Monthly Programs

Salem Garden Club Program
2017 - 2018
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 7, 2017, 7:00 PM 
First Meeting of the 2017 -2018 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 photos from "A Stroll Through the Gardens of Salem" garden tour that took place on July 8 in the McIntire Historic District 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:  Elizabeth Wolfe and Marie Buonfiglio

*Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Little Leaf Farms"
*Guest Speaker: Paul Sellew
Meeting open to the public (Non-Member Donation $5)
Paul Sellew, CEO of Little Leaf Farms, will share his vision for New England: a locally grown salad that is available all year.  As the founder of Backyard Farms in Madison, ME Paul mastered the growing and distribution of flavorful greenhouse tomatoes.  In 2015, after building his next company harvest Power, the largest organics recycler in North America, Paul and Tim Cunniff, Backyard Farms' former EVP of Sales and Marketing, broke ground on their 10-acre greenhouse development that would revolutionize the West Coast-dominated lettuce industry.  Today Little Leaf Farms is proud to have built the most technologically advanced lettuce growing greenhouse in the world!  Paul will be here to explain it.  We will be joined by the Peabody Garden Club.
*Please note that this meeting will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 3 Margin St., Peabody.

Hostess Chairs:  Sally Hayes and Julie Norris

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
Christmas Decoration Demonstration
In preparation for our Christmas Boutique workshop happening later in the month, Club members will demonstrate the assembly of the various items that we will be selling at our Christmas Boutique.  Come and learn how to make wreaths, swags, boxwood trees, and arrangements that will please the eye and be top sellers!  It is suggested that you bring paper and pen to take notes.  Sign up sheets will be circulated so that you can choose which of the projects you'll be working on.
Hostess Chairs:  Mary Johnson and Mary Ellen Halliwell

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 PM
SGC Christmas Boutique Workshop (Members only)
The Christmas Boutique Workshop will be held at  First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street.   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: Toni Porter and Sheila Billings

The Christmas Boutique will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in conjunction with the Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas House Tour.  The location is still being determined at this time.  Members are needed to help with set-up, sales, and clean-up.

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Landscape Renovation"
Guest Speaker:  Laura D. Bibler
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Laura D. Bibler, Principle designer, and owner of "In the Garden" has been a landscape designer since 1997.  She has created and directed the installation of landscape designs at private homes and historic estates.  Projects range from modest garden spaces to comprehensive master plans.  Regardless of the scope, designs are created to harmonize with the historical context and physical characteristics of the surrounding landscape.  She is a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study graduate and sits on the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Executive Board.

Hostess Chairs:  Carol-Ann Danek and Linda Vaughan

*Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Say it With Flowers"
Guest Speaker: Thelma Shoneman
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Thelma Shoneman, is a National GardenClub Master Flower show judge.  She'll explain how to create expressive arrangements using flowers with special meanings and exciting combinations of plant materials.  Elements and principles, as well as fundamental techniques will be explained.  We will be joined by the Peabody Garden Club.
*Please note that this meeting will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 3 Margin Street, Peabody.

Hostess Chairs: Claire Gauthier and Martha Bagby

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Beauty and the Bees"
Guest Speaker: Deborah Trickett
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Deborah Trickett, owner of the The Captured Garden in Westwood, MA is an award winning container garden designer.  Deborah has worked throughout New England creating container gardens and designing gardens for clients looking for something beautiful and out of the ordinary.  She'll share her techniques for creating these containers and for attracting bees.

Hostess Chairs:  Sylvia Flynn and Janice Charlton

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 PM
Lecture: "Pleasure Gardens"
Guest Speaker: Gail E. Anderson 
Meeting open to the public (Non-member donation $5)
Gail E. Anderson is a former journalist and trained horticulturist.  She has been photographing the gardens at Ropes Mansion and House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, Sedgwick Gardens at Long Hill in Beverly, Crane Estate at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover, and Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, New Hampshire for 10 years.  She'll share her photography along with current horticultural practices and special plantings at each property.

Hostess Chairs:  Kathie Ballou and TBD

Thursday, June 21, 2018
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