Programs

We hold our meetings on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30 – 11:30.
October is an evening dinner meeting.
There are three Saturday workshops.
Meetings take place in the Bedford Free Public Library Meeting Room unless otherwise noted.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feasting from an Edible Garden
Presenter: Liz Barbour
Hostess: Christine Magovern
Bakers: Nancy Bilafer, Marion Tateosian
Centerpiece: Jane Button

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992 and started Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast in 2004. Liz built her cooking career in a variety of Boston’s catering and restaurant settings. After starting her family, Liz reentered the food world as an instructor. She is passionate about providing her students with the skills to help them to be better cooks at home. Her cooking demonstrations and recipes appear regularly on WMUR Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner.”

Liz will share with us tips for using the products we can grow in our own gardens. Her cooking demonstration will feature two delicious recipes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients. Add in Liz’s easy cooking technique tips and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home

October 22, 2014

Joint Dinner Meeting with the Bedford Historical Society
Wednesday Evening, 6 PM (dinner at 6:30)
First Church of Christ, Congregational Church
Dinner coordinators: Claire Austin, Barbara Kupfrian
Centerpiece: Gaye Carpenter
Presenter: John Forti
Historic Landscapes – Creating a Sense of Time and Place

John Forti is a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer. He is Curator of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH where he has created numerous award-winning gardens and educational programs. In the last year John has lectured across the country, and appeared in two New York Times feature articles

His illustrated talk brings to life the unique and living history of plants that have a defining presence in our region. For those interested in gardens that inspire a sense of time and place…this talk will foster a better understanding of the most tried and true plants and our role in preservation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Holiday Workshop at Bedford Library
Hostess: Priscilla Grunes
Bakers: Marion Connarton, Carol Amick
Centerpiece: Judy Storer

Jan Burnes will teach us to create our own ring of greens that will last through the holidays. Flowers, fruit or cones can be added for Thanksgiving and transition to Christmas. We will each have a chance to make our own.

There will be a nominal charge (to be announced). You will need to sign up ahead to participate. Anyone not wishing to make an arrangement is certainly welcomed to join us just for the fun of it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Annual Holiday Party
Location to be announced

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Designing with Vegetables and Perennials
Presenter: Liz Barbour
Hostess: Sue Giurleo
Bakers: Bridget Clayton, Joan-Marie Freni
Centerpiece: Joanne Orlando

You don’t need a vegetable garden to grow vegetables. After seeing her gardens in New Hampshire we have asked Liz to return and share her secrets. She has created a program especially for us to show how you can integrate edible plants into your existing perennial beds. She will show us how herbs and vegetables can be an attractive part of your garden.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Herbal Gardening for Kitchen, Beauty and Health
Presenter: Hortense McCarthy
Hostess: Emily O’Hara
Bakers: Barbara Feehrer, Kaye Spofford
Centerpiece: Mary Kernan

Hortense grew up in Germany where the knowledge of herbs is a long-standing tradition, passed down through the generations. As a young child she went out foraging with her mother for mushrooms, berries, blossoms and leaves to use in infusions. Having grown herbs for 35 years, Hortense has a great passion and respect for their culinary, medicinal, and beautification purposes. She is well known in Cohasset for her artisan soap making.

Mrs. McCarthy will discuss your purpose for growing herbs, where and how to plant the ones you wish to grow – especially during the winter. We will learn how to preserve and store herbs properly for the winter and practical use of herbs grown in the kitchen for flavorful cooking. Then we will learn how to make infusion, teas, tinctures, shampoos, hair oil and rinses all from our home grown herbs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Native Trees and Shrubs for Your Home Landscape
Presenter: Laura Eisner
Hostess: Joan Waite
Bakers: Susan Wingfield, Bette Salzer
Centerpiece: Lisa DiSanzo

Laura Eisner is a landscape designer from Saugus who will encourage us to look at our beautiful native trees and shrubs to add interest to our home landscape in every season. How about Summersweet, a shrub with late summer blooming flower so fragrant that Gloucester fishermen could follow its scent to land in deep fog. Both Highbush and Lowbush Blueberries have attractive flowers in spring and spectacular red fall foliage. Blueberry’s relatives Bearberry and Cranberry can be charming evergreen groundcovers, and the Rosebay Rhododendron that grows in our woods has both evergreen leaves and showy summer flowers.

In this slide lecture we will see trees and shrubs, some familiar and others less well-known that you can use in your garden, as well as suggestions for minimal maintenance.

Special Workshop Event
Saturday March 28, 2015, 10:00 – 12:00

First Church of Christ Congregational Church
Soil Health for Edible Perennial Gardens
Presenter: Ben Barkin

Ben Barkin has worked on more than 30 organic farms around the world and in 2008 founded his company, Home Harvest. They design, install and maintain organic edible gardens in the greater Boston area.

With an edible backyard garden, you can grow sweeter and more nutritious produce than anything you can buy in the supermarket – as long as your soil is healthy and rich in microlife. In this program, you will learn what it takes to develop and maintain soil health and how it relates to plant growth. We’ll discuss fundamental s of organic gardening. You will learn how to properly take a soil test and interpret the results. This program is especially suitable for those interested in growing food or perennials in an urban/suburban landscape while using sustainable and organic practices.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Growing Small Fruits: Blueberries, Strawberries & Raspberries
Presenter: Henry Patt
Hostess: Dawn Warrington
Bakers: Sally Sutherland, Carolyn Cassidy

Centerpiece: Claire Austin

Henry Patt has been growing blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries his whole life. In the mid 1970’s Henry and his wife started the Patt’s Blueberry Farm in Holliston. He has been growing and selling blueberries to the public since then. He has 4 acres of Highbush Blueberry plants that need to be pruned, fertilized, and sprayed for diseases and insects.

He also worked at Weston Nurseries for 21 years and retired last year.

Special Workshop Event
Saturday April 25, 2015, 10:00 – 12:00

First Church of Christ Congregational Church
Eggplants on Parade: How to Create a Beautiful and Productive Vegetable Garden
Presenter: Anita Dafonte

Avid gardener and cook specializing in unique varieties of vegetables, Anita will have slides of her own garden in Newtown, CT. She will show us how to create a vegetable garden that is both beautiful and productive.

Anita will discuss which varieties of tomatoes and peppers to grow for certain dishes, how to build a rich organic soil, and what tools you will need. She will show us how to add flowers for color and beauty, plus share her tips on how she saves her garden from wildlife.

Anita spend 20 years working for gardening magazines and is currently sales manager for Coast of Maine Organic Products.

Geranium Sale
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

More details to follow

Annual Luncheon
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Box lunch in barn at the Job Lane House
More details to follow

Special Workshop Event
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00 – 12:00

Basics of Organic Gardening
First Church of Christ Congregational Church
Julie Rawson

Julie Rawson is the Executive and Education Director at Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass), in Barre, MA. NOFA is a regional community of farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate its members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems. For close to three decades, Julie has not only farmed the land, but cultivated a rich network of farming community resources, information and programs that are available to the public and more valuable now than ever before.

Julie’s presentation will focus on all of the basic concepts you’ll need for starting an organic garden: preparing raised beds; building, maintaining and the ongoing caring for soil, timing plantings and succession crops, and solving the myriad problems that plague all gardeners. She will look creatively at home food production at its finest – a way for us to work harmoniously with nature, soil organisms and photosynthesizing plants – for our mutual benefit.

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