Annual Plant and Bake Sale has been cancelled. We hope to be able to sell plants and baked goods at the Norfolk Farmer’s Market, if it can be scheduled.
Get More From Your Garden
A love of plants can fill up your garden pretty quickly! When herbaceous perennials grow to their mature size, it’s easy to think the work is done. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Many can be chopped apart rather ruthlessly and replanted successfully to fill up your garden even more. A few of the most notable plants that can easily be divided this way are bee balm, brunnera, daylilies, hostas, lily-turf, and yarrow. It’s best to divide perennials in spring or fall and in the morning or late in the evening. If these conditions are right, your plants will have an easier time transitioning to their new home and will require less care.
Thank you, Tom
Tom Antonellis, a local builder in Norfolk, has generously made and donated 15 planter boxes for the GCN to fill with herbs and flowers. We had hoped that these planters would be for sale at our annual Plant and Bake Sale in May, but due to the Stay-At-Home Advisories we have postponed our sale. We hope that these will be available at the Norfolk Farmer’s Market, once it is rescheduled.
During this time of economic hardships, the GCN hopes that you will support local businesses.
How can we keep Gardening Alive when we are encouraged to stay home?
- Make a hanging basket – Watch these three short videos from Proven Winners. Then make one yourself. Many nurseries now have online sale to make your shopping easy and safe.
- Plant Swap – what do you have an abundance of in your garden that you would like to share with others? Send out an email and see who wants to swap.
- Watch a gardening video
- Designing a Native Garden, Amanda Sload
- Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware; Author of Bringing Nature Home; The Living Landscape; and Nature’s Best Hope
- Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture, Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College
- More than Just the Buzz: Finding Real Solutions to Native Pollinator Declines, Robert Gegear, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- GrowNative Expert Videos
- Ecological Landscape Webinars
- Tale a virtual garden tour
- Read a Garden Blog
Some Fun Garden Movies: (Thank you Karen Ballou, South Central District Director)
Green Fingers – Seriously the most delightful garden movie, this British 90s classic brings you quirky garden story that is just charming.
Dare to be Wild – One of the only modern day garden movies as of late, this movie can currently be found on Netflix and is a movie about a true story of a garden designer and her designs for the Chelsea Flower Show. If sweeping landscapes, lovely gardens and a little bit of a love story is your thing, you are bound to watch this at least once.
The Secret Garden – Classic
This Beautiful Fantastic – Contemporary garden story, BBC style!
A Little Chaos
Being There – Peter Sellers -classic!
A Room with a View
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Dark Victory (Bette Davis)
UPDATES ON OUR LOCAL NURSERIES AND CSAS
Zeigler’s Market Garden, Norfolk, MA will be re-opening the farm stand on Friday, May 15th. You will be able to pre-order produce, pickles, and garden transplants via their new online store (which will be live May 1st). This means they can start taking credit card transactions again and folks can pick and choose what individual crops and plants they want. Check their facebook page or webpage for more information.
White Barn Farm in Wrentham has an online store with fresh veggies, produce and fish. CSA shares are still available. Delivery times are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Go to https://www.whitebarnfarm.org/winter-market for details.
Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm in Millis, MA has CSA shares, and home delivery service on Friday. They also offer pre-ordered grocery pick ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vist their webpage for details.
Briggs Nursery, North Attleboro, MA is open and is asking customers and employees to practice social distancing. They also recommend wearing face masks and gloves while visiting. For now, Briggs will continue to be taking phone orders for local deliveries or curbside pickup. Mention your 10% discount when ordering.
Walsh’s Greenhouse, Norfolk, MA has announced its opening day to be May 2. They will be offering curbside pickup. Once open, their new website will go live and you’ll be able to browse from most of their stock, cash out, and then drive up to our contactless pick up spot! Some of our items, such as: perennials, patio pots, and specialty containers will only be available in store. They will limit the greenhouse capacity to 7 people. Six foot markers will be placed in the greenhouse to ensure social distancing. The website they created doesn’t offer promo codes. So if you want to utilize curbside pick-up, and use the 5% discount for GCN members, just call them to place the order instead!
Medway Gardens, Medway, MA has curb-side pick-up and free local delivery over $50 within 10 miles of the garden center including Norfolk. Visit them at https://medway-gardens.shoplightspeed.com/.
Norfolk Public Library Seed Library
Each family can choose up to 6 packets of seeds per growing season. Choose your seeds and email Sarah by noon on Wednesdays. Seeds will be left (outside) with your last name on them on Thursdays, pick up any time after 10am. All seed selections will be in a disinfected plastic bag and taped to the door with removable tape. Please only touch or take your own. If your selection is not available, Sarah will email you back so you can choose another packet.