Meeting Schedule

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. Our business meetings begin at 9:15 am, followed by our featured speaker at 10:30 am. Contact the garden club at if you would like to attend the business meeting or participate in the program.

September 10
Virtual Garden Hop and Dahlia Magic presented by Sue MakowieckiA 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)

October 1
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)

November 5
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)

December 3
Holiday decorating workshop. (Members only)

January 7
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)

February 4
Armchair Travel with Garden Club Members — Sit back and enjoy trip photos and commentary as we travel by armchair to the Netherlands, Cape Cod, and Concord, Massachusetts with garden club members Joan Poltack, Marti Warren, and Barbara Williams. (Online event)

March 4
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. (Online event)

April 1
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

April 22 — Special Evening Program — POSTPONED until SPRING 2022
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.

May 6
How to Interpret a Forest’s History presented by Tom Wessels —
Ecologist Tom Wessels will teach us how to interpret a landscape the way one might solve a mystery. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why are pine trees dominant in one patch of forest and maples in another? Tom will introduce us to the concept of reading forested landscapes and then interpret photos we submit of landscape features we would like explained. No walk in the woods will ever be the same!