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September: “Responsible Gardening for the 21st Century: The Sustainable Landscape on Cape Cod” Marie Stella, Beaver Lodge Environmental Learning Center An advocate of sustainable gardening, Marie will teach us to assume a proactive role in creating a sustainable landscape in our yards. Her lecture will focus on experimenting with techniques to use drought tolerant plants in “dry gardening”, choosing well-suited indigenous native plants, employing plant buffer zones, reducing lawn areas, maintaining genetic diversity and implementing thoughtful water management.
October: “To the French Manor Born” Yvette Viard, Charlotte Designs Flower Boutique In the French manner, Yvette places a great premium on couture-style techniques. In this demonstration, she will create three elegant floral arrangements – a French bouquet, a floral topiary and a fall arrangement – that are awash in color and texture and will leave members with a profound sense of nature’s bounty and beauty. Her detailed explanation of mechanics and design principles will inspire us to replicate her techniques in our own designs.
November: “Designers Gone Wild” OGC members Susan Dewey, Cindi Reid, Gail Reilly and Karen Pinard will provide a demonstration in one of the design styles we have grown to love: traditional, creative, underwater and Ikebana. They will walk us through the mechanics, flower choices, design principles and techniques, as they create a fascinating and original design right before our eyes. This is a great way for our in-house designers to share their talents and for the members to learn from the experts.
December: Holiday Gathering followed by our Meals on Wheels Mugs Workshop
February: “Plant Combinations for a Long Season of Bloom” Warren Leach, Tranquil Lake Nursery Horticulturist Warren Leach believes you can enjoy colorful and fragrant flowers even in January and have blooms that celebrate all the other seasons, without a greenhouse or conservatory. Through his lecture and slideshow, Warren will introduce us to plants and seasonal combinations that will extend our garden enjoyment.
March: “Jaw-Dropping, Traffic Stopping, Get-Your-Neighbors - Talking Containers” Deborah Trickett, The Captured Garden Award-winning container gardening designer Deborah Trickett will present a slide show followed by a demonstration of combining unusual plant material and creative design ideas to craft one-of-a-kind containers. If you’re tired of the same old window boxes, want to move beyond the unexpected, and hope to take your containers from “blah” to “aaah”, follow Deborah’s advice on appropriate containers, soil mixes and plant choices.
April: “Not Your Typical Celebration of Spring” Maureen Christmas, Floral Notes An award winner in many New England flower shows, Maureen will use her expertise to create arrangements, ranging from traditional to creative styles, to celebrate 4 spring events – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, and a spring wedding – and inspire us to do likewise.
May: “An Update on the Invasive Alien Plant Crisis” Peter Alden, National Audubon Society Author Author of fifteen books, Peter will discuss how this silent eco-terrorist alien plant plague occurred and what the consequences of our actions or inactions are likely to be. We will learn about the offending trees, shrubs, vines and herbs, as well as options for controlling them in our gardens.