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The Arrangers of Marblehead Invites Everyone to a Special Evening Celebrating the Club’s 80th Anniversary

Posted by boston.com  August 22, 2013 10:00 AM

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Hospitality arrangements for the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, Marblehead

The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library:

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Arrangers of Marblehead, one of the most venerable garden clubs in the state, and, on Wednesday, September 11th, the club will celebrate that milestone at the Abbot Public Library with an evening entitled “Unraveling the Mysteries of Flower Arranging.”  

Co-sponsored by the Abbot Library, the event runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and includes two programs.  Neal Sanders, a mystery writer and gardener, will give a humorous, illustrated talk, ‘Gardening Is Murder’, which will address such questions as why gardeners turn to the internet to find outrageous advice to simple questions, and why it is impossible to do ‘just one thing’ in the garden.  Neal is married to horticulturalist and Lifetime Master Gardener Betty Sanders, and their garden has been part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  His books include The Garden Club Gang, A Murder in the Garden Club, and Murder for a Worthy Cause.   

The second program will feature demonstrations by club members explaining the fundamentals of flower arranging and floral design.  Topics to be covered include choosing an appropriate container for the occasion, selecting complementary flowers, working with and preparing water-retaining floral foam, and conditioning flowers, among other techniques. 

To complement the evening, “Gardens: Cultivated and Wild,” an exhibit of hand-painted, and black and white photographs by artist Gail Giarrusso, will be on display in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery.  
 
The evening will be free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. 

“We wanted to celebrate our anniversary by doing something that was both fun and that would appeal to an audience beyond our own membership,” said Club President Sarah Hitchcock.  “Everyone loves flower arranging, and we wanted to ‘de-mystify’ it for those who may have been frustrated.  ‘Gardening Is Murder’ is a very funny talk that anyone who has ever gardened will appreciate.”

The Arrangers of Marblehead was founded in 1933 and became part of the Federation of Garden Clubs of Massachusetts in 1937.  The club’s primary focus is the study of flower arranging, however horticulture and conservation of natural resources are also key areas of the club’s mission.   The Arrangers of Marblehead has two ongoing community service projects: the gardens and containers at Abbot Hall, and planting and maintaining the grounds at the Marblehead Council on Aging.  In addition, many members work with patients at the Shaughnessy/Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, help decorate the King Hooper Mansion for the Christmas holidays and also do the floral arrangements at the Lee Mansion during the summer months.

The September 11th Library event follows the club’s first celebration of its eightieth anniversary, which was a standard, judged flower show, “Looking Back; A Glimpse of 80 Years,” held in June at the Marblehead Council on Aging.  

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631- 1481. 

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