January – Raising Shellfish in Cape Cod Bay
Rob Doane, President and CEO Aquaculture Research Center, Dennis, MA presented a very interesting and enlightening program regarding the various steps in raising clams and oysters in Wellfleet and other area hatcheries in MA. He expertly answered members’ questions with humor and knowledge. We certainly learned a lot! (Reminder: you always click on photos to enlarge for more detail)
Pat Parker constructed an artistic ‘Stretch Design’— a creative design in two units, one smaller than the other, having a prominent component connecting the two units and referred to as the “stretch component.” Once again Natalie Caramello lead the Floral Workshop participants to create amazing arrangements.
Once again, Kevinette Considine hosted a wonderful Christmas luncheon. Her creative 12 Days of Christmas was so well received…who will forget the tangled lights, large red balls and that needed vacation!! Fun, food and friends is a perfect recipe for success.
December Green Sale
November – Holiday Arrangements from Your Yard
Betty Sanders, Past President of GCFM, showed us how to create lovely arrangements for our holiday table from items found around our homes. Completed designs were chance opportunities for our members and guests. Winners were so delighted with their arrangements!
October – Hollies, Care and Propagation
Chris Wiley, owner of Vineyard Gardens, and Bill Cannon, noted author, presented a very interesting scientific discussion about the various genus of hollies. They brought sample bushes and branches of many different varieties. However, the club members enjoyed even more the hands-on rooting workshop. Each of us filled six different startup hollies that we cut, dipped into root tone and then soil. Hope everyone is misting/watering their specimens!
Art in Bloom
The annual floral interpretations of Art on Exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. Once again the Plymouth Garden Club was well represented. We even had a winner, Jean Dobachesky for her incredible driftwood interpretation of River Refuge. The co-chairs, Judy Brown & Nancy Markley, spent hours working with Judy Tessin and Pat Parker and our wonderful, artistic PGC floral designers to help create an amazing program with the Art Center.
September – Books and Blossoms
PGC is such a fortunate club to have so many designers who use their creativity to interpret so many wonderful themes with flowers. Many came to the library for Books and Blossoms. They enjoyed the beauty and the fun of matching a table setting & flower arrangement to a well-known book title. With clipboards in hand, each entry was thoroughly examined and discussed as guests moved around the Fehlow Room striving for that perfect score.
See if you can match the books represented !!
Cinderella (June Aronson), Moby Dick (Judy Brown), Snow White (Gail Conner), First Man- Neil Armstrong (Jean Dobachescky),
Anne of Green Gables (Rebecca Freer-Freedman), Wicked (Johanna Longo), 1776 (Judy MacDonald), Treasure Island (Pat Parker),
The Good Earth (Meghan Rinker), Clifford, The Big Red Dog (Linda O’Neill), Out of Africa (Joy Sand), Lonesome Dove (Anne Phalen of the Library Staff).
September – Welcome to the Wonderful World of Honeybees
Gail Conner, Nominating Chair PGC and member of the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association, presented a fascinating program on honeybees. Besides the queen bee which we are familiar with there are drones and worker bees. Those worker bee perform many different roles. Did you know there are nurse/housekeepers, undertakers, architects. cleaners/organizers & honey makers, the queen’s attendants, guards and forager? We were amazed to learn about life in a beehive and her personal beekeeping experiences!
June – Our Annual Luncheon
Following a delicious luncheon at the Plymouth Country Club, the Garden Club held its Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers. The Club welcomed newest Life Member, Mary Almeida. Donna Olsson received the Above and Beyond Award. The club also presented two scholarships to high school seniors: Tommy Nguyen to study biology at Providence College and Tyler Chiocchio who will major in biochemistry and biophysics at Rensselaer Poly Tech in NY.
The slate of Officers for 2017-2018 were installed by June Aronson in a beautiful and moving ceremony. Now the members have dispersed to their Civic Beautification tasks and their own gardens for the summer. See you in September!
April 12, 2017 – Cooking with Herbs
Betsy Williams, gardener, herb grower, and cook, demonstrated how to decorate our homes and flavor favorite recipes with herbs. The afternoon ended with a tasty sampling! Our April meeting also saw the return of horticulture specimens from member gardens, in which Club Member, Joy Sand, provided interesting information about the specimens.
March 8, 2017 – Design Class, Invasive Weeds and Plants
March Garden Club Wednesday began with a morning floral arrangement class lead by Nancy Carafoli. Then Russ Norton, horticultural educator from the Cape Cod Cooperative, taught us how to identify and control invasives in our home gardens and woodlands and explained how to control invasive weeks and plants in environmentally friendly ways.
February 8, 2017 – The Lost and Disguised Buildings of Plymouth
Architect and local historian, Bill Fornaciari, spoke on the significance of historic preservation in our community as the club members, through his slideshow, took a look back at local buildings lost or redesigned through the years.
January 11, 2017 – Unfurling the Leaf, from Harvest to Cup
Happy New Year! Lisa Tavakoli, tea specialist and educator took us on a journey through the world of tea. She spoke on several varietals of tea, and the proper way to make a cup of tea. Club members were able to sample several types of these teas.
December 14, 2016 – Merry Christmas
The club members celebrated their bonds of friendship, family and community with the annual buffet luncheon. The food, everything from appetizers to assorted main dishes, to sumptuous desserts was outstanding. The entertainment of Kevinette Considine nourishes the bodies and spirits of the club members.
November 9, 2016 – Sculpture in the Garden
Karin Stanley, sculptor and garden designer, demonstrated how to create peaceful garden rooms and to accessorize with sculpture. She designs modern sculpture by tapping into the Irish and Scottish influences of light, stone, air and the spirit of the place. Symbols incorporate earth, air, fire, water and shadow in different metals mixed media and explores lunar and solar patterns, time orientation and hieroglyphs that speak to unity, eternity and love. Karin brought a small gift to give to the person with the birthday closest to hers. Ann Urquhart was the lucky recipient!
October 12, 2016 – Learn to Prune
Using slides, samples of appropriate tools and safety gear, Jen Kettell, a certified horticulturalist and arborist, offered instruction in pruning techniques. For more than a decade, she worked as a staff horticulturist at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. Now she shares her passion for teaching horticulture through the training she provides to both homeowners and green industry professionals. She is a guest lecturer and trainer at the University of Massachusetts, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, New England Wildflower Society, and the Arnold Arboretum. Her knowledge will certainly enhance our own landscapes of plants, trees and shrubs. The brutally dry growing season has taken a toll on our gardens and horticulture displays. The gardens are readying for an early sleep.
September 26, 2016 – Sunset Soiree
We enjoyed a delightful sunset gathering of friends in the Henri-Marie Room and Patio of Mirbeau Spa with hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and mystery gift bags.
September 14, 2016 – The Language of Flowers
We laughed, were moved and left our cares behind for the afternoon! Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb captivated her audience with delightful stories of the origins of flowers, especially roses. We will never forget all the characters she introduced her incredible voice and facial changes. Celtic Harper, Margaret Chamberlain accompanied the stories with sweet, evocative music. Such an enjoyable, fast-paced presentation.
Members dazzled one another with a of horticultural offerings from their gardens. In a year of drought and water bans, the display was amazing. Well done!
September 2016 High Tea
Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Center for Active Living (PCOA)
Once again talented PGC members volunteered their time and talents to create an incredible array of floral designs in teapots that were donated to the Friends. Everyone raved about the beautiful creations! It was so nice that some members were able to attend this special occasion. Attendees were thrilled to have the opportunity to receive such special arrangements at the end of the afternoon. Traditional High Tea fare, music, friends, our flowers and of course the hats made the High Tea an unqualified success!
Annual Luncheon and Re-Installation of Officers June 2016
We ended our Club year with our annual luncheon at the Plymouth Country Club. Our benediction poem “The Suburbanites” was read by Kevinette Constantine, and thoroughly enjoyed by our members. Our President, Judy Ingram, conducted a short business meeting, highlighting the number of new members for 2015-2016 and welcoming all aboard. She announced her choice for the 2016 President’s Above and Beyond award–Jeanne Whitten. Jeanne has always done so much for the club, assisting the President with preparing the Newsletter and has a great attitude. She received a standing ovation. All members and guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch of their choice of Lobster Caesar Salad or Chicken Francaise.
Congratulations to our two scholarship winners. Charlene Kernen, a graduate of Plymouth South High School plans to major in Biology at Stonehill College. Our second recipient, Kerry McGovern, a graduate of Plymouth North High School, plans to major in biology at UMass Lowell.
After the luncheon, the re-installation of Officers and Past Presidents were called to the podium. Past Presidents all received a single rose with yellow ribbons. The officers were given a rose with different colored ribbons based on their position and its duties before they were sworn in. It was a beautiful day!
The elected 2016-2017 Officers: Linda O’Neil, President; Susan Denehy, First Vice-President; Stacy Connor and Pat Parker, Co-Second Vice-President; Jeanne Whitten, Recording Secretary, Janette Somerville, Corresponding Secretary; Donna Olsson, Treasurer; Jane Bishop, Asst. Treasurer; Liz Branch, Auditor; Gail Conner, Nominating Committee Chair; Judith Ingram, Immediate Past President.
Art in Bloom April – May 22, 2016
Members, Johanna Longo and Jean Dobachesky worked with a portrait of Major Thomas Savage. Jean prepared notes describing their initial thoughts. “Major Thomas Savage is very current to us Plymoutheans because we are getting ready to celebrate 400 years as a colony, 1620-2020. Johanna and Jean represented the Plymouth Garden Club and the Evening Garden Club of Plymouth.
The Southeasterm District Annual Meeting April 21, 2016
The meeting was well-attended. Thelma Shoneman gave an outstanding presentation, “Spring Floral Designs Inspired by Famous U.S. Gardens.” The highlight of the day for our members was the presentation of the Floribunda Award to Jane Bishop, our Assistant Treasurer. The annual award recognizes a member from each club in the district for outstanding service to their club.
President’s Day April 13, 2016
This year’s program featured many of our past presidents in roles ranging from first-hand design demonstrations to indoor and outdoor horticulture and many related skills in-between. The three experienced PGC arrangers/past presidents, Natalie Caramello, Jean Dobachesky, Joanne Nikitas, applied their proven interpretation skills to identical floral materials and produced unique results. Our guests included GCFM officers, SE District presidents and their guests. It was a resounding success, thanks to the knowledge of our available past presidents and the expertise of the hospitality committee. We welcomed 75, including 19 guests and 56 members.
Christmas Luncheon December 9, 2015
We enjoyed our annual pot-luck Christmas luncheon with fabulous favorite appetizers, main dishes and desserts provided by all members. The Christmas tree featured many interesting ornaments that were exchanged by participating members. The committee worked very hard under the direction of Kevinette Considine to create lovely table & buffet settings enjoyed by all. The candid shots tell the story.
Christmas Green Sale December 5, 2015
The Green Sale at the Plymouth Public Library was a resounding success. The Fehlow Room provided an ideal workshop for wreath production and floral arrangements on Friday. It was converted seamlessly into a beautiful and fragrant holiday boutique on Saturday. A special thanks to all the members, friends and partners who devoted time and energy to creating wreaths, table arrangements and craft items, setting the scene and overseeing brisk sales. Everyone’s effort netted a surprising amount to our treasury in support of club projects.
No review of our sale would be complete without thanks to the library staff for their enthusiastic support.
Art in Bloom Road Show November 2015
Every March the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston features an Art in Bloom three-day event, where floral designers create a floral design interpreting their assigned piece of art. Many designs are entered by various garden club members as well as professional floral designers.
The Green Sale at the Plymouth Public Library was a resounding success. The Fehlow Room provided an ideal workshop for wreath production and floral arrangements on Friday. It was converted seamlessly into a beautiful and fragrant holiday boutique on Saturday. A special thanks to all the members, friends and partners who devoted time and energy to creating wreaths, table arrangements and craft items, setting the scene and overseeing brisk sales.
Everyone’s effort netted a surprising amount to our treasury in support of club projects. In November, our Southeast District Director, Fluffy Winner, assembled two mass designs utilizing flowers she selected based on the colors and subjects in the painting . No review of our sale would be complete without thanks to the library staff for their enthusiastic support. Meg Pierce, a member of the MFA since 2008, is a Senior Associate serving as a Guide for the museum’s permanent collection and Chair of Staffing for Art in Bloom. Meg presented a PowerPoint of the the many designs nterpreting artworks over the years. This a wonderful yearly event. If you’ve never been to this program, you should plan to attend one in the future. Thank you Fluffy and Meg for a wonderful road show.
High Tea Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Council On Aging (PCOA)
A group of PGC members created an incredible array of floral teapot designs. They were donated to the Friends of the PCOA’s first afternoon High Tea. All raved about the beautiful creations! Attendees were thrilled to have the opportunity to receive such special arrangements at the end of the afternoon. Traditional High Tea fare, music, friends, our flowers and of course the hats made the High Tea an unqualified success! Let’s plan to attend and enjoy this lovely afternoon event next September.
Featured in the group photo are: Karen Whipple; VP Friends of PCOA; High Tea Chairman; Jean Dobachesky, Past President, PGC Catherine Walton; Treasurer of FPCOA; Member; Lisa Sharp, Tea Co-Chair; Meghan Rinker; First Co-VP of PGC
Annual Luncheon and Re-Installation of Officers June 2015
We ended our Club year with our annual luncheon at the Plymouth Country Club. Our President, Judy Ingram, conducted a short business meeting, highlighting the number of new members for 2014-2015 and welcoming all aboard. She announced her choice for the 2015 President’s Above and Beyond award–Coletta Candini was the deserving recipient. Coletta has always done so much for the club and received a standing ovation. All members and guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch of their choice of Lobster Caesar Salad or Chicken Francaise. After the luncheon, the re-installation of Officers and Past Presidents were called to the podium. Past Presidents all received a single rose with yellow ribbons. The officers were given a rose with different colored ribbons based on their position and its duties before they were sworn in. All in all a lovely and beautiful day!
The re-elected 2015-2016 Officers: Front Row L-R, Judy Ingram, President; Jane Bishop, Asst. Treasurer; Meghan Rinker, Co-First Vice-President; BackRow L-R, Gail Conner, Nominating Chairman; Donna Olsson, Treasurer, Sheila Sadler, Auditor; Janette Somerville, Correspondence Secretary; Jeanne Whitten, Recording Secretary; Linda O’Neill, Co-First Vice-President
S.E. District Annual Meeting April 24, 2015
Several members attended this annual meeting and luncheon. June Aronson received the first Mary Lou Alla Award for her floral design in the 2014 Barnstable Fair Flower Show. The first picture is when she was called to the podium and Geri Williamson presented the Award. The second picture is of June smiling and thanking the judges and members for such an award. June is a life member in our club and is always there to help anyone who asks. She is a Master Flower Show Judge, our club Parliamentarian, teacher for floral design, and many other various club projects. Congratulations June! The third picture is of Natalie Caramello receiving the Floribunda Award. Standing to the left of the picture is the president of our club, Judy Ingram, and the District Director, Sandy Slavin, to the right. The Florabunda Award of Appreciation is presented to a member of each club at the annual luncheon in recognition of their valuable contributions to their respective club. Natalie has been a past president, working up through all the positions, she has taught floral design to members, has received many blue ribbons at respective flower shows and has formed a crafting committee to make boutique items to be sold at fundraising projects and is the “go to” person for club projects. Congratulations Natalie!
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April 8, 2015 Meeting
The finished project photo IMG_0590.jpgIt felt like spring had finally arrived; but our gardens were still asleep and gave us nothing to bring in for horticulture. However, the speaker, Lisa Oberholtz-Gee, held the members in awe as she created two different designs, both were creative and very different. We also surprised our president as she came up to the podium and we clapped and stood and sang Happy Birthday Judy!http://plymouthgardenclub.org/events-and-shows/
Design Class March 9, 2015
December 2014 – Holiday Luncheon
The club celebrated the season with a Holiday Party. It was also the last meeting in the 2014 Calendar year. Everyone had a great time. The appetizers, main courses, salads, and scrumptious desserts were unbelievable. We also had a good supply of holiday arrangements for sale and more were auctioned. A big thank you to Kevinette and her committee for putting it all together.
October 2014 Civic Beautification:
Planting 1000 Daffodil bulbs
It was a perfect day to plant one thousand daffodils at the Council on Aging in Plymouth. This is the fifth year, planting one thousand daffodils in Plymouth at various sites. Coletta and her team: front row, l-r, Judy Ingram and Betsy Donahue – second row, l-r, Coletta Candini, Donna Olsson, Liz, Rosetti, Stacy Connor and Jean Whitten. Great job ladies!
Topsfield Flower Show 2014
August 2014 – Antiquarian Society Fair
Once again, as in past years, the club members set up on the lawn of the Hedge House on The Plymouth waterfront selling their plants, home grown veggies and flowers, books, and crafts for helping the fundraising for the Antiquarian Society. The club also helps with maintenance of the Hedge House gardens as part of Civic Beautification Projects.
Thanks to all the members who participated this year!
August 2014- Marshfield Flower Show
We had one member who entered the show. She earned Blue Ribbons and Special Awards for two of the flower arrangements she entered under the Floral Arrangement Design Class. She is an avid gardener who grows 300 dahlia plants, which she overwinters and replants every year, and grows other plants that she uses for fillers and arrangements. -She works outside the home, too! Super-girl -Super-Member!
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July 2014 – 2014 Barnstable Flower Show
We had great representation at the show. The Horticulture Chairman was Coletta Candini. She and her helpers documented and placed countless specimens of horticulture through two different entry days. Five members received ribbons and two members received special awards. Our Junior Gardeners Chairman was the Chairman of the 2014 S.E. District Standard Flower Show. What a great job by everyone!
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Annual Meeting June 2014
Annual Meeting June 2014 held at the Plymouth Country Club was the last meeting for the club year with a Business Meeting, Awards, Luncheon, and Installation of Officers. President, Jean Dobachesky thanked all the Members, Officers, Standing Committee Advisors & Chairmen, and Special Appointees for all the good work they did for the 2012-2014 club years. She announced the Member selected to receive the President’s ABC Award, which was Natalie Caramello. Natalie graciously accepted the award, as she was applauded by all members with a standing ovation. Jean expressed her emotions as to not being president again and wished the incoming president, Judy Ingram,all the best for her term 2014-2016. After the conclusion of the business meeting, invocation was given by Elizabeth Forman before the luncheon was served. After the luncheon, The Installation of Officers Ceremony was presented by June Aronson, Parliamentarian, with assistance from Joanne Nikitas, Past President, 2002-2004.
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Mentorship Meeting May 2014
A Mentorship Meeting was held at the home of Coletta Candini, Mentorship Chairman, directed to the new members who have joined in the last two years. Members who were assigned as Mentors to each new member were invited as well as other members. The reason for the meeting was to orient new members to the club projects, membership and opportunities. The meeting started (12:30 p.m.) with refreshments and conversation. The club yearbook was reviewed and discussed from front to back. A slide presentation was given by Coletta of the opportunities and guidelines of the club. There were 13 new members and 8 regular members. It was a great project and was beneficial to the members and the club!
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Plant, Bake and Attic Treasures May 2014
The club ran its Annual Sale which proved to be a successful fund raiser for the general fund and the scholarship fund. The volunteer members manned the tables of plants, baked goods and attic treasures.
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May Meeting 2014
May was the last regular meeting for the club. Our Program was given by Lou Greenstein, Epicurian Consulting who demonstrated designing edible centerpieces. Everyone enjoyed watching him as he took fruits and vegetables and turned them into wonderful displays to put on a buffet table or next party. He was guick-witted which kept you focused and enjoying every one of them.
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Nursing Home Day May, 2014
Members Johanna Longo and Pat Parker helped the Newfield House with their Tropical Cruise Theme. The Newfield House does this every year, providing everything and decorating as you would see on a real cruise. The residents really enjoyed watching the tropical arrangements as they were being designed. The arrangements stay at the home as part of the cruise theme.
Junior Gardeners Program Arbor Day Celebration
The Jr Gardeners Environmental Enrichment Program is held for all 5th graders in the Plymouth Public Schools each year. This program is chaired by Geri Williams and other club volunteers to teach the students what their role is in protecting their environment which includes trees and leaf identification, pine trees, ecology, water sources, and conservation, to name a few. One school each year is selected to celebrate Arbor Day. This year, Cold Spring Elementary School was selected. Students were given a pine sapling and helped by other club volunteers to plant them in a pot, The tree was donated and planted on the school grounds by the town DPW. All other 5th grade classes received sapling to plant at home. One teacher gave us a picture of the tree after she planted her sapling 10 years ago. Also included with the pictures is a look at the 1000 daffodils Club members planted last year at the Life Care Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
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April 17, 2014
GCFM Southeastern District Annual Meeting and Luncheon was held at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, MA. Our member, Pat Parker was awarded the Floribunda Award of Appreciation. This award is presented to a member of each club in recognition of their valuable contributions to the respective club. The person is recognized by the Club president who submits the name of the member to the District Director, along with the member’s contributions.
Floribunda Award – Plymouth Garden Club
PGC President, Jean Dobachesky, Recipient, Pat Parker, and SE District Director, Sandy Slavin
We held our Presidents’ Luncheon, recognizing S.E. District Presidents and their guest and GCFM officers. We had a wonderful speaker who gave a powerpoint presentation of Six Steps to Successful Roses and Overcoming the barriers to growing beautiful roses. We also had surprise visit from the “Litter Lady” who dropped in to remind us of the Plymouth’s Spring Clean- up on May 3, 2014. The club will be hosting its House and Garden Tour on that date, but she encouraged members to help the clean-up campaign after they have attended the tour. Litter still remains a problem, ending up in our oceans, ponds and streams, killing wildlife and polluting our planet. We celebrated our 85th Anniversary and shared a beautiful cake with the guests and our members. Thanks to Hostess, Gaye Flood, Co-Hostess, Geri Williams and the committee members who presented a wonderful tea table that was over the top!
Blue Ribbon – Boston Flower Show March 2014
Floral Design March 2014 Coletta Candini photo Floral_Design-Mar2014 -Coletta_Candini.jpg The last design for this year in keeping with the educational exhibits of Principles of Design, Coletta Candini presented her Spatial Thrust design. Joanne Nikitas, Floral Designer, critiqued the design and stated great use of color – very vibrant. Parallel plant material, bamboo, needs to be thicker. Creative use of vegetables rather than traditional plant material; however these, too, need to be fuller/more dense and taller to project the upward thrust. Great first attempt! In April we will go back to horticulture. Club members are urged to bring in a cutting from their yards and present the item with a form, just as they would in the horticulture section of a flower show.
February 12, 2014
In keeping with the program of Principles of Floral Design, member, Pat Parker exhibited a Synergistic Design. The first picture is a before “as presented” and the second is an after “as judged” by June Aronson, GCFM Master Judge.
January 8, 2014
As part of the continuation in Principles of Floral Design, member, Marie Dunlap presented a Type II Table Design.
Demonstrations will continue at the February and March 2014 meetings, by other club members.