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May 10, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Details:
Registration opens on Monday, Feb 20th.

Ashland Public Library

Schiesske Room
66 Front Street

Ashland, MA 01721
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Gardening Around Our Town *For Older Teens and Adults

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Join us for an evening of fun as we learn about gardening trainings and courses available and see examples of gardening going on around Town. This is your opportunity to learn how you can train to become a Master Gardener or to participate in other trainings about gardening, to learn more about the Ashland Garden Club and to see examples of planters and in-ground plantings designed and maintained by members of the Club, and to learn about the Ashland Community Gardens and to see examples of member's gardens and the group's social events.

Our partners for this program are Gretchen Bravacos of the Ashland Garden Club, Cheri Rigby of Ashland Community Gardens, and Christ Gatti of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Our Speakers:

Gretchen Bravacos

Gretchen joined the Ashland Garden Club shortly after she and her husband moved to Ashland in the summer of 2004.  After living in Newton Highlands for over 30 years, she wanted more space and more sun to enjoy her love of gardening and birding. Gretchen often shares her own story about the benefits of having joined the Ashland Garden Club when she was new in Town.  Meeting a group of like-minded people not only helped Gretchen expand her knowledge about gardening and but more importantly, she began to meet people and to get involved in the Town.  After spending nine years as the treasurer, Gretchen is currently the President of Ashland Garden Club.  She is a member of the Community Preservation Committee, and the coordinator of the Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group. 

Cheri Rigby 

Cheri Rigby is treasurer of the Ashland Community Gardens and has been in that role since 2009. Cheri has lived in Ashland for 42 years and previously served as member and chair of the Conservation Commission and Community Preservation Committee for many years. Cheri is passionate about flowers, attracting and feeding butterflies and birds and protecting all wildlife. She and her husband retired from management in high tech to volunteer their time and energy at Connect Church and the Community Gardens.

Chris Gatti

Chris has spent her career working in education, training, and organizational development roles, driven by a strong love of learning. Growing up on grandfather’s tomato farm, Chris developed a strong passion for gardening. She attended the 2014 MMGA (Massachusetts Master Gardener Association) Home Horticultural Series and graduated in 2016 from the MMGA Master Gardener Certificate Program. She also held the Board roles of External Program Coordinator, Vice President, President, and is now serving as Immediate Past President. Chris is also an active member of the Ashland Garden Club, and lives in Ashland with her husband David, and their very smart and curious Maine Coon cat, Mia.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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