Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

April 3, 2014

Out & About: Dig in for spring vegetable gardening primer

Whether you’re a novice gardener or an old hand, there’s nothing like hearing from an enthusiastic expert to get prepared for the spring planting season. And next week, gardeners will have the opportunity to get advice from an especially knowledgeable authority on the subject.

Lifetime master gardener Betty Sanders will present “How to Have Your Best Ever Vegetable Garden” on Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

Sanders will cover such topics as designing a garden, choosing what to plant and caring for crops. She has appeared on “This Old House” and taught gardening techniques to the staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She designed Mass Horticultural’s innovative, 6,000-square-foot vegetable teaching garden at Elm Bank in Wellesley and was its “keeper” for the first three years of operation.

Her visit to Andover is sponsored by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. It is open to the public; a $5 donation is requested. For more information, call Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453.

Sister Towns group touring Addison’s Whistler exhibit

Andover Sister Towns Association members, friends and interested residents of Andover and North Andover are invited to attend a guided tour of the “An American in London: Whistler and The Thames” exhibit at Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover on Thursday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m.

The group will enjoy a tour of the exhibit featuring the drawings, paintings and prints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who spent a decade visually exploring the wharves, barges and pubs of the Battersea Reach in Victorian London from 1860 to 1870. The program will shed light on Whistler’s approach to composition, subject matter and technique as he focused on the people and their activities in the neighborhoods by the Thames.

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