'A Way We Grow'
Martha's Vineyard Garden Club
July 2022
From our President...
Over the past year the Garden Club has grown in many ways! We are now a Club of 176 members,
56 of whom are new. Our Club is unique: a nonprofit with roots in conservation and island beautification, but also a social organization connecting seasonal and year-round residents of our six towns. In addition, we pay rent at The Wakeman Center for cold month meetings and use of the Greenhouse and we single-handedly own and maintain a historical building and the property that surrounds it, The Old Mill.  

The Board is continually looking for new activities to excite our members and ways to connect the
Club to our Island community. This year we have introduced garden walkabouts and Four O’Clock
Fridays at the Mill. We’ve helped Island organizations with their gardens and we look forward to participating in the upcoming Ag Fair.  

But a Club can’t run with just a Board directing. We need involvement from our members to help carry some of the load. Back when the Club was established, it was required that each member work on at least 2 standing Committees. We no longer ask for that but we need active involvement from our members… people with a skill set to take on a task and run with it. Maybe you can help with one of these: planning special events, aid in creating and facilitating 2023’s slate of programs, provide audio-visual support at meetings, work on a facet of Blooming Art, or help to keep the Old Mill functioning for the Club. Do let a Board Member know if you are interested in helping.  And if you think there is something we are missing, we would appreciate your feedback. I promise you’ll enjoy getting to know other members while helping this dynamic and growing organization.
- Susan Hobart, President
More Summertime Walkabouts coming up...
(Ty will send an email reminder to membership as dates approach)

July 28 - Ty Johnston - 4pm - 6pm
Margaret Curtin & Greg Palermo - 3pm - 5pm

August 1 - Joan Cavazuti - 8:30 - 11am
Susan Hobart - 8:30am - 11am
Glorious Seaside Garden Tour and Fundraiser for the MV Garden Club's Old Mill!
This is an opportunity to visit a magnificent historic garden with rare plant collections and a seaside scenic view! Join other MV Garden Club members and garden enthusiasts on a guided tour of this exquisitely maintained Edgartown garden. Attendees will tour the entire property, allowing guests to enjoy the carefully curated selection of trees, shrubs and plant material that reside on this magnificent seaside property. 
Tour description:
An Informative Edgartown Garden Tour Celebrating the Vision and the South Water Street Garden of MV Garden Club Founder, Mrs. T.N. Randolph Meikleham (Agnes)
On Thursday, August 11, homeowner, author, and horticulture enthusiast Jane Bradbury will lead a tour of her garden, which surrounds the house where Agnes Meilkleham, the dynamic visionary and founder of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, lived from 1908 until she died in 1953. The English sunken flower garden that Mrs. Meikleham created is set on the edge of Katama Bay in Edgartown and is still flourishing amid much extended landscaping. This special event and the opportunity to tour this property with the homeowner provides an in-depth look at this one-of-a-kind garden. Through the tour, plant lovers and gardeners will discover many trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that can be grown in their own Island gardens and hear about the garden design concepts applied and the many unusual plants. Stories about Mrs. Meikleham and her daughter, Frances, both of whom were passionate gardeners and members of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club, will also be featured. Jane will share background information about Mrs. Meikleham based on years of MV Garden Club yearbooks and archives as well as her own research about the Meikleham women's lives, their interests and activities. Plant notes and information will be provided in the form of handouts with refreshments and light snacks served prior to the tour. Garden Tour date is Thursday, August 11, 2022, with a gathering time at the property set for 9:30-9:45am to partake of refreshments and a light morning snack. The Tour will commence at 10:00am and is expected to run until 11:15am. A rain date is set for Friday, August 12, and all the same times will apply.

Tour maximum is 25 people, so registration is first come, first served.
Garden Club members and their friends/guests will have an opportunity to purchase admission before the Tour being open for the public to reserve as of August 1.
Cost is $30.00 per person for Garden Club members / $40.00 for non-members/friends but must be booked by a Garden Club member with their reservation.
Reservations may be secured via the MV Garden Club website by clicking HERE. No one will be admitted without prior registration. 

The Edgartown Garden Tour property address is 85 South Water Street, Edgartown, Ma. (Please allow ample time for parking and getting to the home as town can be busy in the morning.) Garden Tour updates and additional information can be found at the MVGC website via https://www.marthasvineyardgardenclub.org/. Proceeds gained from this special Garden Tour will go to support the MV Garden Club's Old Mill Preservation Fund.

A bit about Jane: Jane Bradbury has been a long-time seasonal resident of Edgartown. She and her British husband Ivan are keen hands-on gardeners. Based in London and fascinated by social history, Jane is the principal author of American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850–1995, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016.
UMass Extension's Hort Notes for July! Shared by Club President, Susan Hobart...

UMass Extension's
Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden
July 2022, Vol. 33:5
UMass Extension's monthly e-newsletter for landscapers, arborists, and other Green Industry professionals, plus monthly tips for home gardeners.

Registration for our 2022 Green School has Begun!
State Agricultural Officials Ask Public to be on Alert for Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs
Featured Plant: Clethra alnifolia - Summersweet or Sweet Pepperbush
Trouble Maker of the Month: A Large Crabgrass Look-alike: Paspalum setaceum
Q&A: recovery from spongy moth (Lymantria dispar) defoliation, bagworms, heat-treated loam for invasive earthworms
Garden Clippings Tips of the Month
The Buzz on Mosquitoes
Upcoming Events ...CLICK HERE TO READ IT ALL!
A Warm Welcome to our
New and Returning Members!
Vicky Bijur - WT
Jane Bradbury - E
Terry Goplerud - E
Dodie Headington - OB
Janet Holladay - OB
Norah Kyle - VH
Linda Shaw - OB
Francine Sohn - E
Carolyn Ware - VH
Catesby Ware - VH


Bring your gardening books to any MV Garden Club meeting between now and September. You will receive a credit of MVGC “Book Bucks” for each book donated. Be sure to fill out a donation form (printable via this link)so we can correctly credit your account.

Come to the MVGC meeting on October 18 and use your Book Bucks to “purchase” new-to-you gardening books. The sale on October 18 will be open to members and their guests only. The sale will be open an hour before the meeting, and an hour afterwards. If you purchase more than your Book Bucks will cover (or you don’t have any), you can use good old U.S Dollars!
On Friday, October 21, we’ll have a sale open to the public at the Old Mill. Again, Book Bucks and dollars happily accepted.
If you can’t make a meeting, please contact MVGC treasurer Alysa Emden at
treasurer@marthasvineyardgardenclub.org to arrange for a book drop-off.

Reminder: The West Tisbury Library’s annual Used Book Sale is switching to a pop-up format this summer. On Sunday, July 24, the sale will feature gardening books. Stock up, support the West Tisbury Library, and then trade them in for new-to-you books at the MVGC swap! The WTL sale is from 12-4, weather permitting.
July 27: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Immigrant Landscapes
with Wambui Ippolito
Wambui Ippolito is the 2021 “Best in Show” award winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest show of its kind in North America. Born in Kenya, Ms. Ippolito was influenced by her mother’s garden in Nairobi, her grandmother’s farm in the countryside, and the natural landscapes of East Africa. Speaking from personal experience, Wambui’s talk will follow immigrant footprints through the American landscape.

Registration is required. Sign up here
August 10: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Why Native Plants Matter: Beauty, Biodiversity, and Resilience with Heather McCargo

Heather McCargo, founder of Wild Seed Project, will share the many reasons we should bring native flora back into our developed landscapes. Native plants are excellent additions to our gardens; they are beautiful, they are important for our regions’ ecosystem functioning, and they do not need the high inputs of water and nutrients of commonly cultivated plants. Heather will provide insight into what is happening in the nursery trade with native plants, including loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can all promote our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants.

Registration is required. Sign up here
Check the Polly Hill website for other events, guided tour and plant sale information!
Photo cred to The Vine news / Vineyard Gazette...
Lavender Fields Forever for sure!

Check out this wonderful article that appeared in The Vine about our own Andrea Rogers... Queen of the Lavender! Andrea's presentation to the Club in May was super inspiring...and now here's a little more info on Andrea and her lavender love for us to dive into! Enjoy this great read by clicking here.
Thank you to Vineyard fruit growing enthusiast, Jesse Ausubel for his interesting and well presented talk on 'Growing Cherries' for our July meeting! Here are a few pics in case you missed it!
Jesse inspired us all with his presentation on cherries and other types of fruiting trees on his property.
His enthusiasm about growing more fruit on the Island inspired many of us to maybe try a hand at it!
Jesse shared with us that he has won many blue ribbons at the Ag Fair over the years for his entries...most recently for his 'fruit medley', grapes, quince and beach plums in 2021! Here's a pic of his blue ribbons!
His little quips throughout the presentation paired with so much impressive knowledge made for a wonderful Program! Thanks again Jesse! We so enjoyed the afternoon!
And thanks to all the members who attended...the Old Mill was packed!
Our members may be interested in the Nantucket Garden Club's 2022 ANNUAL HOUSE AND GARDEN WALKING TOUR!


Some pics from the GC Walkabouts!
Garden Club treasure Nancy Weaver shares her
wild and wonderful garden!
Welcome to Joan Cavazuti's magnificent property!
Welcome to President,
Susan Hobart's
Sengekontacket paradise!
Donna Arold's garden is what she calls 'controlled chaos'!
Photos from later July and August walkabouts will be in our next Newsletter, so stay tuned! And if you're interested in opening up your garden for a future walkabout, please contact MV Garden Club VP, Ty Johnston!
Interested in the Environment and Conservation? Then maybe consider volunteering at the Ag Fair to help out at one of the trash/recycling/compost stations!
Our GC Treasurer, Alysa Emden is one of the site supervisors and has suggested we promote this opportunity to our members in furtherance of the Club's environmental mission! Shifts are 3 hours (she says they go quickly) so maybe consider signing up by yourself or even with a friend! CLICK HERE for the link to sign up if you're interested!
To the Membership from GC Member Angela Egerton: Here is an article that I thought might be of interest to many garden club members.  Katherine Long, who was a very active member of the garden club for many years, now heads up the MV quilt guild, has spearheaded this quilt project, using MV Ag Society past Fair tee shirts. Here's a link for those interested to check out! Click Here to read it!
Our Next Meeting is Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 1:00pm @ The Old Mill in WT!

Norah Messier of the MV Museum is our speaker... the program will be: 'Planting the Past: Historical Horticulture at the Martha's Vineyard Museum'.

When the Martha's Vineyard Museum moved from its Edgartown campus to its new location in Vineyard Haven, the grounds of the Cooke House were transformed into a living exhibit dramatically telling 10,000 years of Island history through a changing landscape. But how do we know "what to plant when"? Historical horticulture uses a combination of modern gardening know-how and a wide variety of primary sources to identify the what-where-and-when of creating a botanical timeline like the one at the Cooke House & Legacy Gardens. Join guest speaker Norah Kyle Messier to find out what historical horticulture can do for your garden today!

STARTING AT OUR JULY MEETING...do bring your well loved gardening books for our Garden Club Book Sale, which will be held as part of our October meeting! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!!!
Summer Saturday Event at the MV Museum's Cooke House & Legacy Gardens you may find of interest!...runs every Saturday in July & August!
Drop by the Cooke House & Legacy Gardens and see how different historically-inspired landscapes vary, chat with a Museum Educator about historical horticulture, play with English Colonial toys and games, or enjoy a simple garden-inspired take-home craft. Guided tours of the Legacy Gardens at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.
Drop-in. Weather permitting. Suggested Donation: $5.00
Pollinator-Friendly Native-of-the-Month - Echinacea spp.
Coneflower (Echinacea) is a popular choice for perennial flower gardens and has become the poster child for the native plant movement. There is indeed much to celebrate, as the plant is easy to grow and drought resistant, sports beautiful blooms for several months, and supports numerous pollinators and birds.
The Echinacea genus contains ten species, the most popular of which is E. purpurea (commonly known as purple coneflower). The genus name derives from the Greek word echinos, meaning sea urchin, a reference to the flower’s spiny central disk.
Purple coneflower prefers full over partial sun and medium moisture, although it can tolerate moderate drought conditions. The plant, which grows up to four feet tall, is native to moist prairies, meadows, and open woods of the Central to Southeastern United States.
Blooms are a favorite of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, including hummingbirds. The large flower heads are easy to access for many long-tongued pollinators. Seed heads should be left standing to provide winter interest and to provide food for goldfinches and other birds.
Numerous cultivars have been developed including those in various shades of pink, orange, yellow, red, and chartreuse. E. purpurea ‘Magnus’ (pictured above) and ‘White Swan’ are two popular ones. Cultivars with double flowers and “powder puff” forms are also available, although gardeners should be aware that changes to the form can make the nectar less available to pollinators.
A little recap of JUNE's Four O'CLOCK Friday gathering
at the Old Mill!
A friendly group of garden club members gathered for our monthly 'meet and greet' at the Old Mill on June 24th. As it was rather warm in the upstairs hall, so the group brought chairs outside onto the lawn for drinks and nibbles there. Two new members came along: Carolyn Ware, who is rejoining and Judy Jones and a friend. Peter Norris was kind enough to bring along two 'kalmia' or mountain laurels that he donated to the first two new members to arrive (perhaps a tradition is born?), so lucky Carolyn and Judy!
It was a beautiful evening where we were able to recap and celebrate the success of Blooming Art with Sheila Fane, who found all of our artists, and our fearless leader, Susan Hobart. Also along were Al and Joan Eville, Dave Hobart and Ty Johnston who is organizing our wonderful 'walkabouts,' three of which happened this week with more to come.
Please join us the next time, July 29 from 4:00 - 5:30 at the Old Mill.

-Joan Cavazuti, Membership Co-Chair
COME TO Four O'Clock FRIDAY...
next one is JULY 29!!
In an effort to meet new members and rekindle friendships with existing members we have planned
Four O'Clock Friday at the Old Mill!
Members are invited to the Old Mill in West Tisbury (do bring a guest or a friend!) re with others.
Carry In / Carry out, (just like when you go to the beach), whatever snack and drink you want to enjoy and/or share with others. The time is 4:00 - 5:30 and the vibe is casual! Four O'Clock Friday will be held the last Friday of each month and will continue through the warm months, hopefully until October!
We hope to see our new members there!
The news received this in an email from Tracie Clark,...the woman who pretty much single-handedly oversaw and cared for the Old Mill these past few years! Here goes:

'The club extends a big THANK YOU to Alysa Emden, our treasurer, for all her work and care for the beautiful window boxes at the Old Mill. 
They are spectacular! Thank you Alysa!'
Hello Members!
If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please reach out to me! Anything that's garden related or even some pics of what you're growing this time of year would be wonderful to include! I would love to have some feedback and hear your thoughts on this newsletter! My email is donna.arold@gmail.com. Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful Summer!
:-) Donna