Mar. 1 Evening Meeting — Plants in Our National Parks

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

The Amherst Garden Club’s first evening meeting of the spring is Thurs., Mar 1, at Parkhurst Place (11 Veterans Road, Amherst) 7:00-8:30 pm.

Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar will take us on a whirlwind pictorial tour of plant life in our national parks, making the case that “plants” should be right up there with waterfalls and majestic rock formations on the list of “Why we visit our national parks.”

Steve’s passion for our parks is infectious, so come prepared to be inspired and bring your vacation planner!

Open to the public at no fee.


Mar. 1 Daytime Meeting — Meet Farmer Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

The Amherst Garden Club’s next meeting is Thurs., Mar 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church (9:00-11:30 am) with speaker Tom Mitchell.

Tom is the owner of Ledge Top Farm in Wilton, where he has been growing chemical-free vegetables and small fruit for 40 years. Formerly a biology teacher at Milford High School, Tom’s knowledge of genetics and plant life provided a good background for success in farming.

Along with running Ledge Top Farm, Tom once farmed the land that is now the Stearns-Davis Community Garden in Amherst. He can still be found there, supporting the community garden with his labor and expertise.

Next door to Ledge Top Farm is another of Tom’s endeavors: Four Seasons Aquaponics, which he and a business partner started in 2015. Aquaponics combines “aquaculture” (raising fish) and “hydroponics” (soil-less gardening). This innovative approach to growing plants and fish together in one integrated system enables Tom to produce fresh leafy greens and herbs year-round in his greenhouse.

Tom’s presentation will cover the history of Ledge Top Farm and Four Seasons Aquaponics, including the organic growing methods he uses. As a member of Certified Naturally Grown, he is committed to organic farming.

After the presentation, we’ll raffle off a Ledge Top Farm CSA membership valued at $100. The winner will enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables from Ledge Top Farm in 2018. There may also be produce from the aquaponics greenhouse for sale at the meeting, depending on what Tom has available at the time.

Open to the public at no fee.

Feb. 1 Daytime Meeting — Plants in Our National Parks

The Amherst Garden Club’s next meeting is Thurs., Feb 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church (9:00-11:30 am). Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar will take us on a whirlwind pictorial tour of the gorgeous plant life in our national parks.

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

Steve has extensively explored almost all the National Parks in the United States, and his passion for our parks is infectious.

After Steve’s presentation, please join us for a casual lunch, which will include a variety of soups and chilis, breads and desserts, homemade by our own garden club chefs — a great way to warm up a mid-winter day!

Open to the public at no fee. There is no evening meeting this month. Evening meetings resume in March.


Stunning Results from Latest Paper Flower Workshop

Below is a picture of the gorgeous paper flowers created earlier this week at the paper flower workshop.  Look closely and you’ll see that the petals are made of hearts.

Soon these lovely creations will grace the dining tables at New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester, one of the ways the Amherst Garden Club gives back to the community.

Flower-making workshops are a great way to spend “quality time” with your garden club friends and meet new ones. The next workshop is March 5 at 9:45 a.m. Signup information to follow.

“Flowering Houseplants” Feb. 7 in Nashua

Our club has been invited to attend this program:

Joan Bonnette

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its February program, Wed. Feb. 7th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064.  The program, Flowering Houseplants, will be presented by Joan Bonnette, Master Gardener, Tree Steward and author.

Joan will pull from her 25+ years of gardening experience and training to discuss over 20 types of flowering houseplants.  She will include overviews of each, growing tips and ease or difficulty of growing particular plants.  Attendees will also learn how to fertilize for optimum growth and bloom as well as how to deal with insect pests particular to each plant.  Joan will also bring many “baby plants” to share with the audience.

Whether you are planning to add to your collection, to improve the health of your current indoor garden or simply need a respite from New Hampshire’s frigid weather, you will be certain to learn a great deal and have an enjoyable evening. Please join members of the garden club for this informative program:

All are welcome.  Light refreshment will be served.
Members:  Free    Nonmembers:  $5.00
Additional information can be found at:

The Nashua Garden Club is an independent non-denominational club that devotes itself to the diverse needs and interests of its many-faceted member gardeners. Founded in 1961, the Club’s uniqueness lies in its accommodation to its members by holding meetings in the evening. The Club’s mission is to encourage its members to fully involve themselves in learning about and participating in the many and varied aspects of horticulture, landscape design, floral design, and the civic beautification of our community.

Paul Split at Hollis Garden Club Feb. 6

Paul Split

The Colonial Garden Club of Hollis cordially invites the Amherst Garden Club to attend their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 10:00 am.

The meeting will feature gardening entrepreneur Paul Split who will speak about organic container gardening. Paul will give a demonstration of organic container and herb gardening, including how to make herb-infused vinegars.

The meeting will take place at the Lawrence Barn (28 Depot Road) in Hollis.

If you plan to attend, please send a message to Linda Temperino at, so she will know how many people to expect.