The Ashland Garden Club holds several horticulture talks during the year to share our passion for gardening, nature and to build a sense of community in Ashland. Most of these are free to the public and presented by highly regarded and experienced speakers.
In order to fund plantings in public spaces in Ashland and speaker programs for the public, we hold one or two major fundraising events each year. In addition, we have received some BAA grants from the Board of Selectman and grants from the Ashland Cultural Council.
May 7, 2016 - Annual Plant Sale
June 4, 2016 - Garden Tour and Luncheon
Sat., September 24, 2015, garden club members presented a workshop at a member's home.
Hypertufa Pot - Make and Take Workshop. Participants each made a pot to take home to cure and plant up later.
Orchids 101, the Mass Orchid Society presented a program on the basics of orchid growing.
Sat., December 5, 2015, Wreath Making Workshop. Paul Split discussed winter greens and made several arrangements to be given away. Participants also went home with holiday greens arrangements made up by club members.
On 12/13/2014 the Ashland Garden Club welcomed back lecturer and nationally recognized horticulture consultant Paul Split for a fun Holiday Wreath Making Workshop. Each participant was able to take home a unique, individually made wreath to beautify their home.
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"Dirt on Your Hands, Soil in the Garden" was presented by Betty Sanders on September 13, 2014. In this most informative program, Betty walked us through the many ins and outs of the most important aspect behind a green thumb – our soil!
On June 7, 2014, Jana Milbocker and Joan Butler from Enchanted Gardens in Holliston, presented a program on the challenges and strategies to light up shady borders and highlighted plant choices that work.
"Perennial Color, Spring Through Fall" was presented by Suzanne Mahler on April 8, 2014. She took us on a photographic journey through the year with her recommended perennials for the New England garden.
Neal Sanders, local author, gave a most humorous talk on February 12, 2014 on the different challenges and aspects of gardening. The talk was sprinkled with stories and highlights about his mystery books.
On November 9, 2013, Art Scarpa talked about types of terrarium plants, offered a large selection of plant materials for participants to choose from, and helped us plant up our own terrarium to take home.
Mary Arnberg, former president of The New England Hosta Society, presented us with her entertaining and informative talk on hostas on June 22, 2013. Mary brought an assortment of hosta leaves to demonstrate some of the many varieties that are available.
On May 4, 2013 Mary Panda, a physical and certified hand therapist with over thirty years of experience shared her knowledge of body mechanics and injury prevention regarding tool use and ergonomics.
Spring Plant Sale
On Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend each May, the Garden Club holds a plant sale at Montenegro Square across from the library from 9 am – 12 noon. Large, healthy plants from members' gardens, plus special Mother's Day arrangements created by our members, are available at reasonable prices. Come by and pick up some tried and true plants along with gardening advice.
For many years we have hosted a garden tour of hidden gems in Ashland with a luncheon included in the price. In the future we plan to host similar tours on a biennial basis. Watch for flyers announcing these special events!
View more photos from our 2006 garden tour.