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Garden clubs hosting Tovah Martin

"The Indestructible Houseplant" is the title of Tovah Martin’s talk to be presented jointly by the Boggestow Garden Club of Sherborn, the Charles River Valley Garden Club of Dover and the Amelia Garden Club also of Dover. The presentation will take place on November 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sherborn Community Center, 2 Sanger Street, second floor. Neighbors and friends are invited to join club members for the presentation without charge. Beverages and snacks will be available at 9:30 a.m.

Tovah Martin’s presentation will make it clear that anyone can grow healthy houseplants. It all boils down to a simple set of skills and the most important is picking the right plants—those that are not only tough, but handsome and able to thrive in less-than-ideal conditions. The good thing is that such plants are easy to find. Martin will show how to pot, repot, water and fertilize, and provide great ideas on how to display ordinary plants (no specialist nurseries required) in ways that perk up a room with that welcome touch of fresh green.

Martin gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. She is a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener accredited with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) as an Organic Land Care Professional. Her areas of specialty also include decades of experience with tropicals (especially begonias) on windowsills and in greenhouses. Her passion for gardening inside her home led to her most recent books, “The Unexpected Houseplant” (Timber Press, 2012) and “The New Terrarium” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2009). These newest publications are added to more than a dozen titles that Martin has authored including “Tasha Tudor’s Garden” (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).

In addition to her books, Martin has published extensively in a variety magazines and journals and served as the 2012 Writer-in-Residence for Victoria magazine. In other media she has a blog at and is on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin. She has appeared on a number of television shows including the PBS gardening series "Cultivating Life," where she served as editorial producer.

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