Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 2, 2014

Uncovering the beauty of the winter garden

Garden designer and author Joan Butler, co-owner of Enchanted Gardens of Holliston, reveals how gardens can be magical places — even in winter — in a program for the Andover Garden Club on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

Stripped of summer foliage and flowers, Butler says a winter garden relies on structure, basic design and thoughtful plant choice. She will offer tips on choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials and grouping them to provide interesting vignettes during the off-season.

Butler has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. She is a past chairman of the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts and was also president of the Holliston Garden Club. An accredited flower show judge, she was cochairman of the garden selection committee for the American Hosta Society national convention. She currently serves as a horticultural consultant for Weston Nurseries. Her gardens have been included on several tours.

Her presentation will be made during the garden club’s membership meeting. The event will begin with social time followed by a brief business meeting, then the lecture. Admission is free for club members; a $10 donation is requested for guests. Refreshments are included. For more information on the Andover Garden Club, contact co-chairwomen Linda Carpenter at 978-475-7430 or or Ronnie Haarmann at 978-475-4414 or

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