and flowers, the success of a winter garden lies in its structure, basic design, and choice of plant

material. This richly illustrated lecture provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for

winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs, and perennials, and grouping them to create

arresting vignettes.

Wed. March 14 A Camel’s Garden: Drought Tolerant Gardens. Jen Kettell, horticultural manager

and educator at the Arnold Arboretum, knows full well what happens during summer droughts

when we may face water bans and are restricted in watering our lush gardens. Jen will share the

effects of drought on woody plants and describe plant adaptations for dealing with drought.

Most importantly, she will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your

water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.

Thu April 5, 7 PM The Wonder of Bee Keeping. Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D is the founder of Best Bees Beekeeping Services, a full-service beekeeping operation; they deliver, install, and manage beehives for residences and businesses. Their mission is to expand the honeybee population, and to improve the overall health and safety of bees; each hive is a subject of analysis and scientific research.

Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church, lower level.

Wed April 11 Meant for Each Other: Foliage Combinations. Maria von Brincken, certified landscape designer, will talk about grouping plants for the visual interest of their foliage. Plants with

remarkable foliage when used in thoughtful combinations can produce exciting color, form, and

textural clusters in the garden. Moreover, they are low maintenance and endure for much of the

growing season.

April TBA Scholarship presentation at Minuteman Regional High School.

Fri. April 27 Arbor Day Observances.

Wed. May 9 The Late Season Garden. Landscape horticulturist Warren Leach of Tranquil Lake

Nursery will talk about the dynamic contrasts of the late season garden -- melding colorful late

blooms, maturing fruit, fiery foliage and the plumes of ornamental grasses. The inertia of the

season is compelling and with a little preparation a gardener can sit back and leisurely enjoy the

garden fireworks. Warren will offer design ideas using before and after images of gardens he has

designed and planted. Fall is an ideal time for planting and adding glorious fall fireworks to your own garden. Annual Meeting and Annual Lunch.

Sat. May 19, 7 AM – noon. LFGC Plant Sale. Hadley Public Services Bldg. (DPW), 201 Bedford Street. 

*Garden Club meetings are canceled if the Lexington schools are canceled due to snow or other inclement weather.

Please check lexingtonps.schoolwires.net for school closing information. You can also check Channel 5, WBZ radio.



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