The Laurelwood Garden Club meeting transforms summer gardens into magical winter gardens

FITCHBURG: Laurelwood Garden Club holds its first meeting for the 2021-2022 season on Friday, September 10, at 9:30 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St.

Jana Milbocker, horticulturist, botanist, loving gardener, writer and owner of the Enchanted Gardens in Holliston.

Milbocker currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is the author of “Garden Tourist.” Gardens and nursery stops at 120 destinations in the northeast. Books will be sold at this meeting.

The show will feature a rich PowerPoint presentation that offers inspiring tips for designing a winter garden. The success of a winter garden depends on its structure, design and selection of the best plant materials and grouping to create a magical winter garden.

The Laurelwood Garden Club’s full-year program includes an October 8 meeting to showcase your garden winter. On October 15, the annual installation of the mill light bulbs will take place at the club’s Civic Beauty Project at the Mills and Main Streets and Moran Square. Nov. 12, container workshop for forcing flower bulbs for spring; Dec. 10, Annual Holiday Lunch; Jan. 7, The Story of a Rusty / Idaho Potato by Luther Barbank: February 11, greeting card workshop; March 11, arborist to discuss maintaining healthy trees and shrubs; April 8, Flower Interpretations for Flower Art Arts; May l3, presentation on various plant uses; June 3, Annual Meeting at Lunch.

The traditional Laurelwood Garden Club tea, along with tabletop designs, will be held on January 15 to raise funds for the Education Opportunity Fund.

The club offers high school adult education in agriculture, horticulture, landscape design, architecture, conservation, forestry, agronomy, urban planning, land administration, space, biology and environmental studies.

The club is partnering with the Fichberg Art Museum at the annual Art Flower Festival on April 28, 29, 30, and May 1.

Laurelwood Garden Clubs with loudspeakers will be held on the second Friday of the month from September to June from 9:30 am to noon at the museum. The club is Massachusetts Inc. Member of the Garden Club Federation and from the National Garden Clubs Inc. It is associated with the territory of New England.

Memberships and meetings are open to guests who enjoy any gardening activity, who are interested in floral design, and who work with flowers and programs.

If you are interested in participating in meetings and information on membership, contact Public Relations, Julie Palioka, at 978-537-7630 or visit

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