Wed Jan 9 • Current Planting Methods and Bare Root Transplanting of Trees and Shrubs.
After 40 years of diagnosing plant problems, Matt Foti of Matthew R. Foti Landscape & Tree Service, Inc., has unraveled many of the problems caused by cultural practice, design flaws, installation blunders, and misguided maintenance crews. Matt will discuss innovative transplanting methods, revisions to planting techniques, and problems with conventional tree harvesting.
Wed Feb 6 • New Member Mentor/Mentee Event.
Wed Feb 13 • Stewardship and Camaraderie: The Lexington Conservation Stewards Program.
Join Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator Jordan McCarron for an in-depth look at Lexington’s conservation land and the long-running volunteer program that cares for it. The talk will provide an overview of Lexington’s rich open space resources and take a closer look at some recently completed and ongoing Stewards’ initiatives.
Sun Mar 3, 2-4 PM • A Camel’s Garden: Drought Tolerant Plants.
Cary Memorial Library and the Lexington Field & Garden Club will present a program on drought-tolerant plants at the Library, lower level. When the dog days of summer hit, many of us are faced with water bans that limit our ability to water our lush gardens. We find ourselves carefully monitoring the water level in rain barrels and hoping for the next rainfall. What if we started to incorporate plants that simply need less water? In this lecture, Jen Kettell, a certified arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area, 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.
Wed Mar 13 • Colonial Cultivation of Minute Man National Historical Park.
Margie Coffin Brown, a program manager of Minute Man National Historical Park, will discuss the delights and challenges of preserving the cultural and natural resources in the Lexington portion of the park, including pastures, orchards, a witness home, stone walls, and the Battle Road.
Wed Apr 17, 7 PM • Middlesex Fells: Its History, Beauty and Diversity.
Bryan Hamlin, biologist of Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will talk about this public recreation area that covers more than 2,200 acres in Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Winchester. Bryan will focus on the rediscovery of more than 100 native plant species on the property.
Keilty Hall, St. Brigid’s Church, lower level. Refreshments at 6:30 PM, program at 7 PM.
Apr TBA • Scholarship presentation at Minuteman Regional High School.
Fri Apr 26, 11 AM • Arbor Day Observances.
Wed May 8 • Annual Meeting & Lecture: Amazing Annuals.
Barbara Hoey, an interior designer whose passion is plants, has worked in the horticultural and floral industry for over 20 years. As Manager of the Annuals department for Stonegate Gardens, she will show us how to use unusual annuals and tropical plants for unexpected drama in our gardens.
Lecture followed by Beatrix Potter-inspired Annual Lunch, Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St. Reservations required. Fee.
Sat May 18, 7 AM – noon • 87th LFGC Plant Sale. Rain or Shine!
This sale, the Club's 87th, will feature choice carefully potted perennials from members' gardens, dahlias and cannas, already in leaf, garden tools and ornaments, and herbs and vegetable flats from Lexington Community Farm. Our perennials are for sun and shade; or native plants will attract pollinators and birdlife to your property.
Hadley Public Services Bldg., 201 Bedford Street.
Wed Jun 5, 1:30 PM • Garden Herbs: Their Cultivation, Cookery, Cures, and Caveats.
Many of medicinal plants brought to the New World escaped dooryard gardens and naturalized in our local flora, which now includes many plants with legitimate or presumed curative properties. Many of these same medicinal herbs were used in cookery and food preservation, revealing the ethnobotanical
wisdom of herbal antibiotic properties. This intriguing overview of medicinal
and culinary plants—from ancient traditions to gourmet cookery, military history, and modern medicine—is cosponsored by Lexington Historical Society.
Lexington Depot. Refreshments in Hancock Barn after lecture. $10/members $15/nonmembers.
Sat Jun 15, 10 AM-4 PM (Rain or Shine) • Garden Tour: Lexington Gardens Blossom.
We are so excited by this year’s private gardens. Each reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners; each will inspire you — whether you are just beginning or already have achieved your garden dream. And after exploring these gardens, visit one of our partnering art galleries for some refreshments and a look at art. The proceeds will be used to continue LFGC’s work in Lexington beautifying the town.