Glorious Garlic and her Bodacious Cousins, the Alliums @ Pepperell Garden Club Wed. (Oct. 10)

An invitation from AGC and Pepperell Garden Club  member Jeanne Nevard:

Learn how to grow and use garlic, queen of the kitchen, and her many strikingly beautiful cousins, the alliums. Fall is garlic planting time for New Englanders, as well as time to plant the bulbs of decorative alliums. Critter resistant and easy to grow, alliums boast lovely, long lasting flowers that add interest and color to the garden from May to September and, in some cases, can be dried for winter use. Learn how to grow garlic, which alliums to choose for your garden and how to use both of them in seasonal flower arranging.

Presented by Betsy Williams

Wednesday, October 10, at 6:45 PM
Pepperell Senior Center
37 Nashua Road, Route 111
Guest fee $5. Seniors $2.

Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers.

A life long gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations.

Her gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion and Traditional Homes.

Betsy is the author of articles and books on the uses and stories of herbs and flowers: POTPOURRI AND FRAGRANT CRAFTS published by Readers Digest and The Little Book Series published by The Proper Season Press. Her latest book is ARE THERE FAIRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR GARDEN? GROWING UP GREEN WITH THE FAIRIES. She is currently working on a third edition of her herb cookbook, MRS. THRIFT COOKS.

She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.

Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally. She has presented at Monticello, The American Horticultural Society’s Youth Symposium, the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival and International Herb Association as well as Colonial Williamsburg, the Ozark Folk Center and the New England, Rhode Island and Cincinnati Flower Shows. She gives lectures and demonstrations for garden clubs, horticultural conferences, herb festivals and botanical gardens throughout the United States. She teaches container gardening, flower arranging and cooking with herbs at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. Betsy is the consultant to Memorial Hall Library’s Seed Library in Andover, Mass.

In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated through out the country.

She was a founding member of the International Herb Association and served on it’s governing board for six years. In 1995 and 2016 she was given the International Herb Association award for “her outstanding contributions to the herb industry”.

Her professional affiliations include the Beatrix Potter Society and Garden Writers of America

Nashua Garden Club Presents Program about Mushrooms

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club:

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its October program, 7 PM Wed. Oct. 3rd at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua.

The program Mushrooms, will be presented by David Wichland, of “Wichland Woods” located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

To further the mission of promoting public awareness of the health and ecological benefits of mushrooms, Mr. Wichland frequently travels through New England to speak and conduct workshops on the techniques of “backyard mushrooming” and related topics.

Join members of the Nashua Garden Club for this unique program on a variety of aspects about mushrooms, their role with other plants and backyard mushrooming.

All are welcome. Light refreshment will be served
Members: Free Nonmembers: $5.00

Additional information can be found at:


September Flowers for New Horizons

This month the Amherst Garden Club brought the beauty of the late summer garden indoors, decorating the dining tables at New Horizons Soup Kitchen with pillowy hydrangea flowers tinged with pink and arranged with complementary accent flowers and greenery. Thank you to this month’s volunteers, Nancy Hokinson and Fran Kelly.

Flower-Making Workshop — Fun with Felt!

One of the ways the garden club gives back to the community is by delivering either fresh or handmade flowers to the Manchester New Horizons Soup Kitchen each month. Club members arrange the flowers on the dining tables to brighten the atmosphere for the many people served meals there.

Yesterday, garden club members gathered at the library with scissors in hand to make the beautiful felt flowers you see below. Thanks once again to workshop organizers Dawn Burke, Diane Merrithew, and Joan Poltack, and to all the volunteers who helped make these lovely flowers.

(Photos courtesy Wendy Reed and Dawn Burke)

Monarch Butterfly Talk — Sept. 10 (Milford Garden Club)

Invitation from the Milford Garden Club:

The next meeting of the Milford Garden Club will be Sept. 10th, at the First Congregational Parish House, 10 Union St. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00, business meeting at 9:30, speaker at 10:30. For information about our club visit

Donna Miller of Petals in the Pines, Canterbury, NH will be speaking on Monarch Butterflies. Learn about the life-cycle of the monarch, their amazing migration, the reason for their decline and what we can do about it. Donna will also show how she tags monarchs for research and explain how to start your own milkweed patch and butterfly habitat.

Photos from Trip to Proven Winners

A handful of garden club members recently made a trip to Pleasant View Gardens — home of Proven Winners® — in Loudon, NH as part of a tour organized by Weston Nurseries. The group had a great time touring the impressive growing facility and walking through the demonstration gardens. The day also included lunch and a presentation by Kerry Ann Mendez.

(Photos courtesy of Joan Poltack)