MEETINGS

The Club typically meets the second Wednesday of each month. Most meetings start at 9:30 am at the Memorial Congregational Church (MCC).   Be sure to check each month’s listing since time and location may vary.  Note:  Some meetings may be held on Zoom.

 

Each meeting begins with a social period and light refreshments, followed by a business meeting and our featured speaker or program.

 

We follow the Sudbury School System’s weather-related decisions.  If school is delayed or cancelled, our meeting is cancelled. You will receive notification by email, text or phone.

Note: All members are invited to attend Board meetings which are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Fall Kick-off
September 8, 2021
9:30-11:30 AM
Wayside Inn, outside tent

As we return from our summer adventures, we welcome back our members and a new slate of officers. (SGC Board List)

 

This meeting features mini talks: Climate Emergency Declaration, Sudbury Garden Club History and Art in Bloom flower arrangement.

Permaculture 101
October 13, 2021
9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church

Permaculture is a set of principles and practices guided by the most successful and abundant system of all, Nature!  It combines science, indigenous wisdom, living systems thinking, deep observation of place and thoughtful practice to meet human needs while regenerating the greater ecosystems in which those needs are nested.  We will explore how basic permaculture principles can guide us as we design and nurture our gardens to meet our needs for food, health, fuel, shelter, energy, fun, community and culture.  This talk will combine some theory, lots of practical examples, and plenty of resource materials to take home and put into practice.

 

Dr. Kaat vander Straeten is a Certified Permaculture Designer and teaches Life in the Soil classes at Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design in Western, MA. She is a local, regional and national climate activist, and at all these levels she applies permaculture principles, living systems thinking, regenerative design and scale linking. She does the same in her extensive, edible vegetable and perennial gardens, in her mushroom yard and bee yard, and in the barn where she often lectures to chickens, ducks and rabbits.  

A Piet Oudolf Story
November 4, 2021 (Thursday)
 9:30 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church, Sudbury
Joint meeting with
Thursday Garden Club

The first part of Deborah Chud’s “A Piet Oudolf Story” traces her discovery of his work, her research on his plant combinations, and her use of that research to create a garden in his style. The second part explores the historical context in which he emerged as a landscape designer, and the final part provides an introduction to his design principles-particularly his concept of structure and the special balance he creates between coherence and contrast. Toward the end of her talk Deborah offers some practical Oudolfian “dos and don’ts” for solving the problem of excessive contrast.

 

Deborah Chud is a retired Massachusetts physician turned landscape design consultant and educator.  Her five years of research on Piet Oudolf have generated the most comprehensive existing database of his plant combinations. Last summer, she presented her work at an international event (“Piet Oudolf: How Does He Do It?”) She has also presented to members the MA Horticultural Society, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, Toronto Botanical Gardens and the Delaware Botanic Gardens.

Holiday Luncheon
December 8, 2021
Time TBD
Marlborough Country Club

Members Only!

Pollinating Meadow Gardens: Layout & Plant Combinations
January 12, 2022, 9:30 AM

What we do in our gardens can make a difference for the environment.  Rebecca will show you how to do your part to reduce pollution and energy use, conserve water, and prevent storm water runoff by replacing some of your lawn with smart, attractive alternatives. She focuses on growing less lawn as a way of cutting down on the use of fossil-fueled machinery, avoiding fertilizer and pesticides, and using space in the yard for garden beds that do more for pollinators, beneficial insects and birds. Rebecca uses locally sourced materials, such as her own compost and mulch from arborist wood chips and she prioritizes native plants to support native insects.

 

Rebecca Warner is a home gardener in Newton with 30 years’ experience working towards a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that is environmentally friendly. In the last eight years, she has overhauled her garden practices from composting to mulching, and lawn care to irrigation.  She blogs at thesustainableenoughgarden.blogspot.com.

Thinking Globally, Acting in Your Own Backyard
February 9, 2022, 9:30 AM

What we do in our gardens can make a difference for the environment.  Rebecca will show you how to do your part to reduce pollution and energy use, conserve water, and prevent storm water runoff by replacing some of your lawn with smart, attractive alternatives. She focuses on growing less lawn as a way of cutting down on the use of fossil-fueled machinery, avoiding fertilizer and pesticides, and using space in the yard for garden beds that do more for pollinators, beneficial insects and birds. Rebecca uses locally sourced materials, such as her own compost and mulch from arborist wood chips and she prioritizes native plants to support native insects.

 

Rebecca Warner is a home gardener in Newton with 30 years’ experience working towards a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that is environmentally friendly. In the last eight years, she has overhauled her garden practices from composting to mulching, and lawn care to irrigation.  She blogs at thesustainableenoughgarden.blogspot.com.

Spring Ephemerals
March 9, 2022, 9:30 AM

Native woodland wildflowers such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia, and Hepatica are the stars of the early spring garden.  In this presentation, you will learn more about their habitats, ideal growing conditions and unique adaptations!  Joan Butler and Jana Millbocker are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers.  They are past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club and are active in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and other horticultural societies.  They have presented programs at the Boston, Connecticut and Maine Flower Shows, and to numerous garden clubs, community groups and libraries.

 

Jana Millbocker is a garden designer and owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in Holliston.  Her new book, The Garden Tourist’s New England, A Guide to 140 Outstanding Gardens and Nurseries was published in 2020.

 

Joan Butler is a Master Gardener and a retired Horticulturist.  She currently serves on the GCFM Board as Recording Secretary.  Joan is a former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council, a member of Garden Consultants Council and an accredited Flower Show Judge.

Perennial Color Spring Through Fall
April 13, 2022, 9:30 AM

The greatest challenge when designing a perennial border is to create the illusion that the entire garden is in bloom throughout the growing season, despite the limited bloom span of each component.  Colorful images of gardens, plant combinations, tried-and-true perennial favorites, and the hottest new cultivars for both sunny and shady sites will offer guidance for creating tinted and textural foliage for multi-season interest.

 

Suzanne Mahler has been sharing her passion for gardening for more than 30 years having spoken at the Boston, Rhode Island, and New England Spring Flower Shows, Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Environmental Protection Agency, and garden clubs and organizations throughout the New England Area.  She is past President of the New England Daylily Society, an Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and works part-time at a local garden center. Suzanne has been developing her own one-and-one-half acre property for 40 years and is an avid collector with extensive collections of woody plants and perennials including more than 300 daylily cultivars and 250 varieties of hostas.

General Meeting
May 11, 2022, 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.

Annual Meeting
June 8, 2022
Time TBD

Members only!