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. 11, 2017   (please note: this meeting is held on the second Monday of the month)
Subject:   A Model of Sustainable Landscape
Speaker:  Carolle Huber

What is a sustainable landscape design?  Carolle, Vice President and Co-Founder of Grow It Green Morristown, will cover it all, from native plantings to green streets and more.  Carolle will show how these practices were implemented at the Early Street Community Garden in Morristown.  The Early Street Community Garden now provides space for over 100 families to grow their own food, along with so much more.  Come find out how this littered and vacant space was turned into a showcase for sustainable practices in less than four years.

Carolle’s Presentation can be found here.

October 2, 2017
Subject:   The New Shade Garden – Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change
Speaker:  Ken Druse

Ken returns to the MGC to explain new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process due to our changing climate.  Ken, an award-winning author and photographer, details topics such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and discovering the best array of flowers and foliage —– all within the trials of a warming planet, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns.  Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat —  he says “The garden of the future will be in the shade.”

November 6, 2017
Subject:   From Flowers to Fragrances
Speaker:  Bruno Leysenne

Bruno was born into the fragrance business and has worked in the USA for almost 20 years as a senior perfumer for Takasago, Japan’s largest fragrance company. He will give an overview of the industry and the people who create distinctive fragrances. We will learn about the various flowers, herbs, spices, woods and fruit that are processed and used to create beautiful fragrances.  Flower oils will be sampled.   

December 4, 2017
Subject:   Celebrating the Winter Holidays
Speaker:  Peggy Excell

Peggy has been the owner and principal designer of Lotus Petals Floral Design in Maplewood for the past ten years and active in the industry for twenty.  She prides herself on creating interesting designs using atypical natural elements and only high quality materials to provide clients with a product that will perfectly fit the occasion.  Peggy will demonstrate some of her inventive designs and show us how we can create our own beautiful arrangements.

January 8, 2018   (please note: this meeting is held on the second Monday of the month)
Subject:   The Pen & The Trowel
Speaker:  Marta McDowell

Marta teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and lectures widely.  For years she has been occupied with writers who garden and whose horticultural interests have changed Marta’s planting beds as well as her bookshelves. Starting with Mark Twain and connecting authors ranging from Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Beatrix Potter, this lecture explores the writing-gardening connection.

February 5, 2018
Subject:   From Bench to Bed – What Bonsai can Teach Gardeners
Marc Montefusco

Marc applies the knowledge he has learned about bonsai every day in the gardens at the Reeves Reed Arboretum where he is the Head of Horticulture.  He believes that the art of bonsai has much to teach us as gardeners, even if we never own a single bonsai tree.  Marc will explain this deeply traditional, wildly innovative horticultural art form.  Come find out about the very interesting history of bonsai.

March 5, 2018
Subject:   Birding for All Seasons in New Jersey
Tedor Whitman

Tedor is the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills.  Some of his favorite topics are birds, birding and conservation. He hopes to encourage all of us to take up birding (even if it is just part time). Tedor will explain why New Jersey’s geographical location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it one of the best places in the US to go birding year round.  Learn how the more you know about birding the more you learn about environmental stewardship.

April 2, 2018
Subject:   Plants that Pay their Rent, and Plants that Should be Evicted
Regina Carlson

Regina is back with her most recent garden talk that is sure to prepare us for the new growing season.  Based on her experience growing hundreds of kinds of plants (and killing a goodly number), she will discuss the good do-ers, some that do much too well, some unusual, and some common. She will share plant-specific best practices that will surely benefit both novice and experienced gardeners.

May 7, 2018
Subject:   Azaleas and Rhododendrons:  Selection, Planting and Care
Marc Zukovich

Ever wonder why some rhododendrons and azaleas look so great while others seem not to flourish?  Marc has been teaching classes in horticulture at the County College of Morris and has made a career in the gardening business.  He will explain how to purchase the right varieties for your garden and how to plant them correctly.  Most importantly, Marc will explain how to maintain their health and vigor.  Find out more about the various cultivars and how they can add dramatic beauty to your garden.