Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Out & About: Sowing the seed for `no-fuss' landscapes


The Andover Townsman

---- — Nationally known gardening expert and teacher Kerry Ann Mendez believes it’s time for some “editing.”

Mendez says while many people dream of cultivating Better Homes and Gardens-like landscapes on their property, the reality is that job and family demands, financial limitations, aging bodies and changing landscapes stand in the way.

Mendez will offer some easy-to-follow downsizing strategies in a program next week hosted by the Andover Garden Club.

Her landscape design lecture, “Simplifying Gardens to Fit our Lifestyles,” will highlight the club’s membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

Mendez will recommend no-fuss plant material and offer design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to autopilot to maintain as one can get.

The director of marketing for Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham N.Y., Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer, teacher and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workhorse plants as well as organic practices.

A self-taught gardener with more than 25 years of experience as a “passionate perrenialist,” Mendez has been featured in numerous magazines, including Horticulture and Fine Gardening, and has been a guest on HGTV as well as local television shows.

The program is open free to Andover Garden Club members; a $10 donation is requested from guests. Refreshments will be served.

In chocolate heaven at West Parish Church fair

The bakers of West Parish Church are in the kitchen readying their confections for the church’s annual Chocolate Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Homemade chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake pops, whoopee pies, Oreo balls and many more delectable treats will be the star attractions of the fundraiser set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church at 129 Reservation Road.

In addition to a variety of desserts and a chocolate fountain, the event will also include several raffles for gift certificates and gift baskets.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local food and fuel charities supported by West Parish. Tickets are $8, $5 for children under 8, and available at the West Parish office or at the door. Call 978-475-3902 or email westparishchurch@verizon.net for more.

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