Welcoming Native Plants and Insects to your Garden

Join us on March 10th, 7pm at Abbot Library

Driftwood’s March Event has practical and interesting advice as we get ready for Spring!

Rebecca Warner, a home gardener in Newton, will talk about the best reasons to grow native plants which provide food and habitat for native insects in our gardens. This talk describes choosing beautiful plants to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, explains how you can strike the right balance of insects for your garden, and reveals some truths about native plants — the good citizens and the thugs. It closes with some garden maintenance tricks to make your yard more hospitable to the right insects.

Rebecca has thirty years’ experience working toward a sustainable garden. Her book, The Sustainable-Enough Garden, is the story of her quest to make a beautiful garden that’s environmentally friendly. In the last eight years she has overhauled her garden practices, from composting to mulching, lawn care to irrigation. She blogs weekly at

thesustainable-enoughgarden.blogspot.com/

Rebecca has shared 5 handouts which you can download and/or print for your convenience. Even if you can’t join us on March 10th you can be part of the conversation with this information at your fingertips.

The Monarch Gardener

At the February 2020 Driftwood Garden Club meeting, Katie Hone presented a wonderful program on the monarch butterfly. Members were fascinated to learn that the monarchs that emerge from their chrysalis in our gardens soon undertake a 3000 mile journey to hidden forests of Oyamel fir trees in the Michoacan and Mexico states. While the residents of these areas were aware of the arrival of the monarchs, it was not until 1975 that Fred Urquhart, a Canadian biologist, was able to locate their southern wintering grounds. In her presentation, Katie shared with the members an extensive list of plants that support the monarchs and many of the other pollinators so important for sustaining our environment. Members received information on plant groupings to provide continuous blooming for the pollinators. Everyone left with common milkweed seeds to plant in the gardens.

Note that you can plant them immediately!

January 2020 Confessions of a Garden Fanatic

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.

Silver Bells at the King Hooper Mansion!

The Driftwood Garden Club pulled out all stops again this year to decorate the King Hooper for the holidays. The five garden clubs of Marblehead each decorate an assigned room and all at the same time which makes it fun! As Abbot Hall is undergoing renovations this year, several events have been moved to the King Hooper. The theme this year is Christmas Songs, so each room is decorated to reflect a song. Silver Bells was selected by DGC and decorations designed by Ginny Von Rueden and Laurie Boggis our designers extraordinaire. I must say it looks beautiful!

Holiday Greens for Seniors

What better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than making a festive gift from the heart? DGC members decorated a total of 72 wreaths and swags in the dining room of the Council on Aging (COA). In addition to the decorations supplied by each attendee, there was a table filled with bows, baubles and bling for all to use. A table dedicated to glue guns was a popular place for members to catch up with each other on holiday plans. We thought we were all done until Pal discovered five wreaths in a box. Jo Ann Silva, Joy Purdin, Valerie Evans and Marie Doughman saved the day or the night and skillfully decorated the forgotten wreaths. Hostesses Joy Purdin and Marie Doughman provided a variety of tasty treats including Marie’s famous meatballs. The creative wreaths and swags were delivered the next day to participants of the COA Meals on Wheels program. What a pleasure to imagine that our creations for them will not only brighten their doorways but their spirits as well!

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Library Planter Rejuvenation

Yes, we maintain a large pot located inside the library opposite the main desk. The pot originated from a DGC program in March 2015. Deborah Trickett taught us all about “thrillers, spillers and fillers”. The finished product remained in the library. A small committee was formed to maintain the pot: watering and changing out plants for seasonal color. We’ve learned a lot over the past 4 years. The library micro-climate can be a harsh one for interior plants: too cold, too hot, too dry or not enough light. Two plants remain from the original planting: the Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) and the Pathos. Today, the pot was rejuvenated for the first time in months. Dianne Barrett, Sue Ball and Kathy Bradford installed new plants to provide holiday color. The three new plants are: Caladium, Prayer Plant (pink stripes long leaves) and a Pink Polka Dot Plant (dark green pink spotted leaves). Below are before, during and after photos. The two other members of the committee are: Kathy Angle and Pinar Gokce.

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Bundles and Bows….No Holiday Woes

DGC members Ginny von Rueden and Laurie Boggis teamed up to show members how to make their own bows for use in adorning wreaths, swags and packages.  In addition, they demonstrated how to make “tussie mussies”, those little bundles used for making garlands and wreaths. Many smiles and laughter were produced by their engaging presentation. Then it was time to transform the ribbons and greens the members brought to the meeting into holiday decor. Hostesses Ellen Nichols, Trish Moore and Pinar Gocke provided tasty treats and a lovely seasonal floral arrangement. My favorite was the ginger spice hermits.

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