Meeting, November 8, 2017

Botanical Names for the Fearful

Wish you could remember the name of that plant, or wonder why botanical names seem so complicated? Judith Sumner a botanist and author who specializes in ethno-botany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history will help sort it out discussing Botanical Names for the Fearful.

Judith Sumner teaches medicinal botany at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and at the Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her lectures are highly sought after by inquisitive students of all ages, and she has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching. She is the author of  The Natural History of Medicinal Plants as well as numerous scientific publications.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held 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.

Scarlet Lobelia, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and White Lily, Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum).

Black Swallow-wort Pod Patrol


Black Swallow-work covering a chain link fence

Black Swallow-wort covering a chain link fence

Join the Pod Patrol!
Pluck pods in your neighborhood
 and share this information with
 your neighbors and friends!

About Black Swallow-wort

Beginning with shiny green leaves in pairs, purple star-shaped flowers and grappling spaghetti-like roots in summer, Black Swallow-wort becomes armed with seed pods resembling green chili peppers. This invasive vine threatens monarch butterflies and songbirds, and displaces native plant communities vital to insects, birds and other urban wildlife. Swallow-wort crowds out milkweed, the only plant where monarch butterflies lay eggs. Monarchs mistake the swallow-wort for the milkweed, lay their eggs there, and the larvae die.

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SGC Plant Sale: September 16th

Thanks to all who came out to buy plants and to all our gardeners who donated! We sold over 800 plants at Saturday’s sale.

September 16, 2017 * 9am-1pm in Davis Square

100s of locally grown plants on sale. Discover the perfect plant to enliven your garden or window sill.

* Sun & shade garden perennials
* Trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
* Horticultural books, decorative containers, garden tools
* Herbs

Choose from hundreds of plants donated by both Somerville Garden Club members and community friends of the Club. Visit the Connoisseur Table for that unique specimen or find a tried-and-true favorite. Proceeds benefit the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, non-profit Somerville Garden Club.