Tag Archives: Seaside Garden Club

Don’t Miss the Seaside Garden Club’s Plant Auction on Tuesday May 13th

Kate Wilwerth from the Seaside garden Club writes:

Hi Kim – our big auction is coming up on the 13th. Thanks so much for your ongoing support!

The Seaside Garden Club’s Plant Auction will take place on Tuesday, May 13th at the Manchester Community Center. Doors open for a preview at 6:00 pm and the Auction begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Don’t miss the chance to purchase the garden club’s prized perennials and beautiful one of a kind garden art. Donations from many local businesses will be auctioned off as well plants. Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Neptune’s Harvest, Utopia Farms, Wolf Hill, Marshall’s Farm Stand, Chapman’s Florist, and Sea Meadow Gifts are among the generous businesses that have donated their goods to the auction. Our members have been hard at work dividing their tried and true perennial plants and creating garden art. Support the Seaside Garden Club and come home with great plants and beautiful planters full of flowers that will grace your home with beauty!

Plant donations are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Center (please leave them outside at side entrance closest to the parking lot) any time on Monday the 12th or Tuesday the 13th. Please dig up generous clumps (the more exotic plant types the better!) you mark with plant name and care instructions. This is the Seaside Garden Club’s only fund raiser and 100% of the proceeds go to fund our terrific programs and community service projects throughout the year.

SGC 2014 Auction Flyer

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month, September through June at the Manchester Community Center. Membership is open to all. We already have a great line up of programs for next year. The club will kick off our program next year with a 45 year anniversary celebration, followed by workshops, demonstrations and interesting speakers. Visit our blog at: Seaside Garden Club

Fred Rice to Present at the Seaside Garden Club on March 11th at the Manchester Community Center

Kate Wilwerth from the Seaside Garden Club writes,

“Hi Kim – Great to follow your Monarch journey in Mexico. Beautiful photos and accompanying text! The Seaside Garden Club has a great program coming up next week. Fred is a dynamic speaker – should be a great turn out!  Thanks for your continued support!”

The Seaside Garden club is thrilled to have the always entertaining Fred Rice present his new program entitled “The Well Decorated Garden” on Tuesday, March 11th at the Manchester Community Center.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for social time; the program begins promptly at 7:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. We are pleased to announce that this program is open to all at no charge, thanks to the generosity of the Manchester Cultural Council.  

Fred describes his new program: An appealing garden is the result of the sum of it’s individual parts, and plant material is only a part of the horticultural equation. The “bones” of the garden provide the form, the plants provide color, texture, and fragrance, but there is another factor that provides a sort of garnish,  a sort of human touch.  The addition of sculpture, furniture, structures, and architecture help to make each garden unique to it’s creator and the possibilities are nearly endless!  “The Well Decorated Garden” explores many of those possibilities.

Fred Rice, former Manchester resident (now residing in Rome, New York), is a well known garden designer, consultant and sought-after horticultural lecturer. He has nearly 30 years experience as a lecturer/public speaker throughout the Eastern United States and in the UK.  His former home at 9 Friend Street in Manchester was open regularly for garden tours and has been featured in many publications, including Country Homes, Country Gardens, The English Garden and Dream Gardens Across America.  In addition, Fred has many stage and screen credits to his name for wig and makeup design.  His resume also includes floral design and consultation and teaching.  Visit Fred’s website for more information: http://frederickrice.com/

formal-pergola

Fred Rice Photo

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency.  Together, MCC and its advocates and partners across the state are working to restore funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences. We have a long way to go, and it remains crucial that we continue to demonstrate the value of arts and culture to the people of Massachusetts. The Manchester Cultural Council has been a generous supporter of the Seaside Garden Club programs.  

About the Seaside Garden Club: We are a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club ($25 annual membership) and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.  The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.  Visit our blog: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

Seaside Garden Club Presents All About Bonsai February 11th

Hi Kim- I hope you can post this in GMG for our club. I am very interested in this topic.  Hope all is well with you – keep up the good work!  Love, love your posts and photos – amazing as always!

Best regards,
Kate Willwerth

The Seaside Garden Club kicks off 2014 with a program all about Bonsai on February 11th at the Manchester Community Center.  Social time begins at 7:00 pm and the program starts promptly at 7:30 pm.  All are welcome, guests $5.  Light refreshments will be served.

Bob Downey will introduce the club and guests to the wonderful world of bonsai.  He will present the history and art of bonsai as well as demonstrate bonsai creation and styling. Bob Downey was the president and now co-president of the Northeast Bonsai Association for over 30 years.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this art.

Bonsai is the art of dwarfing trees or plants and developing them into an aesthetically appealing shape by growing, pruning and training them in containers according to prescribed techniques. In Japanese, bonsai can be literally translated as ‘tray planting’ but since originating in Asia, so many centuries ago – it has developed into a whole new form.  Overall, bonsai is a great interest, hobby or even profession to undertake. It has to be said that a successful bonsai is most definitely a horticultural masterpiece.

Bonsai1

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly meetings which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.  Visit our blog: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

Seaside Garden Club October Program from Kate Willwerth

Ford floweral arrangement

The Seaside Garden Club Presents Fall Into the Holidays: A Home Décor Demonstration and Raffle by Bert Ford of Ford’s Flowers.  The program will take place onTuesday, October 8th at the Manchester Community Center.  Social time begins at 7:00, Program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served. Open to all, guests $5. You will have a chance to win beautiful one-of-a-kind arrangements created by Bert as well as the opportunity to learn how to create your own!

Don’t miss a chance to see this high energy program with focus on home decor.  Fresh flowers, grasses, live plants, fruit and vegetables and permanent botanicals will be featured.  Bert will demonstrate tablescapes, wall and door decor and ideas for decorating your home for this festive time of the year (Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas).Ford floweral arrangement3

Bert Ford, AIFD, PFCI is one of New England’s leading floral design professionals. He is the owner/operator of Ford Flower Company in Salem,  Bert delights in creating different and unique designs, incorporating nature, art and today’s trends into his designs.  He has extensive and broad-based experience in the floral industry, blending strengths in design, buying and selling techniques and floral shop operation and management to present the full spectrum of floral design.  Bert has served as president of Teleflora’s New Hampshire-Vermont unit.  As a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists, he has presented and commentated floral design programs and has participated on design panels through the United States, Mexico and Canada.  His work has be published in numerous floral selection guides and publications including feature articles and covers in “Flowers &” magazine.  Bert has taught many classes at Teleflora’s Education Center in Oklahoma City, featuring trend setting designs for weddings, sympathy and everyday.  He also presented the opening program at the American Institute of Floral Designers international symposium in July 2010.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club (only $25 for the year!) and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.

SGC_logo_2013

Visit the Seaside Garden Club blog: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

Seaside Garden Club 2013-2014 Speakers Schedule

Kate Wilwerth from the Seaside Garden Club writes ~

Don’t miss the Seaside Garden Club’s opening program on September 10th at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 and program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.

Betty-SandersBetty Sanders 

Garden Design for Decades by Betty Sanders.  Gardens should never be a burden to us.  What we want in our 20’s and 30’s is not what the same as we want in later years.  You’ll learn how to keep your gardens as your needs and  abilities change.  It’s a matter of plant selection and design, and can pay dividends for decades.

We are thrilled to have Betty Sanders back to present this program. Betty is a Massachusetts Master Gardener with a degree in organic chemistry and a well-respected garden speaker. Currently serving as vice-president of the Bay State’s 150-member Master Gardener Association, she said she gives lectures that “combine my knowledge of gardening and chemistry” Betty is nationally accredited flower show judge. She has studied gardening everywhere from Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society.Visit Betty’s website:  http://www.bettyongardening.com/
We have a terrific line up of programs for this year!  If you haven’t joined yet, membership is only $25 for the year.  You can join at the September meeting. Guests are always welcome for $5. This year we have two terrific workshops! Note: Workshops have a supply fee and are limited to members only.  Don’t miss Bert Ford’s Home Decor Demonstration – we will be raffling off his creations!
Date Program
10/8/2013 Fall Into the Holidays: A Home Décor Demonstration and Raffle by Bert Ford of Ford’s Flowers.  Arrangements will be raffled!
11/12/2013 Clean & Green – Cleaning Product  Workshop presented by Rita Wollmering of The HERB FARMacy
12/10/2013 Yankee Swap hosted by Lisa Willwerth
2/11/2014 Bonsai Demonstration with Bob Downey
3/11/2014 The Well Decorated Garden by Fred Rice
4/15/2014 Mosaics for the Garden Workshop by Sheila Jones Schrank
5/13/2014 Auction and Plant Sale
6/10/2014 Ravenswood Park Guided Walk with  Ramona Latham followed by Pot Luck Dinner

Debbie Sarah GayleDebbie DiGiovanni, Sarah Dean and Gayle Masiero

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners.  We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.  We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Visit the Seaside Garden Club blog: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

Lecture Tonight at the Seaside Garden Club

Lecture Tonight at 7:30 at the Manchester Community Center: Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden.

Cabbage White Butterflies mating in Cornus florida ©Kim Smith 2009

Cabbage White Butterflies Mating in the Native Flowering Dogwood Foliage 

The lecture tonight is based on the book of the same name, which I wrote and illustrated. In it I reveal how to create the framework, a living tapestry of flora, fauna, and fragrance that establishes the soul of the garden. Using a selection of plant material that eliminates the need for pesticides and herbicides, and guided by the plants forms, hues, and horticultural demands, we discuss how to create a succession of blooms from April through November. This presentation is as much about how to visualize your garden, as it is about particular trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, and annuals. Illuminated with photographs, and citing poetry and quotations from Eastern and Western cultural influences, this presentation engages with an artist’s eye while drawing from practical experience.

For a complete lit of my 2013 – 2014 programs and workshops, visit the Programs and Lectures page of my blog.

Cecropia Moth ©Kim Smith 20009

The Cecropia Moth, or Robin Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) is the largest moth found in North America, with a wingspan of up to six inches. He is perched on the foliage of our beautiful native Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia), one of several of the caterpillar’s food plants. You can tell that he is a male because he has large, feathery antennae, or plumos, the better for detecting scent hormones released by the female. This photo was taken in our garden in early June.

The Manchester Community Center is located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester.