Events in Norfolk and Across New England

“A Summer Garden Sampler Garden Tour”
Sponsored by the Wareham Garden Club
Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Wareham Public Library, Wareham, 59 Marion Rd, Wareham, MA

“A Stroll Through the Gardens of Salem Willows” Neighborhood
Sponsored by the Salem Garden Club
Date:  Saturday, July 13
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: Tickets: $22 day of the tour at the corner of Winter Island Rd. and Fort Ave., Salem, MA. $20 if purchased by Thursday, July 11, 2019 at

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.

Stony Brook Fall Fair
Sponsored by the Stony Brook Nature Center
Date: Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:108 North Street, Norfolk, MA 02056

6th Annual Wood Duck Derby

(Race starts at approximately 2 pm)
We are gearing up for our annual fall tradition, and this year promises to be better than ever! The 6th Annual Wood Duck Derby is taking place on Saturday, October 5, at Stony Brook during our Fall Fair. The fundraiser is sponsored in collaboration with the Norfolk Community League.

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! All proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and the Norfolk Community League.