Glorious Garlic and her Bodacious Cousins, the Alliums @ Pepperell Garden Club Wed. (Oct. 10)

An invitation from AGC and Pepperell Garden Club  member Jeanne Nevard:

Learn how to grow and use garlic, queen of the kitchen, and her many strikingly beautiful cousins, the alliums. Fall is garlic planting time for New Englanders, as well as time to plant the bulbs of decorative alliums. Critter resistant and easy to grow, alliums boast lovely, long lasting flowers that add interest and color to the garden from May to September and, in some cases, can be dried for winter use. Learn how to grow garlic, which alliums to choose for your garden and how to use both of them in seasonal flower arranging.

Presented by Betsy Williams

Wednesday, October 10, at 6:45 PM
Pepperell Senior Center
37 Nashua Road, Route 111
Guest fee $5. Seniors $2.

Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers.

A life long gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations.

Her gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion and Traditional Homes.

Betsy is the author of articles and books on the uses and stories of herbs and flowers: POTPOURRI AND FRAGRANT CRAFTS published by Readers Digest and The Little Book Series published by The Proper Season Press. Her latest book is ARE THERE FAIRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR GARDEN? GROWING UP GREEN WITH THE FAIRIES. She is currently working on a third edition of her herb cookbook, MRS. THRIFT COOKS.

She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.

Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally. She has presented at Monticello, The American Horticultural Society’s Youth Symposium, the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival and International Herb Association as well as Colonial Williamsburg, the Ozark Folk Center and the New England, Rhode Island and Cincinnati Flower Shows. She gives lectures and demonstrations for garden clubs, horticultural conferences, herb festivals and botanical gardens throughout the United States. She teaches container gardening, flower arranging and cooking with herbs at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. Betsy is the consultant to Memorial Hall Library’s Seed Library in Andover, Mass.

In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated through out the country.

She was a founding member of the International Herb Association and served on it’s governing board for six years. In 1995 and 2016 she was given the International Herb Association award for “her outstanding contributions to the herb industry”.

Her professional affiliations include the Beatrix Potter Society and Garden Writers of America

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