2022-2023 Meetings and Events


What an Old Airport & the Ice Age Have in Common
Date:  Wednesday, August 10
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:  L
eland Wild (old airport); park at the River Road trailhead 

How did forests grow back after the ice age scraped everything away? Discover signs of the process of succession during this walk at Leland Wild with former Mass Audubon teacher Susan McCarthy. Guests are welcome.

Open Board Meeting
Date: Monday, August 15
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:  9 River Path, Norfolk, MA


End of Summer Gathering
Date:  Wednesday, September 14
Time:  6:00 p.m. (sunset 6:57 p.m.)
Norfolk Cemetery, 44 Seekonk Street (Rain space: Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA)

Let’s chat about your home and Civic Garden while checking out the native plant garden at the Norfolk Cemetery. Pick up gardening tips and consider what native plants can work in your garden. Members only.

  • Emily Nicodemus – Why the Veterans Garden was planted.
  • Liz Davey (Leslie Lincoln) – Choosing native plants for your garden
  • Stephanie Markham – Planting on a slope
  • Michelle Noonan – How to plan your garden based on your vision for the space
  • Rick Tedoldi – What’s been learned about the site & what can be done better
  • (Michelle Noonan) Stephanie Markham – Collecting seeds 

Cactus and Succulent Festival 2022 Annual Festival (cssma.org)
Date and Times: Saturday, September 17th: Show & Sale 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place:  Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Artisans offering unique pots and sundries. C&S experts on site to answer any questions. Thousands of Cacti and Succulents for sale. 

Open Board Meeting
Date:  Monday, September 19
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD


Maple Leaf Rose Bouquets
Co-sponsored by the Norfolk Public Library and the GCN
Date and Time:  Wednesday, October 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Learn how to transform maple leaves into roses that you can bring home to display in a vase or use to decorate an autumn wreath.  (Bring a few dozen maple leaves that you’ve collected…we’ll also provide leaves.)  Bring a friend, open to the public. 

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, October 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD


Sell Bows at the Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale
Dates: Saturday, November 19, Sunday November 20, Friday, November 25, Saturday, November 26
Location: Lot next to Kukin’, Norfolk, MA

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, November 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Cut Greens for Holiday Baskets & Winter Fundraiser
Date and Time:  Saturday, November 26 @1:00 p.m.
Location: Pine Street Recreation Center – first entrance coming from the center of town        

Make Holiday Baskets for the Norfolk Food Pantry
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Location: 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 to bring from home are cones, pods, twigs, greens, and grasses (natural or sprayed) collected from your garden to be combined with the greens that are gathered from the area. The baskets will be distributed to families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry to wish them happy holidays from the Garden Club of Norfolk. 


Winter Workshop & Holiday Gathering
Date and Time:  Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:30p.m.
Location: TBD

Rick Tedoldi will lead each member through making a decorative boxwood tree. Bring a sweet or savory finger food to share. Members only.


2023-24 Program Planning Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, January 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Please bring or send your ideas for presentations, workshops, field trips, etc. you’d like included next year. Email Susan McCarthy with your ideas or for the Zoom link to attend the meeting. 

National Seed Swap Day Gathering
Date and Time:  Saturday, January 28; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane

Join us as we sort and organize the NPL’s Seed Library and package seeds members collected during 2022. Casual discussions about starting seeds and planning your 2023 garden. Open to the public.  


What’s Wrong with My Houseplant w/Bonnie Power
Co-sponsored by the Norfolk Public Library and the GCN
Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 8; 7:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

As with our outdoor gardens, many things can go wrong when you grow plants indoors. Learn the factors that make for happy houseplants, including light, water, and soil…and how to provide them. Common houseplant pests and diseases are also on the agenda, as well as how to treat them.

Bonnie Power has been a Massachusetts Master Gardener and member of the MMGA Speakers Bureau since 2016…and a serious outdoor/indoor gardener most of her life. Curious and research-oriented by nature, she has many horticultural interests and areas of expertise. Bonnie holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Zoology, which informs her perspective on the management of garden insects; she is also an administrator for a “sick houseplant” group on Facebook. A lifelong passion for organic gardening and soil health recently led Bonnie to take on a new role as manager of the MMGA Soil pH Testing team. She also volunteers at Garden in the Woods, a Native Plant Trust botanical garden in Framingham, where she is a guide. At home in Marlborough, Bonnie grows a variety of vegetables and ornamentals (with a bias for natives), organically, of course.

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, February 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD


Tea Magic
Date and Time:  Wednesday, March 8; 6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Tea, tea and more tea! It can be used for medicinal purposes, or just for the pure enjoyment of it. Tea can be medicinal, soothing, and delicious. Master Herbalist Susan Morgaine will talk about the different types of tea you can make, whether to help a sore throat, soothe an upset stomach or a delicious mid-afternoon break. Recipes will be made available. 

Susan Morgaine is a Traditional Herbalist and Writer
She has taught Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for over 20 years, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute; additionally, she is certified in Chair Yoga. 

She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through Imagine A Woman International. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing local Red Tents.

She is a former monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, part of the “My Name is ” series of children’s books. She has also been published in Jareeda and Sage Woman magazines. 

She is a Reiki Master and a proud member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at www.MysticalShores.com  

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, March 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Starting an Herb Garden with Liz Davey

Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA


Hip Hip Hydrangeas! How To!
Co-sponsored by the GGN and the Millis Garden Club
Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 12; 6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

This is a complete “how to” program starting with clear instructions for identifying the hydrangeas you have. Followed by a complete exploration of the best care of the seven species of zone hardy hydrangea that are available in New England Garden centers or that you already have in your landscape.

Featuring sighting, planting, pruning each type, color management, watering, cutting, and preserving. Gorgeous examples of hydrangea in garden settings will leave quite an impression. 

Andi Ross is an artistic landscape designer, certified organic land-care professional, private garden coach, horticulturist, master gardener, oil painter, and sought-after speaker throughout New England. 

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, April 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Presentation of Scholarship/Campership

The Garden Club of Norfolk has provided scholarships to further education in subjects related to horticulture and the environment. For the past several years,the Club has provided funds to Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary so that area youth can attend Day Camp.


Special Project: Educational Display

Each year, the Library Display Case Committee designs and decorates the display case at the Norfolk Public Library, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk MA. 

Its purpose is to promote gardening, encourage awareness of environmental concerns, advertise our Plant & Bake Sale, and encourage new membership in our Garden Club. 

This display from 2022 embraces the spirit of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts President’s theme: “Play Together, Plant Together, Grow Together.” 

Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Date and Time:  Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Please attend our Annual Meeting and election of officers 2023-24. This is also an opportunity to plan Civic Gardens and discuss the plant sale. New members, bring your questions about choosing a Civic Garden. 

There is time to have breakout groups to discuss gardening topics of interest. Watch the newsletter for the opportunity to suggest topics for these groups. 

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, May 15 @ 7:00p.m.
Location: TBD

Annual Plant & Bake Sale
Date and Time: Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – noon
                         Rain date: Sunday, May 21, noon – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Town Hill and Gazebo, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

All members, please plan on participating – pot plants from your yard, price plants, transport plants, post yard signs, set up the sale, clean up after the sale, assist customers, bake, help coordinate the plant sale, bake sale, yard sale. 

NCG Reminder

Our Norfolk Civic Gardens (NCG) need to be ready for Memorial Day celebrations, Monday May 29, as well as summer events on Town Hill.


Potluck Dinner, Plant Swap, & Installation of Officers
Date and Time:  Thursday, June 1 @6:30 p.m.
Location: Stephanie Markham’s home, 22 Lawrence Street, Norfolk, MA

Join us for a tour of Stephanie’s gardens (irises!) and our social evening recapping the year and installing new officers to the Board. The dinner is potluck, so bring your favorite appetizer, salad, light main dish, or dessert. Beverages provided.  We will also have a plant swap with a cap of $10 a plant if it is purchased. 

Norfolk Community Day
Date: TBD
Location: Holmes Bus Company, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA

Open Board Meeting
Date and Time:  Monday, June 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD