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.


Holiday Magic Awards

“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.

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Photos from Holiday Grab Bags & Greenery

“The music, bonfire, giant grab bags, greenery, and goodies all made it a festive event!” — President Kathy Brundage

Despite a light rain, garden club members gathered — masked and safely distanced — to distribute holiday “grab bags” and greenery in preparation for our upcoming online holiday event on December 3. Participants will incorporate the items in their bags (no two bags are the same) in a holiday creation to be shared virtually at the holiday event.

Many thanks to Vice President Linda Fraser for her creativity in re-imagining this annual club tradition in the time of COVID, and to all who came out to help.

Click the photo below to see the rest of the photos on our web site (courtesy of Marti Warren).

Linda Fraser, Peggy Wallace, Joan Poltack, and Jeanne Nevard

Adding Compost to Civic Gardens

This year as part of the fall cleanup of the club’s Civic Gardens, several of the teams decided to apply a top dressing of compost to improve soil fertility and improve the health of the gardens next season. In addition to adding important nutrients, the addition of the compost will improve the ability of the soil to absorb and hold water, which is increasingly important given recent droughts and the lack of irrigation at most of the gardens.

Happily, the day that was selected for delivery of the compost was sunny and warm for November, and we had a great turnout of volunteers. It was definitely an illustration of the concept that “many hands make light work.” Thank you to all of the volunteers, particularly Patty Healy Osborne and her husband Ken for letting us use their truck to transport the compost (3 yards in total) saving the club delivery costs.

Can’t wait to see the results!

Have You Noticed Our Garden Helpers?

The AGC Civic Gardens team decided to enlist help in our various gardens around town this fall. Take a walk and try to find all of our helpers, from Bertha at the northmost entry into the center of town (who was featured in a brief clip on WMUR) to suffragettes at the Police Station and Sunset Road, to mini-scarecrows and children at the Brick School and Library and just hard-working gardeners at Town Hall, the western entry to Amherst Village, and at the Wigwam Museum. Happy Fall! Why not make one of your own?