​September 2018

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”

Board Meeting
Monday, September 17 at 7:00 pm
At the home of Susan and Earle Nicholas

Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 24 at 6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

​Botanical Nomenclature with Gretel Anspach from MA Master Gardeners

Botanical names are unique - one per plant across the world - but they come with their own challenges. Learn where these complex names came from, how they are maintained, what they mean, and hot to pronounce them. Then you too can walk into a nursery and ask with confidence to be directed to the Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)!

Cathy Dunning (Chair), Ann Marie Bielenin, Marcia Podlisny, Con Healey, Ellen Schoenfeld-Beeks, Judy Karlin, Betty Rice


October 2018

"Life is a garden. Dig it."
--Joe Dirt

Board Meeting
Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.
at the home of Valerie Kafka

Monthly Meeting

Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Adult Center

Photographing your Garden and Entering Photos in Flower Shows with Christina Wood​

Chris Wood is a GCA Approved Judge in photography, a member of the Noanett Garden Club and the 2017-2018 co-chair of the Photography Division of the New England Flower and Garden Show.

Marjorie Newman (Chair) with Susan Nicholas, Susan Fazzio, Dixie Buckland, Roger Bridgeman, Jean Vigeant, Faith Berkland, and Liv Van Dyke

Special Event Saturday, October 6: Create Your Own Garden Sculpture​
A hands-on 2-1/2 hour workshop with Cilla Kitay at 7 Country Lane, Sharon, MA​
$35 pp. Contact Kathy Hawes to register

​​Special Event Saturday, October 20: A Walk in the Woods with Ed Burr
Join Ed as he leads us along the Morse Loop in Borderland State Park​​​​

Special Event Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. - noon: Floral Design Workshop​: Arranging VEGETABLES and flowers.
At the home of Marge Drake. Space is limited. Contact Marge to reserve your spot. If attending,please bring 5 to 7 vegetables plus a bunch of smaller flowers. Be aware of color, different shapes and textures.We will provide the container. Call Pat Simmons if you have any questions.


It's time to pick up and plant your daffodil bulbs!  Thanks so much for your participation!  If you would like to help plant daffodils in Sharon in public places, please contact Valerie to have your help! ​​​


N​​ovember 2018

“Let our hearts be full of thanks and giving”​

Board Meeting
Monday, November5 at 7pm
At the home of Liz Siemiatkaska

Monthly Meeting 
Monday, November 19 at 6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

Holiday Magic - November through Januarywith Yvonne Capella
Yvonne is an award-winning designer, flower show judge, Chairman of the Judges Council and GCFM Board member. She will demonstrate beautiful floral designs to take us through the holiday season.

Susan Drisko (chair), Pat Blansfield, Kay Bowers, Amanda Sloan, Andy Nebenzahi, Pat Doherty, Rebecca Kinraide


​December 2018

“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.
A magical song and sweet to remember.
You are closer to spring than you were in September.
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December​​​”

--Oliver Herford

Board Meeting
Monday December 3 at 7pm
At the home of Valerie Kafka

Greens Workshop
Saturday, December 15 at 9am
Hixson Farm Clubhouse

Holiday Party
Monday December 17 at 6:30pm
At the home of Marie Martin

Chair: Valerie Kafka

Valerie Kafka (Chair), Kathy Ritter, Sue Molinda, Kathy Hawes, Brenda Minihan, Sharon Steih, Kate Mason and Carol Lundeen

January 2019

“Memories are like a garden. Regularly tend the pleasant blossoms and remove the invasive weeds.
--Linda Fifer Ralphs

Board Meeting
Monday January 7 at 7pm
At the home of Marge Drake

Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

Program : “Wanted: Dead: Not Alive​”
Speakers: Carol Lundeen, Brenda Minihan, Ellen Schoenfeld-Beeks
An award-winning, lively, entertaining presentation by Sharon Garden Club members on invasive plants. How to recognize,
eliminate, and educate.

Hospitality: Jean Zaniewski (chair)
Pat Walker, Grace Owens, Susan Shikora, Jean Townsend, Earle Nicholas, Loretta O'Brien

Other Goodies:​
17 Gardening Consultant’s Council Board Meeting
22 Design Morning, Elm Bank, Wellesley, 9:30 AM –12:30 PM

February 2019

“My garden isn't dead; it is sleeping”

Board Meeting
Monday, February 4 at 7pm
At the home of Carolyn Appleman

Monthly Meeting
Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

Program: “Mushroom Cultivation for the Intrepid Gardener”
Speaker: Dan Bensonoff
Growing mushrooms is an easy and fascinating way to add a nutritious element to your diet, use “waste” products, and build healthy soils. This workshop will teach you the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms on your land, whether it be a vegetable garden, perennial orchard or forest. Discussion and demonstration of a number of different low-tech growing methods that can used to cultivate a wide variety of different gourmet and medicinal species.

Hospitality: Jean Zaniewski (chair)
Pat Walker, Grace Owens, Susan Shikora, Jean Townsend, Earle Nicholas, Loretta O'Brien


March 2019

“From the earth we come, to the earth we return, in between we garden!”

Board Meeting
Monday, March 4 at 7pm
At the home of Ann Marie Bielenin

Monthly Meeting
Monday, March 18 at  6:30pm     
Sharon Adult Center

Program: “Rain Gardens - In your yards and around town”
Speaker: Nancy Fyler of Neponset River Watershed Association
Nancy Fyler, Sharon resident, Outreach Director at NRWA, and founding member of Sustainable Sharon will enlighten us about rain gardens.

HospitalityMarie Brennan-Chasin (chair)
Marion Blatchford, Karyn Freitas, Joyce Ginsberg, Theresa Kennedy, Sue Gibson, Karen Birnbaum

Table Design Workshop​
Saturday, March 16 at 10am at Val's

Possible Table Design Workshops
March 23 and April 13, depending on demand, so please contact Val asap
Other Goodies:
1 Deadline for college scholarship applications
4 Back to Basics, Espousal Center, Waltham, 10:30 AM,
6 GCFM Board Meeting, 10:30 AM, Espousal Center, Waltham
12 Design Morning, Elm Bank, Wellesley, 9:30 AM –12:30 PM
13-17 Boston Flower and Garden Show
14 Gardening Consultant’s Council Board Meeting
19 Programs Workshop @ Elm Bank
27 Programs Workshop @ Tower Hill
26 Horticulture Morning, 10:30 AM

Annual Daffodil Drive- order forms coming soon!
​All members are encouraged to support the annual Daffodil Drive by purchasing a bag of bulbs to plant in their yard or neighborhood. Daffodil order forms will be delivered to all Sharon residents. Please support this annual SGC program and place your orders to do your part to beautify Sharon. We will be rewarded each spring with your support and participation.​


​​April 2019

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money”
--Ron Finley
Board Meeting
Monday, April 8 at 7pm
At the home of Vicki F.

Monthly Meeting - President's Meeting
Please welcome garden club presidents from our South Eastern District

Monday, April 22 at  6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

Program:“Cooking and Gardening with Herbs”
Speaker: Liz Barbour of Creative Feast
Discussion and slide presentation on herb gardens and how you can use herbs as part of an edible landscape. Includes a cooking demonstration of two recipes with tastings for all.

Hospitality: Pat Simmons (chair)
Marie Martin, Brad Hawes, Beth Nathan, Deborah Mattia, Ann Healey, Sandy Jardin

Other Goodies:
3 GCFM Board Meeting, 10:30 AM, Espousal Center, Waltham
11-12 Gardening Study School, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
15 Deadline for renewing GCFM insurance
18 SE District Spring Meeting – Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth
22 Earth Day
23 Northeastern District Annual Meeting
26 Arbor Day
27-29 Art in Bloom
29-May 2 NGC Annual Convention, Biloxi, Mississippi

​May 2019

“We can complain because roses have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
--Abraham Lincoln

Sharon Green Day​ - we have a table!
May 4 at the high school

Board Meeting
Monday, May 6 at 7pm
At the home of Marie Martin

Annual Plant Sale - May 18 - First Congregational Church

Watch your email for updates and opportunities to volunteer before, during, and after the sale.

Monthly Meeting ~ Annual Dinner Meeting

Monday, May 20 at 6:30pm
Sharon Adult Center

Program:​​ “Roses for New England”
Speaker: Mike and Angelina Chute of RoseSolutions
This program specifically addresses the merits and challenges of rose gardening in New England. Novice rose gardeners will find everything they need to know to successfully grow roses and experienced gardeners will utilize this program as a ready reference to enable them to grow better roses.

Hospitality: Carolyn Appelman (chair)
Vicki Farinella, Marge Drake, Marcia Bridgeman, Liz Siemiatkaska, Sheila Horwitz, Jennifer Volpe

Other Goodies
1 Deadline for club membership dues & for applying for Goldberg Award & Helen DeOrsay Freidberg Scholarship
8 GCFM Board meeting, 10:30 AM Espousal Center, Waltham
14 South Shore District Annual Meeting, 8 AM -2 PM, Marshfield Fair Grounds
21 Horticulture Morning, 10:30 AM

​​June 2019

“And what is it to work with love? …It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy…”
--Kahlil Gibran

Board Meeting
Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
At the home of Pat Simmons

Walkabouts are a free, fun and informative forum in a varitey of members' gardens that allow for an exchange of gardening knowledge, philosophy and inspiration. Watch your email during the summer months for our schedule.

Other Goodies
2-8 National Garden Week
5 GCFM Annual Meeting new officers
10 Gardening Consultant’s Council Annual Meeting
12 GCFM Board meeting, 10:30 AM Espousal Center, Waltham
15 Deadline for Yearbook Directory Information, Clubs, Councils


July and August 2018

Remember these fun, community-building summer activities…
  • Summer Walkabouts - schedules will be sent in email.

  • ​​Garden Therapy at Wingate Healthcare Center is every Friday morning throughout the year. The program is designed to have residents arrange flowers that will be displayed in rooms and common areas. Flowers are donated by Club members and a local grocery store. Our Club leads this activity and relies on our members to:
Drop off cut flowers Thursday afternoon or evening
Help on Friday morning at Wingate
Contact Susan Nicholas to help with this activity!
  • Civic Beautification - Our Club relies on members to maintain gardens around the center of Sharon. Many hands make light work! Contact Sharon Steih or Pat Doherty to help out and watch for emails though out the summer months.

  • Potential Field Trip:
    Interested in a trip to the Annual Hydrangea Festival at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich? Festival Dates are July 12-21. 2019. More details to come on dates and carpooling!