2018-2019 AGC General Meeting Program

Please note: Coffee and refreshments will be served at 10:00 a.m, unless noted otherwise in the particular meeting description, with the general meeting to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visitors planning to attend an AGC General Meeting, please complete the form below:

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When:

Unless noted otherwise, AGC General Meetings are held:

The first Tuesday of the month at 10:00, October through May

Coffee and refreshment @ 10:00.

AGC business is conducted at the beginning.  

Meetings are open to visitors. A donation of $10.00 (cash or check) at the door is appreciated. On occasion an additional donation may be requested to cover a specific meeting's extraordinary costs. 

    Where:

 Unless noted otherwise, AGC General meetings are at:

South Church Fellowship Hall, Central St., Andover, MA, unless otherwise noted. (Click MAP).

Entrance to Fellowship Hall is on the right side of the church, toward the rear of the building.

*Note - Meetings will be cancelled when Andover schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather.


2018-2019 Past Club General Meetings

October 2, 2018

Bees and Brunch

With over 40 years of experience with bees, pollination and apiary management, Professor Bill Hamilton from Black Birch Farm Apiaries in West Newbury is well qualified to lead this slide show presentation and discussion on sustainable bee farming. Professor Hamilton also runs The Bee School at Salem State University, where he offers hands-on workshops onfall and winter hive management. A special brunch will also be served.

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For more information about  Black Birch Farm Apiaries visit https://blackbirchfarmapiaries.com/.

2018-2019 Club General Meetings

November 6, 2018 @7:00 pm

Transitioning Your Tablescape Through The Holidays

If you drive along Route 9 in Kennebunk, Maine, there is a lovely enclave which will stop you in your tracks—Snug Harbor Farm. Tonight, the farm will feature arrangements that begin with a Thanksgiving table, transition to a winter holiday table and end with a New Year’s table. Creations will be raffled off at the end of the program. 

*This evening program is shared with us by Spade and Trowel Garden Club and the North Andover Garden Club.

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December 4, 2018

House Tour Boutique Workshop

Join us as we design wreaths, swags and topiaries for our holiday House Tour Boutique. Members will be asked to sign up for one of these three workshops at the November meeting. (At the November meeting, members may also sign up to purchase a personal wreath or materials for a boxwood topiary.) Join your AGC friends for a morning of creativity!  It is requested that NO GUESTS be invited to this meeting due to the increased size of the club and space limitations of the hall. 

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January 8, 2019

Color, Theory, Floral Art & The Impressionists

Stow resident Martha Chiarchiaro, a lecturer of art history with more than 30 years’ experience, has custom-designed a program for the AGC which will highlight color theory and the work of the Impressionists. Martha has a master’s degree in art history from Williams College and teaches a variety of evening courses on the history of art. Her talk will help inform how we view the place of color in the works of some of our favorite artists.


February 5, 2018

Climate Reality

Quentin Prideaux began learning about climate change in the 1990s, is active in various local climate groups and leads dialogues on global warming. His talk will cover the causes and  impact of climate change, and the actions we need to take to counter it. Today’s program will be both enlightening and moving, and will engage the audience in a discussion. If you are looking for a climate refresher, ideas to act on or a stimulating give-and-take—join us!

 Quentin trained with Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project. He has created his own overview of the subject of climate change with the express intention of inspiring hope, and showing a way forward.

Quentin trained with Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project. He has created his own overview of the subject of climate change with the express intention of inspiring hope, and showing a way forward.


March 5, 2019

Spring IN Provence

Les Fleurs owner, Sandra Sigman, will create several distinctive French-inspired designs, with her signature attention to detail and personal style. One of the Northshore and Merrimack Valley’s premier floral, home and garden shops, Les Fleurs clearly deserves a visit —but we’re almost certain you’ve already been! Expect to be inspired by Sandra’s unique perspective on floral design. Raffle tickets for her creations can be purchased after the program.

  “Les Fleurs in Andover is known for its dreamy, French-inspired florals, but owner Sandra Sigman also loves sharing her skills with others. That’s why Sigman hosts classes and workshops throughout the year that have proved super popular and sell out quickly”   For more information about Les Fleurs visit  https://lesfleurs.com/

“Les Fleurs in Andover is known for its dreamy, French-inspired florals, but owner Sandra Sigman also loves sharing her skills with others. That’s why Sigman hosts classes and workshops throughout the year that have proved super popular and sell out quickly”

For more information about Les Fleurs visit https://lesfleurs.com/

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April 2, 2019

Art and Spirit In The Garden

Award-winning landscape designer and sculptor Karin Stanley was born in Ireland and works in stone, metal and mixed media. She designs modern sculpture by tapping into Irish and  Scottish influences of light, stone and air. Karin will help us create meaningful, spirit-filled gardens using appropriate plants, lighting, sculptures, water and other elements.

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May 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am (AGC General Membership and Annual Meeting

Creative Forces In Design and Photography

AGC’s very own floral designer and sculptor, Ann Lange, will partner with flower show judge Rita DeLollis, each inspiring us with a creative design and a discussion of how it would be judged. They will be joined by photographer Chris Wood, who will show us, through her camera lens, how she captures the individual elements of design. This trio will delight us with their unique ideas and entertain us along the way! Lunch will be served following the program.

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2017-2018 Club General Meetings

October 3, 2017 (55 Towne Rd, Boxford,MA)

Ifarm Permaculture TOur

Ifarm's head permaculturist, Debby Richards, will lead the AGC group through the farm's two-acre, organic permaculture garden. She will describe the process of establishing and growing a sustainable and self-sufficient garden, including the use of sheet mulching, composting and the concepts of permaculture. Participants will have a chance to ask questions, to wander the garden, and to sample some of Ifarm's own herbs.

Photos by F.Y.J Wheeler of iFarm Tour 10/3/17                                                                    


November 7, 2017

Designing For The Holidays

Expert designer Julie Lapham has over twenty years of experience providing the perfect floral touch to special occasions and holiday gatherings. Proprietor of Julie Lapham Designs in Southborough, MA, Julie will dazzle the eye with an array of creative arrangements and will share tips to help us decorate with seasonal flair. Following the program, attendees can purchase raffle tickets for Julie's distinctive designs.


December 5, 2017

Wreath Workshop

Once again members will be able to usher in the holiday season by decorating a wreath. Sign up in advance to purchase wreaths to be assembled at the workshop.  Please bring your own ribbon and decorations. Someone will be available to help make bows. Join your AGC friends for a morning of creativity and festive fun.  It is requested that NO Visitors be invited to this meeting due to the increased size of the club and space limitations of the hall. 


January 2, 2018

Bringing Nature Home TO Your Garden

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Rebecca Warner is a home gardener in Newton, MA, with thirty years' experience working toward developing a sustainable garden. Club members will learn from Warner how to choose beautiful plants that will attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our yards. Warner will also share a number of garden maintenance tricks that will make our properties hospitable to a wide variety of friendly insects.  

Tom Strangfeld believes in creating vibrant, imaginative landscapes by mixing equal parts people, places and plants. According to his gardening philosophy, a home's exterior should be as important and personal as its interior, and should not be just a lawn with a collection of evergreens around a foundation. Tom's presentation stems from a project he has been working on in Wellfleet, MA, since 2010 and is sure to be a source of many creative landscaping ideas.

Read more about Tom Strangfeld at "Helping people take back their yards" and see pictures of his garden here.

Visitors, please let us know you are planning to attend by completing and submitting the form below.


February 6, 2018

Creating An Imaganitive Landscape

 Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Tom Strangfeld believes in creating vibrant, imaginative landscapes by mixing equal parts people, places and plants. According to his gardening philosophy, a home's exterior should be as important and personal as its interior, and should not be just a lawn with a collection of evergreens around a foundation. Tom's presentation stems from a project he has been working on in Wellfleet, MA, since 2010 and is sure to be a source of many creative landscaping ideas.

Read more about Tom Strangfeld at "Helping people take back their yards" and see pictures of his garden here.

Visitors, please let us know you are planning to attend by completing and submitting the form below.


March 6, 2018

Organic Gardening - Rita Wollmering

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We all hear a lot about “organic gardening,” but how can we actually practice it? Rita Wollmering, owner of the HERB FARMacy in Salisbury, MA, will teach us the “basics” and share tips for growing high-quality plants in environmentally-friendly ways. Rita's program will focus on plant selection and requirements, and plant and soil care, as well as the harvesting and use of herbs and vegetables. Today's presentation will make “Going Green” a lot easier.


April 3, 2018

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat - Joan Butler

This delightfully illustrated program explores the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Bird lover Joan Butler will explore the joys and benefits of creating beautiful layered gardens designed to bring avian performers right into your own backyard.  

Read more about Joan Butler at Enchanted Gardens


May 1, 2018

Floral Designing With Panache - Tony Todesco

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Stow florist Tony Todesco is a legend within floral design circles. Through his creative use of plant material and his technical knowledge, Tony has become a sought after designer and lecturer. This morning, Tony will work his particular magic, amazing us as he creates both traditional and unique floral designs. At the conclusion of this exciting program, Tony's creations will be raffled off to attendees.