The Amherst Garden Club meets monthly from September through June. 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the garden club has been meeting online. Since our meetings have always been open to the public, we are doing our best to continue making our business meetings and featured speakers available to the community.
Virtual Garden Hop and Dahlia Magic presented by Sue Makowiecki — A virtual visit to garden club member Sue Makowiecki’s home, where Sue will show us her gardens and talk about dahlia care. Sue is a Master Gardener and Natural Resources Steward. (Online event with limited in-person attendance)
Gardening in a Changing World presented by Lisa Wise
— What impact does climate change have on plants and our gardens? Climate adaptation expert Lisa Wise will provide an overview of climate change and share actions we can take to both slow climate change and adapt to the impacts, with a focus on activities in our own gardens and backyards. (Online event)
Holiday Pies: Sweet & Savory presented by Liz Barbour — Making pies isn’t as hard as you might think! Club favorite chef Liz Barbour will talk about the history of pies, how to make tender, flaky crusts, and what sweet and savory fillings to use. Recipes will be provided in advance for those who wish to bake along with Liz. (Online event)
Holiday decorating workshop. (Members only)
Watch Party: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand followed by Q&A with filmmaker Karyl Evans — Beatrix Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Together we’ll watch an award-winning film about her life, followed by a live Q & A with the filmmaker. (Online event)
Armchair Travel with Garden Club Members — Sit back and enjoy trip photos and commentary as we travel by armchair to the Netherlands, Cape Cod, Concord, Massachusetts, and across the United States with garden club members Joan Poltack, Marti Warren, Barbara Williams, and Lee Ann Carvalho. (Online event)
Designing, Constructing and Planting the Entry Garden presented by Warren Leach — The garden space between the street, driveway, walkway and your home offers a powerful first impression to someone arriving to your door. Landscape Horticulturist Warren Leach, owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, will take us on a visual tour of enticing entry gardens using before and after scenarios. (In person event)
Trees: Celebrating and Honoring April’s Annual Arbor Day presented by Frank Grano — Frank Grano, an ISA certified arborist and NH-based Manager for Bartlett Trees, will speak about the kings and queens of our landscapes and gardens: trees. The talk will focus on trees with 3-4 season interest and fast-growing trees. Frank will be giving out free tree seedlings for planting in our yards or around town. (In person event)
April 22 — Special Evening Program
Gardening with Dahlias presented by Betsy Szymczak — If peonies are the “Show Girls” of the spring garden, with dahlias it’s all about late summer-early fall “Royalty”! This program will provide a brief history of the discovery of dahlias and their introduction into the American garden.
Container Gardening Demo at Amherst Garden Center presented by Jan Ward — Club member, artist, and floral designer Jan Ward will lead us in a container gardening demo on site at the Amherst Garden Center. (In person event)