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!

Hand Sugar Scrub Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Program
Bedford Public Library
Presenter: Lisa DiSanzo and Kim Verdries
Hostess: Gaye Carpenter
Bakers: Kaye Spofford, Sandy Baker
Centerpiece: Gladys Drohan

Just in time to prepare for the fall garden clean up and the harsh winter season ahead, the garden club will be offering a hand sugar scrub workshop. Sugar scrubs are used to exfoliate and moisturize the skin leaving it soft and hydrated. The scent from the essential oils have the added benefit of soothing your soul. There is no cost for this meeting but registration is required. Please contact Kim Verdries at [email protected].

Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Country Club of Billerica

Organic Pest and Disease Management

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Program
Flint Room, Town Center
Presenter: Marie Macchiarolo, Green City Growers
Hostess: Barbara O’Neil
Bakers: Carolyn Cassidy, Sandy Alexander
Centerpiece: Joanne Orlando

Perennial, annual and edible garden maintenance using the right tools and knowledge is essential to a large and successful harvest and lush garden vistas. Learn the tricks of organic farming to ward off pests and disease, and methods to organically manage threats if and when they do make an unwelcome appearance in your garden. The excellent photographs of critters and the damage they cause will have you exclaiming, “Oh, so that’s what ate my xxxx.”

Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Program
Bedford Public Library
Presenter: Russ Cohen
Hostess: Kim Verdries
Bakers: Chris McGovern, Bridget Clayton
Centerpiece: Marion Connarton

The area in and around Bedford is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. JoinRuss Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 90-minute slide show entitled “Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Bedford”. It covers over three dozen of the tastiest species the region has to offer. These range from plants everyone knows well, like Daisies and Dandelions, to plants they may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower. About a dozen tasty wild mushroom species will be covered as well, including morels in the spring, black trumpet chanterelles in the summer, and hen-of-the-woods in the fall. Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Russ will also bring along handouts and a foraged goodie for people to taste.

Garden Embellishments

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Program
Bedford Public Library
Presenter: Lisa DiSanzo and Kim Verdries
Hostess: Emily O’Hara
Bakers: Melinda Dietrich, Gloria Moll
Centerpiece: Barbara Feehrer

In our garden embellishment workshop, we will be taking clay pots, wooden spoons and rocks and transforming them into whimsical garden adornments. No matter what your creative expertise is, you will craft something beautiful for your garden. We will provide all tools necessary for this project. Cost: $10.00 for supplies. If you do not wish to make these garden decorations, you are still welcome to come to this meeting.

Installing Drip Irrigation

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 – 12:00
Location: TBA
Presenter: Green City Growers
Hostess: Susan Wingfield
Bakers: Ruth Beauchesne, Evelyn Rice
Centerpiece: Carol Amick

A properly installed drip irrigation system can save as much as 80% of the water normally used in other types of irrigation systems, not to mention the time invested by any gardener in trying to keep their plants properly watered. As we move between years of drought and excessive rain, having a drip system will insure that your garden continues to thrive.

In this program, Green City Growers will talk about ways to design an effective system and discuss the various drip irrigation components available. We’ll then work together to install a complete system in both a vegetable and perennial bed. You’ll leave with all of the knowledge necessary to install your own drip lines.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA

Programs you have missed


EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. Dessert & Social
7:30 p.m. Program
Great Room, Old Town Hall
Presenter: Kim Eierman
Dessert Coordinator: Sue Giurleo
Bakers: Claire Higson, Chris Lipson
Centerpiece: Lisa Di Sanzo

Even the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Your yard is more than a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials – it’s complex system where all living things are connected. Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects. Kim Eierman explains how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use can make a huge difference in creating a beautiful, healthy ecosystem, filled with life.

Bedford Day

Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A Year in the Life of a Honeybee Colony and It’s Beekeeper

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 – 12:00 a.m. Program
Bedford Public Library
Presenter: Birgit deWeerd
Hostess: Dawn Warrington
Bakers: Nancy Bilafer, Toni Wood
Centerpiece: Judy Storer

With her slide show, Bedford resident Birgit deWeerd takes you through the activities in and around a beehive, starting in January and ending in the fall with the honey harvest. She also will talk about many of the pollen and nectar producing blossoms the bees visit on their foraging trips throughout the seasons, opening another gardening dimension and, maybe, setting the seed for the start of a most interesting hobby: of becoming a beekeeper yourself.