2021-2022 Programs


We welcome everyone to our monthly speakers’ programs. We appreciate a contribution of $5 for non-members to help us support our programs and activities. We hire professional, well-known garden, floral arrangers and horticultural experts to help us learn how to make our environment more beautiful and sustainable.


Our monthly programs take place at:

Rye Congregational Church

580 Washington Road, Rye, NH

  • 9:30 Coffee and Social Time

  • 10:00 – Club Business

  • 10:30-11:30 plus – Guest Speaker

Cancellation Policy: When Rye public schools are cancelled due to weather, our meeting is cancelled. If the schools delay opening, we hold our meeting as scheduled. Members are notified of changes by email.


Christie Higginbottom

September 21, 2021

Tips from the Past for the Modern Gardener

The kitchen garden played a vital role in the diet and landscape of 1800s New England households.  Christie explores traditional garden plans and cultivation practices featuring the historic vegetables, fruits, and herbs favored by our ancestors.  Christie will highlight garden practices valuable for today’s family kitchen garden such as inter-planting and succession using garden frames and creating homemade tools.

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David Epstein

October 19, 2021

Gardening & Weather Heading Into Winter and Thinking Spring

David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades.  He spent 16 years on-air at WCVB in Boston and currently is a meteorology professor at Framingham State University Colby College.  In 2004, Epstein founded Bloomscapes, a landscape design company. In 2006, he founded GrowingWisdom.com, an online video website for homeowner-gardeners and landscape professionals.


Jana Milbocker

November 16, 2021

The Magic of the Winter Garden

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens, a lecturer and garden writer.  The garden can be a magical place – even in the winter!  Jana’s lecture provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting vignettes. 

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Elaina Hatsis

January 18, 2022

Ikebana, Japanese Art of Flower Arranging

Elaina Hatsis fell in love with Ikebana from the first time she saw pictures of it. Elaina has been a member of the Kittery Point Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter since 2007 and has served as its president from 2017-2019.  In her demonstration, she will make a few different styles of Ikebana that will give a sense of how its evolved over the last three centuries and the unlimited expressions of each style.


David Moore

February 15, 2022

Harvesting Sap & Producing Syrup from Maples, Birches, Walnuts, and other Species

David Moore is a Ph.D candidate in the Ecohydrology Lab at the University of New Hampshire.  His research focuses on winter-dormant-season sap flow and syrup production from deciduous hardwoods found in New England.  He ran The Crooked Chimney (https://www.crookedchimneysyrup.com), a commercial birch syrup business in Lee, NH for 6 years prior to graduate school.  David has experience making maple, birch, walnut, beech, and sycamore


Vince Cirasole

March 15, 2022

Garden Procedures which Mimic How Plants Thrive in Nature

Vincent Cirasole is a Master Gardener, a commercial vegetable grower, and an organic growing enthusiast from Rochester, NH.  He is also the author of How to Grow a Vegetable Garden That Will Not Fail.  Vincent’s talk will cover these topics:

  • List of processes nature uses to produce healthy, vibrant plants and which of these can gardeners copy.

  •  Some important techniques which can help gardeners become more effective.

  • Contrasting this natural system with techniques advertised in popular media.

  • Why are commercially promoted techniques so popular if they are “unnatural”?

  •  Some impacts of these “unnatural” practices.


Julie Scaramella

April 19, 2022

Lavender – The History & Magic

Julie Scaramella is the owner of The Sunny Window (Newton, MA) which specializes in French lavender, olive oil soaps, fine natural products and elegant treasures from around the world. Julie will talk about the lively adventure through the remarkable history of lavender in Provence and around the world. Learn about lavender’s astonishing wide range of uses and beneficial properties, its many varieties, and how some key lavender products are created.  Generously illustrated photos, lavender samples, travel insights, and a dash of lavender gardening advice.