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 Landscaping with Novel Native Shrubs
 
Professor Jessica Lubell will give a presentation on native shrubs that are adaptable to tough conditions — such as the readily available Rhus and Juniperus, as well as lesser-known taxa like Aronia, Diervilla, Prunus, Myrica, Corylus, and Spiraea. She will discuss her wide-ranging research on this subject, including controlled studies on the adaptability of native shrubs, and improved methods of nursery propagation to increase the availability of native taxa. This talk will be enlightening to all who landscape with natives. Dr. Jessica Lubell is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Connecticut, with 15 years of experience working with the horticulture industry. 
 
All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.  In addition to the lecture, there will be the usual Q and A and raffle. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB),167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, Stop by and see us at ArtBeat, Saturday, July 15. We'll be in Seven Hills Park.
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BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website: www.somervillegardenclub.org.
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!
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“Hardscaping” for Your Urban Garden

Somerville Garden Club members Dorothy Africa and Eleanor Ramsay will give presentations on the creative use of plantings and materials to mask unfortunate views or brighten up dark areas, in the small gardens typical of many Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. Dorothy Africa will present practical ideas for “hardscaping” -landscaping in a hard place – with inexpensive and creative materials. Eleanor Ramsay will present a slide show of how she turned her literal hardscape, an asphalt parking lot backyard, into a shady garden retreat.

Tickets for the Somerville Garden Tour will be on sale at the meeting. There will also be the usual Q and A and raffle. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, we hope you'll join us for our first Garden Tour since 2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! $18.
Big Gardens, Small Spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club
The SGC 2017 Garden Tour showcases the creativity and variety of compact gardens. 21 gardens will be open to ticket holders. Proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

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Hi all! I have a bunch of baby pea plants (~8" high) in need of a trellis. I know it's late in the season, but I just thought I'd put it out there!
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Join us next week and learn about dirt!

Preparing the Soil for Gardening

Gretel Anspach, a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, will discuss preparing soil for gardening.

The quality and make-up of soil has a huge influence on how well plants will do in the garden. Unlike sunlight, air, and water [the other 3 requirements], we can’t tell whether our soils are right for our plants by looking at the soil, and sometimes not even by looking at our plants themselves. During this informative presentation, we will learn about soil structure, compaction, fertility, and pH, and how we can modify these for a more successful garden.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. There will be also be garden Q and A, light refreshments and a raffle. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.
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Shona Stone Sculptures in the Garden

shona sculptureThe Shona people of Zimbabwe are well known for the originality and beauty of their stone carvings. Many of these sculptures have been featured in botanical gardens and sculpture parks throughout the world. Rosemary Chimbganda of Zimbabwe, an expert on and importer and retailer of Shona sculpture, and Susan Miller, a Somerville gardener whose garden highlights Shona sculpture, will share their knowledge of Shona sculpture as well as present photos and video(s) of Shona garden sculpture and the sculpting process.

Rosemary Chimbganda grew up in Zimbabwe where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics before moving to USA more than 32 years ago. Rosemary was a successful computer programmer and software consultant for many years. In 2003, her growing passion for the Zimbabwe stone sculpture won her over and she now travels around the country promoting and selling the sculptures. She is also a real estate agent with Keller Williams’s realty.

Susan Miller has been in private practice as a learning disability specialist for over 20 years. Her work now includes assessing and tutoring children with language based learning disabilities in reading, math and writing. After meeting Rosemary Chimbganda last year, Susan became obsessed with learning about and owning Shona stone sculptures.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. There will be also be garden Q and A, light refreshments and a raffle. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.
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The next meeting of the Somerville Garden Club is Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Warren Leach, talented garden designer and owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA, will recommend a diverse selection of superlative plants in his talk Beyond Blooms: Creative Design with Color, Structure and Seasonal Senescence. He will discuss plant combinations that you can translate into your own garden, echoing leaf colors and texture to brighten the garden through the seasons.

Warren Leach is a passionate plant collector and landscape horticulturist with a depth of knowledge of all garden plants. He is also a distinguished and award-winning garden designer who enjoys sharing his horticultural and garden design knowledge with others through garden lectures, mentoring and through the gardens that he designs.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. As always, there will be member plant Q&A, light refreshments and a raffle. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.


Tranquil Lake Nursery garden design.
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Join Us on Wednesday, February 8. This one should cheer us up!

Lucy Borodkin, one of Somerville Garden Club’s founding members and past Presidents, will give a presentation on "The Garden in Winter." Lucy is a Master Gardener and for ten years provided design and instillation to private gardens in her Garden Visions business.

When we think of our gardens, many of us consider spring, summer and autumn. Winter, dark and cold as it is, is the time we wait for Spring. But, as you look outside your windows in wintertime, how interesting is the view? How can you begin to think of a four season garden? Which plants (and not just evergreens) enliven the garden in winter? How can you think about form, texture, color and mass in choosing plants with winter interest? We generally know how to think about such things in our other garden seasons. Let’s become more fond of our gardens in winter.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. There will also be garden Q and A and light refreshments.
Somerville Garden Club Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.
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Meet with the Somerville Garden Club and enjoy an evening discussion of local gardening and Bamboo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7-9pm.

Susanne Lucas, Executive Director of the World Bamboo Organization, horticulturist, designer, landscape gardener and consultant based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, will give a talk ont ‘Bamboo.’ She will cover recommended cold-hardy bamboo species, culture, expectations, and control of running rhizomes, particularly as appropriate for Somerville’s small urban gardens. Susanne recently published a book on bamboo and will be able to answer all of your questions on that subject.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. There will be light refreshments. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

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Your local Garden Club has two events this week!


Wednesday – September 14th
Our Favorite Garden Tools and Tales
This roundtable-style meeting features Somerville Garden Club members telling their favorite garden stories and sharing their favorite gardening implements for a summer show-and-tell that is always enlightening and enjoyable. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.


Saturday, September 17th
Somerville Garden
Club Fall Plant Sale!
9am-1pm - rain or shine!
Statue Park, right in the center of Davis Square.
There will be hundreds of locally grown plants for sale. Garden Club members supply the plants from their gardens and greenhouses. Get great plants for your dorm, home or yard and help support the Garden Club.

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July 13th Meeting and Lecture: Hostas!

Hosta collector and Lifetime Master Gardener Mary Arnberg will give a talk titled Hostas: The Practically Perfect Perennial. Arnberg will both educate and entertain with up-to-date information on hosta favorites, new and old, as well as tips on how to grow them well, and use them to advantage in your garden.

Arnberg’s own garden includes a collection of over 500 hostas. She has served as co-president of the New England Hosta Society and is a Senior Hosta Judge, as well as a Garden Performance Judge for the American Hosta Society. She will illustrate her talk with hostas from Cochato Nursery in Holbrook, MA, which specializes in shade plants and wildflowers. These plants will be for sale after the program.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

The Garden Club will also be at ArtBeat on Saturday July 16th. Stop by to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved.

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Greetings Davisonians!

You may have heard rumors about the proposed West Branch Library Renovation Project and the tree and garden destruction it would involve. Here’s an overview of what’s going on:

The West Branch of the Somerville Public Library is in drastic need of renovation. All agree on that. However, the current project design also calls for the paving over of the gardens presently surrounding the building, replacing them with a “low-maintenance plaza space,” and the construction of a meeting room extension onto the existing building. Here is a link to the design plans:

http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/160229_Somerville%20WBL%20Community%20Meeting_FINAL.pdf

The plans for the present garden areas are disturbing. Over the decades, the Somerville Garden Club (which is not associated in any way with this opposition) has designed and maintained lovely gardens around the library and has planted several significant trees, including Somerville’s only Dawn Redwood, two Columnar Beeches, and a Fernleaf Beech, among others. All are rare and mature and are great landscape features.

The current design plan would remove all of these trees.

The proposed plan also raises a number of other issues:

First: it flies in the face of the City of Somerville’s policy of maintaining and acquiring new open green spaces. The past 20–30 years have been significant in the history of the city. The advocacy for green spaces, street trees, and gardening under Mike Capuano’s and Joe Curtatone’s terms as progressive mayors who actively encouraged the development of public green spaces and private gardens, has been a glorious period of renewal. Their advocacy of gardening contests and awards and their hiring of a city Senior Planner/Landscape Developer to help implement green plans and acquire new green areas have been tremendously revitalizing throughout the city.

All of these changes—including the development of the West and Main Branches of the Library—are as valuable a part of Somerville’s history as are the historical monuments and homes. These sites deserve preservation, and not an opportunistic “update” of a site which is a monument to the best changes brought about during the past years of Somerville history. The West Branch Library building was designed by McLean and Wright of Boston, and was built in 1906–09 with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the city. It is the city’s best example of Classical Revival architecture, also exhibiting Beaux Arts details that were then in fashion. It was the first branch library in Somerville .

Second: the projected concrete plaza area would not be low maintenance, as claimed, but would, rather, be much higher maintenance than the gardens have been. There are mulberry trees on adjacent lots that would cause considerable mess. And most of the garden maintenance is done by SGC members, aside from occasional mowing.

Third: the projected plaza would be redundant, since there is already a nicely paved plaza area across the street from the Rite Aid on Highland Ave.

Fourth: the tax burden ($6–8 million) would be substantial, especially at a time when the Green Line Extension and Somerville High School projects are placing additional tax stress on residents.

Fifth: the addition of a meeting/performance space intended to accommodate a hundred people would mean that dozens of people at once would need parking in the Davis Square area. Yes, the Red Line is right there, but many people don’t use the T and/or would be coming from other directions. Traffic and parking problems are already severe in the Davis area—we don’t need more.


Members of the Somerville and Davis Square communities in general and the library property abutters in particular are all opposed to the current design. All parties are in favor of renovations to the existing building—and would be happy to see additional funding granted to upgrade the library’s services. But we oppose any other alterations, except insofar as are needed to make the existing building ADA compliant.

We do appreciate the need for more meeting and performance space in Somerville. But the proposed addition wouldn’t even be good for these, since they would be squeezed into a site not fit for the purpose. Further cramming of the small library lot, increased parking demand, and a considerable tax burden on the residents of Somerville (just at the time when we’re about to be whacked with Green Line and High School project expenses)—all for a project of dubious value that the people don’t really want—all seem like a no-go.

The City Aldermen have received a great many emails and phone calls on this subject, and a community meeting has been scheduled for:

Wednesday June 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
TAB Building – 169 Holland Street. Second Floor

This meeting will review and discuss the renovation and scope of library program services in the historic structure. There will be discussion of the community’s preferred landscape alternative. The meeting will discuss the scale and viability of the proposed community room addition. The ultimate objective is a project that meets the goals outlined by the community and garners the support of direct project abutters.


Additionally, people who are interested in this issue should:

1. Make sure they’re on Steve Vitello’s (the Project Manager’s) email list (by calling or emailing him at svitello@somervillema.gov 617-625-6600 x5124).

2. Join the Facebook page created by Janet Campbell on this issue. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/120522718357131/)

3. Join the Google Group moderated by Ulysses Lateiner and Janet Campbell. (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/somerville-west-branch-library-renovation).

We’ll make sure you’re up to date on what’s going on!
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That's tomorrow!

From 9 am til noon the Medford Garden Club will be selling plants at insanely low prices at it's annual plant sale.  The location is the Medford Library parking lot (behind the library), 111 High Street.

Hint: get there for the beginning of the sale, and lurk outside the roped off area until we drop the rope at 9 am.  It's a hoot, watching people run for the plants.  Most of the best ones are gone by 9:30, but since there's so many plants, and people often bring more throughout the morning, there's always something to get.  I'm bringing lots of tomato seedlings of many varieties, as well as some other veggie seedlings.  Most of the plants are outdoor perennials of all kinds, dug up from Garden Club members' yards because they are too dern healthy and need to be thinned/separated.  
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Somerville Garden Club May Meeting: Urban Gardening
Gretel Anspach, a Lifetime Master Gardener and frequent speaker, will give a talk about urban gardening on Wednesday, May 11.

Gretel Anspach, member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Board of Trustees, will give a talk about urban gardening. She will cover alternatives to the standard sources for light, water, and nutrients that plants need for people who don’t have much space, or perhaps no yards at all. Her talk will also touch on container gardening and hydroponics.

Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener, the education coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (MMGA), a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and a recently-retired systems engineer. She has served as the President and as the Certification Coordinator for the MMGA. She is a frequent speaker for the MMGA Speakers' Bureau and Mass Hort. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last six years.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.
Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Meetings start at 7pm. Light refreshments are served.
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The Somerville Garden Club meets tonight, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7pm at the Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland Street, Somerville.

This month's lecture, Somerville’s Open Space and Recreation Plan, will be presented by Luisa Oliviera, from the Somerville OSPCD/Division of Parks and Open Space. She will give a talk about the city’s new open space and recreation plan (OSRP). The OSRP is a 5-year, city-wide action plan that Somerville uses to secure certain state grants, and serves as a public record of the city’s open space data, goals, and strategic vision.

All Somerville Garden Club Meetings are open to the public! Light refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in joining the Somerville Garden Club, April is also our membership/renewal month. The SGC is a 501(c)3 recognized organization. Garden Club members receive a variety of benefits for joining and it is an opportunity to meet and work with other local gardeners of all experience levels.
More information at www.somervillegardenclub.org

Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.
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Chase away the winter chill with the Somerville Garden Club.

Tonight we will be showing excerpts from “Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces,” a video made by Catherine Zimmerman and produced by The Meadow Project. The video focuses on the diversity of life inhabiting a meadow and the intricate connection between native plants, native insects and soil. Entomologist Doug Tallemy, and meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner, and Neil Diboll are featured.

Following the video club members who have made meadows of their own will share their knowledge and experiences. There will also be light refreshments and a chance to ask questions about your own gardens.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.

Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Find out more by visiting our website:
http://www.somervillegardenclub.org
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Hi all!

Make sure to stop by the Someville Garden Club's plant sale this Saturday, September 19 from 9am - 1pm (rain or shine). There's always a great selection of houseplants, as well as perennials, herbs, ground covers, trees, and shrubs (get there early for the best selection!). You can find garden tools, decorative containers, and horticultural books, and you can get expert advice from experienced gardeners.

We'll be set up in the middle of Davis Sq, in front of JP LIcks, Boston Burger, etc.

Website
http://www.somervillegardenclub.org

Facebook Event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/969088586487534/
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Hi all - any recommendations for a lawn maintenance service that can handle a modest Somerville backyard (plus side yard)?
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We need to get our lawn totally replanted and (ideally) maintained by someone else for the summer.  Can anyone recommend a reliable local service?

(Edited to add:  Also, any theories about how much this is likely to cost would be appreciated.  We have a big lawn by Somerville standards but it ain't much by suburban standards so it's hard to tell...)
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Hey kids, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a local service that can take back some unruly, unmaintained grape vines? Thanks!

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