2020-2021 GCN Calendar

Programs for 2020-2021

Due to the unpredictable environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting times and places may be changed to Virtual meetings. Watch for email updates.

 An Apple a Day presented by Nancy Riggs – RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 13, 2021apples
Date:  Wed Oct 13, 2021
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Join Nancy Riggs as she talks about the apple tree’s lovely blossoms, its famous fruit, the history of apple production and the industry. Her presentation includes an “apple tasting” with five in-season varieties fresh from the orchard. Nancy is a certified master gardener as well as a Tree Steward. She lives in a 1780’s farmhouse with two trees dating back 200 years. Her garden has been on numerous garden tours including the Tower Hill’s “City Spaces and Country Places,” The Master Gardener Garden Tour and Preservation Worcester’s “historic house and garden tour.

Winter Planning for Your Summer Garden
Co-sponsored by Norfolk Community TV, Norfolk Public Library and the Garden Club of Norfolk
National Seed Swap Day – Seed Swap & Winter Seeding 
(Liz Davey and Stephanie Markham)

View anytime online

Cactus and Succulent Workshop presented by Lau Magner and Carolyn Iacoviello, members of the Cactus and Succulent Society of MA (CSSMA.ORG)
cactusLimited to 25 people – Reservations Required
Date:  Wed Feb 10, 2021
Time:  7 pm
Place:  Virtual Zoom Workshop
Cost:    Members no cost; Non-members $25
Workshop is full.

Please join The Garden Club of Norfolk for this Cactus and Succulent Workshop presented by Lau Magner and Carolyn Lacoviello. Participants will be introduced to the wonderful world of Cacti and Succulents, presented with some design considerations, and instructed on how to assemble your own container gardens, appropriately sized for tabletop and windowsill use. As a participant you will receive a kit with everything you need to assemble your own beautiful container garden. You will also be provided with printed instructions on proper cactus and succulent care at home. Kits will be delivered to your home the week before the presentation.

Non-members send your $25 fee to the Garden Club of Norfolk, PO Box 444, Norfolk, MA

Gorgeous Gardens of New England
Co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Norfolk and the Norfolk Public Library
Date: Tues Feb 23, 2021
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Place: Virtual Meeting

Reserve your spot on the Norfolk Public Library website, follow this link.

Joanne Pearson is a professional photographer. Her photographs of gardens and landscapes have been featured in numerous magazines and calendars.

On the evening of February 23, Joanne will be virtually presenting Gorgeous Gardens of New England. This lively presentation features a beautiful slideshow of some of her favorite public and private gardens in our region. She will be sharing with you the fascinating history of these gardens and some valuable tips on garden design and techniques for photographing flowers and gardens.

Zeigler’s Market Garden presented by Zach Zeigler and Sarah Visnick
Date:  Wed March 10, 2021
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

Zach and Sarah will explain how their produce is grown on historic farmland in town using organic methods and sustainable farming practices that do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Instead their focus is put on using locally made compost, increasing biodiversity in the field, and choosing crop varieties and growing techniques that naturally repel pests and diseases.

‘Shady Characters’ aka “Plants for Shady Spots” Presented by Joann Vieira
Date:  Wed April 21, 2021
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Millis Public Library, 961 Main St, Millis, MA 02054

Join Joann Vieira as we look at shrubs and perennial plants to illuminate a shade gardenShady Plants throughout the growing season.

As the founding Director of Horticulture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the current statewide Director of Horticulture for The Trustees of Reservations, Joann has had an unparalleled opportunity to experiment with thousands of plants over the years. She has a passion for sustainable techniques, beautiful color and textural combinations, and year round interest.

Joann holds a degree in Environmental Design from the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is the recipient of the Worcester County Horticultural Society and Massachusetts Horticultural Society Silver Medals, The Thomas Roland Medal of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the 2018 recipient of the Beacon Award of the Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics throughout the region; and contributes to horticultural publications regionally and nationally.

NCG Garden chairmen: Remember the Plant Sale by potting any plants you remove from your gardens or any you divide. Please do it in time for in the Annual Plant Sale.

Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Landscaping for Bird Diversity presented by Claudia Thompson, Founder – Grow Native Massachusetts
Date:  Wed May 12, 2021 with the Franklin Garden Club
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Learn how to create landscapes with genuine ecological value for a wide array of avian species— from songbirds, to raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and more. Claudia will lead an in-depth exploration of the principles and practices for achieving this goal, based on understanding the habitat and food requirements for bird survival. We start with the essential importance of native plants. Then we will take a deeper look at the value of different canopy layers, preferred planting strategies, techniques for providing water, and the critical role of active ecological systems to avian survival. We finish by considering our human interactions with birds. What are the pros and cons of feeding birds directly? Do nest boxes really help our native songbirds to breed? And given the threats from both human activity and non-native bird species, how can we tilt the balance in favor of our native songbirds?

Annual Plant and Bake Sale
Date:  Sat May 22, 2021
Time:  9:00 am-noon
Place:  Norfolk Town Hill and Gazebo, Norfolk, MA

Reminder – Norfolk Civic Gardens (NGC)
NCG need to be ready for Memorial Day celebrations, Monday May 31, 2021, as well as summer events on Town Hill.

Installation of Officers, Potluck Dinner, Iris Garden Tour and Plant Swap
Date:   Wed June 2, 2021
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Stephanie Markham’s gardens, 22 Lawrence Street, Norfolk, MA

Join us for our end of the year social evening featuring a tour of Stephanie’s Iris Gardens. Her gardens contain thousands of irises of different varieties, of all types and sizes, and in every color of the rainbow. We are so lucky to have the Awards Chair of the Median Iris Society as a member of our garden club. Median irises provide a wide range of beautiful colors and patterns on hardy, easy-to-grow, smaller garden plants.

Along with our tour, we will be installing new officers, saying thank you to others while making plans for the following year. Members are encouraged to bring their favorite appetizer, salad, or a light main dish to share. The hospitality committee will provide desserts and beverages.

Stephanie has graciously again agreed to share with us her treasurers – thousands of different iris varieties, from tiny shade-loving species to the tallest and fanciest of bearded irises in every color of the rainbow.

We will also have a plant swap with a cap of $10 per item if it is purchased.

Tour of the Gardens at Elm Bank
Date:  Wed June 9, 2021
Time:  6:15 pm – Leave from library parking lot to Carpool to Wellesley; 7:00 pm -Tour starts
Place:  900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA 02482

Join Mass Hort’s horticultural team for a guided tour of The Gardens at Elm Bank. Explore unique specimens, while learning the history of our organization and the gardens upbringing. Hear what our horticulturalists have to say about the gardens current flora as well as what they have planned for future instalments.”

Board Meetings – 7 PM – Locations TBD- mostly Virtual
Mon August 24, 2020
Mon Sept 28, 2020
Wed Oct 28, 2020
Mon Nov 30, 2020
Mon January 18, 2021
Mon February 22, 2021
Mon March 29, 2021
Mon April 26, 2021
Mon May 24, 2021