Events in Norfolk and Across New England

Needham’s Art in Bloom 2019
Dates, Times and Locations:
Small Preview of Exhibit: Friday, March 8, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Needham HS Lobby, Town Hall, & Center at The Heights
Full Exhibit:
Sat March 9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sun March 10, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Place: Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 
Cost: FREE

75+ displays of Needham High School creative student artwork with colorful interpretations by Beth Shalom., Garden Club members, Kalmia and Needham garden

“Artists in Bloom” in conjunction with the Canton Public Schools
Sponsored by the Canton Garden Club
Date: Sat March 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Pequitside Farm, 79 Pleasant St, Canton, MA
Cost:  $5.00

“Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Home Landscapes” with Suzanne Mahler
Sponsored by the North Andover Garden Club
Date: Tue March 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 196 Main St, North Andover, MA
Cost:  $5 for non-garden club members

Boston Flower & Garden Show – “The Beauty of Balance”
Date: Wed March 13 – Sun March17, 2019
Place: Seaport World Trade Center, World Trade Center Ave, Boston, MA

“Vegetable Gardening for Everyone” with Susan Hammond, Master Gardner
Sponsored by the Pepperell Garden Club 
Date: Wed March 13, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Place: Pepperall Senior Center, 37 Nashua Rd, Pepperell, MA 
Public is welcome!
Cost: Free to members. $5 for guests ($2 for Seniors)

Spring 2019 Home Horticulture Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association
Registration is now open for the MMGA’s Ten evening classes packed with practical information to make you a more successful home-gardener Dates: Thursday evenings, Dates:  March 21 to May 23, 2019
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place:  Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA

The location is easily accessible by car via Routes 9, 93 and 128 and by bus lines #14,
21, 29 and 31. Spacious, well-lighted car and bike parking is available just inside the main gate, directly opposite the White Center. To learn more and sign up, click here.
Questions? Email us at

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: The Home Hort Series covers the same topics as Master Gardener Training but in a streamlined format. No outside reading, homework, testing or volunteering required. Just 1-1/2 hrs. of classroom time, one night per week. Here’s a sample of what we’ll be covering:

  • Important fundamentals such as building great soil and how plants work
  • Practical how-to’s like basic landscape design, perennial selection and care, and combating weeds, diseases and pests
  • Complimentary pH testing of your soil samples by trained Master Gardeners

Click for a copy of the syllabus

COST: The cost of the 10-lecture series is $250, payable by credit/debit card or Pay Pal. That averages out to just $25 each for the ten sessions.

Art’N Bloom 2019
Sponsored by the Medfield Garden Club
Place: Medfield Public Library, 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA
Dates and Times: Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24, 2019
Regular Library Hours:
Thursday, March 21, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, March 22, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Floral displays created by Medfield Garden Club members and creative artwork by talented students in the Medfield High School Visual Arts Department.

 “Gardening for Pollinators, Butterflies and Birds” presented by Warren Leach, owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth MA
Sponsored by the Medfield Garden Club and Medfield Public Library

Date: Thurs March 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Dailey Room, Medfield Public Library, 468 Main Street in Medfield, MA
Information: Michele Feinsilver, or Pam Gardener,

“Planting Villages” featuring Victory Garden’s Roger B. Swain
Sponsored by the The Springfield Garden Club
Date: Sat March 23, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm
Place: Community Life Center of East Longmeadow, 50 Parker Street, East Longmeadow, MA
Cost:   $10.00

NCL’s Easter Bunny Breakfast
Date:  Sat April 13, 2019

Norfolk Recreation’s Free Easter Egg Hunt

Book and Bake Sale
Sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library
Dates and Times:  Fri April 19, 2019; 6:00 pm-9:00 pm – Presale Friday Night Friends Only. Join now or at the door.
Sat April 20, 2019; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – General Public
Place:  Norfolk DPW garage, 33 Medway Branch, Norfolk, MA

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Art in Bloom
Sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dates:  Sat April 27, 2019 to Mon April 29, 2019
Place:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

This year’s featured speaker is Remco Van Vliet, celebrated third-generation Dutch florist and creative director of Van Vliet & Trap Event Design in New York City. Van Vliet & Trap is the preferred event-design company for some of the most prestigious cultural institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Every week, Remco personally designs the stunning colossal urn arrangements and bouquets in the great hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

During Art in Bloom, Remco will lead two Master Classes where he will share his knowledge and expertise about flowers and the design process.  Please join us for this unique opportunity to create designs-to-keep with Rem’s guidance and inspiration. The Master Classes will be held on Saturday, April 27, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00pm – 4:00 pm. Return on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm to enjoy more of Remco’s designs as he demonstrates his techniques in Remis Auditorium. 

Additionally, throughout the weekend we will be offering group tours, highlighting the art and flower pairings.  Reservations are required for both self-guided groups of 10 or more people and for private-guided tours of 10-15 people.  To reserve a tour, visit

Norfolk Community Day
Date:   Sat June 1, 2019
Time:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place:  Holmes Bus Field, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk MA

Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden
2019 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium
Date:  Sat Sept 28, 2019
Time:  8:30 am – 3:45 pm
Place:  Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road, Westford, MA

Early Bird registration is now open!   Register today for our star-studded 2019 Symposium, “Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden.” But first, climb into the MMGA time machine and take a trip with us back to this year’s Symposium, where the day’s final announcement brought attendees to their feet! (Well, okay. Forgive us a bit of hyperbole: at the end of a day packed with lectures, shopping and socializing, we were still sitting but definitely energized.)  

Our “sneak preview” announcement? The 2019 Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th and will include two international celebrities in horticulture/garden design:

  • Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter House & Gardens, East Sussex, England (family home of the late Christopher Lloyd) will be speaking on “Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way.”
  • Jacqueline van der Kloet, acclaimed Dutch garden designer, is credited with breathing new life into classic Dutch tulips by interplanting them with annuals and other perennials. She will be speaking on “Magical Mixes.”

As planning for the fall 2019 event continued, in last month’s newsletter we shared even more exciting news: our third 2019 speaker will be Matt Mattus, a Worcester native, award-winning blogger, plant society leader, and author of new book Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening.  

Last but definitely not least, we are now pleased to report that our 2019 lineup is complete: Fergus, Jacqueline and Matt will be joined by Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden and winner of the Perennial Plant Society’s Young Professional award. Paul is especially passionate about what he calls “the opportunity of containers.” He will be speaking on September 28th on “Container Gardening: Four Seasons of Interest.” 

4-speakers.jpg As always, Symposium registration includes the four lectures, lunch, and access to the Garden Marketplace (think plants and garden décor!) and our popular Silent Auction, featuring unusual fall plant-ables as well as gift cards, tools, and other items donated by Master Gardeners, area nurseries and friends of the MMGA.    To ensure everyone a great experience, attendance is capped; and given our speaker lineup, we expect to fill up fast. Early Bird pricing is in effect. For additional information and to register for the 2019 Symposium, click here.     Questions? Contact us at     P.S. The Symposium is open to gardeners of all levels of experience, from novices to Master Gardeners. Registration makes a great holiday gift for yourself or a gardening friend.