Program Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held the first Monday of the month at the Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood, NJ,  at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are free, open to the public, and refreshments are served. We look forward to seeing you!

Sept. 17, 2018  (please note: this meeting is held on the third Monday of the month due to holidays)
Subject:  The Ever Curious Gardener:  Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden
Speaker:  Lee Reich

Offering insight and practical guidance, Lee Reich, avid gardener, scientist and author, will touch on a number of themes from his new book, The Ever Curious Gardener.  Lee will cover topics such as helping plants thrive during drought, outwitting weeds by understanding their nature, making the best use of compost, and why the language of Latin can make you a better gardener.  This presentation is ideal for newer gardeners who are moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting as well as experienced gardeners whose curiosity at the wonders of cultivation grows deeper and stronger with each season.

October 1, 2018
Subject:   The Garden Tourist
Speaker:  Jana Milbocker

Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens?  Jana Milbocker, author of The Garden Tourist; 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast, will take us on a virtual tour of some of the best public gardens and specialty nurseries in the Northeast.  Enjoy lovely photos and learn about each garden’s highlights, history, amenities, and the best time to visit.  In addition to creating unique and personal gardens for clients, Jana Milbocker is the author of The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast.

November 5, 2018
Subject:  The Chanticleer Gravel Garden
Speaker: Lisa Roper

Lisa Roper is the Gravel Garden and Ruin horticulturist at Chanticleer, a contemporary garden within an historic setting in Wayne, Pa.  She has worked and photographed Chanticleer for the past 26 years. For the last 5 years Lisa has been developing the Gravel Garden, a south-facing, gently sloping garden planted with a mix of fine textured grasses, silver leafed Mediterranean plants, hardy succulents and California and South African annuals.  She will share gardening techniques, favorite plant combinations, design intent and how she uses photography to inform the evolution of the garden.

December 10, 2018 (please note: this meeting is held on the second Monday of the month)
Subject:   Flower Arranging Naturally
Speaker: Lorraine Kiefer

Lorraine Kiefer has been gardening and designing floral arrangements for over thirty years.  She and her husband own and operate Triple Oaks Nursery and Herb Garden in southern New Jersey.  She will share her knowledge of floral design using both cultivated flowers and also natural elements like branches, berries, dried grasses and vines found in natural landscapes.  Lorraine will demonstrate how we can create fanciful floral arrangements with materials that are both beautiful and affordable.

January 7, 2019   
Subject:   Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Houseplants
Speaker: Stephen Barlow

Stephen Barlow, the second-generation owner of Barlow’s Flower Farm in Sea Girt and named one of the “Top 40 Growers Under 40” by Greenhouse Product News, will fill you in on everything you need to know about houseplants, including watering needs, fertilizing, light requirements, repotting, and more. During his talk, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Houseplants,” Stephen will explain how to select the best plants for each type of lighting situation, focusing on low light, indirect light, and bright light. Get your green on this winter and breathe easy with the best houseplants for your home!

February 4, 2019
Subject:   Ladies in the Landscape  1900-1940
Speaker: Jenny Rose Carey

Jenny Rose Carey, Senior Director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, will discuss how horticulture changed the lives of women in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Her talk will detail the New Schools of Horticulture for Women, the Garden Club Movement and early garden clubs. She will speak about Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman, early landscape designers, and will highlight early female gardeners who created beautiful gardens. In addition to breaking barriers so women could get jobs in horticulture, these ladies left a lasting impact on gardens in America.

March 4, 2019
Subject:   The Plight of the Pollinators – Natives to the Rescue
Speaker:   John Black

We all know the importance of our pollinators and the problems that they face.  John Black, president of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, will cover just what we mean by “native plants” and why our pollinators need them.  He will discuss pollinators in general as well as go over some relatively common plants that they depend on. Come find out how to make your garden pollinator friendly.

April 8, 2019 (please note: this meeting is held on the second Monday of the month)
Subject:   The Bountiful Herb Garden
Speaker:   Caren White

Caren White is the Garden Steward of Rutgers Herb Garden and a lifelong gardener.  She will tell us why timing and technique are the keys to maximizing the harvest from our herb gardens. Caren will explain how to plant and care for herbs, and also the best time to harvest them. We will learn the optimal methods to harvest leaves, flowers, seeds and roots and how to preserve them for future use.

May 6, 2019
Subject:   Drama Queens:  Dark Beauties for your Garden
Speaker:   Lesley Parness

Lesley Parness, retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education at the Morris County Park Commission, will help us understand how to use black-hued plants for maximum impact.  Over 75 dark beauties, including annuals, perennials, vines, trees and shrubs are featured in this compendium of powerful plants. Lesley will cover their habit and culture, and will provide a useful plant list.  To create rhythm, punctuate place, outline areas and focus the eye, nothing works like black. Keep the drama out of your house, and in the garden.