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2017 Program


MARCH 2017


Mar 1              Club Meeting                                                   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:   Harmony Hall @ Dracut Historical Society
                                                                        
·      Welcome Back 
·      Getting Reacquainted
·      Program Review
·      Secret Gardening Activity!




April 2017

Apr 5               Club Meeting                                                   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:   Harmony Hall @ Dracut Historical Society









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2016 PROGRAM

MARCH 2016



Mar 2              Club Meeting                                                   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:   Harmony Hall @ Dracut Historical Society
                                                                       
·      Welcome Back
·      Getting Reacquainted
·      Program Review
·      Horticulture – Garden Maintenance

                        SAVE THE DATES!!!

·      Yard Sale – May 14th
·      Plant Sale – June 11th
·      Old Home Day – September 10th

·      Grow Spring Expo – March 19th , Topsfield, MA (FREE)
·      Newport, RI Trip with Tewksbury Garden Club – Jun 24-26


Mar 16-20      Boston Flower Show – Seaport Trade Center (w/ Billerica G.C.)

Mar 19            Grow Spring Expo.  Topsfield, MA - FREE
                                                 
Mar 21            Executive Board Meeting                                6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
                        Location:  Donna’s House

Mar 24           GCFM Civic Development Workshop          10:30 – 2:00  p.m.
                        Espousal Center, Waltham


 FEDERATION ACTIVITIES:  Check website www.gcfm.org


APRIL 2016



Apr 6              Club Meeting                                                            7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                       Location:  Harmony Hall

·      Designing A Garden For All Seasons/Perennial Color – Spring through Fall with Suzanne Mahler.

Suzanne will present a journey through the growing season with a dazzling display of the hottest new perennials and the tried and true favorites for both sun and shade.  She will include garden tips for creating the illusion that the garden is in continuous bloom!


Apr 29                        Arbor Day, National Arbor Day              10  – 11:30 a.m.

·      Ceremonial Tree Planting at The Dracut Historical Society


FEDERATION ACTIVITIES:  Check website www.gcfm.org


MAY 2016



May 4             Club Meeting                                                       7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
                       Location:  Harmony Hall

·      Back Yard Bird Sanctuaries, David Moon of MA Audubon Society

We will review the species of birds typically seen at local feeding stations and in backyard sanctuaries.  Several identification aids such as size, body shape, bill shape and behavior.  Presentation will cover the ranges, food preference, and other exciting facts about these amazing animals that, not only survive, but prosper during our severe New England winters.  We will explore how the ranges and populations of many bird species have changed in recent years due to climate change, land use and development, and also how you can create your own backyard sanctuaries to enjoy watching these amazing creatures.

·      Sign up for June planter workshop.


May 14           Yard Sale Fundraiser                                         8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
                        Donna’s Yard

May 10           Northern District Annual meeting              8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                       Andover  Country Club
                       60 Canterbury St., Andover MA

May 21          Memorial Day Planting                                 Time:  TBD
                       Chair:  Leandrea                                                   Meet:   TBD

May 23           Executive Board Meeting                                   6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

                       (Donna’s House)


FEDERATION ACTIVITIES:  Check website www.gcfm.org

JUNE 2016




Jun 1               Club Meeting                                                          7:00  - 9:00 p.m.

                        Location:  Harmony Hall



·      Jaw Dropping Container – DIY.  Demonstrators, Jeannette, Gail & Donna



Hands-on demonstration.  How to take your container from “blah” to “aaah”.  Members only need to bring a 12” -14” diameter container & gardening gloves.  Cost of plants & soil will be $35 per member.  Demonstrators will purchase on your behalf new 2016 varieties for this container project.


·      New Member Induction      

Jun 1               GCFM Annual Meeting                                          8:30  – 3 p.m.
                        Holiday Inn
242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA                       

Jun 11             Plant Sale Fundraiser                                              8:00  - 12:00 p.m.
                        Location:  Historical Society Grounds

Jun 18             Summer Stroll and Picnic at Bensons Park in Hudson, NH
                        Walk paths, hiking trails, ponds, benches.  Members bring a brown bag
                        Lunch and Beverage. 

Jun 24-26        Newport, RI Flower Show with Tewksbury Garden Club.


JULY 2016


July 6              Club Meeting -                                                           7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:  Harmony Hall

·      Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses, Bill Holt, Willow Mist Grasses, Stratham, NH

What to look for and how to design with ornamental grasses concentrating on varieties best suited to New England gardens.  He will share some valuable and innovative insights on growing and maintaining grasses. 

·      Sign up for Potluck Social.


Jul 18              Executive Board Meeting                                            6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                        (Donna’s House)



AUGUST 2016


Aug 3              Club Meeting                                                              6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:  Gail Morrissette’s home, Dracut

·      Garden Tour & Pot Luck Social. 
·      Silent auction
·      Raffles

·      Sign up for September Craft.  Cost $10



SEPTEMBER 2016


Sept 7              Club Meeting                                                              7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
                        Location:  Harmony Hall

·      Craft Night:  DIY Edible (non-human) Birdhouse.  Demonstrated by Gail.  Cost $10


Sept 10            Old Home Day                                                           8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                        Location:  School Complex                                        
                        Chairperson:  Katie/Mary Jo
                        Concentration on Membership Drive/Awareness of Club                
                        Treasure Chest Raffle
Sept 19            Executive Board Meeting                                            6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                        (Donna’s House)



OCTOBER 2016





Oct 5               Club Meeting                                                              7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

                        Location:  Harmony Hall



·      Orchids 101:  Norm Selander-Carrier



Do you consider orchids some of the most finicky plants to grow?  The truth is that these beauties are some of the easiest plants to grow if given the correct exposure, the proper potting soil and the right amount of water.  Award-winning expert, Norm Selander-Carrier, will discuss these basics and debunk commonly held myths associated with their care.  Norm will bring a variety of blooming plants.





·      Sign up for Christmas Party with Cheryl.

Owen & Ollies Restaurant & Pub

91 Mill Street, Dracut

Cost:  To be determined.







NOVEMBER 2016





Nov 2              Club Meeting                                                              7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

                        Location:  Historical Society



·      Craft Night, Unique Holiday Wreath.  Made of painted yardsticks and pine branches – creates STAR.  Inspired by Pinterest, Demonstrated by Gail.  Cost $10 (payable at Oct. mtg).


·      Election Ballot for New officers - 2017-2019.
·      Sign-up for Committee Chair positions

Nov 3-4           Environmental Study School                                      8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                        ESS Chairman, Leigh Cameron
                        Leighb.cameron@gmail.com or 978-703-0813
                        UTEC, Inc., 35 Warren St., Lowell (across from the UMass Inn &
                        Conference Center

                        Please register to begin a new ESS series in a new location.  Professional
                        lecture topics will include Plant Biodiversity, Urban Forestry, Backyard
                        Wildlife Habitat and Earth Stewardship among others, plus a local field
                        trip.
                       
                        The mission of Environmental Studies School is to teach environmental literacy, so as to cherish,                                                                      protect and conserve the living earth.  ESS is open to everyone – garden club members and non-
                                    members.  Members of NGC, Inc. may take the exams to become a member of the state’s
                                    Environmental Consultants’ Council and become an accredited Environmental Consultant.  For
                                    more information visit gardenclub.org.

                                    The Registration form is available on at gcfm.org.
           
Nov 21                        Executive Board Meeting                                            6:30 p.m. - 800 p.m.
                        (Donna’s House)



DECEMBER 2016


Dec 7               Club Meeting - Christmas Party                   6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
                       
·      Owen & Ollies Restaurant & Pub, Private Room
91 Mill St., Dracut – 978-957-4400.  Cost:  To Be Determined
·      In lieu of presents, members contribution of $10 goes to Dracut Food Pantry
·      Cost:  TBD
·      Games, silent auction, raffles

·      Announcement of New 2017-2019 Officers.

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2015 PROGRAM

August 2015

Aug 5:  7 - 9 PM @ Harmony Hall

Monthly Club Meeting:  Standard Flower & Horticulture Show

This will be an interactive meeting.  We'll put together our own show using floral arrangement and horticulture principles taught by our garden guru, MJ.  Members will bring flowers & greens from their own gardens as well as a "special" flower for the horticulture aspect of the show.


September 2015

Sept 2:  7 - 9 PM @ Harmony Hall

Monthly Club Meeting:  Member Photography Contest

Members' photos will be displayed & judged.  Award presentation to follow.


Sept 12:  Old Home Day, 8 - 4 PM @ the School Complex

Sept 22:  Executive Board Meeting, 6:30 - 8 PM

October 2015

Oct 7:  7 - 9 PM @ Harmony Hall

Monthly Club Meeting:  Greenhouse Gardening

Our speaker will be Dr. Paul Steen of the Massachusetts Master Gardening Association.  He'll cover basic greenhouse gardening including varieties of greenhouses (construction, heating, & ventilation), plants, soils, pots, water, sanitization and what plants work best.



November 2015

Nov 4:  7 - 9 PM @ Harmony Hall

Monthly Club Meeting:  Create your own Succulent Pumpkin Craft

You will learn the art of design and balance as you artfully construct your own arrangement to adorn your home.  This will be a conversation starter at your holiday gatherings!

Nov 17:  Executive Board Meeting, 6:30 - 8 PM



December 2015

Dec 2:  Christmas Party and Scavenger Hunt

6 - 9 PM at Gail's Home

An old-fashioned scavenger hunt around the neighborhood has been planned for your entertainment!  Teams will be assigned & a list of items will be provided for the hunt.  Dress warm & wear boots because you'll be outside-- don't worry, we won't let you get frost bite!  Your time outdoors will be limited.

Donation of $10 per member in lieu of gifts to be donated to a local charity.




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2013 Program


March 2013


Mar 13:               Club Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Dracut Library


Agenda:
Welcome and Introduction from President

Program Review - Donna 

Horticulture Review - Donna 

Ways & Means Review - Laurel 

Celebrate the Earth Review - Leigh 

Art In Bloom Review - Mary Jo 

Getting to Know You Game - Kristin & Meredith 

Craft: St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement & Socialization
Lead by: Jill 
    

Mar 13-17:         Seeds of Change:  Boston Flower and Garden Show 
Location:  Seaport World Trade Center



Mar 17:              Garden Club Group Trip, Boston Flower Show, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Mar 25:             Executive Board Meeting,  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Library Centerpiece to be created by: Pat 



April 2013



Apr 10:             Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Dracut Public Library

Agenda:

Celebrate The Earth Update - Leigh

Yard Sale Update - Laurel

Plant Sale Update - Laurel

Horticulture Update: Garden Captains


Announcement:  Sign Up for May Field Trip, Saturday, May 11th

Topic: After the Storm, Understanding Storm Water
Speaker: Michael R. Buxton, Public Works Director

Topic: Terracycle Brigades & Environmental Studies School Overview
Speaker: Leigh

Topic: Recycling & Overview of Northern District Director Position & Responsibilities
Speaker: Lisa


Apr 13:             Celebrate The Earth, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.




Location:  Veteran’s Memorial Park
Chairperson: Leigh
Participation: All Members


Apr 15:             Northern District Annual Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m 

Location:  Andover Country Club, Andover, MA


Apr 27-29:      Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts


Library Centerpiece to be created by: Mary Ellen 





May 2013


Sat. May 11:     Club Field Trip 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA



May 18:           Yard Sale - CLUB FUNDRAISER,  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(rain date 5/19)


May 20:           Executive Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



May 18:           Memorial Day Planting 10:30 a.m. 


Chairperson: Mary Jo 




Library Centerpiece to be created by: Mary Jo 




June 2013


Jun 1:               Plant Sale 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CLUB FUNDRAISER
Location: Historical Society Grounds
(rain date 6/8)


Jun 12:             Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Dracut Public Library

Agenda:
Horticulture Update: Garden Captains

Announcement:  July Garden Tour at Juanita's House - Arrive at 6 p.m.  Bring pot luck dish, sign up with Hospitality Chairperson

New Officer Installation & New Member Induction 

Project: Artistic Creation by You - Cherry Blossom Painting, all supplies provided
Lead by: Laurel 




Library Centerpiece to be created by: Diane D.



July 2013


July 10:             Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Juanita’s House

Agenda:

Horticulture Update: Garden Captains

Old Home Day Update: Laurel

Books in Bloom Project Update: distribute books / assign teams

Topic: Garden Tour & Pot Luck Social/Door Prizes
Hostess: Juanita

Raffles - Proceeds to local charity


Jul 22:              Executive Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Library Centerpiece to be created by: Christine 




August 2013


Aug 14:             Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 
Dracut Public Library  

Agenda:
Horticulture Update: Garden Captains


Old Home Day Update w/Basket Themes: Laurel
                       
Books in Bloom Project Update

Announcement: Bring collected seashells to October meeting

Topic:  All About Butterfly’s and What Plants Attracts Them! 




Speaker: George, Founder/Owner, The Butterfly Place, Westford, MA 


Demonstration plants will be raffled...

Library Centerpiece to be created by: Sue 







September 2013


Sept 7:              Dracut Old Home Day 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: School Complex (set-up 9/6, 6 p.m.)

Chairperson: Laurel


Sept 11:            Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 
Dracut Public Library  


Agenda:
Horticulture Update: Garden Captains

Old Home Day Recap: Laurel

Project: Create Books in Bloom Floral Arrangements 
Chairpersons: Donna V,  Mary Jo, Jeannette, & Kathy 
Participation: All Membership


Sept 13:           Library Reception 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Sept 23:           Executive Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 800 p.m.



Library Centerpiece to be created by: Donna B.


October 2013


Oct 9:               Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Dracut Public Library

Agenda:
Horticulture Update: Garden Captains


Announcement:  November Program - All members must sell 1 ticket $10 each. 



Announcement: Holiday Party - sign up with Hospitality Chair
Image credit: thewreathfactory.com



Craft: Create Your Own Unique Seashell Wreath, (all materials except seashells provided)
Lead by: Mary Jo





Library Centerpiece to be created by: Nichoal 




November 2013



Nov 13:             Club Meeting 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 
Dracut Public Library  

Agenda:
Horticulture Update: Garden Captains

Announcement: Sign-up for Holiday Party with Eileen

Topic: Deliciously Clean & Green
Speaker: Kristi Marsh, Founder, Choose Wiser 


EACH MEMBER REQUIRED TO SELL (1) TICKET FOR THIS EVENT. $10 each.




Image credit: Choose Wiser


Image credit: Choose Wiser


Nov 18:             Executive Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 800 p.m. 



Library Centerpiece to be created by: Jerelyn 



December 2013



Dec 11:             Club Meeting - Holiday Party 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: TBD

Cost: Free 


Donation of $10 per member in lieu of gifts to be donated to local charity.

Dinner and holiday socializing -- holiday attire.

Games, prizes, raffles!

Table Centerpieces provided by: 

Gail, Martha, & Leigh




Library Centerpiece to be created by: Rosemary








      



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