Do You Know Where This Garden Is?

This beautiful little garden — which many residents don’t even know exists — is nestled behind Town Hall alongside the wheelchair ramp. This “pocket garden” was planted around 2005 and is lovingly tended by Mary Salmon. Stop by and take a look while the blue delphiniums are in top form.

While you’re there, be sure to admire the container gardens on the front steps and in the horse trough. This year’s color theme is purple, yellow, and green.  The careful observer will notice eggplant and celery growing among the flowers!

Jane Martin Civic Gardens Walk

On a perfect June morning, club members took a casual stroll through the village to visit five of our civic gardens. M.J. Bachman and Barbara Williams organized the walk, with Joan O’Brien accompanying.

At the Brick School garden we ran into Sally Hooper pruning the rose bushes, with her dog “Rico,” rescued from Puerto Rico, looking on.

The tour ended with lemonade and cookies in the Library back garden. Special thanks to Marti Warren and Meg Clemens for being on hand to talk about the Library gardens.

Also thanks to Sue Batchelder for the sunflower seedlings, which we each took to plant in honor of Jane. If you’d like to plant a sunflower for Jane, contact Sue — she may have extras.

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A Sunflower for Jane

Jane was a person who comes into your life only
because of chance and being at the right place at
the right time.

When I look at a sunflower and
see the details; the stem, the petals
and seeds, these remind me of
Jane and describe her perfectly.

The stem: tall, graceful and
steady. Jane is always cheerful
and warm, since the day we met
I will always see her beautiful smile.

The Petals: the multitude of petals reflect the
many people who lives she touched. The
uncountable number of friends that surrounded
her. Jane loved wearing the color yellow.

The seeds: the mass number of seeds in one
flower, propagate and feed birds and other
wildlife and humans too! Jane’s charisma was
huge, real and always caring. She embraced
friendship and taught how to be a friend.

The round flower head with the huge smile will
forever say “Hey Jane, this sunflower is for you!”

~ MJ Bachman

2018 Annual Luncheon Concludes Another Great Year

Garden club members gathered at the Mile Away restaurant in Milford on June 7 for the club’s annual luncheon and final business meeting of the year.  The weather was perfect for touring the gardens. Thank you to Vice President Becky Stoughton for arranging this wonderful event, President Doffie Farrar for her heartfelt remarks looking back on the year, and Deb DellOrfano for the musical accompaniment. Photos below courtesy of the indispensable Marti Warren. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

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Garden Club Helps Fund “Free Seed Program”

The Amherst Garden Club has granted funds to the UNH Extension Service Master Gardeners to help finance their “Free Seed Program.” Through this program, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds donated by seed companies making room for new inventory are distributed to school and youth organization gardens across New Hampshire.

The Amherst Garden Club is pleased to help fund this worthy project, which will promote the love of gardening throughout the Granite State.

The Amherst Garden Club presents a check to Gary Sheehan, Organizer for the UNH Extension Service Free Seed Program

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.