SHIRLEY -- The featured speaker at the first meeting of the Gardener's Exchange, a community garden club located in North Central Massachusetts,will be Karen Longeteig, owner of Going Native Gardens of Lexington, who will discuss "Extending the Garden Season."

The meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library, located at 3 Keady Way, Shirley.

Longeteig says that she believes that native trees and shrubs form the most beautiful and appropriate setting for New England's residential landscapes. Living in Asia and Europe for 20 years gave her an opportunity to observe different garden styles, and she is now interested in a distinctively American idiom. She became a certified landscape designer from the Landscape Institute (formerly Radcliffe Seminars) in 2005, and has taken further environmentall -oriented classwork.

She has built entire property-garden renovations, including such features as native wildflower front yards, walls, terraces, entry gardens, water features, and native berry borders. Her business, Going Native Gardens, does general garden consultations, master or area plans, invasive-plant identification and removal, and project management.

She is a 10-year member of Lexington's Town Tree Committee, and an adviser on tree planting and management to the pro bono Lexington High School landscaping group. She belongs to the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).


Longeteig's talk will be accompanied by visual images of her favorite plants and garden designs. She says that she is looking forward to an exchange of information with the garden club members, as she always learns something new from every presentation she gives.

Potential members of the Gardener's Exchange are encouraged to attend at no charge. The featured presentation will be preceded by a brief general meeting, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact co-chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311, or Lela Rhodes, 978-425-0027.