SHIRLEY -- You are invited to join the Gardeners Exchange for a presentation on "Medicinal Uses of Herbs" on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at J. Gilson Greenhouses, located at 20 Dale Lane in Groton.

The meeting will be preceded by a spring plant swap at the historic Center Town Hall, located at the intersection of Parker, Center and Brown Roads in Shirley, at 10 a.m.

First-time Gardeners Exchange attendees are asked to call ahead if you plan to attend this meeting: 978-448-9311.

This program by J. Gilson Greenhouses owner Jodie Gilson will include a discussion of present and historic uses of herbs, as well as a hands-on presentation. Handouts are included, and there will be many reasonably priced plants for sale.

Gilson has lectured on varied subjects regarding herbs for 12 years. With a background as a librarian and history teacher, her audiences include garden clubs, garden centers, colleges, professional conferences and other plant-related groups.

The Gardeners Exchange is a community garden club with members from around North Central Massachusetts. We meet monthly on weekends between February and October to visit each other's gardens, take field trips to other gardens and nurseries, participate in workshops, and gain expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics.

The garden club acquired its name from its members' exchanges of ideas, as well as plants.


Upcoming meetings include a July 14 tour of Elm Bank in Dover; a July 20 garden tour and cook-out with member Lucy Lindley; an August 17 container garden contest and Pruning Workshop with Denis Wagner of Denis Wagner Fine Gardening in Harvard; a September 7 garden tour of Brigham Hill Farm in North Grafton; and, a September 21 fall plant swap followed by a Hypertufa Container workshop.

First-time attendees to meetings are not required to join, but membership is encouraged. Annual membership dues are $20 per individual or $30 per couple. Membership benefits include all events, spring and fall perennials, and discounts at many area nurseries and garden centers.

For more information, visit or contact GE Co-Chairman Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311 or Lela Rhodes, 978-425-0027.