Meeting Schedule

The Amherst Garden Club meets monthly from September through June at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst (next door to the Amherst Garden Center).

Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month (except in Sept., when the meeting is the first Thursday after Labor Day). Most meetings include a featured speaker.

Our business meetings begin at 9:15 am, followed by our featured speaker at 10:30 am.

September 8, 2022
Painless Pruning: Simple Solutions for Healthy Plants
Penny O’Sullivan, author, designer and woody plant lover shares her experiences as she turned her property into a mini arboretum. Her experiences inspired a wonderful book on pruning trees and shrubs. Her presentation will help you better understand the how and why of pruning those trees and shrubs in your own landscape. (Books on Sale)

October 6, 2022
The Gentleman’s Farm: Scientific Agriculture in A Picturesque Landscape
Go back in time with landscape historian Pamela Hartford and discover the history behind two Olmsted-designed farm properties: Moraine Farm in MA, Waveny Estate in New Canaan, CT.

November 3, 2022
Flowers for the Holiday Season
Woodman’s Florist Sue Ries will demonstrate the making of several floral arrangements for our upcoming holidays. Always a popular program as the floral arrangements will be raffled at the end of the program. (Raffle)

January 5, 2023
Easy Rose Care
Teresa Mosher’s program will review uncovering winter protected roses, pruning various types, planting, fertilizing and choosing hardy roses for our zone. Lovely photos from her locally revered Zone 5 garden are incorporated into the power point presentation. (Books on Sale)

February 2, 2023
Feeding and Attracting Birds to Your Landscape
AGC member Gail Coffey has turned her landscape into a habitat that supports ecological relationships. She encourages wildlife in her yard by planting native plantings which focus on optimizing wildlife food sources on the property. Come and hear how she and her husband, long time wildlife advocates and conservationists have developed their 5-acre property. (Bird Guide Door Prize)

March 2, 2023
Design Tips for Traffic-Stopping Curb Appeal
Kerry Ann Mendez will be back to present a very energized program to kick off our gardening season. This eye-opening presentation will cover easy-to-implement design steps for enhancing your home’s curb appeal. Included will be top-performing perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, evergreens & ornamental trees for head-turning foundation beds. (Books for Sale)

April 6, 2023
Edible Landscapes
Presented by well known garden historian and ethnobotanist John Forti, this illustrated lecture will help you explore how to eat locally and enjoy the fruits of your own labors. This new talk delves into planting edible gardens and landscapes that offer healthy alternatives to our lawns and hedges. Whether learning to explore our own backyards or the newest landscape style of the 21st century, this talk offers meaningful ways to engage ourselves, our kids and our community in cultivating a sense of place from seed to table. (Books on sale)

May 4, 2023
Earth Friendly Gardening
Mark Richardson speaks to us about how we can become more earth friendly gardeners. We have all learned to live our lives a little greener in recent decades, taking pride in making choices to lead more sustainable lives. Gardening should be no different. Learn about ways gardening impact our environment. Mark works at Tower Hill in Worcester and co-authored a book, “Native Plants for New England Gardens,” a guide to over 100 native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and vines. (Books on sale)