Program-Schedule Archives

2021-2022

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August 23, Monday – Second Annual Garden Party (rain date Tues Aug 24)

September 16, Thursday – Fundraiser at Flatbread

September 22 – Dividing and Planting Perennials with Suzanne Mahler

October 2, Saturday - Plant Auction

October 27 – An Organic Approach to Roses with Eric Eisenhauer - rescheduled to fall 2022

December 8 – Hands-on workshop w/ A Whole Bunch Flowers

January 26 – Zoom Meeting, Native Plant Challenge & Member Round Table

February 23 – Zoom Meeting - Tour of Parisian Gardens

March 23 – Garden Landscape Design with Laura Bibler

April 27 – Garden Comedy Night with Neil Sanders

May 25 – Bring Birds, Bees, and Butterflies to Your Garden with Betty Sanders

June 8 - Annual Dinner Meeting

2020-2021

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August 26, 2020- Summer Garden Party & New Member welcome night

season kick off - hosted by Co-presidents - 6-8PM - raindate Thursday 8/27

September 23, 2020- Genetically Modified Food **Webinar**

Due to covid19 restrictions the Plant Auction will be postponed. Instead we will welcome back Mike Cross (Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence) via ZOOM as he presents "GMOs What are they? And do we need them?"

October 13, 2020 - Flatbread Fundraiser Night

Enjoy Dinner or Take-out at the Bedford/Burlington Flatbread from 5 to 9 pm. and the Flatbread Comapny will donate a portion all pizza sales to support Garden Club projects.

October 28, 2020 - Jenn Kettle ** Webinar**

The Camels Garden - all about drought tolerant plants

December 9, 2020- Native Gardens

Members share their tips for introducing more native plants into the garden

January 27, 2021 - Planning Time

Join us as we share technics to eliminate invasive plants, plans for next year’s garden and make selections from the latest seed/plant catalogs for a group order

February, 24 2021- BUGS

Good Bugs Bad Bugs - how do you know the difference and what to with them. This program is presented by member and Master Gardener Peter Cappola. It will be recorded for future broadcast on BCAT.

March 24, 2021 - General Meeting - Pots with Pizzazz - by Enchanted Gardens

April 28, 2021 - Shade Gardening with Suzanne Mahler

May 20, 2021- Hip, Hip, Hydrangeas

Special Thursday Night Webinar with Burlington Public Library

One of our favorite secret weapons in New England gardens to insure all season blooms, drama & romance are Hydrangeas. Join Andi Ross as she informs us about new cultivars, history & breeding of some of our favorites.

June 15, 2021 - Dinner Meeting - details coming soon

2019-2020

Unless otherwise noted; General BGC Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month, September through June. They take place in the Kelly/Murray room of the Center for Human Services, 61 Center St, Burlington MA.

Meetings typically begin with social time 6:30pm, followed by a brief business meeting 7:00pm and program featuring a professional speaker.

September 25, 2019- Plant Auction

Can anyone have enough plants? Come join our first meeting of the 2019-2020 year & bring a friend. Get ready to bid for old favorites or new varieties of perennials, annuals, houseplants or maybe something totally different! Club members will contribute plants of their own to have a great selection.

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October 15, 2019 - Flatbread Company Fundraiser

Enjoy Dinner or Take-out at the Bedford/Burlington Flatbread from 5 to 9 pm. and the Flatbread Comapny will donate a portion all pizza sales to support Garden Club projects.

October 23, 2019- Pumpkin Workshop

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Autumn is here! Patty Prior will lead us in decorating our own Fall creations. More instructions on what to bring will follow.

December 11, 2019- Holiday Greens Workshop & Appetizer Buffet

Get into the spirit of the season! Birdhouses are the theme for this year’s workshop. Please bring floral scissors or pruners & a box to take home your masterpiece. Appetizer Buffet: It’s all about holiday foods! Bring a dish of your favorite appetizer to share.

January 22, 2020- Just the Facts

Our own Master Gardener, Peter Coppola will be presenting his own program “Just the Facts”. Cut to the chase; tips, tricks, mixes and formulas; things to know, what to do and when to do it. Learn about soil preparation, plant selection, watering, organic fertilizers, pest repellents and all purpose sprays.

This program will be held at the Burlington Public Library for the whole community to attend.

March 25, 2020- Genetically Modified Food *** CANCELLED ***

Come learn about GMO’s. What exactly are they, do we need them? We welcome back Mike Cross (Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence) Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry at NECC to enlighten us!

April 22, 2020- Dividing & Planting Perennials *** CANCELLED ***

Happy Earth Day! How better to celebrate than digging in the dirt. Suzanne Mahler will show us the indicators for perennial plant division, which plants need it & best time to split & transplant. Demonstrating the best tools & methods to use. 12 - 15 divisions will be available for raffles after the presentation.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Burlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information see their website at www.massculturalcouncil.org.

May 27, 2020- Hip, Hip, Hydrangeas *** CANCELLED ***

One of our favorite secret weapons in New England gardens to insure all season blooms, drama & romance are Hydrangeas. Join Andi Ross as she informs us about new cultivars, history & breeding of some of our favorites. Note: this program will be held at the Burlington Public Library for the whole community to attend.

June 10, 2020 Dinner Meeting - TENTATIVE - May be Rescheduled for August

2018-2019 Garden Club Year

PROGRAMS

Unless otherwise noted, General BGC Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month, September through June. The take place in the Kelly/Murray room of the Center for Human Services, 61 Center St, Burlington MA.

Meetings typically begin with social time 6:30pm, followed by a brief business meeting 7:00pm and program featuring a professional speaker.

September 26, 2018 - What, you can't fertilize your yard anymore?

Do you know about the 2015 regulations curtailing the use of fertilizers on lawns? No? Then come to this presentation where Jamie Magaldi, a MASS-certified arborist, explains the MDAR regulations, how to comply, and properly feed residential and commercial property lawns. Program in conjunction with the Conservation Commission.

October 24, 2018 - Confessions of a Seed Snatcher: A Timely & Exciting Presentation on Saving Seeds

Save seeds from your favorite garden friends. MariePatrice Masse, an enthusiastic gardener from the Stow Garden Club, has been collecting seeds for many years. She will entertain you with stories of "finding" seeds in unusual places. This presentation includes a hands-on component where you can "gather seeds" from a large collection.

December 5, 2018 - Holiday Greens and Floral Workshop and Cookie Swap

Kathy Leva, Accredited Flower Show Judge, will lead us in creating a design using seasonal flowers and greens. Bring floral scissors or pruner and a box to take home your finished masterpiece! Cookie swap: Bring 3 doz cookies - one doz will be used for dessert and the other two will be shared with those who bring cookies.

January 30, 2019 - Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence

Learn about the chemicals which elicit biochemical reactions in the human brain making chocolate the perfect indulgence. Mike Cross, an Assoc. Prof of Chemistry will show us how to taste chocolate for quality and how to eat it too!

February 27, 2019

no meeting unless January is cancelled

March 27, 2019 - Little Leaves with a Big Purpose - Little Leaf Farms

Paul Sellew, CEO of the local company Little Leaf Farms, is passionate about sustainably grown great-tasting greens. He will show how they farm without further eroding the fragile topsoil, depleting groundwater, or using harmful chemical pesticides.

April 24, 2019 - Gardening with Native Plants: Why and How

Come learn why native plants are so valuable in your gardens! Claudia Thompson gives us an overview of the essential importance of native plants to ecosystem health and how to create habitats for birds, tips for sourcing native plants from nurseries, and give you the knowledge and resources to use native plants in your own landscape projects! Conservation begins at home. This program has been funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts & Burlington Cultural Councils.

May 22, 2019 - An Evening in the Pantanal & Pizza Night

Join our very own club member Jane Boivin and her husband Bill as they trap bats and birds in Brazil.

For Pizza, $5 payment adn RSVP requeired by 5/15 - for details contact programs@burlingtongardenclub.com

June 12, 2019 - Annual Dinner Meeting

Our annual Dinner will be held at Stelio’s Restaurant in Billerica June 12 at 6:15. The cost is $25 per person. The buffet menu includes: Haddock, Stuffed Chicken, Yankee Pot Roast, salad, potatoes, green beans and Strawberry Shortcake. Contact Ruth Y to RSVP or sign-up at the April or May meeting.


SPECIAL EVENTS

October 2, 2018 - Flatbread Company Fundraiser

Come to our fundraiser at the Bedford/Burlington Flatbread from 5 to 9 pm. Purchase pizza either in the dining room or online and the proceeds benefit our club.

January 24, 2019 - Panera Fundraiser

Enjoy your morning coffee, have lunch with a friend, or a quick evening meal at Panera Bread, 34 Cambridge St and support the Garden Club.

March 2 - Patriot Daylily Society Meeting

12:30-3:30PM at Bedford Library, Lecture “Gardening is Murder” with Neal Sanders and presentation on new daylily seedlings followed by Potluck.

non-BGC event

March 13-17, 2019 - Boston Flower and Garden Show

non-BGC event

April 22, 2019 - Earth Day

Details on club tree planting will be announced by early March

May 2, 2019 - BGC fundraiser day at the Chateau

Visit the Chateau Restaurant at 43 Middlesex Turnpike for lunch, dinner or take-out and help support The Garden Club.

No coupon required, simply let your server or phone representative know that you are participating in the fundraiser and he/she will flag your check and the resturant will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Club's 2019 scholarship fund and civic beautification programs. and to For on-line orders use the promo code FUNDRAISER.

2017-2018

September 27, 2017 - Welcome Back to BGC

Join fellow members for a slideshow on what has taken place in our gardens through the seasons this past year. You will see the good, the bad, and the ugly! As a bonus, we will share pictures of Dino’s garden for those members who were not able to attend in June. Prepare to be impressed and inspired!

October 3, 2017 - Flatbread Company Fundraiser

Calling on all families, neighbors, and friends! Come to our fundraiser at the Bedford/Burlington Flatbread from 5 to 9 pm. Purchase locally sourced wood-fired pizza either in the dining room or online and a portion of the proceeds benefits our garden club. Raffles and baked goods round out the evening!

October 13, 2017 - St Mark’s Pumpkin Patch Volunteer Event

Volunteer an hour or two between to sell pumpkins to benefit our local food pantry.

October 25, 2017 - Problems with Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sandra Bonzagni is passionate about the problems we all face with tick-borne diseases, like Lyme. She will discuss why these are so difficult to test, diagnose, and treat, and the controversy surrounding them. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your property.

December 6, 2017 - Greens Workshop and Cookie Swap

Back by popular demand! We will be guided through the joy of making our own holiday decoration using fresh greens. Cookie Swap: Bring 3 dozen cookies – One dozen will be used for dessert and the other two will be shared with those who bring cookies.

January 24, 2018 - Burlington Treasure: The Landlocked Forest

The landlocked forest is a 270 acre parcel of land located between Routes 3, 62, and 128S bordering Burlington, Bedford, and Lexington. Martha Simon, Burlington resident, landlocked forest advocate and Burlington Historical Society member, will tell us what has been done to preserve this area, what needs to be done, and how our club can help.

March 28, 2018 - Strength Training for Gardeners

Judith Wolff presents her strength-training workshop to provide more stamina and less pain when you go out into your gardens. Bring a yoga mat and some 2 or 3 lb weights to join her on the floor, or watch and learn from the comfort of your chair. Either way, you’ll leave with a program you can follow to make your time spent in the garden more fun and worthwhile.

April 25, 2018 - Guest Night - Backyard Composting, Organic Gardening, and more!

Go green! Anthony Sargosa shares his expertise on composting, rain barrel utilization, organic gardening, lawn maintenance, fruit tree care, and more. Learn how to use and care for your land so you are in harmony with nature and can enjoy the bounty it produces. Bring-a-Guest Night with pizza and desserts, $5.00 per person.

May 19, 2018 - Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser

Bring plants from your garden and volunteer your time to help raise funds for our scholarship and civic beautification projects.

May 23, 2018 - Birds in Your Backyard

Betsy Grecoe will identify birds most commonly found at New England feeders, the food they most want to eat, feeders, and what to look for in a good birdhouse. She will include gardening and landscaping to welcome, protect, and provide shelter to birds.

June 13, 2018- Annual Dinner Mtg

A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner- Jessa Piaia will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and are visiting with the first American Patron of the Arts as her guest. You will see her in the persona and dress of the elegant lady we all know through her museum in Boston.