Events in Norfolk and Across New England

Cactus and Succulent Potting Workshop – WORKSHOP IS FULL; WAITING LIST
Sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library

Presented by Laurence Magner and Carolyn Iacoviello, Members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts (CSSMA.ORG)

Date:  Sat Feb 23, 2019
Time:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Community Room, Norfolk Public Library139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

During the first part of this workshop, participants will be introduced to the wonderful world of Cacti and Succulents, presented with some design considerations, and instructed on how to assemble their own container gardens, appropriately sized for tabletop or windowsill use.   Then after a brief demo, each participant will receive everything they need to assemble their own beautiful container garden.

At the end of the class, each participant will get to bring home their own tabletop garden, as well as printed instructions on proper cactus and succulent home care.


“Sustainable Gardening” presented by Rebecca Warner
Sponsored by the Needham Garden Club
Date:   Feb 26, 2019
Time:  9:30 AM
Place:  Needham Free Public Library, Community Room, 1139 Highland Ave, Needham Heights, MA
Cost:    $5 for non-garden club members


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

For more information: NorfolkMALibraryFriends.org


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 SympInfo@MassMasterGardeners.org.     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.