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.
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.
UMass Ext. Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program has planned a JUMPING WORM CONFERENCE this month- January 26 & 27, 2022. If you are looking to learn more and are concerned about these worms, this is the conference for you. The live virtual presentations will give you the chance to get your questions answered following each speaker’s presentation.https://ag.umass.edu/lands…/events/jumping-worm-conference
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.”
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.orgstarting 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, Houseplants, Hanging 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.
The AGC Civic Garden teams have been hard at work installing a variety of gold and silver ornaments, ribbons, lights, wreaths, wind sculptures and grapevine creatures in the gardens to highlight the beginning of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration. Check out these pictures, and then be sure to see them in person as you are driving about our town!
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!
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” thanks to all of you who participated in the Holiday Magic event sponsored by The Amherst Garden Club, as well as the neighborhoods/streets that came together to produce very creative holiday decorations!
Below are our winners along with a tour handout that you can print for heading out to check out the lights. We have grouped the participating houses into three areas in Amherst, so take a different route each night! You won’t want to miss any of it, but please slow down and drive responsibly, as some of these areas will have more cars than usual.