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Greenfield Garden Club’s events calendar

The Greenfield Garden Club, which will mark its 25th year in 2016, complied this list of activities. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. Full membership in the Greenfield Garden Club entitles full voting privileges, club discounts and a monthly newsletter that can be emailed. Annual single dues are $18; annual household dues are $24. Make sure to check out the club’s website to get the latest information, including changes to what is scheduled: www.thegreenfieldgardenclub.org. The club’s email address is greenfieldgardenclub@yahoo.com.

∎ Feb. 20 to 23, 33rd annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show at Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn. www.ctflowershow.com.

∎ Feb. 20-23, 21st annual Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I. www.flowershow.com/

∎ Feb. 26, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” with Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary. Saint James Church Parish Hall, corner of Church & Federal streets in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door Since the mid-2000s, honey bees all around the world, including in the U.S., have been dying in unprecedented numbers — many hives literally disappearing without a trace — in a mysterious phenomenon dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder. This film takes a fresh look at the global bee crisis, from multiple angles and offers proactive life-affirming solutions. Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system. Monoculture — the practice of growing of just one type of crop on a massive scale—is another major contributing factor.

∎ Feb. 28, opening lecture, Smith College Bulb Show: “The Best of Flower and Fragrance” presented by Holly Shimizu, executive director, United States Botanic Garden. 7:30 Campus Center Carroll Room. www.smith.edu/gardens/Home/events.html

∎ Early March. Let’s plan a field trip to either/both the Smith College and Mount Holyoke College bulb shows. Email the club to indicate your interest and the best date/time.

∎ March 8, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., “Bring Imagination to Your Garden.” Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s Spring Symposium. http://wmmga.org/spring-symposia

∎ March 12 to 16, Boston Flower Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. This year’s theme: “Romance in the Garden.” www.bostonflowershow.com.

∎ March 20, Craft Night. Make a water feature in a pot.

∎ March 29, “Inch by Inch, Row by Row” Lower Valley Master Gardener Spring Symposium. Holyoke High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. wmmga.org/spring-symposia

∎ April 12 or 13, Saturday or Sunday, road trip to Pickety Place in Mason, N.H. Five-course herbal luncheon, explore the gardens, peruse the gift shop. Carpool from Cherry Rum Plaza. www.pickityplace.com

∎ April 12, “Ten years of Beautiful Berkshire Gardens,” Berkshire Valley Spring Symposia, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lenox High School. Sponsored by Western Mass Master Gardener Association. http://wmmga.org/spring-symposia

∎ May 10, Extravaganza.

∎ May 15, 6 p.m. Visit Seeds of Solidarity in Orange. Their motto is “Grow Food Everywhere!” Carpool from Cherry Rum Plaza at 5:25 p.m.

∎ June 19, 6 p.m. Visit the gardens of Ann Marie and Paul Kostecki in South Deerfield. Carpool from Cherry Rum leaves at 5:40 p.m. Go online to read Sherry Wilson’s article about them in the Hampshire Gazette: www.gazettenet.com/living/7451305-95/international-travel-inspires-south-deerfield-garden

∎ June 28, Garden Tour.

∎ July 17, 6 p.m. Visit the new gardens of Tony Palumbo and Mike Collins in Colrain. Carpool from Cherry Rum leaves at 5:40 p.m. Go online to read the story of Irene and their gardens’ death and rebirth: http://greenemporium.com/

∎ July 20, Bug Hill Farm Open House in Ashfield.

∎ Aug. 21 or 28, 5:30 p.m. Abrah Dresdale to give a tour and talk about the net-zero greenhouse and permaculture gardens at Greenfield Community College. http://issuu.com/abrahdresdale.

∎ Aug. 13, Wednesday, Community Meal.

∎ Sept. 13, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., annual Honey Festival at Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield. www.warmcolorsapiary.com/

∎ Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Visit the gardens of Kate Kerivan, owner and grower at Bug Hill in Ashfield. Carpool leaves Cherry Rum at 5:25 p.m. www.cfgrower.com/bug-hill-farm/

∎ Oct. 16, Movie Nite: “Gardens and Glass” with Dale Chihuly.

∎ Nov. 20, Wreaths/Kissing Balls/Boxwood; what’s your fancy?

∎ Dec. 5, Friday at 7 p.m. Holiday Party. Location TBD.

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