Meeting – March 11, 7-9pm

Garden as Ecosystem

Kristina Niovi Jones, Director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and a faculty member in Biological and Environmental Studies at the College, will present “Garden as Ecosystem”.

How can you create an ecosystem in your own garden, be it large or small? By combining plants into “guilds” – diverse assemblages of plants growing in healthy, self-sufficient ecosystems. Kristina Jones will explore the functions and interrelationships of organisms in natural plant communities and how they can be applied to our gardens.

Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Meeting – April 8, 7-9pm

Plant Propagation

Joe Rajunas from the Master Gardner Speaker Bureau will speak on plant propagation. Joe is a retired chemist and has been gardening in one way or another since he was five years old, when he weeded his father’s Victory Garden in the Boston Fenway area. In addition to a small backyard garden, Joe built his own greenhouse in which he grows orchids year round and practices plant propagation techniques.

His talk will be an overview of the methods of sexual and asexual plan propagation including a discussion of seed collection, plant breeding and nomenclature and the methods of asexual propagation including division, cuttings, layering (demonstration), grafting and cell culture.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.