The Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead’s November 2020 meeting was a robust Zoom presentation by Susan Guest entitled “Your Body in the Garden.” Susan, who has a background in physical fitness, highlighted practical information to keep us injury-free while we work in the garden. We all know gardening can be demanding on the body. She showed us a variety of ergonomic tools to bring more awareness to our posture, improve our strength and flexibility, and avoid muscle strain. Don’t forget your wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen! She also emphasized the importance of enjoying the experience, and walking barefoot on your grass to connect with nature. As always, our meeting was a time for us to learn valuable information and to reconnect with fellow garden club members.
On a crisp fall morning, two groups of Driftwood Garden Club members gathered at the homes of Ginny Von Rueden and Margaret Bowen for practical demonstrations on putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Many thanks to speakers Kathy Bradford, Ginny Von Rueden, and Laurie Boggis. We learned which plants to bring inside, which to cut back now and which to leave until spring. According to speaker Kathy Bradford, “If it is yellow or brown, cut it down. If it is green, leave it alone!” We also discussed cleaning our tools at the end of the season: wash your tools, then dry and coat with a light layer of linseed or mineral oil to prevent rust. Putting your garden to bed is a process over several months, and will result in less spring cleanup and healthy plants to enjoy next year!
This year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 30 Driftwood Garden Club members met at three different gardens for our annual luncheon. Groups of ten socially-distant members enjoyed lobster rolls in the sunny gardens of Joan Hosman, Barb Graves, and Ginny Von Rueden. Good food, good weather and good company!
The Driftwood Garden Club of Marblehead found a creative solution when their annual plant sale was cancelled due to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. Wearing face masks and maintaining social-distancing guidelines, members dug and divided plants in their yards, then listed those plants available to other members. Members virtually shopped for a special plant, and arranged for socially-distanced pickup. This member-only plant sale fostered camaraderie and hope for a healthy future in the spring of this pandemic time.
Driftwood Garden Club members welcomed author and speaker Rebecca Warner to our March 2020 meeting at Abbot Public Library. Rebecca’s ‘Sustainable Enough’ philosophy recommends making environmentally-friendly changes when and where we can. Seek to add native plants and let fallen leaves stay over the winter to provide food and habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. She recommends the Missouri Botanical Garden website to search for information on a plant’s native range, height, bloom time, leaf, sun and water requirements. Ms. Warner signed copies of her book “The Sustainable Enough Garden” for our members to purchase.
At the January 2020 Driftwood Garden Club meeting, self-described garden fanatics Linda and Fred Lipton delighted us with their presentation of creating formal gardens behind their Greek revival home in Salem, MA.
Along with their family, these avid ‘do-it-yourselfers,’ laid all the bricks in their driveway, leveled their narrow yard, and double-dug all the garden beds. Linda meticulously measured, planned and designed multiple ‘rooms’ to craft the formal space in a cool color palate. Linda repeated the design elements of ovals and diamonds, even in her fabulous She Shed windows!
Their backyard garden was featured in the 2018 summer issue of North Shore Home Magazine, see https://www.nshoremag.com/northshore-home/salems-secret-garden/ for pictures.
Welcome to new member Susie Raviv. And many thanks to DGC hostesses Pal Bickford, Sue McMullen, and Andrea Gregory for the tasty treats and libations, and the stunning floral arrangement.
New this year, five members of the DGC opened their holiday decorated homes for touring. We all enjoyed a delightful afternoon – thank you so much to the hostesses!