March 7, 2021
by Head Gardener
Comments Off on March 10, 2021 Virtual Meeting – Companion Planting: Garden Strategies for Improved Success
If you’re an avid gardener you’ve probably heard of companion planting. You may have also heard it’s a phony practice or tried it yourself with mixed results. So does it actually work? Farmer and gardener, Reeves Cochran, Field Production Manager at Volante Farms, Needham, explores the science, myths, and misconceptions around companion planting in a talk designed to broaden your knowledge and prepare you for improved success in the garden this year!
Reeves Cochran is a farmer, gardener and vegetable lover. He has been farming and studying agriculture since 2011. His farming experience has brought him all around New England to various thriving farm businesses, including one he cofounded in 2015. Reeves has an acute interest in organic agriculture and natural growing methods. He is currently a field production manager at Volante Farms in Needham.
All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. If you are interested in attending our meeting, but have not received the link via email, or are not a SGC member, you can email email@example.com for the link.
February 5, 2021
by Head Gardener
Comments Off on February 10, 2021 Virtual Meeting – A Camel’s Garden: Drought-tolerant Plants for a Changing Climate
When the dog days of summer hit, many of us are faced with water bans that limit our ability to water our lush gardens. We find ourselves carefully monitoring the water level in rain barrels and hoping for the next rainfall. What if we started to incorporate plants that simply need less water? In this lecture and walkabout, Jen will share the effects of drought on woody plants and describe plant adaptations for dealing with drought. Most importantly, she will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape.
Jen Kettell is an arborist and horticulturist. She is a recent graduate of the American Society for Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Academy, an advanced professional training for experienced arborists. As the owner of Radiant Leaf Consulting, she shares her passion for horticulture through training she provides to homeowners and green industry professionals. She has consulted for Safdie Architect, The Trustees’ public gardens, and has been a guest lecturer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Arnold Arboretum, and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
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