2018-2019 GCN Calendar

Programs and Workshops for 2018-2019

Holiday Basket Craft WorkshopIMG_4488
Date:  Wed Aug 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 7 Meadowbrook Way, Norfolk MA

Each year club members make baskets of greens decorated with festive bows, pods, theme shaped gingerbread cookies, candy canes and seasonal ornaments for the families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry. Holidays by the Sea will be our theme this year. Join Liz Davey to make decorations for this yearly event.


“In the Weeds” with Lisa Yorra
Date:   Wed Sept 12. 2018
Time:  6:30 pm1529627444805blob
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

Time to kick off the club year with some group fun and opportunity to reconnect from busy summer gardening! Our entertainment will be hosted by Lisa Yorra as we play Floral Jeopardy. Our first ever game night will allow for fun, learning, laughter and sharing of floral knowledge. Light dinner will be provided.


Challenge the Floral Designers ~ Allen, Bea and Richard, Windfall Florals, Falmouth
Date:   Wed Oct 17, 2018
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Freeman Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk, MAIMG_4885

You loved them and begged to have them return for an encore presentation. They loved us too and so they’re coming again. Check yard sales, cellars and attics, etc. for containers. The more containers we provide the more arrangements we’ll have to raffle. If you loved the program last year, bring friends to enjoy it this year. All arrangements – including containers – will be raffled. This is a fundraiser: Prior to 10/17 – $10 members and $15 guests. $20 at door.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Oct 22, 2018
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wrentham, MA


thAn Evening with Tony
Date: Wed Nov 7, 2018
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Freeman Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk, MA

We are very proud to present nationally renowned and very prominent worldwide floral designer Tony Tedesco as our guest speaker. His designs at numerous symposia have brought him distinctive recognition. Do not miss this special evening with a holiday theme and a chance to win an incredible floral design. GCN club Members free – guests $15.


Holiday Baskets for Norfolk Food Pantry (Helena Drolette)
Date: Thurs Dec 6, 2018
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Emmanuel Baptist Church, 63 Rockwood Road, Norfolk, MA

IMG_9957Join our club members as we share in the joy of giving during the holidays. “Holidays by the Sea” will be our theme this year. Suggested items from members’ gardens are pods, twigs, and grasses (natural or sprayed) collected from your garden. Along with the greens that are gathered from the area, the baskets will be extra special for someone. The baskets will be distributed to families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry.


Green Gathering Party
Date:  Sat Dec 1, 2018 (Snow Date – Sunday, December 2)

Meet at 11 am at library parking lot before proceeding to assigned location.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Dec 3, 2018
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wrentham, MA


Holidays by the Sea ~ Annual Holiday Celebration
Hosted by the GCN Board Members
Date:  Wed Dec 12, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

Members please join us in this festive annual celebration with a “Holidays by the Sea” theme hosted and decorated by the Board. A pot luck dinner – bring your favorites to share with the club. The Hospitality Committee to provide dessert, and drinks. Share the spirit of the holidays with gardening teammates and enjoy the surprises the season brings.


Meeting to plan 2019-20 Programs & Prep Workshop for February Hearts and Flowers for our Vets
Date:   Wed Jan 9, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

Join us for a quick workshop to prepare materials for February Valentine Cardmaking event for our wounded warriors and veterans. Bring your scissors, scrapbooking scissors, and creative winter spirit to prep materials that can be used to assemble cards in February.

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 Anne Prior or Michele Drolette.


National Seed Swap Day: Seed Swap & Winter Seeding Workshop
Date:  Sat Jan 26, 2019 (Snow date: Sat Feb 2, 1019)
Time:  1:00 – 3:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Road, Norfolk, MA

Want to get a head start on your garden? We will prepare mini-greenhouses from gallon milk or water jugs and plant them with perennial seeds. Take it home and put it outside in a sunny spot and once spring arrives you should have plenty of new seedlings. This procedure also works with some vegetables and annual flowers by varying the planting times. Information sheets will be available. Bring clean, empty one-gallon milk or water jug(s) and a plastic dishpan or other container to hold the planters to take home. We will make available some seeds and the other supplies needed to complete this project.

The Grange has been accepted into the Seed Savers Exchange, “a non-profit organization that preserves heirloom plant varieties through regeneration, distribution and seed exchange.” We will have some great seeds to share. If you want to share, please bring seed packets or some seeds from your garden. Bags and markers will be provided for sharing seeds during the swap. There is no charge for this workshop.img_5183e.jpg


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Feb 11, 2019
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wrentham, MA


Hearts and Flower Valentines for our Veterans (Michele Drolette)
Date: Wed Feb 13, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MAvalentines for Vets

What better way to warm our valentine hearts than to make Valentine cards for our veterans and wounded warriors. Bring your creativity and valentines spirit. All card making supplies to be provided. Please join us to assemble and create some beautiful cards with hearts, flowers and patriotic themes to say, “Thank You for your Service” and warm some hurting hearts. Cards will be delivered to The Fisher House for Wounded Soldiers and Veterans for distribution to those receiving medical care. Please RSVP to Michele Drolette as a special valentine treat will be given to each participant.


Frederick Law Olmsted & the Massachusetts Legacy presented by Alan S. Banks
Date:  Wed March 13, 2019
Date:   7:00 pm
Place:   Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

Emerald NecklaceThe firm Frederick Law Olmsted was involved in over 1,200 landscape architecture projects throughout Massachusetts, ranging from expansive 500-acre public parks to intimate private gardens. One of its greatest achievements is a six-mile “emerald necklace” of ponds, parks, and parkways that winds its way through Boston. Alan Banks will sample this rich landscape legacy and explore the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured lands in Massachusetts. Banks oversees the historical interpretation of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening, presented by Mike & Angie ChutePublicity Photo Mike and Angelina Chute
Joint Meeting with the Millis GC
Date:  Wed April 10, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

“It’s easy to grow beautiful roses in your home garden once you know how,” says Mike Chute and in Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening. Mike and Angelina will explain everything you need to know in six easy-to-follow steps that will take the mystery out of rose gardening. The program will include plenty of tips and personal anecdotes from the Chute’s over twenty years of rose gardening experience that demonstrates how easy it is to grow great roses. They will be available to sign copies of their books Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening and Rose Gardening Season by Season.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon May 6, 2019
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wrentham, MA


Annual Meeting & Herbs in the Garden and Kitchen with Liz Davey
Date:   Wed May 8, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 135 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

IMG_4342Herbs appeal to all senses: The varied colors and textures of their foliage, as well as their attractive blooms, provide visual and tactile appeal. Herbs have distinctive aromas that vary from sweet to pungent. Listen to the pollinators as they buzz among the herbs in bloom and finally taste the difference fresh or preserved herbs can add to your meals. Liz will discuss a wide variety of herbs and demonstrate how you can grow them, preserve them, and use them in your kitchen. A variety of delicious herbal treats will be available to sample.
Liz has been taping bi-weekly visits to her gardens since March 2014. They are shown on Norfolk Cable TV Show “A Walk in the Garden with Liz Davey” and are also posted on YouTube and on the GCN website.


Annual Plant and Bake Sale
Michelle Noonan & Sharon Pierce (Co-chairmen)
Committee Members: Everyone
Date:  Sat May 18, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – Noon


Installation of Officers, Potluck Dinner & Plant Swap
Date:  Wed June 12, 2019
Time:   6:30 pm
Place:  Home of Ann Hanssen, 11 Old Mill Road, Norfolk, MA

Join us for a social evening recapping the year and installing new officers and board. Did your Hosta survive the bunnies in the yard? Did your Iris bulbs bloom? Did you enjoy the cute Cactus plants? Once again at our June meeting we will be swapping our favorite plants with our garden club friends. So, join the fun; bring a new plant, an established plant or purchase one for the Plant Swap. Let’s see what we come up with this year.

The hospitality committee will supply the desserts, drinks, and paper goods. Other club members with last names beginning with A through K please bring an appetizer and those with last names beginning with L through Z please bring a salad.


Rose Garden Rededication
Date:   Sat June 15, 2019
Place:  Norfolk Town Hill


Open Board Meetings
Mon Sept 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Wed Oct 10, 2018 –  7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Nov 5, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Dec 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Feb 11, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Mar 11, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Apr 8, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon May 6, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon June 10, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge

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