Somerville Garden Club

Monthly Programs for 2018

2018 Programs

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

January 11 – ‘Annual Potluck Dinner’ – 7:00 -9:00 pm – Celebrate the 24st Anniversary of the Somerville Garden Club! Bring an appetizer, veggie, pasta, entree, or dessert to share. There will also be a digital photo presentation of images taken of the 2017 SGC garden tour. Bring your prepared food dish before 6:45 pm if possible.

February 14 – Vanessa Boukili, Arborist, Forestry & Landscape Planner for the city of Somerville, will talk about ‘Somerville’s Urban Forest’. Types of city trees, their upkeep and care, and foliage diseases.

March 14 – Trevor Smith, lead designer at Land Escapes, Inc., and a past president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, will give a talk on rain harvesting and rain gardens, continuing the talk he gave to the club of last October.

April 11 – Nick Dorian, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Crone Lab at Tufts University, is an ecologist interested in bee biology and conservation; plant-pollinator interactions; and modeling the population dynamics and movement of insects. Nick also has a passion for gardening and has planted pollinator gardens in Somerville and Medford in part to support urban bees and to raise awareness about their importance. He will give a presentation on ‘Gardening to Attract Native Bees’.

May 9 - Cheryl Monroe, a self-taught gardener for 20 plus years, now a Master Gardener specializing in and garden design, will give a talk on designing with vines. She will cover creative uses for a variety of ornamental vines, both annual and perennial, and will discuss using vines as structural elements, ground covers, and as a second season of interest in shrub borders. Learn about about which vines to avoid, and how to follow the golden rule: “Right vine, right place.”

June 13 – Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces, and Dealing with Climate Change.
Meteorologist and horticultural expert, David Epstein will be speak. David has been a horticulturalist and meteorologist for over 25 years. He writes for The Boston Globe, The Press Herald in Portland, Maine, and for WBUR. He is the founder of Growing Wisdom a business that produces educational and marketing videos for the green industry. David currently is a professor at Framingham State College, owner of a landscape design business, Bloomscapes Inc., and the author of Gardens of New England.

July 11 – Gardens Around the World; Cuba, Costa Rica and Spain. Somerville Garden Club members love to travel. And when we travel, we like to visit parks, gardens, farms — anywhere where things are grown.

This month’s meeting will feature the Spanish-speaking world. Rosemary Broome-Bingham will talk about Islamic gardens of Granada and Seville in Southern Spain, Suzi Teegarden and Rita Edmunds will talk about organic farming in Cuba, necessary to feed the population after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991/1992 and corresponding shortages of fuel and fertilizer. Carol Rego will describe the botanical gardens, butterfly gardens, rain forests and plantations of Costa Rica. (This is the first of several presentations by club members we will present about gardens near and far that club members have visited.)

August 8 – It’s a secret! August is a time to sit back and watch a movie with beautiful gardens in it.

September 12 – This meeting focuses on the ‘Garden Bounty’ grown by Somerville Garden Club members. Members will share samples of fresh or cooked produce from their own gardens, and talk about growing the produce and how it was prepared.

October 10 Adele Keohan will give a presentation on hemerocallis (daylilies).

November 14 Part II of Gardens from Around the World. Somerville Garden Club members share their travels and research with slide presentations of gardens they have visited.

December 12 – Jen Kettell, a local gardening educator, landscaper and designer, speaking about winter pruning.