Get Ready for the Plant Sale — Saturday, May 12!

Kick off spring at the annual Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, May 12 at the Wilkins Elementary School (80 Boston Post Road, Amherst, NH). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (line forms early) and the sale ends at 1:00 p.m.

There will be something for everyone:

Plants — This year we have over 3,000 locally grown plants — perennials, trees, shrubs, and grasses — all lovingly dug and potted by members of the garden club. We accept credit cards as well as cash and checks.
Plant Sale 2018 Inventory


Baked Goods — Our Bakery and Pantry will be stocked with homemade cakes, pies, tortes, cookies, bars, as well as savory dishes, such as quiche, and pantry items, such as nuts, jams, and dessert sauces. Pick up something for mom!


There will also be activities for kids, raffle baskets, used tools and garden treasures, advice from expert gardeners, home and garden boutique, and many garden vendors.

See you at the sale!

Daisy Troop Helps Clean Up Brick School Garden

On May 1, the Brick School garden team had help from seven enthusiastic kindergartners for their annual spring cleanup. This troop of “Daisies” is  earning “petals” for each piece of the Girl Scout Law that they learn and demonstrate. By helping weed, pick up litter, and spread mulch, they earned their “Rosie the rose” petal for “Making the World a Better Place.” Thank you to organizer Tracey Carroll, the other parents who came to help, the Brick School garden team, and, of course, the Daisies!

Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Spring Cleanups in Our Civic Gardens

Although work in our civic gardens doesn’t begin in earnest until after the plant sale, many of our gardens benefit from a spring clean-up in April to look their best for spring-flowering bulbs.

Today at the North Triangle, Dawn Burke, Renée D’Agati, Jane McOsker, Joan O’Brien, and Mary Snaith worked together to pick up debris, rake, sweep, and mulch.

At MaryAnne’s Triangle last week, Susan Batchelder, Dawn Burke, Pat Legere, Marge McAdams, Joan O’Brien, Dee Pringle, Mary Thomson, and Barbara Warman did the same (sorry, no photo!).

Over at the Library, seven helpful members cut back some aggressive growers. Marti’s crew included Christy Belvin, Marge McAdams (who did double-duty that day!), and Debi McGivern, who brought her truck and took all the cuttings to the dump.

Amherst Garden Club at Souhegan Sustainability Fair

On April 14 — Earth Day — the Amherst Garden Club participated in the Souhegan Sustainability Fair, an event dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally responsible living.

Organizer Nancy Head did a great job setting up our booth and recruiting helpers. Our theme was invasive plants, and thanks to Anne Krantz there was an in-depth display — including descriptive posters, handouts, and even sample plants.

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Club members Nancy Hokinson, Becky Stoughton, Anne Krantz, Joan O’Brien, and Nancy Head interacted with the visitors, answered questions, and generally spread the goodwill of the club to the surrounding community.

With a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, food, live music, presentations, and hands-on workshops, the fair itself was a big success.

“Seed: The Untold Story” at Wilton Town Hall Theater on April 15

The Souhegan Valley Food Co-Op will host a showing of Seed: The Untold Story on Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton Town Hall Theater.

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy. Winner of 13 awards hailed by the Village Voice as “A rare documentary – a wonder” and by the LA Times “a gorgeously made film.”

Photos from Atlanta Botanical Garden

Club member Mary Salmon visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden last month and shares these beautiful photos. Hang in there… Spring is coming!

Dress Competition

Wall of phalaenopsis and vanda orchids

Oncedium arches




Dress Competition

Laceleaf begonia

Variety of plants

Wall of orchids