Massachusetts Master Gardener 2018 Symposium

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 Yes, September seems "forever" away. And, yes, there's still plenty of time to sign up. But Early Bird registrants not only save money, they are also less likely to forget the date.  For Symposium details − including speakers' bios and a complete agenda −    click here .   Our 2018 Garden Marketplace will feature a number of practical, fun and unique items, including proven and recently-introduced plants as well as book signings by all four speakers.

Yes, September seems "forever" away. And, yes, there's still plenty of time to sign up. But Early Bird registrants not only save money, they are also less likely to forget the date.

For Symposium details − including speakers' bios and a complete agenda − click hereOur 2018 Garden Marketplace will feature a number of practical, fun and unique items, including proven and recently-introduced plants as well as book signings by all four speakers.

Grow Native Massachusetts - Traveling Workshops


Upcoming Traveling Workshops | Catch Claudia in action!

Our Founder, Claudia Thompson, travels all over the state to share her acclaimed workshops about the "whys" and "hows" of landscaping with natives. This March we are offering several presentations; most of the programs run for an hour and-a-half. The Topsfield program is longer to allow for a deep dive into the subject, with more detail on how to successfully incorporate native plants into our gardens

All of these talks are open to the public, and most are free. Please join us!

Landscaping with Native Plants: Why it Matters
This signature talk is an inspiring primer on the value of native plants to biodiversity, and the power each of us has to impact our local ecosystems. Claudia uses her urban garden as a case study to show us the effects of "going native", and to illustrate why the ecologically-conscious stewardship of all lands is vital to conservation.

Topsfield Town Library
March 10 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm | 1 South Common St in Topsfield, MA
Part I: Landscaping with Native Plants: Why it Matters
Part II: Lessons from the Garden

Roslindale Public Library
March 24 | 10:00 am | 4246 Washington St in Roslindale, MA
Landscaping with Native Plants: Why it Matters

The Andover Seed Library Program

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You may be interested in these upcoming programs:

Weston Nurseries Seed Starting Seminar

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March 10 1:00-2:00pm

Weston Nurseries of Chelmsford

160 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA

Have you ever wanted to start your own garden from seed?

Join us for this hands-on seed starting workshop to learn all the basics! We begin with teaching the timing of seed starting and what seeds work best indoors. We will also talk about planting containers, seed starting soil, grow lights, and fertilizer, and how to take care of your seedlings once they have germinated. You’ll also have a chance to plant a seed in a mini peat pot to take home with you.

This seminar is FREE, but you must register online in advance. Class space is limited so don’t wait!

Click the following link to register: Weston Nurseries

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North Andover Garden Club Upcoming Events

  All meetings will be held at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main St., North Andover, unless otherwise noted.

 All meetings will be held at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main St., North Andover, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Chameleon Containers with Deborah Trickett

Container gardens have the power to transform the space in which you live.  They can turn front doors, back decks, and intimate patios into more welcoming places.  During this program we will see examples of designs that transition throughout the seasons.

Deborah is an award-winning container garden designer whose work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Garden Gate, New England Home, and on the TV show, New England Dream Home.   

 Open to the Public. 


 Tuesday, June 12, 2018

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Garden Design: Art of the Vignette with Cheryl Monroe at Stevens Memorial Library

This is a fun design presentation featuring small spaces in a garden to convey a sense of drama and personal style and how to avoid common faux pas.  Cheryl Monroe talks about using color, design features, and objects d'art to draw the eye and create fabulous vignettes.  Cheryl, a Master Gardener specializing in clematis and garden deisgn, follows the motto "Pretty it up!" and strives to have beautiful pest-free gardens on her one-acre plot in central Massachusetts where she grows close to 100 clematis species and hybrids, dozens of ornamental vines, hundreds of perennials, and a large variety of both deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs.  See Cheryl's entertaining blog (Garden in the Burrow) for more information.

 Open to the public (at Stephens Memorial Library.)

Evenings With The Experts (Grow Native Massachusetts)


A Public Lecture Series at the Cambridge Public Library

  • First Wednesdays of each month, from February through May
    7:00 — 8:30 pm
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
  • Each talk will last about an hour with time for Q&A afterward.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm for general seating. Seating is unassigned and will be available on a first-come basis.
  • Events are free and open to all.

2018 Programs

  • April 4
    Revealing a Sense of Place

    Matthew Cunningham, Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

    Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

    Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.

    This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects

  • May 2
    Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line
    Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture, Friends of the High Line

    The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment. 

    As Director of Horticulture for the Friends of the High Line, Andi Pettis leads a world-class team of gardeners who care for this beloved elevated park in Manhattan. Andi’s horticulture career in New York City spans nearly two decades, including work in both private and public garden settings, park management, and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden. 

Location, Parking & Transit Info

Cambridge Public Library Location Map

Limited public parking is available under the Library, with an entrance ramp on Broadway. Fee is $1/hour.

Limited metered spaces are available in the area, including on Broadway, Cambridge Street, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and around Cambridge Common. Cambridge resident street spaces are available throughout the area.

If you are driving, know that this is an active urban area, and allow time to park. Please carpool if you can. It reduces the competition for spaces.

Additional garage parking is available at market rates in Harvard Square (a short walk across Harvard Yard) at the Harvard Square Parking Garage and several other locations.

The closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show-Botanic Garden of Smith College

Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018


The annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show features an extraordinary display of blooms in a variety of shapes and colors. The Fall Mum Show has been a popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s and showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The public gets a chance to vote on their favorites.

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show always begins the first Saturday in November and runs for two weeks including the third weekend.

Location: Lyman Conservatory

Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College.

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
Fridays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
MEMBERS ONLY 9:00 to 10:00 am daily (please bring your membership card)
The suggested donation is $5.00
Parking info >>

Group visit info>> 
Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance.
*NO Guided Tours during the flower shows.

Hampshire Life feature of 2016 Chrysanthemum Show
Slide show of past Chrysanthemum Shows

Concord Museum Garden Tour

Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 2018.


Celebrating 29 Years of a New England Tradition.

The famed Concord spokesman for individualism and self-reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once wrote: “When I go into a good garden, I think, if it were mine, I should never go out of it.” This year the Concord Museum is celebrating 29 years of “going into good gardens” on the annual Concord Garden Tour. 

The Museum’s Guild of Volunteers has organized this pre-eminent garden tour, an unequalled opportunity both to share in the delights of beautiful and historic private gardens in Concord and to support the Museum’s Education Programs which annually serve over 12,000 students from 85 Massachusetts communities and 22 states. 

The Museum’s Garden Tour has become a New England tradition for garden lovers from near and far. The Garden Tour will take place on two days, Friday and Saturday, June 1 and June 2, rain or shine. Each of the private gardens reflects the individual interests and passions of the owners and their families and will inspire both new gardeners designing their first perennial bed and accomplished landscapers with acres of “garden rooms.”

The tour of Concord-area gardens is self-guided and self-paced, beginning each day at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 4:00 p.m. Garden-goers should arrive at the Museum to pick up their maps prior to starting out. Tickets are good for either or both days, but each garden may only be visited once.  No refunds; no photography. 

Early Registration Tickets are $30 Concord Museum Members, $40 Non-Members. Tickets purchased after May 28 or at the door are $35 Concord Museum Members, $40 Non-Members. Check back for more registration links and information. 

Camellia Blooming Season

Sunday, February 20 - Friday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 


Visit our celebrated collection of camellias in the 1804 camellia house at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. 

Many of the trees are more than one hundred years old. At this time of year, they put forth a profusion of blossoms in all sizes and shapes. 

New England Rose Society 2018 Yankee District COnvention & Floral Workshop

Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m

Taking the next step - Moving on from Traditional

National Arrangement Chair, Nancy Redington, and National Award winning Arranger, Joan Singer, will again present a day of developing arranger skills. They will be assisted by two skilled arrangers and arrangement judges, Curtis Aumiller, who will be also speaking on Saturday and our very own District Floral Arrangement  Chair, Craig Dorschel. There will be a review of Traditional arrangements as a refresher before moving on into the styles classified as Modern. Beginners, if they desire, will be accommodated with extra time in the traditional styles in order to feel comfortable to move on to the Modern classifications. The day will be filled with hands-on experience for all participants with “one on one” instructor support.  In the afternoon, Craig Dorschel will demonstrate the Oriental manner styles most seen in rose shows. His skills in Ikebana will illustrate the relationship of Oriental to Modern Designs.

The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton, 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810, in the Salon D Ballroom. Lunch, drinks, refreshments, handouts, oasis and plant material will be provided. You are welcome to bring any plant material.

Download Floral Workshop registration form from this Link.

Download District Convention registration form from this Link.

Download District Convention schedule from this Link.

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Fascinating Plants for Shade Gardens

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)


This illuminating presentation will help you see your way out of the dark to reveal a candy store brimming with gorgeous specimens for part shade or shade. Featured plants include perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals, bulbs and flowering vines ranging in hardiness from Zones 3 to 8. The lecture also includes design tips and lovely plant combinations. Who knows….you might even want to plant a shade tree after watching the Webinar!

Learn More & Register 

Twofer Perennials: Plants with Eye-Catching Flowers and  Foliage

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)


Do you dream of a garden packed with abundance, drama and multi-season interest? Then this lecture is for you. Discover knockout perennials that dazzle the eye with a one-two punch – extraordinary flowers and foliage. There is never a dull moment using these standouts in the landscape. Superstars for all light conditions, ranging from Zones 3 to 8, will be featured. The presentation also includes some top-rated sources for these plants, including local garden centers.

Learn More & Register

Spring Buld Show - Botanic garden of Smith College

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018


Location: Lyman Conservatory

A spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips  provide an early glimpse of spring.

HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
MEMBERS ONLY 9:00 to 10:00 AM daily (please bring your membership card)

The suggested donation is $5.00.
Parking info>>

Groups of 10 or more visiting the show must schedule in advance.
Group visit info>> 

*NO Guided Tours during the flower shows.

The Spring Bulb Show always opens the first Saturday in March and runs for two weeks including the third weekend.