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       It's time for the annual
         Holiday Boutique!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2003
         Braintree Town Hall
            10am - 3pm
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The holiday season is here!  The Braintree Gardeners Guild is back at the Braintree Town Hall tor its annual "Holiday Boutique and Greens" sale.  The town hall auditorium will be filled with the hancrafted wares of many talented vendors.  Our members have been hard at work creating beautiful wreaths and holiday arrangements to bring beauty and cheer to your homes.  These artistic creations are very well priced and all proceeds go to enrich the Braintree community.  Once again our raffles are back!  We will have a table full of beautifully crafted items from our vendors that you can buy chances for.  We will also feature a "Scratch Ticket Wreath" with a limited 100 tickets only sale..  A gorgeously decorated wreath with $200 worth of scratch tickets and gift cards from local businesses. So come one, come all and support the Braintree Gardeners Guild.  It's time to ring in the season !!

Membership Drive for the Braintree Gardeners Guild coming to the Braintree Farmer's Market ............

On Saturday, September 23, 2023, the Gardeners Guild will be stationed at the "Community Table" to provide information about our guild and take in applications for membership.  Current members will be on hand to answer questions, talk about our donations to local causes, programs and activities.  For each completed application turned in at the Farmers Market, the applicant will receive a free bag of daffodil bulbs!  Don't hesitate! A new season of programs begins at our first meeting on Monday evening, October 2,2023 at the Masonic Temple in Braintree.  Come see us, be a Braintree gardener!!

The Braintree Farmers Market is located on the front lawn of Town Hall from 9am to 1pm

     Plant Swap & Garden Party !!

On Saturday, June 10th, members gathered at the home of Carole Wilson to reminisce, enjoy the food and beverages and share a plant from each others gardens.  Mother nature gave us a little bit of everything but mostly a beartiful sunny day.  

    2023 PLANT SALE A GREAT SUCCESS!!

Thank you to all our hard working members who came out to sell our wonderful perennials, annuals, herbs, bushes, indoor plants and Mother's Day arrangements.  Congratulations to our raffle winners who took home a large flowering pot arrangement, an old fashioned "strainer" herb arrangement, a large herb pot, and a DIY pot with all the necessary ingredients (Thank you Richmond Hardware!!)  It was a beautiful day and successful day.  Thank you to all who came out to support us by buying these plants and raffle tickets.  We hope we answered all your gardening questions and hope that some of you would like to join our group and be a part of this wonderful organization. 

Get Ready! The Annual GGB Plant Sale is Coming!!

WHEN:  Saturday May 13, 2023

WHERE:  Braintree Town Hall

TIME:  9am - 2pm

 Once again our guild members will be digging up treasured perennials from their gardens to sell at great prices!  We will also be bringing in new annuals from a nursery to immediately beautify a pot, a window box or a great Mother's Day gift.  The raffle is also back!  Stop by to win some great prizes!  Come one and all to support the Braintree Gardeners Guild!  

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Gardeners Guild Members Enjoy the Annual
                      May Banquet!!

On Monday May 2, Gardeners Guild members gathered at Spazios restaurant to celebrate a terrific year!  We shared our memories of the year's events and inducted a new slate of executive board members.  Out going President, Regina Zahran handed over the reins to incoming President, Gail Rotondi.  Spazios restaurant provided a warm and inviting venue, attentive serving staff and a delicious buffet!  Thank you Spazios!!

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Thank you Regina for 2 years
of dedicated leadership to this Gardeners Guild!!

        The Gardeners Guild at Richmond Hardware's
                                 "Spring Fling"

                  

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At Richmond Hardware's "Spring Fling" Gardener Guild members create herb pots to raffle off at the event.  Several members were on hand to answer gardening questions and encourage patrons to join the Gardeners Guild!!

  April's meeting will be a "Member Workshop"

Monday, April 3, 2023 @ 7pm
Masonic Temple, 403 Washington St., Braintree, MA
Guest Speaker:  Vicki Hurcomb, from Seoane's Garden Center
Program:  Members will make a "Spring Basket" to take home

 

For our last General Meeting, members will first vote on our 2023-2024 allocations, review the next year operating budget(appropriations) and then vote on our new executive board.  Please also be prepared to sign up for next year's membership (dues are $30.) and we hope you will sign up for the May 1st Banquet at Spazios (cost $35.)  We need at least 25 members to sign up for the banquet to make it happen.  It's a fun evening to get out and mingle with the group, we hope you will all come out to play!  After all the business is done, Vicki Hurcomb will talk to us about opening up your spring garden and what to plant (and when!) Then we will each plant our own "spring basket" with pansies and herbs.  It's an important and fun evening.

Hope to see you all there!

The Workshop was a great success!!  Vicki Hurcomb led a terrific workshop that allowed members to bring home lovely spring baskets.

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                 "Get Ready for Spring"
    Please join us for our March meeting on:

Monday, March 6th at 7PM

Masonic Temple, 403 Washington Street, Braintree

Guest Speaker: Suzanne Mahler, Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Program:  "Get Ready for Spring!"

     Suzanne will present her program titled "Get Ready for Spring".  She will do a demonstration of her favorite tools and give a short pruning demonstration.  She will speak on pruning and transplanting trees and shrubs, dividing perennials and planning your spring gardens.  

     Suzanne is also a representative for Spearhead Spades.  They are said to be "indispensable and indestructible".  She will have a few for sale and can take orders for them.  There are two models which sell for $49. and $51.  Payment may be made with cash or check.

     Suzanne has a long history of being a gardening expert in New England.  She is the past president of the New England Daylily Association; an Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, lecturer at the Boston Flower Show and much more.  Look on her website:  suzannemahler.com to see her 40 acre home gardens and learn a little more about her.  If you wish to bring a guest, the donation is $5.

              Join us and be Ready for Spring !!

 Please join us for our next general meeting on:
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The 2022 Holiday Boutique at the Braintree Town Hall was a big success!  A big thank you to all our members who helped coordinate setting up the auditorium and front hallway of the town hall and then assisting customers on the day of the sale.  A special shout out to "Ways and Means" chairperson Gail Rotondi for her tireless efforts to pull together a fine group of vendors and coordinating all the steps necessary to organize, gather fees, answer questions and set up the final floor plan.  Another big shout out to "Greens" co-chair Phyllis McPherson for her abundant efforts in setting up the "Greens" sale area, working overtime to sell every last item our members made and doing it all with good humor and great salesmanship! Wreath raffle star, Nina Egan once again put together a beautiful wreath adorned with scratch tickets and gift cards to sell at the boutique.  Good job ladies!!  I'm sure we all look forward to putting those well earned funds to good use in our Braintree community.

2022 Holiday Boutique was a great success!!

Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Masonic Temple, 403 Washington Street, Braintree

Guest Speaker:  Brion Keith, park supervisor

Mr. Keith will be speaking on the various programs offered by the park, plans for the maintenance of the park and any new projects that may be in the works.  Mr. Keith has 20 years experience as a ranger at the park before taking on his new role as park manager.  Please bring your questions and comments about this wonderful resource we have right here in our town.

                   GUESTS WELCOME !!

Guild member, Santina Giannino, delivers poinsettias purchased by the Gardeners Guild of Braintree to hospice patients residing at the Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home.  For many years the guild has brought poinsettias at Christmastime and Easter lilies around Easter to Old Colony hospice.  With the arrival of the Braintree based Dr Ruth McLain Hospice Home, the guild will be supplying potted plants twice a year to this home as well as tending to the upkeep of their growing garden area.  The Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home has a wonderful project planned to create a "Peace Garden" in the back of the home.  For more information on the "Peace Garden", please contact:

                Margaret Downey, Philanthropy Manager

                321 Manley Street

                West Bridgewater, MA  02379

                mdowney@oldcolonyhospice.com

                Phone:  781-341-4145

The Gardeners Guild of Braintree delivers poinsettias to the
       Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home at 670 Washington St.

It's time for GGB's annual Holiday Boutique & Greens Sale!
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On Sunday, December 4th, 2022 at the
Braintree Town Hall from 10am - 3pm

Once again the Braintree Gardeners Guild will be holding their annual Holiday Boutique and Greens sale.  Town Hall will be a bustling place as many talented vendors sell their wares in the auditorium and guild members sell beautiful wreaths, swags, table arrangements and crafts handmade by our members.  We will once again have raffles for craft items from our vendors and a big, beautiful wreath adorned with $250. worth of scratch tickets.(only 100 raffle tickets will be sold for the wreath!)  Get in the holiday spirit!  Put on that Christmas sweater and come on down!

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             November 7th Wreath Workshop Results!

Monday night's wreath workshop was a fun night.  All members came prepared with bags of greens, wire and cutters and proceeded to construct their own wreath.  Instructor Carole Wilson gave members many ideas for how to decorate their wreath bases and hopefully inspire members to make their own wreath base from various vines/cuttings from their own yards.  Some potential wreath base materials are grape vine, english ivy, weeping cherry, rose of sharon and  forsythia.  It's the perfect time of year to make a wreath to decorate for the upcoming holidays!

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Monday, November 7, 2022
7pm @ Logan Auditorium (Thayer Public Library)

This meeting will be a "hands on" workshop.  Carole Wilson from our membership will be showing members how to create small wreaths ( 6 -10") using all natural items from your yard and gardens.  A handmade wreath base made from various vines will be provided.  Each member is to bring a grocery bag full of either boxwood, cedar greens or inkberry.  These greens all have good "lasting power"and dry nicely. Members should also bring clippers, wire and gloves if you prefer.  If you would like to get a refresher on bow making, please also bring a ribbon,  You may want to bring a fall ribbon to place on the wreath you make at the workshop.  Carole will be reviewing what are the best greens to gather for wreaths and bundles and how to keep them fresh.  We will also discuss best practices for making nice tight, uniform bundles that will come in handy for our annual "Greens Workshop".  Hope to see you all there!

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Monday, October 3, 2022
7 PM @ Logan Auditorium (Thayer Public Library)

 

Paul F. Split of Cape  Cod will present a program called "Herbs for All Seasons".  This program will include a lecture, demonstration, a tasting and a raffle!  Paul has been recognized nationally as a designer and presenter of greens workshops and lectures since 1971.  He has also been a judge at the Boston Flower Show.  During the past year he has lectured at flower shows in Philadelphia, Connecticut, and New York.  You may check out his website at paulsplit.com.  For our program, Paul will demonstrate how to use various herbs in vinegars and compound butters and serve samples.  He will also raffle off one of his terrariums.  If time allows, there will be a question and answer period,  You may invite guests who are welcome to make a donation to enjoy the lecture.

                                       Hope to see you there!

Paul Split presented a very informative, fun and delicious presentation on herbs and how to use them in compound butters and vinegars.  At the end everyone enjoyed a salad cup and buttered bread rounds.  A lucky few took home some of Paul"s prepared vinegars and a plant terrarium!  Thank you Paul!

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