blog-12One 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. Please note that our programs are for adults; we do not provide childcare.

Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings at no charge!

Beyond Miracle Gro – Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Public Library

Presenter: Anita Dafonte
Hostess: Susan Wingfield
Bakers: Marion Connarton, Maureen Levine
Centerpiece: Jan Burnes

Are you still spreading Miracle Gro or some kind of 10-10-10 on your plants, but know deep down that it isn’t really the best thing you can do for your soil? When is the last time you saw a toad, earthworm or other kind of beneficial creature in your garden? Do you want to try a more organic approach but don’t know where to start? Join Anita Dafonte from Coast of Maine Organic Products as she helps us understand how we can build better soil (and grow better plants!) in our gardens.

Anita lives and gardens on five acres in Newtown, Ct. She is the daughter of a pastry chef and grew up cooking. When she couldn’t find the plants she wanted, she began to grow them. She learned the best thing for the garden was to build rich, organic soil. How many of you plant without first getting the soil ready? Let’s learn how.

Let Us Grow an Edible Garden
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
McCue’s Garden Center
200 Cambridge Road, Woburn, MA

Field Trip Presenter: Megan McCue

Get ready to plant a vegetable garden in a container, raised garden bed, or community garden. Megan McCue of McCue’s Garden Center will talk about how to lay the foundation to grow great vegetables. She will explain the difference between spring, summer and fall crops; seeds vs. seedlings; fertilization; how to spot problems before they get worse; and more. You’ll learn these time-tested methods to get your garden started. She will explain the varieties of vegetables available today. Megan also will present coupons for use later that day. Plan to bring a friend or neighbor to this informative and entertaining session.

Le Jardin Blanc – Foliage in the Garden
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Public Library

Presenter: Nancy Vargas
Hostess: Dawn Warrington
Bakers: Claire Austin-White, Sandy Baker
Centerpiece: Sandy Alexander

As gardeners, we tend to focus on the color and duration of a plant’s flowers when selecting materials for our gardens, but that is not the whole story for the well-designed landscape. Today there is a myriad of plants with foliage in colors and textures to rival the most beautiful blooms. This presentation will illustrate how focusing on the foliage of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals can result in a garden that looks great through all four seasons.

Nancy Vargas opened Le Jardin Blanc 15 years ago. She has an acre of partially-wooded property in Southborough. It is a garden of foliage and white flowers. She studied architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Virginia. For 25 years she has worked in the fields of interior, architectural, floral and landscape design, having continued her studies at Longwood Gardens, Temple University and the Flower School of London.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time and location to be announced.

Geranium, Perennial and Floral Arrangement Sale
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bedford DPW

Programs You Have Missed!

Landscaping by Night
Presenter: Monique Allen, The Garden Continuum
Dinner Coordinators: Jeannette Pothier, Barb O’Neil
Committee: Carol Amick, Claire Austin-White, Lisa DiSanzo
Barb Kupfrian, Kim Verdries, Toni Wood, Susan Wingfield,
Centerpiece: Judy Storer

Looking out your window at night, what do you see? Are there lights, strategically placed, to highlight the shapes and shadows in your garden or is it black with neighbor’s windows or street lights dominating your view? Illuminating your garden at night brings in new dimensions and design considerations that you may not have considered. You can’t simply use lights if there is no design to light up or design to the lighting itself.

Join Monique Allen as she talks about why you would use light in your landscape, what you might use and how you would place it in the existing landscape or introduce structural standouts to add to your view at night. She will also present a bit about technical considerations, but not go through the details of installation.

Bedford Day
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Confessions of a Seed Snatcher
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Public Library

Presenter: MariePatrice Masse
Hostess: Priscilla Grunes
Bakers: Kim Verdries, Christine McGovern
Centerpiece: Lisa DiSanzo

A timely and exciting presentation on saving seeds, confessions of a Seed Snatcher is a journey of discovery into the world of seed gathering. There is something for everyone in this humorous and insightful program: from seed biology to seed politics, and from seed quirkiness to seed adaptability. Learn how to save seeds from many of your favorite garden friends, as you enjoy entertaining stories of “finding” seeds in unusual places. This program includes a hands-on component where you can “gather seeds” from a large collection of flower heads, seed stalks, and pods for your own planting or to start a local seed library.

Your awareness and appreciation of seeds is guaranteed to grow. Visit The Seed Snatcher on Facebook. You can post your questions, check out the great photos, and find more information?

Or contact MariePatrice Masse at 978-579-0897 or

Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 – 12:00
Shawsheen Room, Town Center

Presenter: Peter Burke
Hostess: Sue Giurleo
Bakers: Bridget Clayton, Barbara Feehrer
Centerpiece: Claire Austin-White

This hands on program will focus on growing a steady supply of fresh greens with only a cupboard and a windowsill. Ready to harvest in just 7 to 10 days, grow greens that are both good for fresh salads and to cook in a stir fry! No Grow Lights needed! Whether it is winter and you are frozen out of the garden, or you are living in an apartment, there is no reason to not have a garden. Peter Burke will show you how to grow the bulk of your salad greens indoors, about 12 to 14 ounces a day! Great for the locavores out there, there is nothing more local than your own windowsill. He will outline general techniques for many varieties of greens and those who register will go home with their own planted tray to sample.

This program is being run in conjunction with the Recreation Department. We ask that Club members register through the Garden Club with Mary Kernan at The fee is $15.00 for Garden Club members. Deadline to register is November 1, 2016.

Non-club members may register through the Recreation Department at

Succulent Gardens
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Public Library

Presenters: Kim Verdries, Lisa DiSanzo
Hostess: Gaye Carpenter
Bakers: Claire Austin-White, Melinda Dietrich
Centerpiece: Joanne Orlando

Create a succulent dish garden with Kim Verdries and Lisa DiSanzo. We will put together an indoor miniature ecosystem using small succulents. Our dish garden will be aesthetically assembled so that you will have a little summer garden to take home. It will require minimal care, and yet give you enough pleasure to brighten any dreary winter day.

The cost for the workshop will be $15. This includes plants and all materials. You are welcome to bring decorative embellishments, such as tiny rocks, shells, etc.

If you are interested in making a dish garden, sign up with Kim ( or Lisa ( by December 13th (our holiday luncheon) so that we can buy the necessary materials. If you do not wish to make a succulent garden, you may attend the workshop as an observer and learn how to make one.

Orchids 101
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Bedford Public Library

Presenter: Elaine England
Hostess: Jeannette Pothier
Bakers: Carolyn Cassidy, Chris Lipson
Centerpiece: Gladys Drohan

Elaine England will guide you through the mysterious life of the orchid. Orchids are beautiful plants, but can be intimidating to a novice. She will provide us with the confidence we need to successfully grow and care for these beautiful plants.  You will learn about the various types of orchids, basics in orchid culture, and alternative growing methods.

Also, just in time for Valentine’s Day, all attendees will receive a little gift to take home to keep or to give to a special Valentine. Please register with the signup sheet at the January meeting. If you are unable to attend the January meeting, but would like to attend this presentation please email Kim Verdries, We want to be certain you receive your gift.