2017-2018 GCN Calendar

Programs and Workshops for 2017-2018

Holiday Basket Snowmen Workshopsnowman
Date: Thurs Aug 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 7 Meadowbrook Way, Norfolk MA
Each year club members make baskets of greens decorated with festive bows, pods, gingerbread men, candy canes and seasonal ornaments for the families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry. Snowmen will be our theme this year. Join Liz Davey to make the snowmen decorations for this yearly event.

 


photo2Fairy Homes and Gardens, presented by E. Ashley Rooney and B. Purchia
Date:  Wed Sept 13, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm refreshments; 7:00 pm program
Place:  Freeman-Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk MA. (Use entrance off Rockwood Road,  next to Grange. Meeting is in the Cafeteria; enter through Door # 3.)

Unlike dollhouses, where objects are made to look like tiny versions of the real thing, fairy houses transform rocks and moss into makeshift furniture. Ashley and Barbara’s presentation will show fairy worlds in a variety of settings with natural and contemporary mediums. They have transformed the natural world into enchanting art that draws upon our childhood feelings and dreams. They will describe their work hoping to stimulate you to build a fairy house or garden. Ashley and Barbara have written Fairy Homes and Gardens (2014), Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Glass Artists (2016), Contemporary Sand Sculpture (in press) and Contemporary Ice Sculpture. The book, Fairy Houses and Gardens, will be available for purchase.

Parents and grandparents are invited to bring their children/grandchildren (suggested grades K -6).


Techniques and Secrets of Botanical Arts Entries, presented by Sarah BoyntonIMG_8057
Date:  Wed Oct 11, 2017
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Freeman-Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk MA (Use entrance off Rockwood Road,  next to Grange. Meeting is in the Cafeteria; enter through Door # 3.)

Have you ever wondered how flower show exhibitors make jewelry and other items out of plant material? Sarah Boynton, Flower Show award winner, will show you how. She will share techniques, secrets and planning ideas that help create award winning entries for flower shows. Sarah will present a slide show and explain how she collects and
treats plant materials to create her entries. Sarah will have on display her botanical creations which have earned 16 First Place awards in Boston, Newport and Philadelphia along with numerous top Artisan Awards and Best of Show awards including her First Place and Best Craft Exhibit at the 2014 WAFA World Flower Show in Dublin, Ireland and Third Place at the 2017 WAFA World Flower Show in Barbados.


Ornament Workshops
Dates: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 & Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Home of Sharon Pierce, 23 Meetinghouse Road, Norfolk, MA

Bring your creativity and join us to help raise funds for future programs. Workshops are planned to design and create an assortment of holiday ornaments/decorations to be sold at the November meeting. All are welcome at the home of Sharon Pierce, 23 Meetinghouse Road. Please bring a glue gun if you have one.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Oct 23, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham MA


IMG_0381Challenge the Floral Designers, presented by Allen and Bea, Windfall Florals
Date:  Wed Nov 8, 2017
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Freeman-Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk MA. (Use entrance off Rockwood Road,  next to Grange. Meeting is in the Cafeteria; enter through Door # 3.)

Think you can’t have a wonderful holiday centerpiece in that “crazy” container! Allen & Bea will choose several containers provided by Garden Club members; then watch them work their holiday magic. Creations made will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Lucky winners will take home a unique piece and everyone will be inspired to be their own floral designer. This event is a fund raiser; tickets are $10.00.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Dec 4, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham MA


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Date:  Thurs Dec 7, 2017
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. Snowmen 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. As always, the baskets will be distributed to families served by the Norfolk Food Pantry.


Green Gathering Party
Date:   Sat Dec 2, 2017 (Snow Date – Sun, Dec 3)
Time:  Meet at 11 am at library parking lot before proceeding to assigned location.


Annual Holiday Celebration & Yankee Cookie SwapIMG_6291e
Date:  Wed Dec 13, 2017
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  7 Meadowbrook Way, Norfolk MA

Each member is asked to bring two dozen home-baked cookies for a Yankee Cookie Swap. As usual our annual holiday celebration will feature appetizers, salads, and desserts. The Hospitality Committee will provide dessert, 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.


Seed Swap & Winter Seeding Workshop
Joint workshop GCN & Norfolk Grange
Date:  Sat Jan 6, 2018 (Snow Date: Saturday, January 27)
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Place:  Norfolk Grange, 28 Rockwood Road, Norfolk MA

Want to get a head start on your garden? We will prepare a mini-greenhouse from a gallon milk or water jug and plant it with perennial seeds. 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 have seeds and other supplies available 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 a box filled with great seeds to share. If you want to share, please bring at least two seed packets or some seeds from your garden…baggies and markers will be provided for people to split the seed packets with multiple people during the swap.


Meeting to plan 2018-19 Programs
Date:  Wed Jan 10, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main Street, 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 Anne Prior or Michele Drolette. All members welcome.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon Feb 12, 2018
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham MA


image1Tea Cup Arrangements, presented by Leslie Lincoln
Date:  Wed Feb 14, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main Street, Norfolk MA

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the garden club. Make an arrangement in your own teacup. Bring a friend, a teacup and saucer or small mug, and a pair of scissors. Flowers provided.


Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening, presented by Mike and Angie ChutePublicity Photo Mike and Angelina Chute
Date:  Wed March 14, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 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: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners after the program.


Books in Bloom
Date:  Wed April 11, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main Street, Norfolk MA

Books will be the inspiration as Garden Club members interpret them in a floral design. In conjunction with the Library staff, a reception for the Norfolk community will be the highlight of the evening. It has been several years since the Garden Club has taken on a project of this type; you won’t want to miss this! The floral designs along with their book will remain in the library for everyone’s enjoyment.


Garden Therapy
Date:  Mon May 7, 2018
Time:  2:00 pm
Place:  Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham MA


Exif JPEGAnnual Meeting and Water Smart Gardening, presented by Betty Sanders
Date:  Wed May 9, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place: Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main Street, Norfolk MA

New England averages 40 inches of rain a year, but that doesn’t mean it comes when you need it. Whether your problem is too much water in the wrong place or getting the most from what rain falls during a dry summer; good gardening techniques, a little planning and some new takes on old wisdom can make you a water smart gardener.


Annual Plant and Bake Sale
Date:  Sat May 19, 2018
Time:  9:00 am – Noon
Place:  Town Hill and Gazebo


Installation of Officers, Potluck Dinner & Plant Swap
Date:  Wed June 13, 2018
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Public Library Community Room, 139 Main Street, Norfolk MA

Bring a plant to swap. Can be a new plant, an established plant, or a purchased plant. The hospitality committee will supply the deserts, drinks, and paper goods. Other club members with last names beginning with A through K please bring a salad and those with last names beginning with L through Z please bring an appetizer.


Open Board Meetings
Mon August 28, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Sept 11, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Place: TBD
Mon Oct 9, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Nov 6, 2017 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Feb 12, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon March 12, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon Apr 9, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon May 7, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge
Mon June 11, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Library Lounge

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