New Members Welcome!
Next Meeting: Apr 12, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Senior Center ~ 40 New St. Marlborough, MA 01752
There may still be a chance of snow in the forecast, but we're getting ready for Spring!
What's the latest thinking on organic gardening when it comes to home vegetable
gardening? Are you a purist or do you fudge a little? What's best for me and am I helping the
environment which belongs to all of us? These are the constant challenges for those of us
gardening do-gooders who got into gardening to enhance the world we live in, even if it's just our
little piece of oasis with which we happen to share our home. Whether you have been vegetable
gardening for years, with or without chemicals, you want to get it right and end up with the best
crop of cucumbers or sweetest tomatoes ever. Doing it organically might sound like and oxymoron,
but tonight's program will show you how you can do exactly that.
Back by popular demand after her 2014 presentation on Pruning, Gretel returns to speak on another
topic in her portfolio of expertise: Vegetable Organic Gardening and Soil Health. Gretel is a trustee of the
Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener, Education Coordinator of the Massachusetts
Master Gardener Association and a speaker in the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association Speaker Bureau,
which has enabled her to present this topic to us.
The meeting is FREE and open to the public!
Stay tuned for announcements about the annual Colonial Garden Club Plant Sale, held in May every year. In its true spirit of serving the community’s gardeners, the sale presents reasonably priced plants all grown by the club’s members. This year’s event features some outstanding free services: soil testing, expert advice about pollinators as well as Master Gardeners present to answer all your gardening questions! Always an event not to be missed, this year’s sale will prove to be a necessity for every local gardener.
Download the Native Plant List!
Encourage birds, butterflies, and insects into your gardens by growing native plants.
It is important to diversify our gardens today to preserve biodiversity for future generations.
Lisa Mattei, the head of the Native Plants Group, has prepared a list of native plants for our gardens.
Find it under Documents at bottom of this page.
For more information: http://www.audubon.org/content/why-native-plants-matter.
It's not your Grandmother's Garden Club!
The Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough was formed in 1959 by five friends to expand their gardening knowledge and share experiences. Over the years, it has grown to about 50 members. We have everyone from a few very knowledgeable garden experts to the majority who are constantly learning more about gardening.
But it's not white gloves, long flowing dresses and garden tea parties for us!. Instead, we wear gardening gloves (sometimes!), knee pads (sometimes!) and clothes we don't mind getting dirty. We're not afraid to get our hands dirty and can't resist pulling weeds whenever and wherever we see them.
The club is very community focused, We enhance Marlborough's beauty with many gardens around the town that include Whitcomb Middle School, Women’s Veterans Park, Assabet River Trail, the circle garden behind City Hall and signature plantings at all the entrances to the city.
Our civic activities include craft workshops at the Senior Center as part of our Senior Therapy program. The Seniors that attend these events benefit not only from the crafts they create but from a fun filled social event. We also participate in local seasonal events, such as the Farmer's Market and Harvest Festival.
We raise funds at our annual plant sale in May and a holiday boutique in December. The proceeds of theses events, in addition to any donations we receive, support community beautification, garden awards and a scholarship program.