Monthly meetings feature a variety of interesting and educational programs. The public is invited to attend. General meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of each month. Normally, each meeting begins with a social period and light refreshments, followed by a business meeting, and our featured speaker or program. If Sudbury schools are delayed or cancelled, due to weather, our meeting is cancelled. Please join us! (Click on any presenter's name that is underlined and link to his/her website.)
Because of the pandemic and requirements for social distancing, our meeting location will be determined on a month-to-month basis and posted as soon as possible. Some meetings will be conducted on Zoom. Please check back frequently for updates.
Welcome Back Stroll
September 9, 2020, 10-11 AM
As we return from our summer adventures, we welcome back our members and a new slate of officers. This abbreviated meeting will be held outside at Heritage Park and include a dedication ceremony for the new Heritage Park sign. We will also be thanking our outgoing officers from 2019-2020. Bring your own chair, beverage, and mask. Some parking is available in the driveway of the Hosmer House. Parking is also available at Peter Noyes School.
From the Mayflower to King Philip's War
October 14, 2020, 6:45 PM
November of 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth and establishing the first permanent colonial settlement in the New World. Crucial to their success was the friendship of Wampanoag leader, Massasoit. Ironically, Massasoit’s son, Metacom (Philip), went to war with the colonies to try and regain their tribal land. This war, known as King Philip’s War, was the first major war in America and had the highest casualty rate per capita of any war fought by Americans. While most Americans understand the significance of the landing of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving with Massasoit, few are aware of the war and its ramifications.
NY Times bestselling author and a leading authority on this period, Michael Tougias, will discuss the period leading up to and including the war, the landing of the Mayflower, the hardships they faced, mistakes they made, and the help they received from Squanto and Samoset. Slides include battle sites, period sketches, historic markers, maps and suggestions for visiting road-side history. Tougias is the author of Until I Have No Country: A Novel of King Philip’s War, and co-author with W.W. Norton of King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict (still in print after almost 20 years). He describes the challenges of writing and researching both books. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Boston Gardens and Green Spaces
November 4, 2020, 9:30 AM
We often travel to seek out special places, failing to appreciate the ones closer to home. Having recently walked a lovely stretch of the Harborwalk, I am as guilty of this as anyone. With the publication of Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces (Union Park) by Meg Muckenhoupt, there is no excuse for not exploring the parks of Boston and the suburbs. The biggies – such as the Emerald Necklace – are in there, but so are the little gems – such as the Franklin Street Park in Cambridge – that offer an oasis of calm for jangled nerves.
Meg, an environmental and travel writer, has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, as well as WGBH’s Forum site. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine and the Time Out Boston Guide. Her book, Boston Gardens and Green Spaces is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller. A talented public speaker, she gives frequent talks about Massachusetts landscape history and Boston’s greatest unknown parks to audiences around New England. Meg was awarded a certificate in Field Botany by the New England Wildflower Society and earned degrees from Harvard and Brown Universities. She lives in Lexington, MA.
December 9, 2020
This is our traditional potluck where members bring their favorite homemade specialty to share.
The Gift: A WPA Garden in Virginia
January 13, 2021, 9:30 AM
Sukie Amory will speak about The Gift, the Norfolk Virginia Botanical Garden, its origin as a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project and the Garden’s efforts to salute the African-American women who toiled through heat, snow, and the threat of enormous snakes to clear 25 acres of wooded swamp and plant four thousand azaleas that bloomed just six months after they started digging in September 1938. This story serves not only as a lens to examine the slow arc of racial justice in this country, but also an inspiring example of what can be accomplished in hard times.
Sukie studied English and German at Harvard-Radcliffe, where she and Sudbury Garden Club Member, Kaffee Kang, were roommates, and then in 1976 she studied Theatre History at the University of London. Sukie wishes she had studied horticulture instead because gardens and garden history have been her passion for the last two decades. A member of the Duxbury Garden Club, her former cottage garden in Brookline is in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens and was featured on the cover of the Globe Magazine. Sukie designs gardens and interiors in collaboration with her husband, David, at their architectural studio in Duxbury.
Edible Forest and Beyond
February 10, 2021, 9:30 AM
Andrew Whittaker’s Edible Forest Gardens and Beyond presentation begins with the principles of ecological landscaping and embarks on a highly-visual display outlining, from design to installation, gardens showcasing the elements of ecological landscaping.
Andrew is a filmmaker turned garden designer. His past, as a cinematographer in Los Angeles, helped develop his keen eye for composition and visual structure. He transitioned this passion and aptitude for the visual arts into the landscape. With his ecological landscape company, Green Abundance by Design, he looks to reform the suburban landscape into spaces that add beauty, while also supporting human and wildlife communities of the Northeast.
Getting Ready for Spring
March 10, 2021, 9:30 AM
The months of March and April are the perfect time to plan new gardens, research plants and get organized for the spring planting season. Suzanne’s presentation will cover spring pruning (with a live demonstration), transplanting trees and shrubs, dividing perennials, and using the ‘tools of the trade’. Photographs of theme gardens and magnificent public gardens will remind gardeners of the beauty soon to unfold as nature prepares to burst forth with the glorious blooms of spring.
Suzanne Mahler has been developing her 1.5-acre property for 40 years and is an avid plant collector with extensive varieties of woody plants and perennials, including than 300 daylily cultivars and 250 varieties of hostas. She is a past President of the New England Daylily Society, an overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Horticulture Chair for the Garden Club Federation, and works part time at a local garden center.
Your Body in the Garden
April 14, 2021, 9:30 AM
In our garden clubs, we learn about caring for our plants, protecting the pollinators, water conservation, etc. This program focuses on the health of the gardeners and the ergonomics of gardening.
Gardening is demanding on the body – raking, digging, bending, gripping, and pulling. There are times when you are straining your muscles and joints, and even getting injured. Gardening sparks creativity, as well as functional fitness. You will learn about alternatives and techniques, strengthening exercises and ergonomic tools.
Susan Guest is a passionate gardener, as well as an educator and fitness coach. She has been actively planning vegetable and perennial gardens since 1983 and worked on an organic farm for two years. Susan is a Conscious Movement Educator, teaching groups and individuals how to improve their overall health and well-being by increasing their awareness of how the body works. She applies her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to our garden tasks, assisting gardeners in staying healthy and safe.
May 14, 2021, 9:30 AM
Come with your calendar, membership forms, and dues. It's time to sign up for committees, hospitality month, and library flower weeks. We will give a brief overview of our committees. This is also an opportunity to ask questions regarding how the club operates and each committee's role. Newer members may find this particularly useful. In addition, our members will be available to answer any gardening questions you may have, as we enter into gardening season.
June 9, 2020
Location to be determined.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. There will be a charge for the lunch, cost to be determined.