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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.

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Pictures by Betsy Williams

REGISTRATION: 

 

Please email register@hopkintongardenclub.org 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!

Double click on the large image to see the full arrangement and the garden club member who interpreted the piece. Then, click the right arrow to move through all the images.

 
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. 

 

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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!

 

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Garden Talk
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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.

GO NATIVE!


Native plants in home gardens are essential for providing pollinators safe habitat in which they can thrive. Climate change, overbuilding, invasive species and other factors have destroyed large areas previously home to our insect and bird populations. With so much land being "chopped up", putting native plants in your garden will add to those from your neighbors’ gardens creating larger spaces for pollinators to call home. Pollinators, who work hard to maintain the ecological systems we depend on (like food growth!), need your help! Here are links to articles, webinars and websites with information on native plants and why they're so important to pollinators, and to us.
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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.




SPOTTED LANTERNFLY - SERIOUS THREAT!


Courtesy of UMass Amherst The Spotted Lanternfly Arrives in Massachusetts!! The MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced on 9/28/21 that a small, established, and breeding population of the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was detected in Worcester County, MA in the city of Fitchburg. This finding was confirmed by state officials. What Should You Do? It is important to learn the life stages of the spotted lanternfly and be able to identify their eggs, immatures, and adults. At this time, it is particularly valuable to learn how to ID spotted lanternfly adults and egg masses. If you think you have found any of the life stages of this insect, report them immediately here: https://massnrc.org/pests/slfreport.aspx In particular, if you know of tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)* growing nearby, check that preferred host for adults and egg masses and report anything suspicious using the link above. That said, spotted lanternfly adults and eggs masses (and immatures when active) may be found just about anywhere. Should You Treat? At this time, the only established (breeding) population of spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts is in a small area of Fitchburg, MA. Therefore, there is no reason to be preemptively treating for this insect in other areas of Massachusetts at this time. If you suspect you have found spotted lanternfly in additional locations, please report it immediately to MDAR at the link above. If you are living and working in the Fitchburg area, please be vigilant and continue to report anything suspicious. What is at Risk? The spotted lanternfly feeds on over 103 different species of plants, including agriculturally significant crops (apple, peach, grape, etc.) and trees and shrubs that are important in our managed landscapes and natural areas. Due to various factors, spotted lanternflies are also a significant public nuisance once they become established. For further details regarding what is currently known about this population in Fitchburg, MA, read MDAR's press release. https://www.mass.gov/.../state-agricultural-officials...




ASIAN JUMPING WORMS - SERIOUS GARDEN THREAT!


Asian jumping worms are a relatively new invasive species, but they are rapidly spreading across the United States. They can be found in the Southeast, along the Eastern Seaboard, and in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and some Northwestern states. The first records of Asian jumping earthworms date back to the late 19th century; unfortunately, relatively little is known about them compared to European earthworms. European nightcrawlers are now being displaced by the destructive Asian jumping worms. There are at least three species: Amynthas agrestis, Amynthas tokioensis, and Metophire hilgendorfi that co-occur. Asian jumping worms devour organic matter more rapidly than their European counterparts, stripping the forest of the layer critical for seedlings and wildflowers. Jumping worms grow twice as fast, reproduce more quickly, and can infest soils at high densities. In areas of heavy infestation, native plants, soil invertebrates, salamanders, birds, and other animals may decline. These invasive worms can severely damage the roots of plants in nurseries, gardens, forests, and turf. They, along with other invasive worms, can also help spread invasive plant species by disturbing the soil. Asian jumping worms are an annual species; the adults die after the first freeze. But the cocoons, which are about the size of a mustard seed, will survive the winter and hatch when temperatures reach 50°F for a consistent period. One worm can produce many cocoons without mating. Because they are more aggressive and their populations can grow faster than the common European species, they may out-compete existing worm populations. Cocoons are very small and dirt-colored, so they are nearly impossible to spot with your own eyes. Cocoons can be spread easily in potted plants, on landscaping equipment, mulch, tire treads, and even hiking boots. One telltale sign of an infestation is a very uniform, granular soil created from worm castings. The texture of this soil is often compared to coffee grounds. When you scratch the top layer of soil you will see the worms thrashing about with an erratic, snakelike movement. These worms, which can reach 6 inches in length, are much more active than European nightcrawlers. The Asian jumping worm can be found on the soil surface and in the leaf litter, making them easy to find. They can live anywhere from urban parks and suburban backyards to rural forests. You are also very likely to find them in compost piles and along roads. The Asian jumping worm has a prominent band around the body of the worm, called the clitellum, where cocoons are produced. The band completely encircles the body, is milky white to light gray, and is flush with the body; the body looks metallic. On European nightcrawlers, the clitellum is raised or saddle-shaped and reddish-brown in color and does not wrap entirely around the body. (Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension) It's important to learn about and eliminate these invaders from our gardens! The following links will give you a background and ways to identify and try to control these worms before they create irreparable damage. https://extension.unh.edu/resource/plant-sales-and-jumping-worms http://warren.cce.cornell.edu/gardening-landscape/warren-county-master-gardener-articles/invasive-asian-jumping-earthworms http://ccetompkins.org/resources/jumping-worm-fact-sheet https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Invasives/fact/jumpingWorm.html Voracious Asian Jumping Worms Strip Forest Floor and Flood Soil with Nutrients | UW Arboretum (wisc.edu)