2021-22 Meetings and Programs
If you are interested in joining please attend a meeting!
Guests are welcome at all meetings except for those specifically restricted to members. Meetings are typically held in the evening at the Cheshire Senior Center. There is a guest fee of $5.00, which is deducted from the initial membership fee if you decide to join the Club.
The Senior Center is not available during COVID so we are meeting either via zoom or at alternate locations listed below. If you would like to join one of our Zoom meetings, please contact our Membership Chairperson Pat Archibald at email@example.com. Guest fees will be waived for Zoom meetings.
Wednesday September 15, 2021 (Rain date September 22)
Banishing Invasives, Houseplant Auction
2021-22 Kickoff meeting, outdoors at the Cheshire Historical Society
Join us for our first Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire meeting of the new year! We will be gathering outside on the Hitchcock Phillips House grounds at 5:00 PM for a varied evening that should be sociable, fun, and educational.
This is a highly participatory meeting. Bring houseplants to donate for our houseplant auction and any weeds or invasives from your yard that you would like identified (make sure any seeds are contained). Our discussion on invasives and tips to control them will be moderated by our horticulture chair, Joanna Giddings. A welcome by President, Signian McGeary start the evening and then committee chairs will describe their committees so members may follow their interests and join. This event will take place outside at Hitchcock-Phillips house, 43 Church Drive. BYO Food, drinks and chairs.
Wednesday October 20, 2021
Homegrown National Park: Nature's Best Hope
A Zoom video presentation by Doug Tallamy
Co-sponsored by the Cheshire Public Library and Southington Garden Club
Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why by joining Homegrown National Park, we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.
Wednesday November 17, 2021
Seasonal Decor: Not Just for the Door
Presented by Heather Potter -- Location TBA
Spark your interest and ignite your creativity with botanicals for your seasonal enjoyment. Designer Heather Potter will demonstrate how to create original design styles incorporated with current trends for table, desk and mantel. From classic elegance to lush & lavish, mantelscaping takes flat to THAT!
From a young age Heather has had a love of all nature has to offer; foraging for mosses, ferns or the perfect pods to complete a unique creation. Always paying attention to detail and mechanics, Heather has received many awards for her design talents. Locally you can find her at Cheshire Nursery & Florist in the design room, tending to displays, or in the studio propagating plants.
Wednesday January 19, 2022
Great Garden Escapes in New England
A Zoom video presentation by Jana Milbocker
Co-sponsored by the Cheshire Public Library
Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of New England you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights, and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!
Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020. She has lectured at flower shows in Mass., Conn., Maine, New York and New Jersey, as well as a multitude of horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries in the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. (EnchantedGardensDesign.com.) She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Garden Comm International.
Wednesday February 16, 2022
Gardens of Black America
A Zoom video presentation by Abra Lee
Co-sponsored by the Cheshire Public Library
Black Americans have laid out a cultural blueprint for garden design in their own personal spaces. In this conversation we will discuss these historic legacies and the plants they used to beautify homes and communities.
Abra Lee is a national speaker, writer, and founder of Conquer the Soil a community dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and art of horticulture! She has spent a whole lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist, extension agent, airport landscape manager, and more. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals.
Wednesday March 16, 2022
A hands-on floral design program by Tony Poitras
For members only -- Location TBA
Florist and club member Tony Poitras will share techniques for creating cheerful spring-themed floral design. The style is a cross between traditional and creative vertical isosceles triangle. The elements and principles of design will be explained. Each member will make two small arrangements, one to keep and one that will be given to a resident at a local nursing home. All materials will be provided by the club; each member is asked to bring a pair of clippers.
Wednesday April 20, 2022
Home Sweet Habitat: Cheshire Pollinator Pathway
Presented by Joanna Giddings -- Location TBA
Do you wonder how to attract pollinators to your garden? The importance of pollinators is an indisputable fact of nature. But butterflies and bees are declining. We will learn about the Pollinator Pathway movement, the design and installation of our own public pollinator garden in Cheshire, and how individual gardeners can become a part of the Pollinator Pathway. Tips and resources for adding plants that nurture pollinators and promote ecological diversity will be shared.
Club member Joanna Giddings is the public educator for the Cheshire Pollinator Pathway Garden installed and maintained by the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire. Joanna teaches high school biology and shows her students how to identify and care for the plants and animals in our ecosystem. She has designed and installed her own pollinator gardens at home and has inspired Lawnies on her street to start planting with pollinators in mind.
Wednesday May 18, 2022
Sustainable Lawns, Bee Lawns and Other Options
Presented by Tom Christopher -- Location TBA
Details Coming Soon
Wednesday June 15 2022
Gardening for the Table: Organic Herbs and Microgreens
Details Coming Soon