Meeting – July 13, 7-9pm


Hosta collector and Lifetime Master Gardener Mary Arnberg will give a talk titled Hostas: The Practically Perfect Perennial. Arnberg will both educate and entertain with up-to-date information on hosta favorites, new and old, as well as tips on how to grow them well, and use them to advantage in your garden.

Arnberg’s own garden includes a collection of over 500 hostas. She has served as co-president of the New England Hosta Society and is a Senior Hosta Judge, as well as a Garden Performance Judge for the American Hosta Society. She will illustrate her talk with hostas from Cochato Nursery in Holbrook, MA, which specializes in shade plants and wildflowers. These plants will be for sale after the program.

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

New pollinator garden!

This past Saturday, several volunteers installed the new pollinator garden located on the Bike Path at Highland Road.

Among the list of plants planted (a mix of purchased plants and donations from generous gardeners):

  • Agastache (Anise Hyssop, Giant Hyssop)
  • Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
  • Aquilegua canadensis (native Columbine)
  • Aster cordifolius (Blue Wood Aster)
  • Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)
  • Echinecea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
  • Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)
  • Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)
  • Lavender
  • Liatris
  • Ratibpda columnifera (Prairie Coneflower)
  • Solidago odora (Goldenrod)
  • Spirea tomentosa (Spirea)

More will be added in future days.

Compost/top soil was purchased from Cambridge Bark and Loam. Mulch was donated by the city.

Thanks to all who volunteered over the last few months to prepare the site, plan the work, plan the list, plan the plan, purchase, donate, plant, mulch, and water! A fantastic project – check it out if you are in the area.

(photo credit: Suzi Teegarden)