Somerville Garden Club

February 5, 2021
by Head Gardener
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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).

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 info@somervillegardenclub.org for the link.

January 1, 2021
by Head Gardener
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January 13, 2021 Virtual Meeting – Celebrating Fragrance in the Garden

Celebrating Fragrance in the Garden is a presentation about designing a garden to celebrate emotional connections and memories in a space through our sense of smell. Scent can take a garden from simply being beautiful to becoming magical and memorable. Horticulturist Brandon George will highlight unique plants that allow for any garden to incorporate fragrance.

Brandon George is a horticulturist, garden designer, and world traveler. He has trained in horticulture in the U.K., U.S.A, and Israel, and is currently a masters student studying Public Horticulture Leadership at Cornell University.  Brandon is the owner of Wyeth and Willow, a garden design and consultation company in the Greater Providence, RI area. He also hosts a podcast called Horticulture Rising, interviewing horticulturists dedicated to the future of the industry.  Brandon is also a published poet; Papilion is his first publishing of poetry to date.  In his garden design work he seeks to create fragrant gardens, perennial meadows, mixed-woody/herbaceous beds, native gardens, perennial matrix plantings with a focus on ecological and sustainable design.