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:

https://media.unh.edu/media/Hydrangeas/1_ffb8uo0w

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.

March Programs at Neighboring Garden Clubs

Neighboring garden clubs often invite the Amherst Garden Club to attend their programs. Below is a summary of what’s happening in March.  Make a note of anything that looks interesting and get the details on the particular club’s web site. Let the Programs committee know if you see a  great speaker!

Tuesday, March 3 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday, March 4 @ 7:00 pM
Thursday, March 5 @ 10:30 AM
Monday, March 9 @ 10:30 AM
  • Epimediums – Jewels of the Shade – Karen Perkins
    Milford NH Garden Club
    Karen Perkins is owner of Garden Visions Epimediums in Phillipston, MA which has the largest selection of epimediums for sale in the United States. This perfect shade perennial possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Learn about the characteristics, growth habit, growing and propagation, pests and diseases, and combining epimediums with other shade perennials in the garden. Karen will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available. Included will be some of the exciting new evergreen species from China with a glimpse into the collecting trips made there by Darrell Probst.
Wednesday, March 11 @ 6:45 PM
Monday, March 16 @ 6:30 PM

Photos from “The Wedding”

The Amherst Garden Club’s February meeting featured Jody Gage of Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts with a highly entertaining demonstration focused on bridal bouquets from past to present.

After Jody’s demonstration, the finished bouquets were awarded to a few lucky attendees, and then a faux wedding reception began complete with tea sandwiches, cookies, silver service coffee, and even wedding cake! Live wedding music made it complete.

Members and guests came dressed for the occasion and enjoyed sharing memories, photos, and outfits from weddings gone by.

Thank you, Doffie Farrar, for being the inspiration and main planner for this unforgettable morning and afternoon. And thank you to everyone else who had a hand in making the event what it was. There are too many to list, but you know who you are.

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A Love Poem to the AGC

written by Doffie Farrar

Nine tables were set
Where our ladies all met
Each dressed to the nines
In wedding attire refined

Vintage veils and some hats
Satin dresses and flats
Bouquets with white roses
Hydrangeas and posies

The coffee and tea
Served from silver shiny
Gave the morning some jazz
Elegance and pizzazz

Sandies, chips and pink punch
Made for a fabulous lunch
Clever cookies imbibed
Grew our waist lines so wide

Two cakes on display
Sliced with skill all the way
Care and love filled the day
As friends cheered, “hip hip Hooray!”

 

February Programs at Neighboring Garden Clubs

Neighboring garden clubs often invite the Amherst Garden Club to attend their programs. Below is a summary of what’s happening in February.  Make a note of anything that looks interesting and get the details on the particular club’s web site. Let the Programs committee know if you see a  great speaker!

Tuesday, February 4 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday, February 5 @ 7:00 pM
Thursday, February 6 @ 10:30 AM
Monday, February 10
Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:45 PM
Monday, February 24 @ 6:30 PM