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EGC Season Opener:  Wine & Cheese Tasting and Floral Pairings Friday, September 22, 2017; 6:30 p.m.; Aspray Boat House, Warwick

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market Plant & Bake Sale Saturday, September 30, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - noon; One Rhodes Place, Cranston

Everything You Wanted to Know About Houseplants Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m.; Briggs Nursery

Turning a Pumpkin into an Autumnal Centerpiece Wednesday, November 1, 2017; 10:00 a.m.; Swan Point Cemetery

O Christmas Tree: a Boxwood Creative Workshop Wednesday, November 29, 2017; 6:00 p.m.; Wm. Hall Library

Deck the Halls of Hall Library  Friday, December 1, 2017; 10:00 a.m. & Saturday, December 2, 2016; 1:30 p.m.; Wm. Hall Library               

Yuletide Bash and dinner Wednesday, December 13, 2017; 6:00 p.m.; Location to be determined

Applying Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 6:00 p.m.; Wm. Hall Library

What Makes Our Feathered Friends Tick:  Bird Biology & Natural History Wednesday, February 14, 2018; 6:00 p.m.; Wm. Hall Library

Glass Flowers: An Amazing Collection Thursday, March 15, 2018; 1:30 p.m.; Harvard Museum of Natural History

National Garden Month April Community Beautification 

10 Most Common Garden Mistakes Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 6:00 p.m.; Wm. Hall Library

EGC 85th Anniversary Celebratory Weekend and Luncheon Thursday June 7 - Sunday June 10th - join the fun!

A Day in the City by the Sea  Thursday, June 14, 2018; 9:00 a.m.; Newport, RI


EGC Season Opener:  Wine & Cheese Tasting and Floral Pairings

September 22nd, 2017 Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Aspray Boat House, 2 East View Street, Warwick

FEE:  None

Enjoy specially selected, unique wines from around the globe creatively paired with compatible cheeses that have inspired floral creations by fellow club members.  A silent auction of items skillfully crafted by club members will raise funds to continue quality programming and maintain our community gardens.  Hope you can come and bring family, friends, and neighbors!


Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market Plant & Bake Sale

September 30th, 2017 Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon

LOCATION:  Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market, One Rhodes Place, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Donations of baked goods

At this annual fundraiser and community outreach event, EGC will sell fall perennials and member-provided baked goods.  Please consider baking an item (or items!) for the sale.  Be sure to list ingredients and provide a recipe, if you’d like.

Volunteers are needed.  Please consider signing up to help out with this event.

Spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors!  EGC’s Youth Group will host a scarecrow-making station.  It’s always a yummy and fun event!


Everything You Wanted to Know About Houseplants

October 11th, 2017 Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Briggs Nursery, 295 Kelley Blvd., North Attleborough

TO BRING:  Yourself, a willingness to learn, and your pocketbook for shopping after the event. Carpooling will be set-up closer to the event.

FEE:  None.

Most everyone has houseplants and statistics show that more and more people are turning to inside gardening.  Attend this enlightening session to better understand how to make your houseplants thrive.  From choosing the right plant, to ideal conditions and handling pests, no leaf will be left unturned. Kim Cook, an expert at Briggs Nursery, will cover it all and she will answer your houseplant questions.

Members interested in lunch following the presentation and shopping time will be provided with restaurant suggestions.


Turning a Pumpkin into an Autumnal Centerpiece 

November 1st, 2017 Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd., Providence

TO BRING:  Yourself and a spirit of creativity.

FEE:  None.  Sign up early!  Limited to 20 participants.

Always popular, our Swan Point workshop is back, but with a twist!

Under the guidance of horticultural director, Kelly Perry, we will use the popular orange squash (and perhaps some other creative varieties) to create unique autumn centerpieces that will be perfect for your Fall table. 

Following the workshop, a light lunch will be provided.


O Christmas Tree, a Boxwood Creative Workshop

November 29th, 2017 Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. workshop

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Yourself and a spirit of creativity.

FEE:  Materials fee of $25.  Sign up early!  Limited to 20 participants.  Pay Online

Learn to transform boxwood branches into a long-lasting holiday tree to suit your style with Dennis Delsignore, designer extraordinaire and currently the creative director at Stoneblossom Floral and Events in Warren.  Using the boxwood as the green backdrop for your creativity, choose from a wide range of ribbons, decorations, and other accompaniments to adorn your tree.


Deck the Halls of Hall Library

December 1st & 2nd, 2017 Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. & Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Yourself and a friend.  Wear outdoor-appropriate working attire for Friday’s session.

FEE:  None.

In keeping with annual tradition, EGC will dress the library—inside and out—in holiday décor.  The front circulation desk, program room mantel, and front outside entry will receive special treatment.  This is one of EGC’s oldest community service events.

Due to safety reasons during operating hours, the exterior decorating has to be completed on Friday when the library is closed.  The interior adornment will take place on Saturday afternoon.  Volunteer for one or both sessions!


Yuletide Bash
December 13th, 2017 Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  To be determined.

TO BRING:  Yourself and a guest, if you wish.  Reservations required.

FEE:  $20 per person  Pay Online

Raise a glass of cheer with fellow garden club members and their guests in celebration of the season at EGC’s annual holiday party.  Always a fun evening, dinner and good conversation will be served.


Applying Classic Design for Contemporary Gardens

January 10th, 2018  Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Yourself and your creativity.  Members of other local garden clubs are invited to attend.

FEE:  None.  This educational program is underwritten by the Billie Ball Memorial Fund.

Our contemporary lives are full of expressions of classic design, but these timeless design elements are not always plainly revealed.  Landscape designer Warren Leach, owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, will explore some of these elements of Classic Design, from the Classic Chinese Scholar’s Gardens to 18th century American landscapes and 19th century paintings.  He will show how to embrace these principles in your own gardens and landscape in an interactive session.

Look for information on how to submit photos of your own garden design challenge in your yard.  It might be used in the presentation and you may leave with fresh design ideas for your space!
 


What Makes Our Feathered Friends Tick: Bird Biology & Natural History
February 14th, 2018 Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Yourself and a friend.  EGC Youth members are invited.  This is an open meeting.

FEE:  None.

Learn more about birds and why they dwell in the habitats they do in this special presentation by the Norman Bird Sanctuary.  Seasoned birders as well as learners new to birds will come away from this program with a deeper understanding of avian behavior and biology.  Birds’ unique adaptations have changed over time and create interesting species diversity that informs the way that they interact with the world.  Behaviors such as feeding, mate selection, and other adaptations that enhance survival will also be discussed.  This is sure to be an informative session.


Glass Flowers—An Amazing Collection

March 15th, 2018 Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

TO BRING:  Yourself.  Carpooling will be set-up closer to the event.

FEE:  None.  Sign up early!  Limited to 15 participants.

Join us on a field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History for a special tour of one of Harvard’s most famous treasures:  The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers”.  This unique collection of over 4,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, was created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from Dresden, Germany from 1887 to 1936.  The intricate detail of the models is truly a sight to behold.

Following the tour, members are free to view the rest of the museum as well as the adjoining Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.


10 Most Common Garden Mistakes

April 11th, 2018  Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston/Edgewood

TO BRING:  Yourself and a friend.  This is an open meeting.  All are welcome!

FEE:  None

Will that tree grow too tall for that area?  Is your design balanced?  What common pitfalls become well-intended gardeners?  Learn common mistakes and practical solutions gathered over the years by renowned landscape designer Andrew Grossman whose projects combine imaginative structural solutions with sophisticated horticultural sensibility.

Garden design can be tricky. Often home owners will place trees or shrubs in areas too small or large for specimen, or plant bulbs, perennials and annuals inappropriate for growing conditions. The Edgewood Garden Club invites the public to hear practical solutions for garden mismatches on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018.

 The club will hold an Open Meeting at the William Hall Library, 1850 Broad Street, Cranston. Seekonk landscape designer Andrew Grossman will speak on “The 10 Most Common Garden Mistakes” and provide practical solutions for errors. Grossman is renowned for projects combining imaginative structural solutions with sophisticated horticultural sensibility.


APRIL NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT AND BEAUTIFICATION
Keep an eye out for the specifics of these community events as dates get closer and contact EGC chairpersons for more information.

Arbor Day

Our observance of Arbor Day, April 25, 2018, will include the donation of a tree to be planted for the enjoyment of our community on behalf of the Edgewood Garden Club.  

Village Playground

A spring clean-up for the front garden created and maintained by the EGC, will be forthcoming. The garden club has devoted many hours to the beautification of the park on Commercial Street since the playground was renovated in 2006. Stop by the playground and see what has developed through the partnership of community groups and city administration.

Stillhouse Cove

Since the garden at Stillhouse Cove was planted in 2012, many people have enjoyed its beauty. In recent years, wonderful additions were made with grants from the RIFGC and the City of Cranston. These additions, a cobblestone walkway, automatic irrigation, additional plantings, and a memorial plaque were significant upgrades to the park and garden area. A spring clean-up of the garden will be scheduled in 2018. Details will be forthcoming.

Wm. Hall Library Sensory Garden

In 2017, EGC designed and planted a raised garden designed to appeal to the senses at the back entrance of the library.  The garden was designed to provide year-round interest appealing to the senses and work will continue during 2018 to achieve that goal.

Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association’s Annual Earth Day Clean-up of Stillhouse Cove

Earth day is celebrated on Sunday, April 28, 2018.  EGC will  join in the clean-up of the Stillhouse Cove in Edgewood, Cranston.  Members are urged to lend a hand and help with the clean-up. This event is specifically organized by the EWPA.  EGC partners in this endeavor to keep our cove a lovely place for birds, waterfowl, fish, and people.

For more information on the EWPA, visit their website;   http://www.stillhousecove.org

Also on April 28th, the Village Playground Garden on Commercial Street will be having an anual cleanup.  Contact Kathy Schnabel or Jenn Miller Heaton to sign up to help.
 


EGC 85th Anniversary Gala Weekend
Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Thursday June 7th, 2018  thru Sunday June 10th 

LOCATION: Further details to follow.

TO BRING:  Reservations required.  Be sure to sign up!

FEE:  Sunday Luncheon at Edgewood Yacht Club - $30 per person Pay Online

Help build the EGC float for the Gaspee Parade at Bernie Larivee house.  Wear your crafty clothes and working boots for shifts available:
Thursday, June 7th  from 9 a.m. - 12 noon, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, June 8th       from 9 a.m. - 12 noon, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.   Contact Bernie if you can help at any session,  401‐345‐9792 or bernie28l@verizon.net.

Saturday, June 9, 2018  Walk with the float in the Gaspee Day Parade. On parade day, members can march either full or partial route.   There will be a few seats on the float available on a rotating basis. Marchers will be wearing special tee‐shirts and are encouraged to wear wide‐brimmed hats, with or without floral decoration.  Contact Mary Jo Hines for more information.

Sunday, June 10, 2018  Celebratory Luncheon and Annual Meeting at new Edgewood Yacht Club, 1 p.m.‐4 p.m..  Catered luncheon, cash bar, views from the deck of the newly rebuilt EYC.  For a look at club history, installation of new officers and good cheer


A Day in the City by the Sea 

June 14th, 2018  Thursday – beginning at 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Newport, Rhode Island.  

TO BRING:  Reservations required.  Guests welcome.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.

FEE:  $30  Pay Online

A very special visit to Newport to explore two Olmsted-influenced gardens is planned for our end-of-year outing.

Field Trip to Newport’s Rough Point and The Blue Garden. 9:30 a.m. guided tour of gardens and house of late heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke, lunch at La Forge restaurant (not included in payment), 2 p.m. tour of the Blue Garden, designed by F. L. Olmsted, Jr., and rescued by Dodo Hamilton, another late Newport do‐gooding socialite. Cost is $30 per person. Parking is limited, so carpools will leave from William Hall Library at 8:15 a.m. or Paul Nunes’ house in Seekonk. To sign‐up, contact Paul Nunes and send check to Sadie Barren or Pay Online

The “Blue Garden,” designed for Arthur Curtiss and Harriet Parsons James, remains a unique expression of landscape art.  Recently restored and rehabilitated, the Blue Garden today has been reinterpreted into a palette of lower maintenance blue and white flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, and vines — all of which ensure that the garden’s unique ambiance will be sustained.  This is a unique opportunity to tour this privately-owned garden.

A tour of the garden and grounds at Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate will encompass a history lesson from the farmlands of Newport to a premier vacation destination.  The Newport Restoration Foundation preserves the distinguished history of the landscape at Rough Point while providing visitors with exquisite gardens and breathtaking views.


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