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Meetings are held the
                            
Green Mountain Chapel     
480 Western Avenue
Brattleboro, VT 05301  
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Second Monday of each month, unless another Time/Date is listed.
    
        
 
NO formal meetings in January & February

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2019 PROGRAMS and Tours & Outings



Saturday, April 6

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)


April 8, 2019  - Annual Meeting
Annual Garden Club Banquet at the Chesterfield Inn
Chesterfield Inn - Chesterfield, NH

Allison Bell will present her new book project!

Her book is about Grace Niles from Pownell, VT, author of the 1904 Orchids book.   Allison’s presentation includes slides and an amazing story about this unusual woman! 


Here are some intriguing tidbits about this years' speakers and presentation.

  • Presented by Allison Bell and Maida Goodwin, the powerful story of the Pownal author and botanist Grace Greylock Niles (1864-1943) and the development of her writing career from her intense connection to her native area. 

  • Allison Bell is a graphic designer and photographer, and Maida Goodwin is an archivist of the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. Both women are plant conservation volunteers for the state of Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

  • In her 1904 classic book, "Bog-Trotting for Orchids," Grace Niles extols the wonders of the rich and abundant bogs and wetlands found in the Pownal and the northern Berkshire area and invites readers to explore the mysteries hidden within these wetlands.

  • Grace Greylock Niles: Queen of the Moccasin Flower.

  • Niles’ legacy inspired area conservationists to assist in the preservation of Mountain Meadow, a

  • 180-acre natural area reaching from Pownal to Williamstown.

  • She published "The Origin of Plant Names" in 1902.

  • She died in 1943 at the Brattleboro Retreat.

 

  • Location:          Chesterfield Inn

  • Time:                 5:30  p.m. Hordeurves

  •                            6:00  p.m. Dinner

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Saturday, May 4

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)


Saturday, May 11

Flowers for Mom workshop

Brattleboro Farmer’s Market     10-11 AM

   BFAGC will provide a few living flowers, potting soil and a planter to kids who would like to learn about gardening.  Jill ST and Melissa K will be on hand to help the younger ones figure out how to make a living arrangement for their mothers.  Donations to the garden club will be accepted (but not insisted upon).   Other club members are encouraged to come help if they can (and perhaps purchase an extra six pack if they are out shopping, too). 


May 13, 2019 - Meeting

Floral Photography Workshop with Bill Steele 

During this month's meeting, we will be learning from Bill Steele as we fine-tune the art of photographing flowers. He will talk about the exposure triangle and some fundamental elements of close-up photography. Bring your camera or cell phone (if that's your camera) and questions as there may be time to help you figure out what all those little buttons and settings do.

  • Location:          Green Mountain Chapel

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:        

    Karen Davis and Cassie Freese
  • Horticulture/ Design:  

    Early spring blossom
  •                              

    bring a single blossom to display

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Saturday, June 1  10am-Noon

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)


Saturday, June 1

Naulakha House and Gardens Tour

  12-2 PM, the garden club has been invited to have a special tour and walk through the 100+ year-old rhododendrums at Naulakha. This is open to 20 people only, at a cost of $5 per person.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds outside.  To reserve your place contact: Jill Stahl-Tyler  Jill@globalcow.com

 

June 10, 2019 - Meeting

The Real Dirt, Backyard Composting with Cheryl Wilfong 
Master Composter, Master Gardener, and author of The Real Dirt on Composting

Literally down-to-earth! Figure out how to set up composting in your own backyard. Learn about the ins and outs of composting - what goes into the compost and what stays out. Determine what to do about critters in the compost. Discover some creative ways to use your compost and feel good that you can join the green planet movement by not moving any farther than your own backyard.

  • Location:          Green Mountain Chapel

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:        

    Frankie Knibb
  • Horticulture/ Design:  Bring a branch from a flowering shrub

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Saturday, July 6

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)

July 8, 2019 - Meeting

Annual Member Garden Tour  5:30 meet at Green Mt. Chapel for carpooling

Three special gardens:  A Feng Shui Garden, a Meditative Garden, and a Picnic and Pool Garden will welcome members to walk among the flowers.  A potluck picnic supper and pool will be available at our last stop.

Bring your pot-luckbathing suits, and a towel!

  • Location:          Carpool at Green Mountain Chapel - then off to Three Special Gardens!

  • Time:                 

    5:30 meet in the Church/Chapel parking lot for carpooling
  • Hostesses:  Pot Luck

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Saturday, Aug 3

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)

August 12, 2019 - Meeting

Teacup Arrangements at  Holton Home 

On this special evening, we will meet in the activities room at Holton Home.  Each member is encouraged to bring along a young friend or family member aged 8 or up to work with the residents creating a fresh flower arrangement in a teacup.  The finished arrangements will be placed on the dining room tables and in residents' rooms. If you have a give-away teacup, bring it along - we'll also be using some of Frankie Gibsons.

  • Location:          Holton Home

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:       

    Paula Pettengill
  • Horticulture/ Design:  We will be making arrangements for the residents rooms!  If you have a give-a-way tea cup - please bring it. 

Saturday, August 24,  10am 

Green River Hydrangea Walk

Meet at Green Mountain Chapel  to Carpool at 10am

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Saturday, Sept 7

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)

September  9, 2019 - Meeting

BULBS, CORMS, TUBERS, AND RHIZOMES (aka GEOPHYTES) by Mary Heninger

Join us for a review of these amazing plant structures.  Mary Heninger will show us how they differ

from one another, how to plant, when to plant, how to keep them going for years, and how to protect them.

  • Location:          Green Mountain Chapel

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:     

     Libby Lafland and Bonnie
  • Horticulture/ Design:  

    Bring a terrarium or planter using mosses.

September (date tbd)

Hawk Watch Walk

Contact: Frankie Knibb  frankieknibb@gmail.com

  Walk up Putney Mountain with Frankie Knibb looking for mosses along the way.  Bring a book on mosses so we can identify what we see.  At the summit, a hawk watcher will give a brief description of what we do in tracking the hawk migration each year.  The views are spectacular!  Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes to protect your ankles and carry some water and a snack. 

Note:  the last section to the summit is steep. It's a mountain!

 

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Saturday, Oct 5

Progressive Garden Tours

  Open garden tours for BFAGC members only.  Here's a chance to see how these gardens develop and change throughout the season.  You are welcome to wander the beautiful gardens of Mary Heninger and Joan Seymour from 10-12.  (See addresses in your 2019 Garden Club Book)

October  14, 2019 (Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day) - Meeting

Annual Souper Supper at the Crosby House  https://www.crosbyhouse.com

Putting your Garden to Bed

Bring your own table setting (Placemat, flatware, plate, soup bowl, cup & saucer, water glass) and arrangement.  Also, bring along at least one thing you do in your garden to put it to bed for the winter season.  Let's compare notes!

  • Location:          Crosby House on 175 Western Ave, Brattleboro, VT

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:        Pot Luck

  • Horticulture/ Design:  Bring your own arrangement for your place setting!  

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November  11, 2019 (Veterans Day) - Meeting

Create your own Fall/Thanksgiving Table Arrangement

An annual, favorite activity for us all.  Be sure to bring your clippers, floral wire, and gloves.  Florist foam, flowers & greens, and some decorative items & candles will be available.  Bringing items from your fall garden to share would be great!  Please make reservations ahead so we have enough supplies!  At this meeting, any guests you bring are requested to donate $10 for their arrangement.
  • Location:          Green Mountain Chapel

  • Time:                 

    6:00  p.m. 

  • Hostesses:        

    Carlene Mc and Judy W.
  • Horticulture/ Design:  

    Bring a specimen from your garden or woods to use in your fall arrangement

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December  9, 2019 - Meeting

Holiday Wreaths & Swags

It's like being in a pine forest when you walk in the door!  We'll create wreaths and swags to decorate our homes and bring in the wonderful smells of the holidays!  Be sure to come with your gloves, florist wire, and clippers.   There will be some decorations and ribbons available or bring your own.  Please make reservations ahead so we have enough supplies!  At this meeting, any guests you bring are requested to donate $10 for their arrangement.
  • Location:          Green Mountain Chapel

  • Time:                

    6:00  p.m.

  • Hostesses:        

    Jill Stahl Tyler and Nancy Long

            

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Have an Idea for a Presentation 
or Field Trip in 2020???

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