Meeting – December 13

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Dan Jaffe, propagator and stock bed grower for the New England Wild Flower Society, will give a presentation on practical tips for choosing plants that can withstand severe drought, such as the one we had in 2016. A new drought-tolerant plants list drought will be covered. Dan has a degree in botany from the University of Maine and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from the New England Wild Flower Society.

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.

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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