Meetings

Potluck Supper and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
At St. Luke’s Parish Center, 1 Ruggles Street, 6:30 pm

Join us for our annual meeting and potluck dinner. We will reconnect for an evening with great food, wonderful companionship, and a preview of upcoming events for our program year. Please come prepared to pay your dues and sign up for an activity to share your talents!


Pumpkin Wall

Saturday, October 28, 2017
At Bay State Commons, Union Street

Join in the fun by bringing your best carved pumpkin and candle (battery operated or glow stick only) to the Wall at Bay State Commons. Everyone is invited to join in by dropping off their Jack O’Lantern creations for display between 4pm and 6pm. The display will then be open to the public from 7pm to 9pm. Pumpkins need to be picked up by 9:30pm that night. Come and enjoy this new tradition!


Holiday Social

December – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Celebrate the holiday season with your gardening friends.


Accelerated Strength and Balance ~ exercise and nutrition presentation and workshop for gardeners

with Paul Reilly of Accelerated Strength & Balance

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

at 24 Lyman Street, Suite 140

6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm business meeting; 7:15 pm program begins

It might only be January but we are all looking forward to Spring and getting outdoors and back in the garden.  At ACCELERATED Strength & Balance we believe that our best days are still ahead of us.  We work with people to create and enjoy the life they’ve always dreamed of by building a strong foundation of solid Functional Strength, Balance, and Nutrition.  We will learn how ASB’s Team uses a high energy approach, fun and invigorating exercise programs, and the latest scientific research.  To finish, we will enjoy a fun, but light, strength and balance workout.  Find out more about ASB at http://acceleratedstrengthandbalance.com.


 

The History of Growing and Selling Dahlias
With Thomas Mickey, Master Gardener from Quincy

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
At Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm business meeting; 7:15 pm program begins

Plant hunters from Spain first saw the dahlia in Mexico in the 1500s. By the late 1700s dahlias grew in the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid. Shortly after that, dahlias appeared in other European countries like England, Germany, Italy, and France where Empress Josephine introduced the flower. Customers of English nurseries experienced ‘dahlia mania’. Gardeners could not get enough of this flower, especially the newest variety. By 1850 the number of dahlias increased from dozens to hundreds, mostly through hybridizing.

In the 1830s American nurseries began growing and selling dahlias. Public horticultural exhibitions, like the Philadelphia Flower Show, included them in competition.

Since then the dahlia has had its ups and downs in popularity both in Europe and America. That all changed in 1990 when the popular English garden writer Christopher Lloyd began to champion the dahlia once again. He reintroduced the old-fashioned dahlia called ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and dahlias took off.

Today there are 57,000 varieties of dahlias on the market. People have a hard time choosing which one to grow. Once again gardeners everywhere love the dahlia.


Going Native: Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs

With Betty Sanders
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
At Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm business meeting; 7:15 pm program begins

Native trees and shrubs evolved in New England without our help. They have adapted to hot, dry summers and cold winters, to browsing deer, and to local insects. The flowers and fruit they produce attract birds and butterflies, and along with their foliage add color to your landscape. Nativars—the cultivars of native plants—have expanded the color palette and options for the homeowner


Whirlwind of Begonias

With Mary Beth Hayes of Sepervirens Flowers
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
At Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm business meeting; 7:15 pm program begins

The presentation covers natural history, growing begonias indoors and in the garden, overwintering your begonias, using begonias in floral arrangements, simple propagation, and a baker’s dozen of easy-to-grow begonias. (That’s why there’s a lot of slides!) A one-page handout with summary info on growing begonias, sources, Web links, etc. will be given to all.

We will also do some leaf and rhizome cutting propagation, which members can take home in a Ziploc baggie.


The Pollinator Garden

With Kim Smith of Kim Smith Designs
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
At Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm business meeting; 7:15 pm program begins

Following the rhythm of the seasons, celebrated landscape designer Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates.


June Social

June – date and location to be determined