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Programs

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.

Important Program Information

Due to social distancing and other restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the first five Bedford Garden Club programs are videos that can be viewed on a computer screen via the free video-sharing platform YouTube (www.YouTube.com) or on television by purchas-ing a YouTube Premium channel.

The last two programs of the year (March and April 2021) are scheduled as “in-person” programs, in the hope that Club members will be able to once again meet together with the presenters.

Club members are invited to watch one YouTube program each month, at their leisure, but preferably before the follow-up Zoom discussion meeting.  There is no requirement to participate in the Zoom discussions, but they will give Club members who join – either by video or by telephone – the chance to discuss points gleaned from the videos, hear brief Club business announcements, take action on the 2020-2021 budget, and socialize virtually with other members.

Below you’ll find the list of  YouTube videos.  Each month, Club members will receive an email or phone call reminder about the month’s YouTube video, including the YouTube link.  Later in the month, the day before each Zoom discussion, Club members also will receive an email or phone call invitation to join the Zoom event, including the Zoom video and phone links, plus password.

The easy way to watch a YouTube video:

  • Copy the YouTube link from the reminder email and paste it into your browser’s address bar. Press “enter” to open the YouTube link.  When the video begins to play, skip any ads that appear first, if possible.

The easy way to join a Zoom Club discussion:

  • Click on the Zoom link from the reminder email. It should connect you directly with Zoom.us.  Follow directions to join the Zoom discussion.

Note that September 2020 Bedford Day has been cancelled.


October 2020

2019 Philadelphia Flower Show (21:03 minutes)

Every year gardeners bring their prized plants to compete for awards at “Horticourt,” one of the elements of the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Laura LeBoutillier narrates and guides the tour of the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show. Among the many interesting displays are those competing in the FTD International Floral Arranging competition.  This is the first time since 1985 that the FTD competition was held in the United States.

The garden displays reflect subjects from the memorable 1960’s, like Flower Power and Woodstock.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and features displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers.

Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices.

October Zoom Discussion:
October 13, 2020 – 10:00 AM


November 2020

Heat Tolerant Flowers: Garden Home VLOG (23:14 minutes)

P. Allen Smith

Home Garden TV host P. Allen Smith discusses a number of perennials and some annuals that do well in the heat.  He includes some plants that are deer resistant as well.  He shows how to create large container displays for a patio or deck that also will tolerate heat.

Smith is a fourth-generation nurseryman and horticulturalist. Inspired by a childhood spent on the farm raising and showing livestock and poultry, he has led a life of promoting good stewardship of the earth.

Smith studied garden design and history at the University of Manchester in England, where he also studied English gardens that had been visited by U.S. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century.

November Zoom Discussion:
November 10, 2020 – 10:00 AM


Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – Noon

Details are TBD.


January 2021

Great American Gardens #1 (21:01 minutes)

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, CT

Tricia Springer describes three American gardens that are open to the public. Henry Dupont’s Winterthur Garden near Brandywine, Delaware is a naturalistic garden of 60 acres. Ruth Bancroft’s garden in Walnut Creek, California is a dry garden of succulents and cacti from around the world. The garden of Lucy and Henry Bowen’s 1846 pink VictorianCottage, Roseland, contains the oldest boxwood hedge in New England.

The video series, Great American Gardens, focuses on the highlights of three gardens in each episode.  Interviews with gardeners, botanists and historians help reveal the stories that these gardens have to tell.

January Zoom Discussion:
January 12, 2021 – 10:00 AM


One of P. Allen Smith’s planter designs.

February 2021

Perennials 3/Plants for Shade/Garden Home VLOG  (29:20 minutes)

P. Allen Smith describes the use of companion perennials to create different shades of green as well as a layered look of different heights. He also creates shade containers using a variety of shade perennials.

In the half-hour episodes of P. Allen Smith Garden Home, Smith empowers people to discover their own style and to create beautiful indoor and outdoor living spaces in their own homes.

His mission is to connect with people, cultivate health and mindfulness, and ultimately inspire others to live a more natural life. He shares life-style trends and stories of people who are making a positive impact in their communities.

 


 

March 2021

Eyes on Owls
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

This program, if held in-person, will be presented at the

First Church of Christ, Congregational
Upper Fellowship Hall, with a social period at 6:30 PM
and the program at 7:00 PM.

Note: If, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it must be cancelled, details of an alternative program will be forthcoming.

Presenters: Marcia and Mark Wilson

Mark and Marcia Wilson

Mark and Marcia Wilson founded “Eyes on Owls” in 1994 as an educational enterprise that brings wild owls to schools and other groups. The Wilsons have nurtured a fascination for birds since childhood. Both have biology degrees and a keen interest in learning about nature.

The owls in their care are permanently disabled; they cannot survive on their own in the wild.

Many are survivors of collisions with vehicles. The owls are given a safe, clean, and low stress home and all the mice they can eat (owls do not eat plants.)

The Wilsons have federal and state permits to display the owls for educational programs. The owls are not pets; they have special dietary, health, and housing requirements.  Each owl has its own house, which includes a handicap ramp.


Suzanne Mahler

April 2021

Creating a Garden for Pollinators

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

This program, if held in-person, will be presented at the
First Church of Christ, Congregational
Upper Fellowship Hall
Social period at 9:30 AM
and the program at 10:00 AM

Note: If, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it must be a virtual meeting, or be cancelled, details will be forthcoming.

 
 
 
Presenter: Suzanne Mahler

Learn the best plants to attract a diversity of pollinators and the growing threats and stressors to these essential wildlife visitors.  Attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures to your garden, including birds, frogs and furry friends.

Suzanne Mahler, a gardener for over 30 years, has given presenta-tions at the Boston, Rhode Island and New England Spring Flower shows, at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Art in Bloom event, and to garden clubs in the New England area.

Past President of the New England Daylily Society, Suzanne has talked to the Bedford Garden Club in the past, and is excited to return.


Geranium and Floral Arrangement Sale

Saturday, May 8, 2021


Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – Noon

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6 Wayside Road, Burlington, MA