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Welcome to the Edgewood Garden Club of Rhode Island
Nurturing Beauty and Conserving Natural Resources Since 1933

Membership is required for these events unless otherwise noted 
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National Federation of Garden Clubs, Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, New England Regional and Other Events 
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September 2018

EGC Season Opener:  Garden Hoedown & BBQ Barn Bash Sunday, September 9, 2018: 1:00 p.m.: McGookin’s Barn, Hope Valley

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Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market Plant & Bake Sale Saturday, September 29, 2018: 9:00 a.m. - noon: One Rhodes Place, Cranston

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October 2018

Edible Container Garden Workshop Thursday, October 4, 2018: 11:00 a.m.: The Farmer’s Daughter, S. Kingstown

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November 2018

Blow Your Own Garden Glass Ornament Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 3:30 p.m.: Gather Glass, Providence

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Happy Holiday Wreath Workshop Tuesday, November 20, 2018: 10:00 a.m.: Swan Point Cemetery

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Deck the Halls of Hall Library Wednesday, November 28, 2018: 10:00 a.m. & Noon: Wm. Hall Library

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December 2018

An Evening of Merrymaking Thursday, December 13, 2018: 6:00 p.m.:  Edgewood Yacht Club
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January 2019

Habitat Chat: What makes a good wildlife habitat? Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 6:00 p.m.: Wm. Hall Library
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February 2019

Protecting Pollinators Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 6:00 p.m.: Wm. Hall Library
 Plant List Handout

March 2019

Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening Wednesday, March 13, 2019: 6:00 p.m.: Wm. Hall Library

April 2019

Springtime Bulb Container Garden Workshop Wednesday, April 10, 2019: 1:00 p.m.: Peckham’s Greenhouse

April is National Garden Month  April Events

May 2019

EGC Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and lecture – Foraging Backyard Weeds Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Noon: Location to be determined

June 2019

A Day in the Garden Wednesday, June 19, 2019: 10:00 a.m.: Framingham, MA

EGC Season Opener: Garden Hoedown & BBQ Barn Bash

September 9, 2018 Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  McGookin’s Barn, check your email for details

TO BRING:  Beach chair, dancing shoes, and friends

FEE:  None.

Yee-haw!  We’re kicking off this year’s Edgewood Garden Club program with a good, old-fashioned hoedown.  Grab those hats and cowboy boots, saddle up and mosey over to McGookin’s new ranch for some down home fun.  See what the upcoming year has in store and watch the square-dancing demonstration…and perhaps even do-si-do with your partner.  Take part in the dessert contest and bid on items in the silent auction, all to raise funds for EGC’s quality programming and community gardens.  This is one hootenanny that will be remembered!  See y’all there!

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market Plant & Bake Sale
September 29th, 2018 Saturday morning – 9:00 a.m. to noon

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

TO BRING:  Donations of baked goods

FEE:  None.

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 sign up with Way & Means.

Edible Container Garden Workshop
October 4th, 2018 Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: The Farmer’s Daughter, 716 Mooresfield Road, South Kingstown

TO BRING:  Yourself and money for shopping after the event. Carpooling will be set-up closer to the event.

FEE:  Materials fee of $30; Limited to 15 participants

Roll up your sleeves and get creative!  Our visit to the Farmer’s Daughter will provide an opportunity to plant a beautiful edible container with herbs, lettuces and fall greens to be harvested and enjoyed throughout the season.  Our creations will also serve as wonderful displays of Autumn.  Pack a lunch and enjoy with fellow participants after your planter is completed.  Also, there will be time to explore the garden center and shop after the workshop.

Blow Your Own Garden Glass Ornament
November 14th, 2018 Wednesday – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Gather Glass, 521 Atwells Ave., Providence (park in rear)

TO BRING:  Yourself and a spirit of creativity.

FEE:  Materials fee of $25; Limited to 20 participants (5 each hour)   Pay Online

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of glass blowing.  Master glassmakers will walk you step by step through the process of making your own garden ornament.  From applying color to glass, heating your ornament and inflating it with air, you will experience first-hand the thrill of making hand-blown glass art.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
November 20th, 2018 Tuesday 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 15 participants.

A favorite workshop destination of EGC members, Swan Point Cemetery will again host one of their popular workshops.  This year, horticultural director, Kelly Perry, will guide participants through holiday wreath-making beginning with a balsam base and adding contrasting greenery, pinecones, and other natural materials.  Bring home your finished wreath to adorn your holiday door.  Buffet lunch will be served after the workshop.

Deck the Halls of Hall Library
November 28, 2018 Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (outside) & 12 noon (inside)

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

TO BRING:  Yourself and a friend.  Wear outdoor appropriate working attire for the morning session.

FEE:  None.

Deck the halls with festive ornaments and greenery and get the library ready for the holiday season.  This annual tradition of the Edgewood Garden Club is one of its oldest community service events.  The exterior decorating will take place before the library opens.  The interior decorating will occur during the library’s normal operating hours.  Bring your holiday spirit and volunteer for one or both sessions!

An Evening of Merrymaking
December 13th, 2018  Thursday evening – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Edgewood Yacht Club - Catering by Cranston West Culinary Arts School

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

FEE:  $25 per person Pay Online

It’s that time of year!  Sure to be an evening of laughter and good cheer, come make merry, toast the season, and share a festive meal with your garden club friends and guests.

Habitat Chat 
January 16th, 2019  Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

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

TO BRING:  Yourself and a friend.  EGC Youth members are invited.

FEE:  None. 

What makes a good wildlife habitat? In this program, you will learn about Rhode Island’s habitat diversity, how the landscape has changed over time, and how the Department of Environmental Management is creating and managing habitats to meet the needs of all things furry, feathery, scaly and slimy.  Plus, you’ll get tips on “wildscaping” your own backyard to be critter friendly.  Our presenter will be Mary Grande, Wildlife Outreach Coordinator for RI DEM.

Protecting Pollinators
February 13th, 2019 Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

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

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

FEE:  None.

Kim Calcagno, refuge manager of the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, will join us to discuss the fact that the pollinators of the world are losing ground at an alarming rate. 

Kim will review things you can do on your property to encourage, assist and help to save pollinators.  We will look at the food, nesting and sheltering needs of pollinators as well as simple changes you can make to your garden, maintenance schedule and use of pesticides.

Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening
March 13th, 2019 Wednesday evening – 6:00 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. meeting

LOCATION:  Wm. Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Edgewood, Cranston TO BRING:  Yourself and your intrigue and questions.

FEE:  None.

It’s easy to grow beautiful roses in your home garden once you know how.  Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening will appeal to every gardener who wants to grow roses.  Mike Chute, well-known rose authority, will include plenty of tips and personal anecdotes from over twenty years of rose gardening experience to demonstrate how easy it is to grow great roses right in your yard.  He will be available after the program to sign copies of his books – Roses for New England: A Guide for Sustainable Rose Gardening and Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners.

National Garden Month Events

Arbor Day:  
Our observance of Arbor Day, April 26, 2019, will include the donation of a tree to be planted for the enjoyment of our community on behalf of the Edgewood Garden Club.  A specific site will be selected by our Arbor Day Committee.

Village Playground: A spring clean-up for the front garden created and maintained by the EGC will be planned.  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 installation of a memorial plaque to our late member, Billie Ball, were significant upgrades to the park and garden area. A spring clean-up of the garden will be scheduled in 2019. 

Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association’s Annual Earth Day Clean-up of Stillhouse Cove:   Earth day is celebrated on Monday, April 22, 2019.  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.

Watch for specific information on community events as dates get closer.   Contact EGC chairpersons for more information.

Springtime Bulb Container Garden Workshop

April 10th, 2019 Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Peckham’s Greenhouse, 20 West Main Rd., Little Compton

TO BRING:  Yourself and a planter/container

FEE:  Materials fee of $20 Pay Online

Winter got you down?  Bring a tiny bit of Spring inside to enjoy.  Rick Peckham, fifth generation owner of Peckham’s Greenhouse in Little Compton, will lead a workshop on creating a seasonal container garden with bulbs and potted plants.  You supply the container which should be about 10 to 12 inches around and more shallow than deep.  Rick supplies the plants, the greenhouse/workshop, and the instruction.  Following the workshop, peruse the greenhouses and perhaps bring a few new items home.

EGC Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and Lecture
May 8th, 2019 Wednesday at Noon

LOCATION:  To be determined.  Further details to follow.

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

FEE:  $30 per person Pay Online

This year’s annual meeting will feature not only lunch but a lecture during dessert on Foraging Backyard Weeds.  Sue Clements is a community herbalist, forager, licensed esthetician and educator.  For more than thirty years, her love of wild plants for medicine and food has led her to a passion for educating and supporting others on their journey to wellness.

Sue will provide a talk and slide show presentation that will focus on identification, collection, the valuable assets of weeds and their everyday use.  Spring is the perfect time to forage common wild plants and we need to look no further than our backyards.  Otherwise known as weeds, violets, nettle, dandelion, and chickweed provide edible, medicinal and skin supporting properties for good health and wellness.

A Day in the Garden

June 19th, 2019 Wednesday– beginning at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, Massachusetts

TO BRING:  Reservations required.  Guests welcome.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring cash for shopping.

FEE:  To be determined. Pay Online

Our capstone fieldtrip won’t disappoint this year with a very special visit to New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods complete with a guided tour.  Garden in the Woods is a botanic garden, showcasing an unrivaled collection of both rare and common native plants in a dramatic woodland setting. Our journey through the heart of the 45-acre property will take us from glacier-carved ridges into steep-sided valleys with a pond, a bog, and a meandering stream—a stunning canvas for a series of naturalistic gardens that display the colors and textures of native plants as the seasons unfold.  The visit will conclude with a stop at the Garden Shop which features native plants, books, tools, and eco-friendly gifts.

Following lunch, we will visit the unique Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland, MA, one of New England’s largest garden centers that traces its roots back to 1876.

2017-2018 Edgewood Garden Club Program

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