2019-2020 AGC General Meeting Program

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October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Art and Soul of Flowers

Art is described, in part, as the making of things that display form, beauty and perception. When one combines the natural beauty of flowers, foliage and other design elements, art takes on a new image. The words “art” and “soul” will be the driving concepts used by noted designer Andrea Little to expand the concepts of floral design in this 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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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.


Upcoming 2018-2019 Club General Meetings


November 5, 2019

Whirlwind Tour of Begonias

Begonias offer unrivaled foliage beauty. Gardener and flower designer Mary Beth Hayes will share with us how to grow and care for these plants and how to incorporate them into floral arrangements. She will show us propagation techniques and share the best local sources for purchasing begonias. Each member will make his or her own cutting and take a baby begonia home!


December 3, 2019

Wreath Decorating and Holiday Arrangement

Join us for a fun morning of wreath decorating! Each member will get a free wreath to decorate. Additional wreaths may be purchased in advance. Please bring greens and decorations to share with fellow AGC members. As an alternative to wreath decorating, our talented floral designers, Judy Wright and Susan Johnston, will offer a workshop on  creating a holiday arrangement. Due to the space limitations of the hall, it is requested that NO GUESTS be invited to this meeting. 


January 7, 2020

Restoration and Management of the Stevens-Coolidge Estate

Kathy MacDonald and Laura Bibler will give a comprehensive presentation on the Stevens-Coolidge Estate in North Andover. Laura, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of Reservations, will speak on the restoration process and the challenges involved in re-creating such a landscape. As Director of the Estate, Kathy will address marketing and plans on how to make the property more accessible to the public.


February 4, 2020

Effect of Climate Change on a Local Level

Alexandra Veecchio is Program Manager of Climate Change at the Mass. Audubon Society. She will speak to us about the effect climate change has had on local flora and fauna. In addition, she will provide us with ideas on how to reduce our carbon footprint on an individual level. After the program, we will enjoy a light lunch of “Bread and Soup.” Members are asked to bring a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to share!


March 3, 2020

Pruning

Overseer of the Mass. Horticultural Society and Lifetime Master Gardener, Gretel Anspach, will give a presentation on pruning woody plants. Her discussion of the science behind when, how and why to prune our woody plants will give us the basics—and more. She will also help us economize by noting which plants can be pruned by a home gardener and which require the services of a professional.


April 7, 2020

Crative Tablescapes

Today’s program is a two-parter. First, a Senior Associate from the Museum of Fine Arts will give a Powerpoint presentation of many of the behind-the-scenes decisions that must be made in planning for parties and other events at the MFA. Next, an MFA Senior Associate floral designer will create a floral arrangement and give us styling tips--from linens to invitations—for our own events.


May 5, 2020

The Magic of Trees

Melissa LeVangie has been passionately involved in the field of arboriculture for over 19 years. She enjoys educating people about the importance, health and magic of trees. Her presentation details an ecological approach to planting trees in urban environments, and she will share with us her extensive knowledge and wisdom. Lunch will be served following the program.


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/.

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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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.