1st Wednesday of every month
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at Northside United Methodist Church at 701 Airline Rd in Brewster, MA. at 12 noon, followed by a business meeting at 12:30 pm. These are FUN and informative social events. Members enjoy networking, club project discussions, guest speakers on various topics, horticultural discussions and more. All members are required to attend a minimum of four meetings. The following is the 2023-24 meeting schedule.
September 6, 2023 – General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Bob Whitney - Moss, Sticks Twigs & Stone
During the program six designs will be created. Many subjects will be covered: design styles, color, texture, line, mechanics, products, focal area, care and handling of all floral material, production and transportation of product, from farm to customer. While using floral products from commercial sources you can accent your designs with many items found in the backyard or on the side of the road. Finding ways to use nature to bring interest to your designs.
October 4, 2023 – General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Deb Alverez - Saved by the Garden: Garden Journeys
A feast for the eyes, presentations include an array of breathtaking gardens. Each is highlighted for their unique characteristics and special exhibits that delight the eye and share the gift of supporting health and wellness. It’s so much more than a virtual presentation, it’s an engaging, virtual getaway.
November 1, 2023 - General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Joan Butler - The Magic of Winter Gardens
Joan Butler is an avid gardener and plant collector, who believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. She has presented programs at the Boston and Connecticut Flower Shows, and to numerous garden clubs, libraries and horticultural societies in the northeast. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from UMass Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a retired Horticulturist and a former Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants Council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge.
November 29, 2023 - Wreath Decorating - 9:00 AM Members Only
December 6, 2023 – Holiday Luncheon - Alberto's Restaurant - Members Only
January 3, 2024 - General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Andrew Gottlieb - Water Quality on Cape Cod
Andrew Gottlieb has a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Boston University. Andrew has more than 30 years of environmental protection experience in government and 5 elected terms as a member of the Mashpee Select Board. Andrew is currently the Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Andrew was the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative from 2007 until January 2017. Prior to that, as Chief of the Office of Commonwealth Development, he coordinated Massachusetts’s energy, housing, environmental and transportation policies.
February 7, 2024 - General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Kathi Gariepy - English Gardens for New England Gardeners
A Lifetime Master Gardener with more than 10,000 hours of MMGA volunteering to her credit, Kathi is the owner of garden design firm Pleasant Vistas. She is also a former vice-president of the MMGA, former president of the Attleboro Garden Club, and current chair of the Attleboro Conservation Commission. She studied landscape design at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Silver Medal.“Getting to Know You, Getting to Learn All About You…” Organized by the Membership Committee - Our garden club membership is full of bright and talented women! This month we will get to know one another a bit better. Using fun-filled activities and games, you will learn all that we have in common but also what is unique about each of us.
March 6, 2024 - General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Rebecca Warner - Welcoming Native Plants and Insects to Your Garden
One of the best reasons to grow native plants is to provide food and habitat for native insects in our gardens. Rebecca will describe choosing beautiful plants to attract beneficial insects and pollinators. She will explain how you can strike the right balance of insects for your garden. She will reveal some truths about native plants, the good citizens and the thugs. Rebecca will offer garden maintenance tricks to make your yard hospitable to the right insects. Rebecca is a home gardener in Newton with 35 years experience working toward a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden, is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that’s environmentally friendly. In the last 12 years she has overhauled her garden practices from composting to mulching, lawn care to irrigation
April 3, 2024 - General Meeting - Noon
Speaker: Janice Dill - Native Wildflowers
Janice Dill is the manager of the Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden at the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich. She oversees the care of many rare and unique plants. Before this position Janice worked for a landscape architect, developing her understanding of dynamic garden scapes.
May 1, 2024 - Open Meeting - 10 AM - Bible Alliance Church, 3600 Main St. Route 6A, Brewster
Speaker: Deb Trickett - Jaw-dropping, Traffic Stopping, Get Your Neighbors Talking Container Gardens
Learn how to create lush container gardens that will be the envy of the neighborhood! Join Deborah for a hands-on demonstration as she shows you how to take your container gardens from ‘blah’ to ‘aaah’. She’ll start with the basics, appropriate containers, soil mixes, and plant choices for different site containers, then proceed to new and unusual plant material and uncommon container choices for exceptionally beautiful results. Join Deborah for a hands-on demonstration as she shows you how to take your container gardens from ‘blah’ to ‘aaah’
June 5, 2024 - ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON, Place TBD – Members Only
Unless otherwise stated, all Board Meetings will begin at 9:30AM
on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Dennis Memorial Library on Old Bass River Rd in Dennis Village.
August 16, 2023
September 20, 2023
October 18, 2023
November 15, 2023
December 20, 2023
January 17, 2024
February 21, 2024
March 20, 2024
April 17, 2024
May 15, 2024
Floral design workshops will be conducted by experienced designers
who will lead these informative sessions using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition.
September 25, 2023 - 9:30AM - Noon
April 18, 2024 - 9:30AM - Noon
Upcoming Special Events
VGC Annual Plant Sale
May 18, 2024
More info to come