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?

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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