The Hudson Garden Club will meet Nov. 16 and feature Lee Paulson and his program, "The Traditions and Horticulture of Christmas."

A Summit County Master Gardener since 1999, Paulson will discuss the plants that are closely associated with the holidays. From mistletoe to holly and rosemary to paperwhites, the plants of the holiday play a distinctive role in the sights and smells of Christmas. Paulson will also explain the history of the Christmas tree and other holiday traditions.

Attendees of the evening will take away a better understanding of why specific plants have become so important to Christmas, and perhaps inspire some new decorating traditions in their own homes. As chair of the Speakers Bureau for the Summit County Master Gardener Program, Paulson’s horticultural interests include seed starting, vegetable gardening, growing dahlias, annuals, roses and cannas, invasive species, beneficial insects and photography. 

Since retiring after working in sales for close to 40 years, he now has more time to pursue his horticultural passions. When not chasing his grandsons or playing in the dirt, he is usually riding his bicycle on the county roads of Wayne County. He has completed 21 Great Ohio Bicycle Adventures and eight rides across the state of Iowa. Paulson and his wife, Maureen, have two adult children, three grandchildren and reside in Doylestown.

The Nov. 16 meeting will be at Laurel Lake (200 Laurel Lake Drive) with social time at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Call Bronwyn Pierson at 330-612-4879 with questions.