Monday, May 2, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year . . .

May is a special time for gardeners-- planning, digging, planting, and enjoying our gardens after the winter. It is also the busiest time of year for the Driftwood Garden Club.

Just over two weeks ago, we had our annual dig and divide where DGC members worked in teams digging and dividing plants at twelve Marblehead properties. While members nurture the hundreds of plants (including trillium, jack in the pulpit, columbine, catmint, blue aster, ginger, anemone, coral bells, and dozens more) that will be sold at our upcoming plant sale, the plant sale committee is working overtime to ensure another successful day!

Ellen and Nancy joined me at my house this year, and I was a little worried we wouldn't find enough to dig in my tiny garden. As it turns out, finding forty-seven plants wasn't such a difficult task!

Last week, Ellen hosted a container party at her house, and attending members created beautiful container plants -- for those buyers who are looking for something ready made.

Here's a photo of Linda and her granddaughter at last year's container party

And here's a reminder of what all this potting and planting leads to --- a lush and inviting display of plants for sale!

Our plant sale will be held at the Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street, on Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 - 11:30. Don't forget to spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors.

As always, all proceeds will benefit the gardens of the Abbot Public Library.

Our new banner (thanks, Dianne):

Thursday, December 3, 2015

From autumn pleasures to holiday treasures . . .

Driftwood Garden Club members have been very busy this fall! 

In the past month, members have put the gardens to bed at the Abbot Library, traveled to Bemis Farms for a holiday greens workshop, created another beautiful holiday room at the Hooper Mansion, and designed delicate holiday "vignettes and niches" at Rosie Dalton's holiday workshop. 

Here are a few photos that capture the spirit of the month. If anyone has photos of the Hooper Mansion decorations, please send them to me, and I'll put them up!

Our Tuesday fall clean-up group

And our Saturday ladies

Here are some photos of the Bemis Farms trip (courtesy of Kathy Bradford):





And from last night: a collage (of sorts) of vignettes-- sparkly, festive, natural, woodsy, colorful






And last, but not least, some lovely early fall photos from members' gardens-- thank you Janice and Nancy.

From Janice Foss:

And from Nancy Davidge:

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

A day out at Pickity Place

Last Saturday, the Driftwood Garden Club traveled north to Pickity Place in Mason, New Hampshire. It was a chilly, peaceful day in the countryside as we explored the gardens, the greenhouse, the cottage that inspired the illustrations for Little Red Riding Hood, and the eclectic gift shop. Of course, the highlight of the day was the multi-course gourmet lunch in the cottage dining room.

Here are some photos from our day:

Lots of raised beds to grow herbs and veggies for the restaurant . . . 

There were so many garden paths, gates, and garden "rooms"

It was nice to see lavender, zinnias, daisies, and other flowers still blooming

A little anemone

Rosie wore her pink hat to add fall color

Inside the drying shed

Sadly, I didn't manage to get everyone together for a group photo

We wondered if this might be okra . . . 

Star anise?

The grandmother's room in the cottage!

Sally took this photo of me recovering from the five-course meal