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.

Bow Making Workshop
Date: Wed August 12, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: 4 Hoover Road, Norfolk

Learn how the professionals make bows using a wooden framed bow maker. Bows will be sold at our sled sale in December. To register contact Nia Tzellas.

Welcome Back Meeting
Date:  Wed August 26, 2020
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

Share your summer garden photos (successes as well as challenges) with your fellow club members in a virtual slide show. Send in 2-3 photos to Stephanie Hamel and we will share them at this Virtual Welcome Back event.         

Welcome Fall with Your Garden Treasures presented by Liz Davey and Michele Drolette
Date:  Wed Sept 9, 2020
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

Join Liz and Michele as they demonstrate how to create some unique fall designs made from the bounty of our gardens, foliage, and wild gatherings. They will create three fall designs to demonstrate how to use some of the beautiful greens, dried stems, and flowers abundantly available in late summer and early fall. One table decoration, one hanging decoration and one wreath will be created and gifted as “door prizes” to attendees.

 An Apple a Day presented by Nancy Riggs – POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2021apples
Date:  Wed Oct 14, 2020
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.”

Dedication of the Tree for Essential Workers
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Place: Gazebo, Town Hill
(Rain Date is Sunday October 18 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
We hope to have a safe and informal tree dedication followed by a short meeting. We are awaiting approval from the Town to have this small
event. During this event we will have refreshments and the opportunity to socialize with fellow club members. This meeting is only for Garden Club members to limit the number of people gathering on Town Hill.

Plants go to War: A Botanical History of World War II presented by Judith Sumner
Date:  Wed Nov 18, 2020 (w/Millis Garden Club)
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Virtual Zoom Meeting

We will look at military history from a botanical perspective, from Victory Gardens and agriculture to timber, rubber, coal, and cotton, the many plant products that supplied the military and the home front during a time of intense need and high demand.  The talk will include a special look at medicinal plants, including their use in the Pacific War, the County Herb Committees in England, and the development of penicillin as a critical wartime drug. Join us for a unique view of World War II through a botanical lens. In short, we would not have won the war without plants!

Green Gathering Party
Date:  Sat Nov 28, 2020
Time:  1:00 pm
Place:  Meet at Pine Street Recreation Center first entrance coming from the center of town.

Holiday Baskets for the Norfolk Food Pantry (Helena Drolette & Michele Drolette)


Members signed up for Take and Make Holiday Baskets.

Swags for Sleds and Skis (Emily Nicodemus and Michelle Noonan)
Swags will be made at Emily’s garage outside on tables spaced safely distanced apart. Signups have seen sent to members.

Annual Holiday Celebration
Date: Wed Dec 9, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Zoom meeting

Our Annual Celebration will have a fun-filled winter getaway theme of Hawaiian Holidays. A collaborative tropical tablescape will set the tone of our getaway. Sharing the holiday spirit and enjoying the sights and sounds of Hawaii may be just the respite we all need after many getaways have been cancelled or postponed in 2020. Wear some colorful or tropical attire and imagine dining under the palms!

It is a potluck dinner so feel free to bring your favorite dish to share. The Hospitality Committee will provide dessert and beverages as well as some Hawaiian recipes if anyone is looking for suggestions.

Meeting to plan 2021-2022 Programs
Date:  Wed Jan 13, 2021 (Wed Jan 20, 2021 Snow Date)
Time:  7:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Lounge, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Please bring or send your ideas for presentations, workshops, field trips etc. you would like included next year. If you are unable to attend, please send your ideas to Michelle Noonan or Emily Nicodemus.

seedsNational Seed Swap Day
Seed Swap & Winter Seeding Workshop
(Liz Davey and Stephanie Markham)
Date:  Sat Jan 30, 2021 (Snow Date: Sat Feb 6, 2021)
Time:  1:00 – 3:00 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

Bring an empty milk or water jug and get a head start on your 2021 gardens by making a mini greenhouse and starting some seeds.

Bring seeds to swap or take some of ours or borrow seeds from the Norfolk Library’s Seed Library.

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:  6:30 pmPlace:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, 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.

Zeigler’s Market Garden presented by Zach Zeigler and Sarah Visnick
Date:  Wed March 10, 2021
Time:  6:30 pm
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

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?

Floral Arrangement for Norfolk’s 150th Birthday Party
Date:  Sat May 8, 2021
Time:  9:00 am – noon
Place:  Norfolk Library Community Room, 2 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA

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:  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

Mon August 24, 2020
Mon Sept 28, 2020
Wed Oct 28, 2020
Mon Nov 30, 2020
Mon January 25, 2021
Mon February 22, 2021
Mon March 29, 2021
Mon April 26, 2021
Mon May 24, 2021