Somerville Garden Club

July 13, 2021
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July 14, 2021 Virtual Meeting – World Garden Travelogue

Dorothy Africa will take us to four places that left lasting vivid impressions on her: the grounds of an imperial palace in Kyoto, Japan, the austere and intimate contrasts of Iceland; the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne in northeast England; and the Alhambra summer palace in Granada, Spain. Rita Edmonds will take us to the University of Vienna Botanic Garden, and to see alpine wildflowers from Salzburg to the southern Austrian border along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.  Teri Swartzel will give us a very quick tour through Great Dixter, an historic garden designed and owned by Christopher Lloyd in Rye, East Sussex, England, and then to a couple of not as well-known gardens in the south of England.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. If you are interested in attending our virtual meeting, but have not received the meeting link via email, or are not a SGC member, you can email info@somervillegardenclub.org for the link.

June 5, 2021
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June 9, 2021 Virtual Meeting – Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Gardeners Helped to Win the War

Victory gardens provided 44 percent of produce in 1944, and they could be found anywhere from backyards to rooftops to public squares. Victory gardens provided food and promoted morale during World War II. In this slide illustrated talk we will trace the victory garden movement, including urban gardens, school gardens, food preservation, and ration book cookery; we will also look at the British Dig for Victory campaign, Hedgerow Harvest program, and Women’s Land Army.

Judith Sumner, PhD, is a botanist and author with particular interest in the historical uses of plants. She is a frequent lecturer and has taught for many years at colleges and botanical gardens.  She received The Herb Society of America’s Gertrude Foster writing award in 2007 and the American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2005.  Her newest book is Plants Go to War, A Botanical History of World War II.