March 16, noon, at the Phoenix Lodge Chrysanthemums
Speaker Ila Cox with present her program entitled ‘The Chrysanthemum’s Journey’, which developed from a fascination with the way plants intersect with human culture. Begin with Asia, especially China and Japan, and move west through history as we follow its path to today’s commercial growing and hybrid development.
April 20, noon, at the Phoenix Lodge Floral Design lecture and demonstration
Lisa Oberholzer-Gee will be our presenter of a lecture and demonstration of techniques from Europe and Asia. Her love for floral design has led her around the world. With her, we will explore the fascinating field of floral art.
May 18, noon, Phoenix Lodge Climate Conscious Gardening:: Building Sustainable Landscapes
Kristen Nicholson from Blue Stem Natives has some sustainable, affordable, and fun! options for building a gorgeous living landscape, presenting plant choices and landscaping techniques that will help ensure your garden will be able to survive both deluges and droughts for many years to come.
June 15, 10:00, Falmouth Tour of Highfield Hall and Gardens, and Club picnic
A trip to Highfield Hall in Falmouth and our annual picnic (bring your own lunch, beverage, and chair) at Rindy Bennett’s lovely summer home in Quisset. We will have a tour of the gardens, guided by George Chapman, the landscape director. The mansion, always full of fascinating art, is available to us as well. The picnic will follow.
July 20, noon. at the Phoenix Lodge Gardening for Wildlife
One quarter of the land in Massachusetts is residential development. Turning yards, gardens, and parks into wildlife-friendly landscapes adds important habitat to these areas. You can easily convert an outdoor space—large or small—into a wildlife-friendly landscape by adding a few important habitat elements.
The benefits of creating a wildlife haven may surprise you. Not only will you attract wildlife, but you’ll also make your property more inviting for people! A wildlife-friendly yard is an inviting place for you to sit and relax, and for kids to explore and learn. By preserving natural diversity, you’ll be helping to protect your community’s resources.
August 17, noon. at the Phoenix Lodge Shade Gardening
Well-known speaker Betty Sanders will present a program called Gardening in the Shade. “New England gardens don’t always get enough light to grow everything you want, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to hostas and moss. Make the right plant choices and enjoy color, texture, blooms, and excitement — even in the shade.
September 21, noon, at the Phoenix Lodge Pruning
Landscape designer and horticulturist Christie Dustman will speak with us about pruning. When to prune, and the proper way to prune. Bring YOUR pruners for evaluation, and maybe some small branches on which to test your new skills!
October 19 Location and time to be announced.. Annual Meeting and Luncheon