Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 3, 2014

Out & About: Dig in for spring vegetable gardening primer

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

Previously, the program committee of the Andover Sister Towns Association of Andover/North Andover organized a members’ tour of the Whistler House Museum in Lowell as part of the group’s ongoing activities. For more information, call Fred Snell, president, at 978-686-3647, or email

Focus on ‘Gardeners and Climate Change’

The Andover Department of Municipal Services and Greenscapes North Shore present “Gardeners and Climate Change: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time” on Monday, April 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover

Led by Gardens by Demetra of Reading, the conversation will explore how gardeners can adapt to and fight climate change in their own back (and front) yards and make the most of their outdoors. For more information, visit

‘Art in Bloom’ inspiration for clubs

The Spade & Trowel Garden Club of Andover, in conjunction with the Village Garden Club, will be featuring an “Art in Bloom Road Show” at its next general meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at West Parish Church Hall, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.

The featured speaker will discuss a work of art and the flower arranger will demonstrate the creation of a floral arrangement to complement the piece. Both the speaker and the floral arranger are longtime members of the Flower Committee for the Museum of Fine Arts’ annual “Art in Bloom” event.

The public is invited. Call 978-681-1890 for more information.

A model open house for railroad club

The Boston Metro Hi-Railers, an O-gauge model railroad club based at 5 Waltham St. in Wilmington, is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will showcase a large operating setup for children and their families, including parents and grandparents, to operate. The main layout will feature a display of trains used for presidential travel, including trains from the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy eras as well as the model inaugural train that carried President Obama to Washington for his swearing-in ceremony.

Admission is $10 for families, $5 for individual adults; children 5 and under are free. Call Robert Hilliard 781-944-1794 or email for more information.


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