One of the great benefits of the Bedford Garden Club is our presentations. We hold monthly meetings with a great variety of guest speakers who speak on a plethora of topics related to perennial, annual and vegetable gardening; trees; fruits and berries; flower arranging and wreath creation; cooking and more. In addition, we conduct special workshops, many of them hands-on, and also hold field trips to visit wonderful gardens, public and private.

Our monthly meetings are held from September through May, normally on the second Tuesday morning of the month. Social hour starts at 9:30 a.m. and the meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. The ending time varies, but we are normally finished by 11:30 a.m. Exceptions are noted below.

Ticks you might see in Massachusetts.

This program may be cancelled per order of the Bedford Board of Health. Check back for updates.

Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Problems

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
6:00 p.m. (note that this is an evening meeting)
Bedford Free Public Library, Meeting Room
Presenter: Sandra Bonzagni
Bakers: Bette Salzer, Pat McCleave, Joan Marie Freni
Centerpiece: Jan Burnes

Sandra Bonzagni knows a lot about Lyme disease, having had it three times. She will describe Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases such as Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, and explain why these diseases are so difficult to test, diagnose, treat, and the controversy surrounding them. Handouts will include information on personal and property protection and a list of references.

A 35-year member of the Acton Garden Club, Sandra collaborates with the Acton Health Department and the Acton Schools on Tick-Borne Disease Education. She is a member of the Middlesex Tick Task Force.

Her award-winning Lyme Disease Exhibit has been seen by many venues, including the Massachusetts Federation of Garden Clubs.

The spring plant sale has been cancelled.

Geranium, Perennial & Floral Arrangement Sale

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Bedford DPW

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Seasons 52
6 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA
This is open only to members of the Bedford Garden Club

Bedford Day

Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We’ll be selling a selection of mums and other items. Please be sure to stop by our booth!

Past Programs

Certified Arborist Jen Kettel will offer advice and answer questions about fall planting.

Fall Planting

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
7:00 p.m.
First Church of Christ Congregational
Upper Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Jen Kettell
Hostess: Barbara O’Neil
Bakers: Bridget Clayton, Jeannette Pothier, Clair Austin-White
Centerpiece: Judy Storer

Take advantage of cooler temperatures in the fall and plant something new before winter begins! Jen Kettell will have tips on nursery selection, site preparation, proper planting techniques and after-
care for trees, shrubs and woody vines.

Jen is a certified arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area. She has worked as a staff horticulturist at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.

Daily Harvest at Hutchins Farm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
9:30 a.m.
First Church of Christ Congregational
Upper Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Brian Cramer and/or Liza Bemis
Hostess: Sandy Baker
Bakers: Deb Edinger, Judy Watkins, Heather Day
Centerpiece: Claire Austin-White

Retail Operations Manage Liza Bemis at Hutchins Farm in Concord.

Hutchins Farm, located at 754 Monument Street in Concord, is one of the oldest and largest certified organic vegetable and fruit operations in Massachusetts. Organic since 1973, the farm cultivates 35 acres of vegetables, an acre of small fruit and 8 acres of apples.

Hutchins Farm has been owned and operated by the same family since 1895. The produce is sold directly to consumers at a farmstand, at farmers’ markets and to a few local restaurants.

Its owners’ mission is to sustain the land they cultivate through responsible practices; growing and selling only the freshest possible produce.

Hutchins Farm will present information on its sustainable growing practices. Farm Manager Brian Cramer and/or Retail Operations Manager Liza Bemis – the great, great, great, grand-daughter of the farm’s originator, will describe the varieties of apples, potatoes and squashes that are grown, and how best to use them.

They will bring their “daily har-vest” of each product to share with the audience.

Kaye Vosburgh with an Ikebana arrangement.

Autumn Splendor, Sogetsu Ikebana

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Free Public Library Meeting Room
Presenter: Kaye B. Vosburgh
Hostess: Dawn Warrington
Bakers: Chris Lipson, Cheryl Miksenas, Sandy Baker
Centerpiece: Lisa Di Sanzo

Kaye Vosburgh is a Sogetsu Ikebana teacher of the highest rank, Riji. She teaches Sogetsu Ikebana – the art of Japanese flower arrangement, in Schenectady, New York, at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens and at her home in Massachusetts.

She has presented programs throughout New England and other states and in Quito, Ecuador.

Kaye is Director of the Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch and past-President of Ikebana International Chapter #17 in Boston. She also is a Master Judge and Procedure and Design Instructor for the National Garden Club, Inc.

Kaye will make a basic arrangement showing the classic style of Ikebana and several more in the classic free style of the Sogetsu School. The flowers and one arrangement will be presented to Club members.

Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 — Noon
Colonial Inn of Concord
This is open only to members of the Bedford Garden Club

Janet Powers and a few of her goats.

Hope in the Garden: Healthy Soils (with Lots of Plants) Cool the Planet

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Free Public Library Meeting Room
Presenter: Janet Powers
Hostess: Sue Giurleo
Bakers: Ellen Kift, Carol Amick, Christine Sampson
Centerpiece: Joanne Orlando

Janet Powers is an ecological landscape designer and art maker who has lived, gardened and farmed in Bedford, MA for the past 27 years. She earned a BS from the School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont, where she studied Park Management, and a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

When parenting full time, Janet shifted her focus to farming and permaculture, and fell in love with soil. She continues to learn through numerous organic farmers and climate-change organizations.

Connecting with nature is at the heart of what she does, and most recently that has included making art. Through images and story-telling, Janet will share her understanding of soils past and present and principles that gardeners can apply to improve their soil.

Janet teaches that healthy soils are key to restoring our planetary water, carbon and nutrient cycles. While switching away from fossil fuel use is critical to slowing climate change, she will discuss how, by regenerating our soil carbon sponge, we can start reversing it.

Horticulturist Dan Jaffee.

Kill Your Lawn

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Free Public Library Meeting Room
Presenter: Dan Jaffe
Hostess: Susan Wingfield
Bakers: Sandy Alexander, Heather Day, Nancy Bilafer
Centerpiece: Mary Brady

Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the various options available to replace your turf. From well-known plants to brand new introductions, he will discuss various options that fit the needs of different lawn spaces.

Dan is horticulturist and propagator for the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Monson, MA, where he is devoted to the study of ecological horticulture and building sustainability in landscapes.

He has a degree in botany from the University of Maine (Orono), and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from the Native Plant Trust (formerly known as the New England Wild Flower Society).

Dan is co-author with Mark Richardson of Native Plants for New England Gardens (2018). He also is a photographer whose photos of native plants can be viewed on his web site,

Judy Wolff and trophy.

Strength Training for Gardeners

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
9:30 a.m.
First Church of Christ, Congregational
Upper Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Judy Wolff
Hostess: Ruth Beauchesne
Bakers: Barbara Feehrer, Kaye Spofford, Cheryl Miksenas
Centerpiece: Lisa Di Sanzo

Get ready to sweat! Fitness expert Judy Wolff will present a PowerPoint program on the benefits of strength training for garden-ers and then demonstrate an easy-to-follow strength program that can be done at home, on one’s own schedule, with minimal and inexpensive equipment. She also will cover strength training guide-lines (how much weight, how often — with handouts) and answer your fitness questions.

Attendees may participate in the exercises or simply observe. This program is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and will get you down on the floor and up fewer times than you would in a brief gardening session!

If you wish to join the exercises, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and sneakers. Bring water, a pair of 2 to 5-pound hand weights, a mat or towel and a resistance band (if you have one).

Judy Wolff has taught fitness since 1998. She is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council of Exercise and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

In addition, she holds specialty certifications in Weight Room Supervision, Functional Fitness, Brains and Balance, and 13 world and 18 national records in bench press.