Events in Norfolk and Across New England

In Bloom ~ 2017 Flower & Plant Shows
Place:  Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dive, Boylston MA

  • September 9-10: Carnivorous Plants Show
    Presented by the New England Carnivorous Plants Society
  • September 16-17: Begonia and Gesneriad Show
    Presented by the Buxton Branch American Begonia Society and
    New England Chapter of the Gesnerial Society
  • September 23-24: Dahlia Show
    Presented by the New England Dahlia Society
  • October 21-22: Ikebana Show
    Presented by Ikebana International, Boston Chapter
  • November 4-5: Chrysanthemum Show
  • November 11-12: Terrarium Show

Bees, with Tony Lulek
Date:  Tuesday, September 12
Time:  7:30 PM
Place:   Holliston Senior Center, 150 Goulding St, Holliston, MA 01746

Tony Lulek is passionately involved in beekeeping and has been an active member of the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association for over 13 years and was the lead instructor for the association’s bee school. He is an advocate for the non-use of pesticides and organic method farming, gardening, and lawn care. This meeting is open to the public.

Look into the Lives of the Founders of the Springfield Garden Club with Janet Dolder
Date:  Friday, September 15
Time:  11:30 AM
Place:   500 Main St., Wilbraham, MA

$5.00 guest fee. Contact: Janet at 413-273-1031 or email

Millis Garden Club 3rd Annual Plant Swap
Date:  Wednesday, September 20
Time:  7:00 PM
Place:   Millis Public Library, 961 Main St, Millis, MA 02054

Hospitality will begin at 6:30pm. This is a free event. The public is invited to participate – the more plants you bring, the more plants you can take: bring a plant, take a plant; bring two plants, take two plants. Limited to 4 plants.

Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford “Horticulture Highlights”
Date:  Monday, September 25
Time:  7:00 PM
Place:   Ruth Ann Bleakney Senior Center, 60 N. Bow Street, Milford, MA

Joan Butler, horticulture consultant will present the program in which she will inform us how to grow and display horticulture at a Standard Flower Show. It will start with refreshments at 6:30PM and the presentation at 7:00PM. Donations are accepted.

Stony Brook Annual Fall Fair & Wood Duck Derby
Date:  Sat Oct 7, 2017
Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place: Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, North Street, Norfolk MA
Admission:  $4 Adults, $3 Children (max/family $14)

Join us for a special day of games, crafts, food, and fun for the whole family at Stony Brook’s 38th Annual Fall Fair! Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward supporting Stony Brook’s school, community, and camp programs, and conservation efforts.

Activities & Crafts: Pumpkin painting; cupcake decorating; face painting; games (Rock Monster & Antler Toss); Moon Bounce
Animal Demonstrations & Exhibits: Owls (Eyes on Owls with Marcia Wilson); Honeybees (Norfolk County Beekeepers Association); Rabbits (Norfolk County 4-H Cottontails)
Local Artists & Crafters: Handmade items for sale (just in time for holiday shopping!); Wool spinning demonstrations by the Sunday Spinners
Tasty Food: The Norfolk Lions Club will cook their famous backyard cookout fare, including local roasted corn on the cob!

Wood Duck Derby
Cheer on your favorite as adopted rubber ducks race across the pond towards the finish line! Race starts at 2:00 pm. Wood Ducks (aka rubber ducks), which have been adopted by supporters of the fundraiser, will splash into the Stony Brook pond and race downstream towards the finish line to win great prizes for their adoptive parents. The first duck to cross the finish line wins the Grand Prize of $750 cash!

Christmas in Bloom Exhibit of Floral Arrangements
Date:  December 19 – 23
Time:  11 AM – 3 PM
Place:   Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 01510

The first annual Christmas in Bloom exhibit at the Museum of Russian Icons will feature floral arrangements designed to evoke the essence of Russian icons, a form of sacred art, and the stories they represent.

Floral designers are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation of a floral arrangement for this exhibit. Arrangements should draw inspiration from one of a set of preselected icons from the museum’s collection. The arrangement, which should have a base no larger than 16″ X 16″ and composed of fresh plant material, will be presented alongside the work of art on a pedestal, with a label listing the materials used and any comments the designer wishes to provide. For more details on the process and requirements, and for a design submission form, email Design submission forms are due by September 30th.