News and Announcements
Our November Speaker Series Program
"Holiday Yule!" with Betsy Williams
Speaker: 7:30 p.m., via ZOOM
Free and open to the public via registration (see below)
December, the darkest month of the year, is also the traditional month of festive lights and family celebrations. Home is the heart of those celebrations. Learn how to decorate your home for the sparkling month of December with fresh greens and fragrant herbs combined with fruits and vegetables, berries, cones, nuts, and lots of candles. Using boxwood, ivies, junipers, rosemary, berries, fruits and other seasonal plant material, the demonstration emphasizes the simple how-to’s and mechanics of creating glowing candle rings, woodsy box and berry baskets, charming Williamsburg fruit cones, classic topiaries, festive table garlands, decorated votive holders and fresh Christmas potpourri.
Betsy Williams teaches, lectures, and writes about living with herbs and flowers. A lifelong gardener, herb grower and cook, she trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening, and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations. Betsy is the author Potpourri and Fragrant Crafts published by Readers Digest, The Little Book Series published by The Proper Season Press, and Are there Fairies at the Bottom of Your Garden? Growing Up Green with the Fairies. She is currently working on a third edition of her herb cookbook, Mrs. Thrift Cooks. Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally and has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.
Pictures by Betsy Williams
Please email email@example.com with your first and last name, and indicate your interest in attending our November 16th online event. Instructions for the Zoom session will be returned to you via email.
Books in Bloom with the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library!
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November Floral Arrangements for Vets Breakfast
Gorgeous fall arrangements created by our talentend members for the Veteran's Breakfast at the Hopkinton Senior Center.
Each month, September through June, club members create floral arrangements to decorate the tables at the Senior Center for their Veteran's breakfast.
Thank you "Help Hopkinton Bloom" Sponsors!
We are so grateful to our town beautification sponsors for their support Because of these dedicated organizations, we were able to provide welcoming blooms to our public spaces this year.
Please join us in supporting our sponsors and recognizing their contribution to our community!
Native Species - Solidago odora
sweet goldenrod, anise goldenrod
Sweet goldenrod gets its name from the licorice-like smell of its leaves, which make wonderful tea.
It grows in sun/part shade to 12 - 36 inches, with a spread of 12 - 24 inches.
Much loved by bees and other pollinators, this species is a well-behaved goldenrod that does well in garden settings.
Adventures with Oddities: Strange and Noteworthy Natives (courtesy of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance) with Dan Jaffe (formerly of the Native Plant Trust)
Landscaping with a Purpose, What's Diversity Got to Do with It? with Randi Eckel
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Native plants by state)
Native Plants Lookup (Audubon)
ATTRACT BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN
Find bird friendly native plants with this handy tool from the National Audubon Society. Just enter your zip code to view a list of bird friendly native plants for your area. Search results can be refined by plant type or bird species.