April 2018 - Lunch & Learn: Water Smart Gardening
Betty Sanders - Public Speaker, Garden Designer & Author

It was an awful Spring day that was mostly sleet and rain but that did not deter our members and guests from attending. Eighty-two members and guests joined us for this great presentation from garden designer, author and lecturer, Betty Sanders. After a brief business meeting which was conducted by President, Wendy McVey, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Red Fox Bar and Grille Restaurant in Jackson. At the end of the business meeting, there was a special recognition for our long time members, Len and Norma Whitmore who will be moving to Massachusetts but have vowed to continue to be members of the club. Len has been an outstanding Treasurer and Norma has headed up CIP for a great number of years. They will finish out their term which ends in June, but the club wanted to express their gratitude and appreciation for all their hard work and dedication. They will be missed in their current roles, but we are happy for them that they will be closer to family.

Members had an opportunity at the break to sign up for our many projects which will be starting soon for all our spring and summer activities. After the lunch, Betty educated the group with some smart, common sense watering techniques and tips.

Betty Sanders has just finished her tenure as president of the Massachusetts Federation of Garden Clubs. She is a lifetime master gardener with the Massachusetts Gardeners Association and a nationally accredited flower show judge. Having studied gardening from the Arnold Arboretum, the NY Botanical Garden and the NE Wildflower Society, Betty is an expert speaker who was as entertaining as she was informative.

While New England averages forty inches of rain annually, it doesn’t always come when needed. Whether your problem is too much water in the wrong place or getting the most from what water falls during a dry summer, good gardening technique, a little planning and some new takes on old wisdom can make you a water-smart gardener. Betty provided us with a great handout of all her tips and techniques. Click here to view.

To find out more about Betty Sanders - click here to visit her website.