By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Northborough – Once again the Northborough Garden Club will be hosting its annual Holiday Enchantment Fundraiser. It takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Marguerite E. Peaslee Elementary School, 31 Maple St., at 12 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s speaker will be Mary Beth Hayes from Semper Virens Flowers in Chelmsford, a noted horticulturalist who has presented at Tower Hill in Boylston.
“We’ve been doing this for over 20 years and we’ve had the same speaker,” said club member Kathleen Devericks. “It will be a different event than what people have seen in the past. It was time for something fresh.”
Semper Virens is Latin for “Evergreen” or “ever flourishing” – what Hayes said that “we want for our plants, ourselves, family and friends – to flourish!”
“Mary Beth’s mantra is to offer naturalistic floral arrangements that anyone can make themselves and she likes to use local seasonal flowers.in her arrangements,” added Devericks.
She will create five arrangements for the holidays and will include one for Hanukkah. One of the arrangements will be given away as a door prize and the other four will be raffled.
The club will have pre-arranged baskets with holiday greens for sale as well as loose greens for those wishing to create their own arrangements at home.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. As in previous years, the club will hold a basket raffle and serve a light luncheon of tea sandwiches, desserts and beverages.
Funds raised will benefit the town through helping local schools create gardens, working with Girl Scout troops to earn badges, delivering May baskets to shut-ins and town beautification projects. They recently dedicated a Memorial Garden at the Old Town Hall on Main Street.
The club also annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to a Northborough resident who plans to study horticulture or a related program post high school.
To reserve tickets, phone Cessy Bombara at 508-393-8464 or [email protected]. For more information, visit northboroughGardenClub.com. The club can also be found on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/NORTHBOROUGHGARDENCLUB/.