Monthly Programs

Below you will find information on our monthly programs, including the current year calendar of events. Please be sure to look at our Special Events page for more activities!

Upcoming Programs

NSHS meetings are moving to a new spot and a new evening starting September 2019! Meetings will be at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School Street, Manchester at the usual time. Click here to download a Map and Directions to our new location.

Please call 978-232-0102 for more information.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are Thursdays at 7:30pm. And don’t forget to arrive a little early to enjoy the refreshments!

Our Program Calendar: 2019-2020

September 26, 2019. “The World of Holly” with Bill Cannon. Get ready to deck the halls with boughs of holly as Bill Cannon educates us about this wonderful and versatile plant. With over 400 species across the globe there is a wide range of informational territory that will be covered, including an introduction to several key varieties, propagation, pruning, and all-around care along with stories of holly farming on Cape Cod where Bill maintains his home and nursery. Gardeners will also be able to take home holly sprigs direct from Bill’s farm, and will also have a chance to win a holly plant from Bill’s own nursery.

October 24, 2019. “The Hummingbird Garden” with Kim Smith. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species of hummingbird that nests in Massachusetts. Learn what to plant to help sustain this elusive beauty while it is breeding in our region and during its annual spring and fall migrations. Through photographs and discussion we’ll learn about the life cycle of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the best plants to attract this tiniest of breeding birds to your garden.

November 14, 2019. “Native Plants vs. Invasive Species” with Suzanne Mahler. The MA Invasive Plant Advisory Group (MIPAG) defines invasive plants as “non-native species that have spread into native or minimally managed plant systems in Massachusetts. These plants cause economic or environmental harm by developing self-sustaining populations and becoming dominant and/or disruptive to those systems.” The presentation will provide images of hardy native plants and common local intrusive aliens with suggestions for eradicating some of these problematic invasive species.

December 12, 2019. “Holiday Decoration Workshop” with Traci Sobocinski. Traci will demonstrate twists on classic holiday décor using fresh pine and boxwood, mosses, brilliant berries, gilded cones and pods, and glittering ornaments. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own festive wreaths, swags, garlands, and holiday centerpieces. Please bring pruners or scissors, special containers and other embellishments such as ribbons, pinecones, and ornaments for your creations. Inspiration, greens, and wreath forms and other supplies will be provided. Preregistration is needed.

January 23, 2020. Pot Luck, Virtual Garden Tour, and Houseplant Auction (Note: a 6:00pm start)

February 27, 2020. “Cooking and Gardening from an Edible Garden” with Liz Barbour. Chef and gardener Liz Barbour will take you on a slide presentation tour through her cottage-sized edible gardens. Learn how to use every inch of a small garden to maximize its beauty and its bounty using herbs, edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables as part of an edible landscape. Following the slide presentation will be a cooking demonstration and sampling of two delicious recipes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients. Add in Liz’s easy cooking technique tips and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home. Knives and knife sharpeners will be available for purchase. (Note: a 7:00pm start)

March 26, 2020. “Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Massachusetts: What you need to know” with Catherine Brown. Catherine Brown will share information about why ticks and tick-borne diseases have become such a problem, risk factors for getting a tick-borne disease, and how to protect yourself. Although the information is provided in a presentation format, there will be plenty of time for audience questions.

April 23, 2020. “Reflections on the Japanese Garden” with Peter Grilli. Peter Grilli will speak on the art of the Japanese garden, with visual illustrations of distinguished Japanese gardens, both classic and modern. Throughout Japanese history, gardens have provided havens of beauty and tranquility for a densely populated society, and have also embodied fundamental principles of Japanese design, spirituality and cultural values. Using slides and video, Mr. Grilli will introduce several of Japan’s most celebrated Imperial gardens as well as less well-known private gardens that are masterpieces of landscape design.

May 28, 2020. Annual Plant Sale and Auction with Auctioneer Extraordinaire, Fred Rice. See our Special Events page for more information.

June 23, 2020. Annual Potluck Picnic at Tuck’s Point, Manchester. (Note: this is a Tuesday evening event)


Everyone is always welcome to attend NSHS meetings. There is a $5 fee for non-members which includes refreshments and the evening’s program. We invite all non-members to consider joining North Shore Horticultural. For more information on joining, please click on and visit our Membership page.