PEPPERELL -- Have you always admired garden containers filled with beautiful flowers and healthy herbs for cooking?

Well, here is a great opportunity to learn to create one for your deck, yard or patio.

Attend the next Pepperell Garden Club meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road, on Route 111,

The Pepperell Garden Club is excited to have renowned gardener and herb-grower, Betsy Williams, demonstrate how to use container gardening with herbs and flowers to enhance your daily life.

She will show how herbs and flowers can be used in cooking, potpourri and floral arrangements to add beauty, flavor, meaning and fragrance to seasonal celebrations.

Betsy Williams, a gardener and herb grower since 1972, trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral and gardening skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks.

Her gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion and Traditional Homes.

Betsy is the author of several books on the uses and stories of herbs and flowers: "Potpourri and Fragrant Crafts," published by Readers Digest and "The Little Book Series," published by The Proper Season Press.


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Her latest book is "Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden? Growing up green with the fairies." In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated throughout the country.

Williams currently teaches at Northern Essex Community College, the Beverly, Massachusetts, Department of Recreation and Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

Her professional affiliations have included the British Folklore Society, the Beatrix Potter Society and the International Herb Association. She is a member of the Herb Society of America and Garden Writers of America. She serves as Herb Chair for the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Her column, "Living With Herbs," appears in their magazine, Mayflower.

The Pepperell Garden Club is open to members and welcomes guests from all communities. Refreshments served. Fee: $5 guest; $2 senior. A $15 PGC annual membership fee allows you to attend informative lectures and other functions throughout the year.

For more info: Lisa 978-433-3672 or visit http://webpages.charter.net/pgc/

This meeting promises to be exciting so come, and bring a friend. There is always something to learn. Share the enthusiasm and the beauty of gardening.

See you at the meeting!