GARDENS AND NATURE

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Skill Level:    A = All Levels      B = Beginner     I = Intermediate/Advanced        

Tuesdays, April 18, 2017 – May 09, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Member $40, Non-member $55
Instructor: Lorraine Lee

Each week, discover a new horticultural therapy project to take home in this unique program intended to give people with Alzheimers disease or dementia and their caregiver a fun and mentally stimulating activity. The caregiver will learn about tools for coping with people at various stages of memory loss and those with dementias will enjoy the nature inspired programming with four different projects to bring home. Attendees will benefit from the group discussions, interaction and supportive atmosphere.

As we know, caring for someone with Alzheimers disease or other dementias can be challenging and
therefore, if you are unable to attend all meetings or arrive after the start time, please know the instructor understands.

Lorraine A. Lee is a Horticultural Therapist, Certified Activity Consultant through NCCAP, Certified
Dementia Practitioner and Master Gardener . She earned a Masters degree in Counseling and has 25
years experience as an educator, artist and Alzheimer disease clinical professional.. She is currently
Chair of the Horticultural Therapy Committee for The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

Saturday, May 06, 2017, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Free with admission
The Spring Exhibition held for many years in late winter in Worcester was a much anticipated and always welcome harbinger of the flowers and beauty to come. Thousands would wait in lines that stretched around the corner to see the exhibits at Horticulture Hall. Did you or your family attend or take part in any way? What are your memories? We invite you to come to the Library to see our current display about the old spring show and share your memories. We will be recording reminiscences on May6th but also are happy to schedule times at your convenience.

Please contact Kathy Bell at kbell@towerhillbg.org or 508-869-6111 x116 for more information or to schedule another date or time to record your memories.

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member $15, Non-member $25
Instructor: Mary Panda, Physical Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Learn how to reduce the pain and strain of gardening by using proper tools and body mechanics. A lecture will be followed by hands-on demonstration of proper tool use.

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Free with Admisison
Presenter: Robert Gegear, WPI Department of Biology and Biotechnology

Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies to maintain pollination services to crop plants. However, the overwhelming majority of current strategies do not consider the keystone role that pollinators play in natural ecosystems, making them an ineffective tool for maintaining and restoring biodiversity. Dr. Gegear will discuss the importance of developing an ecologically-focused approach to developing and maintaining your garden, citing examples from his ongoing field research in Massachusetts. He will also provide information on how to identify local bumblebee species in order to help you assess the ecological ‘friendliness’ of your garden. After the presentation, join Dr. Gegear in a walk through the gardens to learn how your new knowledge can be put into practice.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Free with Admission
John Trexler, Worcester County Horticultural Society Director Emeritus and Founding Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, will discuss how Tower Hill evolved from a beautiful farm on a hill to an acclaimed public Garden.
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Member $65, Non-member $80
Instructor: Betsy Williams

Explore the fascinating and delicious world of basils! There are dozens of varieties of culinary basil: basils with huge leaves, basils with tiny leaves, basils from Asia, Italy and Greece, tall elegant basils, purple and variegated basils! There are basils that smell like cinnamon, cloves, lime and lemon, there is even a basil that smells like black walnuts! Learn the long, curious history of basil, its magical and medicinal associations and how it became Americas favorite culinary herb. Well smell and nibble different types of basil, discuss its growing requirements, how to use it in the kitchen and ways to preserve it. Students will enjoy a tasting of basil butter, vinegar, and sauce. Each person will plant three 10 pots of different varieties of basil to take home and enjoy during the warm days of summer! Please bring an apron and floral scissors to class. Recipe sheets are included.

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Greendale Eagle Statue, 347 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA
Member $10, Non-member $20
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Greendale Eagle Statue, 347 West Boylston St., Worcester

Instructor: Derek Lirange, Worcester Tree Initiative

When pruning trees around your yard there are a few dos and donts that apply across the board, but there also special cases when different rules apply. Ornamental flowering trees are one of these special cases. Join Worcester Tree Initiative at the Greendale Eagle Statue to learn why you should hold off on pruning your showpiece trees until late spring and techniques for promoting greater flowering. In partnership with the Worcester Tree Initiative.

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Master Gardener Training Class
Massachusetts Master Gardener Association (mmga)
The 2017 MMGA Master Gardener Training Class will begin in April and run through October. For more information & registration: massmastergardeners.org.