Monthly Programs

Salem Garden Club Program
2016 - 2017
Please note meeting dates and locations carefully.  An asterisk beside a date (*) indicates a change from usual first Thursday date or a change of meeting location.  Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place at the Nathaniel Silsbee House (Knights of Columbus) in Salem, located at 94 Washington Square East.  Our meetings will take place in the upstairs hall.  Members will enter through the front doors. Parking is in the rear of the building.  Social time with refreshments starts at 7:00 PM followed by the business meeting at 7:30 PM.  Our featured program will begin shortly after the business meeting.  Guests are welcome to attend meetings.  A donation of $5 is suggested.

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:00 PM 
First Meeting of the 2016 -2017 Season
At our opening meeting, held at The Nathaniel Silsbee House (Knights of Columbus),  we will welcome and introduce our newest members to the Salem Garden Club.  A powerpoint slideshow featuring members' gardens will be presented.  Club Officers and committee chairs will be introduced and will give a brief description of their roles.  Our goals for the upcoming year will be outlined and news of our ongoing projects will be spotlighted.  Members will have the opportunity to sign up for various committees.  

Hostess Chairs:  Mary Lou Tranos and Jackie Julien

*Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Vegetable Gardening"
*Guest Speaker: Gretel Anspach
Meeting open to the public (Non-Member Donation $5)
Gretel Anspach of the Master Gardeners Speakers' Bureau returns to SGC, this time with her lecture on basic vegetable gardening.  Gretel takes us from making garden plans in the winter to planting our own vegetable gardens in the spring.  Whether you have a large space or a small area, Gretel will show us how to have a successful crop.  Imagine the pleasure of dining on vegetables you grew yourself!

Hostess Chairs:  Judy Bonaiuto and Marcia Lambert

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:00 PM
Lecture:  "Art in Bloom Road Show"
Guest Speakers: Meade Fasciano and Linda Ladd
Meeting open to the public (Non-Member Donation $5)
Salem Garden Club teams up with Peabody Garden Club and welcomes the Art in Bloom Road Show from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Meade Fasciano has served on the Road Show Committee for 9+ years.  She will present a slide show/power point presentation highlighting the background of the show.  Linda Ladd is a nationally accredited Master flower show judge with National Garden clubs, Inc.  She  will be the floral designer who will share past and present designs with a floral interpretation of an
art object from previous shows.    Members are encouraged to invite guests to this special presentation.  A $5 guest donation is suggested.
Hostess Chairs:  Mary Little and Betty Little 

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 PM
SGC Christmas Boutique Workshop (Members only)
The Christmas Boutique Workshop will be held at  .   All members are needed to prepare for the Christmas Boutique, our annual fundraising event.  Enjoy, share and learn from the creativity of fellow garden club members.  Participants may make purchases at the workshop at a discount.  It's always great fun!  Bring plenty of energy and your workshop kit which should include wire cutters, floral cutters, wire, scissors, paper and pencil. 

Hostess Chairs: Ellen Bouchard and Barbara Sirois

The Christmas Boutique will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in conjunction with the Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas House Tour.  Members are needed to help with set-up, sales, and clean-up.

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Floral Decadence!"
Guest Speaker: Lisa Oberholzer-Gee
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Lisa Oberholzer-Gee has traveled the world studying different floral techniques.  She was a designer at L'Oliver's in New York City and has taught floral classes at the Botanical Gardens in New York.  She is currently freelancing at floral companies in New York and Boston.  Tonight Lisa will share with us what she has learned from her studies in Europe and Asia.  She hopes that you will catch the "floral bug" and open your eyes to using floral materials in a creative way.  Everyone will have a chance to win one of her unique pieces!

Hostess Chairs:  Kathy Picone and Ruth Kapnis

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "The History of the Tulip and its 17th Century Tulipmania Moment"
Guest Speaker: Ila Cox
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Ila Cox is a plant lover, gardener, flower arranger, and a student of garden and plant history.  Her lecture describes how "as a recent arrival to Holland in the 17th century, the tulip found itself the principle actor in an economic drama of historic proportions.  The country's affection for the flower involved it in a global financial investment storm!"  Ila will be bringing some of the many varieties of tulips with her.

Hostess Chairs: Pat Bates and Lisa Quinn

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Beauty on the Wings:  A Story of our Favorite Pollinator, the Monarchs"
Guest Speaker:  Kim Smith
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Kim Smith is an award winning landscape designer, documentary filmmaker, photographer, author, and illustrator.  She is a Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor.  Tonight she will share her research and wonderment of the Monarch Butterfly life cycle and their benefits to our gardens.  She will teach us how we can help these beautiful creatures and how we can keep them coming back to our gardens.

Hostess Chairs:  Marge Wilkens and Patricia Richard

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Container Garden Secrets!"
Guest Speaker: SGC Members, Meg McMahon and Sue Ballou 
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Meg and Sue will demonstrate and share their methods for creating beautiful, unique, and cost friendly container gardens.  Find out where and when they shop, the plants they choose, and how to get great results.  A slide presentation and demonstration will show how you can do it, too!

Hostess Chairs:  Maureen Jacoby and Kathy Homan

Thursday, June 15, 2017
SGC Annual Dinner
Members please join us as we close out the season and celebrate our accomplishments at the Hawthorne Hotel
Salem, MA 
Cocktail time begins at 6:30 PM with dinner to follow at 7:30 PM.
Cost: TBD