Seaside Garden Club’s November 8 Meeting

Seaside Garden Club welcomes speaker Chris Sellew of Little Leaf Farms (, on the topic of Food Sustainability. Little Leaf Farms was founded to make locally grown, great-tasting lettuce that is available year-round. Taking inspiration from the best produce-growing systems in the world, they developed a 10-acre greenhouse in 2015 to make this vision a reality. Chris will discuss their growing practices and commitment to sustainability.

Seaside Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Manchester Community Center, 7pm social time, 7:30pm program starts. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

Seaside Garden Club September Meeting

Save the date, Tuesday, September 13 for the first meeting of the new season. Our guest speaker will be Rosemary Malfi, the Pollinator Network Coordinator for NOFA Mass (Northeast Organic Farming Association). The Massachusetts Pollinator Network is a statewide initiative to connect and support the growing number of communities, organizations, growers, and researchers working to protect pollinators and native plant communities across the Commonwealth. The evening’s topic will be

Supporting Pollinator Health At Home.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.

Annual membership is $30, make checks payable to The Seaside Garden Club, PO Box 94, Manchester, 01944. Guests are welcome to the September meeting for free. Subsequently, there is a $5 fee for guests.

Magnolia Cribbage League

Magnolia Cribbage League to Meet

The Magnolia Cribbage League will meet on Wednesday, September 7, 6pm in the Magnolia Library Center (1 Lexington Ave). This is an informal evening of cribbage games. The Magnolia Library Center requests a $25.00 donation from each player per quarter. Please come and sign up and discuss how this league will go forward. Contact Dot Sieradzki for details. ( or 978-835-2439)

Submitted by Dorothy Sieradzki
803 Summer St.
Manchester, MA

Seaside Garden Club Annual Auction

Tuesday, May 10 at the Manchester Community Center. Doors open at 6:30, auction starts at 7pm. We have many items, perennials, hanging baskets, gift certificates, garden paraphernalia. There’s something for everyone. Don’t miss it.

2018 auction

Seaside Garden Club’s April Meeting

Seaside Garden Club Welcomes the Public to Our April 12 Program:
“Our Grandmothers Knew What They Were Doing”

The public is cordially invited to hear lecturer Laura Bibler ( on the topic of garden practices of the past. Find inspiration for your own garden from horticultural wisdom handed down from our grandmothers’ time.  This presentation brings to life the design approach and sage advice of prominent garden writers of the early 20th Century.  Their pearls of wisdom continue to inform us on color blending, cultural considerations and plant placement.  Truly, our grandmothers knew what they were doing!

Ms. Bibler is a Harvard graduate of Landscape Design. Her horticultural experience includes chairperson of Civic Development and Preservation of Historic Land and Garden Grants, Historic Preservation Committee for Garden Club Federation of MA; Chairperson for the French Garden Rehabilitation and Perennial Garden Restoration at Stevens-Coolidge Place; member of the Chairman’s Council for the Crane Estate Landscape Committee.

This program is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The program will take place at the Manchester Community Center, doors open at 7pm, program starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Seaside Garden Club’s annual plant auction will return on May 10, at the Manchester Community Center. There will be a selection of perennials, annuals, garden tools and art, and some surprises. This fundraiser supports the programs offered by the club throughout the year. We welcome new members of all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share.

For more information visit or contact our president, Elaine Persons,, (978) 526-0145 • Home.

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club

Run for the Roses Raffle drawing this Saturday, May 1, 6pm. Live via FaceBook:

Don’t forget to submit your Derby hat photos, guys and gals. Post your photo of yourself with your fancy Derby Hat to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #runfortherosesraffle or email your submission to  Best woman’s hat wins a dozen roses and a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon, best men’s hat wins just the Bourbon. Contest deadline is noon on the day of the Kentucky Derby and our Run for the Roses Raffle drawing, 6:00 PM Saturday May 1. Entrants must be 21 years of age. 

Tickets are still available.

Tickets are still available.

Run for the Roses Raffle

July 2020

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club “Run for the Roses” Raffle

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club announces its “Run for the Roses” raffle which features three grand prizes, 1st place is $7500, 2nd place is $1500 and 3rd place is $1000. Only 300 tickets have been printed which makes the odds one to one hundred to win one of the three cash prizes. Tickets are $100 each. Contact a M-E Rotarian to purchase a ticket. (Mike Storella at, 781-710-2475 or Chris Shea at, 508-843-4979). The drawing will be held September 5, on a live Facebook event.

This year the pandemic forced us to cancel our major fundraising events, the Kentucky Derby Auction and the Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast. These two events help us raise approximately $30,000 half of which goes directly to $10,000 in scholarships in May. The other $20,000 is distributed to local organizations such as Open Door, Beverly Boot Straps, Action, Wellspring House, Cape Ann Symphony, civic enhancements such as the Essex Memorial Park and various other charitable needs. We ask your help to make this raffle a successful fundraiser in a time of greater need due to the pandemic. Take a chance and do some good in the community.

We continue to invite guests to our weekly meetings, now via Zoom. Contact President Sean Zahn for the link to our meetings and see if Rotary is for you. We are a group of local residents and business people who are dedicated to giving back to our community and supporting international relief. Our motto is “Service above Self.” We look forward to meeting you.


Black Earth Deal for Manchester Residents

Great Deal for Manchester Residents

Seaside Garden Club

June is Manchester Appreciation Month
Hello all, our goal at Black Earth Compost is to get people gardening and growing food at home and in the community.  The high quality compost is free to Manchester residents at the town compost site, all you can shovel.  Now we want to offer our home town our high quality Raised Bed Kits delivered to your driveway for $280 Only for Manchester residents in June; Normally $395 to everyone else.
        We will deliver the 4 walls, screws, soil and assembly instructions to your driveway.  Soil is bought in from central MA, tested for heavy metals, nutrients, etc and is made for growing food or flowers.  Beds are 4 x 8ft and 22 inches tall for less bending, assemble in 10 minutes and the lumber is bought from the Building Center. The $280 is our cost to blend, build and deliver.  This is meant to be a giveback…

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June Blooms

A fun fundraiser for Seaside Garden Club in these stay-at-home days.

Seaside Garden Club

These are extraordinary times. It is with regret that our club’s annual plant auction is cancelled. The May auction is the main source of revenue for the year to come. It funds our monthly programs, community service projects and North Shore Community College scholarship. At the end of the current year our coffers are bare. We are optimistic that life will return to normal in September, maybe even in June. We are offering an alternative fundraiser to keep Seaside Garden Club alive in its 51st year, a month of prizes in June. Each day there will be one name drawn who will win that day’s prize. The prizes are donated by club members. Calendars are $10 for one or $20 for three. You will find the June in Bloom calendar on our website, and on FaceBook,

To enter, please send a check made out to Seaside…

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