Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Iris, the Greek Word for Rainbow" - Mar 1

Stephanie Markham, a noted iris cultivator, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, March 1 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club that will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, located at 26 Daniel McCahill Street. The program is open to all residents.

Markham’s talk, entitled “Iris, the Greek Word for Rainbow,” will provide information on growing and maintaining a colorful iris garden. She will show pictures of the many varieties of irises that she grows and breeds. For many years, she and her mother, Lynn Markham, have introduced new breeds of irises that are sold through Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden. 
Franklin Garden Club
Franklin Garden Club

 Her three-acre Toadland Gardens in Norfolk, MA display a colorful array of irises, particularly in early June when irises are at their peak. An active member of the Iris Society of Massachusetts, she will also discuss the resources available through that organization. 

Markham is also a member of the Norfolk MA Garden Club and manages the Butterfly Garden at Stonybrook, the Audubon Nature Center in Norfolk.

The Franklin Garden Club was founded in 1987 and became a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in 2015. The Club sponsors a variety of educational programs. Members volunteer to plant and maintain the Veteran’s Memorial Garden at the Town Common, distribute pine tree seedlings to all first graders in Franklin schools, and provide a scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing an education in environmental or horticultural studies. Membership is open to all area residents. 

For further information, visit the Club website at: or email

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