The Hudson Garden Club will meet March 15 and feature Kim Hawkins and her program, "The Art of Gardening: Learning from Monet’s Gardens and Art."

"My greatest masterpiece is my garden," wrote Claude Monet.

The gardens at Monet’s home at Giverny were among Monet’s favorite painting subjects and both illustrate all the elements of good garden design. A mecca for modern day gardeners and art lovers, his "greatest masterpiece" has stood the test of time. The program will explore how Monet used light, color, texture and form to create some of the most beloved art and gardens in the world.

Hawkins has been a Cuyahoga County Master Gardener since 2008. Her recent retirement from a career as a partner in an international fundraising consulting firm means she has much more time to devote to her master gardener and personal gardening interests. She serves on the Cuyahoga County master gardener advisory board, co-chairs the plant sale and the perennial demonstration garden and does "Hotline on the Road" at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. 

She also participates in the statewide "Ask a Master Gardener" program. In her spare time, she tutors in an adult literacy program and takes her therapy dog-certified labradoodle on visits to nursing homes. She has particular interests in shade gardening, hostas and Japanese maples.

The March 15 meeting will be at Laurel Lake (200 Laurel Lake Drive) with social time at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the program is welcome to attend as the meeting is open to the public. Call Bronwyn Pierson at 330-612-4879 with questions. As a reminder, the HGC follows the Hudson school district’s severe weather cancelation for general meetings.