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SEASIDE GARDEN CLUB PRESENTS SIMPLE STEPS TO ORGANIC LAWN CARE

The Seaside Garden Club is pleased to present Chip Osborne’s Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care program on Tuesday, April 12th at the Manchester Community Center.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for social time and program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Special for this month only – Members’ spouses/significant others are invited to attend at no charge! All are welcome. Guests $5. Light refreshments will be served.
In this presentation Chip Osborne will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care.  Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens. His approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through an “Awareness Through Education” program.  Armed with sound information about these products, we can then make informed decisions about how we choose to take care of our properties. Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program.  Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense approach.  The basic premise of this lawn care program is a threefold systems approach that he has developed after years of study. It is a Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™ that includes 1) A basic understanding of soil biology, (an acknowledgement that the soil is very much alive). 2) The proper use of natural, organic products as indicated by soil testing. 3) Specific and sound cultural practices. This will be explained so that the do-it-yourself-er will be able to care for the lawn or so that the homeowner can convey their wishes to their landscape contractor.  The information in this presentation is also a very good introduction to natural lawn care for the landscape contractor.  The presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to reduce our negative impact on human health and the environment by the continued use of synthetic products to maintain our public spaces.
Charles “Chip” Osborne, Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, he has first hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry. Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country’s leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf. Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He speaks to a wide audience of sports field professionals, state and municipal agencies, and community groups. In 1998 Chip and Pat Beckett, co-founded The Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, one of the country’s first natural lawn demonstration sites. It is a nationally-recognized, living example that beautiful, healthy grass can be grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.  He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.  Visit Osborne Organics website: http://www.osborneorganics.com/
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Membership is now open for the 2016/2017 season (still on $25 for the entire season)! The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Visit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

The Seaside Garden Club Presents Green City Growers

 The Seaside Garden Club presents Green City Growers talk on Container Farming 101 on March 8th at the Manchester Community Center.  Doors open at 7:00 pm for social time and program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. All are welcome. Guests $5. Light refreshments will be served.
Getting Started: Container Farming 101.  From raised beds to pots and everything in between,learn the ins and outs of successfully growing vegetables and fruits in small spaces and unconventional containers.  We’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up for success – location, design, light and containers.  Learn about choosing your edible plants and the planting methods – goals, seasons, crop mapping, seeds and starts, where to get your plants and soil mix.
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Jessie Banhazl is CEO and Founder of Green City Growers. She has managed Green City Growers since inception in 2008 while establishing GCG as the leader in urban agriculture in the Northeast. Since 2008, Green City Growers has built and maintains hundreds of raised bed and rooftop vegetable gardens in greater Boston and beyond, including a 5000 square foot milk crate rooftop garden on Fenway Park and a half-acre rooftop farm atop Whole Foods in Lynnfield.  Jessie graduated from Smith College and worked previously in reality TV production, utilizing her project management, marketing and communications experience when choosing to launch GCG. Jessie was named “…arguably the queen of Boston’s urban ag visionaries” by Stuff Magazine, among the Top 40 Under 40 by Boston Business Journal, Top 30 Under 30 by Zagat, and a Root Cause 2013 Social Innovator. http://greencitygrowers.com/
The Seaside Garden Club’s upcoming programs include: April 12th – Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care by Chip Osborne; May 10th – Annual Auction and Plant Sale; June 14th – The Art of Ikebana presented by Kaye Vosburgh and sponsored by the Manchester Cultural Council.
The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Make sure to sign up for your 2015/2016 Seaside Garden Club Membership – still on $25 for the entire season! Invite your friends and neighbors, all are welcome.  Guests $5. Visit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/ or find us on Facebook!
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Everyone is Invited to a FREE Screening of My Film “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly”

Please join us Tuesday evening, November 10th, at 7pm at the Manchester Community Center for a screening and Q and A, sponsored by the Seaside Garden Club. This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnia Male ©Kim Smith 2013.

Kim Smith Black Swallowtail Film Program at the Seaside Garden Club

Kate Willwerth writes:

The Seaside Garden Club invites everyone to see the beautiful film by Kim Smith: “The Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly” on November 10th at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 and the program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is suitable for all ages so all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. From earliest recorded history the butterfly has represented life’s momentous transformations. None more so than black butterflies. In some cultures black butterflies are thought to foretell death, and in others the return of a spirit to the living world. Continuing today, butterflies are associated with spiritual rebirth and transformation. Their metamorphosis from caterpillar to adult, along with their graceful beauty and vibrant wing patterning, inspires poets and artists universally across time and cultures. The ephemeral grace of the butterfly not only inspires hope but also gives us courage to be active in the search for solutions. The all-too-fragile link of the butterfly to the health of the environment embodies the urgent need for positive change. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker to follow the film’s showing.
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Kim Smith is a Gloucester based artist, filmmaker and landscape designer.  Kim Smith Designs is her landscape and interior design firm. Kim works in collaboration with clientele to create highly individualized, livable spaces, combining the classic and the modern, the elegant and the playful, and utilize eastern and western cultural influences to further develop and refine design projects. Her love of textiles, art, and furnishings drew her to interior design and passion for flowers and butterflies to garden design. She specialize in connecting the home to the home outside and in creating gardens for people and pollinators–butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and bees–with a focus on native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and fragrant plants.monarch-in-flight-c2a9kim-smith-2014 (1)
 The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Make sure to sign up for your 2015/2016 Seaside Garden Club Membership – still on $25 for the entire season! Invite your friends and neighbors, all are welcome.  Guests $5. Visit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/about/ or find us on Facebook!
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The Seaside Garden Club is excited to have the dynamic group that transformed the Grant Circle in Gloucester tell their story on October 13th at the Manchester Community Center.  Social time begins at 7:00 and the program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.
The Plant Grant Circle team consists of representatives from the Cape Ann Garden Club, the Gloucester Garden Club and the Rockport Garden Club (Lida Bernard, Stevie Neal, Laura Kraul, Dorene McManus and Leslee Shlopak).  They will present a slide show of the transformation of the center circle on the Grant Rotary from a weed infested eye sore to a beautiful gateway to Cape Ann.  Included in the talk will be the history of Grant Circle, the many obstacles the group overcame from the success of the project and a description of the landscape design.  It is a story about a great vision, collaboration and dogged determination.  Plant Grant is a campaign designed by the Gardeners of Cape Ann to refurbish and beautify the “gateway” to Gloucester and Rockport, Grant Circle. Last spring the Garden Clubs of Cape Ann (a collaboration of Cape Ann, Gloucester and Rockport Garden Clubs) submitted a proposal and were awarded the permit from the state to maintain and refurbish Grant Circle.  Collectively they cleaned up the gardens last summer while designing new gardens as a welcoming entrance to our area for residents and visitors.  The project plan builds on the site’s naturalistic foundation by adding masses of plantings in linear beds scaled appropriately to the size of the circle. Combinations of perennials and flowering shrubs provide seasonal color and variety, while new tree plantings add vertically and complement the existing mature trees on site. Join us for to hear this interesting story about a great vision, collaboration and dogged determination.
The Seaside GardenClub has some great programs on tap for this season!  Organic Lawn Care, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, a film by Kim Smith, Pressed Flower Card Workshop and The Art of Ikebana are just some of the exciting programs we have arranged for our club members.  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Make sure to sign up for your 2015/2016 Seaside Garden Club Membership – still on $25 for the entire season! Invite your friends and neighbors, all are welcome.  Guests $5.
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grant circle bed planVisit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/about/ or find us on Facebook!

SCREENING OF MY FILM LIFE STORY OF THE BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

bst_banner_final copyPlease join me tomorrow night in Nashua, New Hampshire for a screening of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. For more information visit the Events page of my website. I hope to see you there!

Next week I am giving programs in Brockton and Nauset however in early November I’ll be home, with a screening of the Black Swallowtail film for the Seaside Garden Club at the Manchester Community Center on the 10th, and on the 12th of November I am the guest speaker at the Sawyer Free Library!

Black swallowtail Caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is suitable for all ages so all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker to follow screening.

Queen Annes's Lace -4 ©Kim smith 2015Queen Anne’s Lace, Black Swallowtail Caterpillar food Plant

MANCHESTER SEASIDE GARDEN CLUB NEW FALL PROGRAMS BEGIN TONIGHT AT 7PM!

Kate Willwerth sends us the following ~

The Seaside Garden Club kicks off their 46th Season on September 8th at the Manchester Community Center with Propagating Perennials Demonstration presented by Joan Butler and Cherry Fenton of Enchanted Gardens (http://www.enchantedgardensdesign.com/). Social time begins at 7:00 pm and program starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Increase your perennial collection, replace mature plants, grow varieties that may not be offered for sale, and even produce new hybrids! Learn different propagation skills including growing from seed, cuttings, and divisions of a wide range of perennials in this combination lecture and demonstration.This is a perfect time of year to propagate your perennials and what better way to learn than to have experts show you how!

Joan Butler, lecturer, has been an enthusiastic gardener for over 30 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. Her gardens have been included on several garden tours, and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and collections of hosta, heuchera and epimedium. Joan has worked as a horticulturalist at Weston Nurseries, and is the immediate past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is also an accredited Flower Show Judge, and was Chairman of the floral design Division I competition at the Boston Flower and Garden Show 2014-2015.
Make sure to sign up for your 2015/2016 Seaside Garden Club Membership – still on $25 for the entire season!  Sign up by the September program in time to get your listing published in our beautiful yearbook created by our own graphic artist, Maureen Terrill.  Or send your check (made out to Seaside Garden Club) to Lisa Willwerth, 15 Fern Street, Beverly,MA 01915.
The Seaside Garden Club has some great programs on tap for this season!  Organic Lawn Care, Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, a film by Kim Smith, Pressed Flower Card Workshop and The Art of Ikebana are just some of the exciting programs we have arranged for club members. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.
Visit our blog https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/about/ or find us on Facebook!
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Joan_ButlerPropogating Perennials presented by Joan Butler and Cherry Fenton

Don’t Miss the Seaside Garden Club’s Plant Auction on Tuesday, May 19th at the Manchester Community Center

Doors open for a preview at 6:00 and the Auction begins promptly at 7:00. 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. Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Marshall’s Farm Stand, North Coast Too! Goose Cove Gardens, Sea Meadow Gifts are among the generous businesses that have donated their goods to the auction. A NOVA Star Cruise, including passage for 2 adults, a vehicle, dinner, breakfast and lunch will also be on the auction block!

Our board members and 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 garden art that will grace your garden with beauty for years to come! Light refreshments will be served.

This is the Seaside Garden Club’s only fund raiser and 100% of the proceeds go to fund our terrific programs throughout the year. The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month, September through June at the Manchester Community Center.  Membership is open to all. Visit our blog at: http://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

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This Just In~ Free Edible Arranging Demonstration Tuesday Night, November 11th

Kate Wilwerth writes:

Hi Kim – we have a fantastic program lined up for Tuesday, November 11th at the Manchester Community Center.  This event is free to all and just in time for your holiday entertaining! Social time begins at 7:00pm, program begins at7:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  Lou will be raffling off his amazing creations.

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Lou Greenstein, from Edible Centerpieces, will be demonstrating techniques using carved vegetables and fruits and herbs to create beautiful centerpieces for your holiday table. Do you have an artistic flair and a love for great food? Lou Greenstein can show you how to indulge both passions at once by designing edible centerpieces to delight your guests.

Lou is a New England Epicurean Consultant with 48 years of experience in the dining service world. He has managed hotels, country clubs and restaurants as well as being a television chef, columnist and a consultant to several national kitchen appliance manufacturers. Lou is also a culinary historian and is lots of fun! For more info visit his website: http://wwwlouepicure.com.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council (pending approval), 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.  Visit their website for more information: www.massculturalcouncil.org

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/

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.

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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/

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.