2021-2022 GCN Calendar

Dedication of Veterans Garden
Date: Sun Sept 12, 2021       
Time: 1:00 p.m.       
Place: Norfolk Cemetery, Seekonk Street, Norfolk, MA

The Garden Club of Norfolk and the Norfolk Historical Commission invite you to the rededication of the Veterans Memorial Gardens and special tribute to Lowell Robinson, the architect who designed the Memorial Cemetery Plaza in the 1990s. A GCFM grant and donations from local organizations and citizens have raised money for a native garden and a bench in honor of Lowell Robinson.


13th Annual Cactus and Succulent Sale
Date and Time: Sat Sept 18, 2021 (sale) – 9:00 am-4 pm
Place: Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

GCN will have a table on Saturday at their sale to promote the GCN, to provide information on increasing bird diversity in our home gardens and be a fundraiser with a bake sale and cut flowers in mason jars. Members can participate by supplying cut flowers, providing mason jars, making arrangements, baking, keeping a list of birds visiting your garden this summer, and/or making up seed packs of bird-friendly perennials or annuals.


 An Apple a Day presented by Nancy Riggs
Date: Wed Nov 10, 2021  DATE CHANGE         
Time: 6:30 pm                  
Place: Green Room, Norfolk Community Television, 158 Main Street, Norfolk, MA LOCATION CHANGE

This program will also be broadcasted virtually for those who prefer not to attend in person.

Join Nancy Riggs as she talks about the apple tree’s lovely blossoms, its famous fruit, the history of apple production and the industry. Her presentation includes an “apple tasting” with five in-season varieties fresh from the orchard. Nancy is a certified master gardener as well as a Tree Steward. She lives in a 1780’s farmhouse with two trees dating back 200 years. Her garden has been on numerous garden tours including the Tower Hill’s “City Spaces and Country Places,” The Master Gardener Garden Tour and Preservation Worcester’s “historic house and garden tour.”


Cut Greens
Date: Sat Nov 27, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm                  
Place: Meet at Pine Street Recreation Center – first entrance coming from the center of town


Sell Bows at Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale
Dates: Fri Nov 26, Sat Nov 27 and Sun Nov 28, 2021


Holiday Baskets for the Norfolk Food Pantry
Date: Wed Dec 1, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 63 Rockwood Road, Norfolk, MA

Join our club members as we share in the joy of giving during the holidays. Suggested items from members’ gardens are cones, pods, twigs, greens, and grasses (natural or sprayed) collected from your garden along with the greens that are gathered from the area. Then we will add our special touches: handmade decorations, cookies, etc. The baskets will be distributed to families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry to wish them happy holidays from the Garden Club of Norfolk.


Holiday Party – Make your own candle centerpiece, led by Rick Tedoldi
Date: Wed Dec 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm        
Place: Community Room, Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Each member will make a candle centerpiece. Our holiday party is a potluck dinner so feel free to bring your favorite dish to share. The Hospitality Committee will provide dessert and beverages.


Meeting to plan 2022-23 Programs
Date: Wed Jan12, 2022 (Wed Jan 19 Snow date – Same location and time)
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Library Conference Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 

Please bring or send your ideas for presentations, workshops, field trips etc. you would like included
next year.  If you are unable to attend, please send ideas to Susan McCarthy or any board member.


National Seed Swap Day: Seed Swap & Winter Seeding Workshop
Date: Sat Jan 29, 2022 (Snow Date – Sat Feb 5, 2022)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Bring an empty milk or water jug and get a head start on your 2021 garden by making a mini greenhouse and starting some seeds.


Tips, Tricks, and Trade Secrets presented by Deborah Trickett
Co-sponsored by the Norfolk Public Library and the Garden Club of Norfolk
Date: Wed Feb 2, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm         
Place: Virtual Program (via Zoom)

Many of us have heard that putting a penny in the water will keep our tulips more upright, cutting flowers on an angle helps them draw up more water, and even that cayenne pepper can keep the deer and bunnies away.

But did you know putting dahlia stems in boiling water can help them last longer? Do you know how to guarantee the biggest blooms on your peonies? Do you know how a slinky can keep squirrels away from your bird feeder?

Whether you are a floral designer, master gardener or someone who just likes getting her hands in the dirt you will learn something new.


 Planning and Planting for Sustainable Landscapes presented by Warren Leach, Tranquil Lake Gardens
Co-sponsored by the Millis Garden Club and GCN
Date: Wed March 9, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm                     
Place: Millis Public Library, 961 Main Street, Millis MA

Join Warren Leach as he offers planning and planting suggestions to support the creation of gardens and landscapes that minimize the use of limited resources. His design tips and plant recommendations will help you conserve your own precious time and energy as well as our limited natural resources such as water, soil, and fossil fuels. Meet a variety of drought tolerant plants, conservation gardening practices and design techniques that will easily translate to your own home.


Designs to Welcome Spring to Your Home and Garden with Joanne Wason and Liz Davey
Date: Wed Apr 13, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm           
Place: TBD

Join Joanne and Liz as they demonstrate how to create some unique spring designs using flowers abundantly available in the spring. Creations will be gifted as “Door Prizes” to attendees.


Annual Meeting & Election of Officers and Preparation for our Annual Plant Sale
Date: Wed May 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: TBD

This meeting will be devoted to getting ready for the plant sale. More details to follow.


Reminder – Norfolk Civic Gardens (NCG) need to be ready for Memorial Day celebrations, Monday May 30, 2022, as well as summer events on Town Hill.


Annual Plant and Bake Sale
Date: Sat May 21, 2022 (Rain date Sun May 22, 2022 Noon – 3:00 pm
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Place: Town Hill and Gazebo


Norfolk Community Day
Date: Sat June 4, 2022
Place: Holmes Bus Company, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA


Installation of Officers, Potluck Dinner & Plant Swap
Date: Wed June 8, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Home of Linda Daly, 19 Canterberry Lane, Norfolk, MA

Join us for our end of the year social evening recapping the year and installing new officers and board. The dinner is a potluck, so bring your favorite appetizer, salad, or light main dish. The hospitality committee will provide desserts and beverages.

We will also have a plant swap with a cap of $10 per plant if it is purchased.