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Garden Club

Are you someone who enjoys gardening and wants to learn more about horticulture and gardening? Do you want to be able to make a special centerpiece for your holiday table?

Join the Garden Club! 

We are a group with a mission of promoting the knowledge and skills of floral design, horticulture and gardening while serving our community and supporting Temple Shalom in their floral and gardening requests.

Our group

  • Provides speakers, programs, hands-on workshops and demonstrations on a variety of topics that might include traditional and creative centerpieces, ikebana, growing and cooking herbs, growing specific garden plants and growing houseplants.
  • Creates unique floral arrangements for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and special Temple events
  • Landscapes and maintains the plantings around the upper parking lot.
  • Helps children at the Peirce School extended day program create Mother’s Day flower arrangements.
  • Participates in local flower show competitions.
  • Has access to classes and conferences sponsored by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the National Garden Club, Inc.

The Temple Shalom Garden Club of West Newton is 60 years old and was originally founded by a group of Temple members with a shared interest in flowers and gardening.  Our garden club is open to all and WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US.  Come as a guest to one of our meetings and learn more.  For additional information please contact Susan Lunin, or Emily Rubenstein.

Programs for 2019 – 2020

Sept. 16, 2019, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Back Potluck Supper & "Ways & Means" Sale

Oct. 28, 2019, Monday, 7 p.m.
Lecture: "Gardening for Wildlife: Creating a Garden for Pollinators"
Suzanne Mahler
Learn the best plants to attract a diversity of pollinators.
Cost: members: free. Guests: $5 donation

Nov. 25, 2019, Monday, 7 p.m.
Thanksgiving Design Workshop
Thelma Shoneman
Attendance limited to members only. Cost: $40 includes instructions and material to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Dec., 16, 2019, Monday, 7 p.m.
Holiday celebration pot luck supper
Books in Bloom team design
Potluck Food Fest

Jan. 27, 2020, Monday, 7 p.m.
Workshop: "Infusing Your Life with Herbs"
Karen O'Brien
Transform three simple culinary staples into something special with herbs.
Cost: $10 ($7.50) (Snow date: February 3, 2020)

March 16, 2020, Monday, 7 p.m.
Lecture: "Floral Paintings Through the Ages"
Martha Chiarchiaro
Explore how flowers have been an inspiration to artist for centuries.
Cost: members: free. Guests: $5 donation

April 21, 2020, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Special Design Program with Beth Shalom GC of Needham
Maureen Christmas
Program will be held in Simon Hall, Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Ave., Needham
Cost: members: free. Guests: $5 donation

May 18, 2020. Monday, 7 p.m.
Workshop: Kokodama
Susan Lunin and Joanne Lyons
Learn the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball.
Cost: TBD

June 15, 2020, Monday, 7 p.m.
End of the Year Potluck Supper

Mon, September 23 2019 23 Elul 5779