Herb Gardening

Side Shoots of the Amherst Garden Club and the Amherst Town Library invite you to attend a presentation on Herb Gardening by Sarah Marcoux from UNH from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Amherst Town Library. Register through the library.

This presentation is for those at any level of gardening who are interested in incorporating herbs into a new or established space as well as in containers. The presentation will address the propagation and growing habits of readily available herbs, as well as some which are harder to find. An overview of environmental conditions necessary to grow herbs will also be addressed and a list of culinary and historic medicinal herbs will be provided. The focus of this presentation will be on the use of culinary herbs.

Sarah Marcoux has been active as a NH Master Gardener since 2016. Her recent projects include planning and implementing school gardens. She also assists with the Free Seeds Project which provides seeds to New Hampshire schools, homeschool families, and education-based organizations.

Gardening for Habitat

Feb 2 @ 6:30PM Zoom Presentation

PASSING ALONG THE WORD. . .Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on how we plant and manage them. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays, or passes by as creatures look for food, shelter, to nest, and lay eggs. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back affects life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths, and butterflies. Learn how to create habitat in the garden year-round, while balancing your workload and garden aesthetics.This program is co sponsored by The Friends of Faneuil Library and the Brighton Garden Club. Email Friendsoffanueil@gmail.com to request the Zoom link to the program.

Follow-Up from Orchid Presentation

Thank you to all who attended our January 6 presentation about orchids. Our speaker, Jean Stefanik, was a wealth of information as well as an excellent teacher!

New Hampshire Orchid Society Meetings

For those looking for more orchid exposure, Jean suggests attending the New Hampshire Orchid Society meetings. The society meets at the Bedford, NH Town Hall the 2nd Saturday of every month.

On Saturday, January 8, the meeting will include judging and a mini auction. Judges will preside over the show table and to pull potentially awardable plants for judging. They will also be bringing a few plants to auction off.

Plants should be on the show table by 11 AM.

Lunch is pot luck; please bring a dish to share.

New Hampshire Orchid Society 29th Annual Show and Sale

And for even more orchids, don’t miss the orchid society’s annual show and sale on March 25, 26, and 27, 2022 at the Courtyard Marriot, Southwood Drive, Nashua.

An invitation from the Colonial Garden Club of Hollis

The Colonial Garden Club of Hollis has invited us to a holiday container garden presentation by master gardener Kristen Ward on Nov. 5 at 10:00 am, Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis.

Kristen is obsessed and has a passion for plants, art and design. She creates container gardens for every season. Owner and designer of her own firm; Kristen Ward Design located in Winchester Massachusetts. Kristen specializes in designing small gardens, container gardens and garden styling; @sisgrows.”

Our first ever online Plant Sale starts tomorrow!

A spring tradition that was sadly missed in 2020 is back this year! Our club members have dug and potted our usual high quality, locally grown perennials. You will be able to purchase these plants through the online shop at AmherstGardenClub.org starting at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, April 28. Shop early for best selection! The sale will close on May 1 at 12:00 noon.

Payment will be made online during our sale hours. Plan to pick up your order curbside on Saturday, May 8 at Wilkins School. (You will be notified of your pick-up time prior to May 8.) Our plant sale helpers will be wearing masks and will load your car with your purchases — contact-free, no need to get out of your car. We do not deliver or ship.

Please check out our Garden Tools & Relics, HouseplantsHanging Baskets, and Mother’s Day Baskets and consider a purchase. We missed our Plant Sale in 2020 and hope you might add one of these specialty items to your cart as a way of supporting our club. Proceeds from the Plant Sale go back to the community. The money we raise pays for town beautification projects and educational programs that are free and open to the public.

Important note: Please remember that the plants you are purchasing are in the beginning stages of growth and will not look like the colorful, flowery photos you see online. But their root systems are strong, and they have been cared for over the past few weeks while growing in the pots. They will eventually turn into plants that look like the photos on the site if you plant them within a week of picking up your order and water them daily. 

Looking forward to seeing you online!

The Amherst Garden Club

France’s best kept secret garden and other programs from PHP

The Amherst Garden Club received an invitation from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announcing a number of enticing upcoming online programs. Click the text links to learn more or register, and let the Programs committee know if you discover a great lecturer!

Vaux-le-Vicomte, France’s Best Kept Secret Garden
Event Date: Wednesday, January 20
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Houseplant Parenting 101
Event Date: Tuesday, February 9
Event Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Nature as Gardener: For Beauty and Reduced Maintenance
Event Date: Thursday, February 11
Event Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Yes, You Can: Growing Vegetables in Containers
Event Date: Tuesday, February 16
Event Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Roses: A New Approach
Event Date: Wednesday, February 24
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Irish Country House Gardens
Event Date: Tuesday, March 2
Event Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Lush Life: Tropical Plants in Temperate Climates
Event Date: Tuesday, March 9
Event Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Beautiful, Sustainable, and Abundant Flower Gardens
with Jennie Love

Event Date: Wednesday, March 24
Event Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.