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. 9, 2019  (please note: this meeting is held on the second Monday of the month due to holidays)
Subject: Great Plantings for Small Gardens
Speaker: Steven Kristoph

Steven Kristoph, Rutgers Adjunct Professor and nursery owner, will enlighten us on how small garden spaces allow for detail and intimacy. The principles of landscape design apply here just as they would in any large landscape except that the experience will be up close and personal. Come find out which small trees, specialty shrubs and herbaceous perennials are the best choices to create an eye catching, exciting and sustainable small garden. Steven will have native plants for sale.

October 7, 2019
Subject:   Deer Resistant Native Plants
Speaker: Michael Van Clef, Ph.D.

Using his experience as the owner of Ecological Solutions, Dr. Michael Van Clef will explain various landscape uses for native plants ranging from meadow patches to formal gardens. He will focus on the selection of native plants based on their functions, emphasizing the value these plants provide to birds, bees and butterflies. He will also explain how to choose deer resistant plants and how to protect any native plant from marauding deer. Here is Mike’s  presentation slides!

November 4, 2019
Subject: Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement
Speaker: Karen Bussolini

Do you savor sizzling plant combinations in other peoples’ gardens, while being dissatisfied with your own? The widely-published garden photographer, writer and speaker Karen Bussolini will show us how to look a lot closer at what makes certain combinations work – or not.
She will show us how plants need to interact, to carry on conversations with one another, and to have dynamic contrasts. Jazzing Up the Garden provides simple, intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants that we
can use easily. This talk is packed with dozens of exciting plant combinations photographed in gardens across the country. Karen will sign copies of her books after her presentation.

December 2, 2019
Subject:   Making Environmentally Friendly Floral Arrangements
Speaker: Edith Villavicencio

When creating floral arrangements, some florists use materials that are not environmentally friendly. Edith Villavicencio, owner and creative director of Glamurosa Floral Design in Maplewood, will demonstrate different techniques and suggest alternate materials you can use to create beautiful floral designs while minimizing the pollution imprint on our planet. Edith is a certified floral designer who trained at the FlowerSchool New York, travels widely to enhance her skills and applies the newest techniques to her designs.

January 6, 2020
Subject:   America’s Garden Capital
Speaker: Kathleen Salisbury

Did you know that Philadelphia is the Garden Capital of America? This presentation will highlight some of the more than 30 gardens represented by the Greater Philadelphia Gardens Organization which are within 30 miles of Philadelphia. Ambler Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury will lead us on a virtual tour of these gardens and relay their unique stories. You may know a few of them well, while others may be completely new to you.

February 3, 2020
Subject:  Basics of Butterfly Gardening
Speaker: Jane Hurwitz

Whether you are a gardener who wants to see more butterflies in your garden, a butterfly enthusiast who wants to bring that passion to the garden, or someone who simply wants to make their garden friendlier to Monarchs or other butterflies, this talk by Jane Hurwitz, editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine, will offer many insights. Jane will provide ideas about protecting the entire life cycle of butterflies that visit our gardens, plant selection, and creative ideas on how to make our yards and gardens an oasis for butterflies and other creatures.

March 2, 2020
Subject:   American Eden
Speaker:  VictorIa Johnson

Come listen to historian and Hunter College Associate Professor Victoria Johnson’s captivating lecture based on her new book, American Eden. This is the story of how in 1801 Dr. David Hosack, the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise. Today,
Dr. Hosack’s former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center. Victoria will have copies of her book available for purchase.

April 6, 2020 
Subject:   The Hidden Life of Flowers
Speaker:  Teri Chace

Learn why flowers look and behave the way they do, why certain plants are placed in certain families, how flowers attract pollinators and how pollination works. Teri Chace, writer and editor of books and magazines on gardening, will regale us with some amazing and entertaining stories from the era of plant hunters.  Come savor breathtaking photographs and fascinating anecdotes based on her best-selling Timber Press title, Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers. Teri will have copies of her books available for purchase.

May 4, 2020
Subject:   A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Plant Sale
Speaker:   MGC Plant Sale Committee Members

Planning and preparations for MGC’s annual plant
sale begin many months before the actual day. This program will highlight the varied pieces that go into making the sale a success – ordering, propagation, potting up, maintenance, staging – as well as the dedicated members who make it all happen. There will also be the annual “show and tell” sneak peek at some of the special plants that will be available at the sale.