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?

2020 Annual Meeting and Social on Zoom

Garden club members gathered together via Zoom on June 4 for the club’s annual meeting followed by social time. Thank you to Vice President Kathy Brundage for masterminding an event that made us feel close and connected even though we could not be in one place.

President Becky Stoughton delivered heartfelt remarks as she recounted the events of the year, which took a dramatic turn in March. Although our plans were upended, Becky drew our attention to the many silver linings that have shown through the cloud.


A Special Welcome to New Members

Membership Co-Chairs Sally Hooper and Barbara Williams welcomed the new members and invited them to say “hello” so we could put faces to names.

Kathy Brundage delivered these pretty little flower pins to new members in advance, so that they could wear them online.

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The Dahlia Lady Now Selling Online

A garden club member shared that By Design Dahlias just started selling her tubers online with the option of curbside pick-up (Springfield, NH) or shipping within New Hampshire.

Emily Cleaveland — The Dahlia Lady of Springfield, NH — has been growing and selling dahlia flowers and tubers for 20 years. Visit her online store

She writes: “Pick out your favorite varieties, or grab a mixed bag of my 2nds, and don’t forget the Emily’s Dahlia Gro so your garden can look just like mine!

You’re Invited! Webinar: Encouraging Wildlife Diversity in Designed Landscapes

Presented by Matt Tarr

Join the Amherst Garden Club on Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 AM for this webinar.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Click to join:

Meeting ID: 921 7365 4172

To join by phone:
+1 312 626 6799 (US Toll)

A recorded version of the webinar will hopefully be available.

Matt Tarr, Wildlife State Specialist
Matt Tarr, Wildlife State Specialist

An abundance of wildlife is one of the best indicators of an ecologically well-designed landscape. By understanding how pollinators, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians select their habitats during each season of the year, we can design landscapes that effectively attract and support a diversity of wildlife.

Matt will provide practical methods for designing ecologically complete landscapes that invite human interaction and transcend simple aesthetics through their functioning interconnected elements.

Join us for this webinar and learn how to encourage wildlife diversity in your own landscape.
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Spirit-Lifting Sunday Drive Idea

This suggestion comes from garden club member Barbara Williams:

Daffodils abound at the Molly Stark House in Dunbarton

As many of you know, the town of Dunbarton has been planted with thousands of daffodils through the efforts of its Garden Club in honor of the Town’s 250th Anniversary some years back.

On a bright and sunny day, you might want to get onto Rte 13 north to Dunbarton to see the show! Rte 13 parallels a lovely and lively stream that makes the drive very scenic. You needn’t get out of the car to enjoy the daffodils against classic NE stone walls, houses and fields. The display usually occurs mid-April to mid-May. This year, peak is now, so you might want to go sooner rather than later. It is about a 40 minute drive each way from the Village and the “outing” can really lift your spirits!


The Courage and Tenacity of Trees

Perhaps you forgot, with all that is going on, but today is Arbor Day (April 24).

In honor of the holiday, and fitting for the times, a garden club member wanted to share these images of trees that have persisted in spite of great challenges.

(Disclaimer: This set of photos has been making the rounds on the Internet; we can’t be certain that none were Photoshopped!)

1 of 28: A place of enchantment

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Hydrangea Webinar Now Available

Presented by Emma Erler

If you missed Emma Erler’s How to Grow Hydrangeas Webinar presented for the Amherst Garden Club and the public on April 2, a recording of the presentation is now available. Click the link watch:


Emma Erler is a terrific speaker and extremely knowledgeable about hydrangeas. We learned a great deal from her presentation, and so will you!

More About the Presentation

Successfully getting hydrangeas to bloom is a subject that baffles many gardeners — novice and experienced alike. There are several species of hydrangeas commonly grown in New Hampshire, and all of them have very different growth habits and pruning requirements. Fortunately, hydrangeas are really quite simple to care for, as long as you understand which species you have in your garden.

About Emma Erler

Emma Erler

As the Education Center Coordinator for UNH Cooperative Extension, Emma Erler shares her horticultural expertise and passion with home gardeners throughout the state. Emma has a strong background in public horticulture, including internships at Longwood Gardens and the Morris Arboretum, both in Pennsylvania. She most recently worked as a gardener at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, where she focused on maintaining the Systematic garden and tending the native plant collection and natural lands.