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September 10, 2019

Thomas Mickey, The History of Growing and Selling Dahlias, Quincy, MA

Thomas Mickey is a professor Emeritus at Bridgewater State University, master gardener, columnist and author of America’s Romance with the English Garden. Tom also is a graduate of the Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College. He posts weekly on his blog, in addition to writing garden stories for Seacoast Media, a company that includes newspapers on New Hampshire’s seacoast and southern Maine. His talk will focus on the history of growing and selling dahlias.


October 8, 2019 - Evening Meeting

Nancy Riggs, An Apple a Day, Holden, MA

Nancy Riggs is a recently retired school teacher who is a lifelong learner, holding two masters degrees, in addition to completing a Master Gardeners class at Tower Hill. She and her husband live in a 1780’s farmhouse with two trees dating back 200 years and several newer Cary Award winning trees and shrubs. Her one-acre garden is her real passion and it has been featured on numerous garden tours including Tower Hill’s “City Spaces and Country Places” and Preservation Worcester’s “historic house and garden tour”. Her presentation on the history of apple production and the industry will include an “apple tasting” with four to six varieties of apples fresh fr om the orchard.

November 12, 2019

Greens Workshop Join us to help create wreaths and arrangements for our greens sale. No presenter this month


December 10, 2019

Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd, Floral Design Holiday Sparkle

Both Elaine and Linda are nationally accredited Master Flower Show Judges with National Garden Clubs, Inc. Both presenters have received numerous awards from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and have been asked to lecture on floral design at the Horticultural Society and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Linda is the proprietor of the floral design firm “Petals and Posies” and Elaine is the co-owner of “the Cutting Garden”. Their designs will be auctioned off at the end of their presentation for the Community Garden Club.


January 14, 2020

Gretel Anspach, Growing from Seed, Massachusetts Master gardeners,

Gretel Anspach is an Overseer of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon.  She has volunteered sporadically for the New England Wildflower Society as an adult’s and children’s guide. She considers her horticultural interests to be eclectic.  Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last ten years.  Gretel’s program will cover starting seeds:  Whether you are interested in annuals, perennials, edibles, or even shrubs and trees, this lecture will give you the information you need from starting a seed to planting in the ground.



February 11, 2020

Hands on Workshop TBA via Sign-up Genius


March 10, 2020

Sally McGuire Muspratt, Grass Free Small Gardens, West Roxbury, MA

Sally McGuire Muspratt is a landscape designer, horticultural consultant, garden writer and lecturer. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. in English from Newnham College, Cambridge University and a Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design from the Radcliffe Seminars. She designs residential as well as public gardens, lecturing, writing and gardening at home and in Quebec. Her presentation will explore ways of creating beautiful, ecologically responsible, low maintenance plantings without “enraging the neighbors by planting sunburned, shaggy lawns. “


April 14, 2020 – Evening Meeting

Samantha Woods and Sara Grady, Beneath the Surface – Eelgrass Loss in Duxbury Bay, Norwell, MA

Samantha Woods is the Executive Director and Sara Grady is the Watershed Ecologist for the North and South Rivers and Mass Bays South Shore Program. In their presentation they will be explaining the Duxbury Bay ecosystem and the importance of eelgrass to this ecosystem. They will also shed light on some of the reasons why more than half of the eelgrass acreage was lost between 1995 and 2014 and another 29% was lost in the following three years.


May 12, 2020

Mike and Angelina Chute, Roses for New England,

Mike and Angelina Chute have been rose growers for more than 25 years in East Providence, RI. They have presented gardening programs and lectures in the Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Newport flower shows. Their extensive credentials include writing for the American Rose Society’s American Rose, as well as publishing their own quarterly e-newsletter called the Northeast Rose Gardener. Mike has also served as a Horticulture judge for the American Rose Society and both Mike and Angelina are Master Rosarians and founding members of the Rhode Island Rose Society. Their program, Roses for New England, focuses on the challenges and merits of rose gardening

in New England, including their 6 easy steps for growing roses in New England. Their companion reference book, Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening will be available for purchase following their presentation.

June 9, 2020

End of the Year Luncheon or Field Trip - more info to come




General Meetings are held every second Tuesday from September thru June at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, 457 Washington Street, Duxbury, Massachusetts. Unless otherwise noted, the format is: Coffee and tea from 9am to 9:30am, Business Meeting from 9:30am to 10am, Program from 10am to 11:30am.

Meetings are open to the public for a nominal fee of $5.00. Everyone is welcome.


The Community Garden Club of Duxbury was organized in 1927 and is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (South Shore District) and the National Garden Clubs (New England Region).