Holiday Décor Workshop 2016 Photos

The Amherst Garden Club kicked off the holiday season with their annual wreath-decorating and holiday-décor workshop on December 1, 2016. Club members decorated wreaths, created centerpieces, and assembled all sorts of festive creations using fresh greenery, berries, pine cones, ribbons, and more.

After the workshop, members enjoyed a wonderful spread of homemade soups, breads, and desserts.

Many thanks to VP Marie Nickerson for coordinating this club tradition, the Congregational Church for the use of their facilities, and Marti Warren for taking and sharing her photos (see embedded Facebook post below).

North Triangle Team Puts Garden to Bed

The North Triangle garden team enjoyed unusually mild weather this morning as they put the garden to bed. Team members cut back perennials, raked leaves, fertilized, and tagged plants to be divided in spring for the plant sale.

The North Triangle garden team at work
The North Triangle garden team at work

Job complete, the team celebrated with lunch at The Black Forest Cafe.

Becky Stoughton, Joan O'Brien, Jane Martin, Jan Madigan, Renee D'Agati, and Melissa Kurtz. Not pictured: Wendy Reed. Photo credit: Nancy Head (who happened along)
Becky Stoughton, Joan O’Brien, Jane Martin, Jan Madigan, Renee D’Agati, and Melissa Kurtz. Not pictured: Wendy Reed. Photo credit: Nancy Head (who happened along)

November Evening Program: “Holiday Decorating Inspired by Nature”

Thurs., November 3, 2016

Kerry Merryfield

Kerry Merryfield

7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“Holiday Decorating Inspired by Nature” presented by Kelly Merryfield

Just in time for the holidays, join the evening meeting of the Amherst Garden Club for a creative decorating experience. Master Gardener Kelly Merryfield of Merryfield Design will share helpful tips on how to update your existing décor using design ideas and techniques inspired by nature. Embrace the holiday season and welcome winter with easy indoor and outdoor touches. Be enchanted by garlands and greens and winter arrangements that welcome guests. Share unique hostess gifts that are easy to make with materials that may be just outside your door.

Kelly is a graduate of Colby College as well as the UMass Green School. A long time NH resident, Kelly has been a NH Advanced Master Gardener since 1995 and recently achieved Lifetime Master Gardener Status. With two decades of Garden Center experience and her own landscape and design business, Kelly knows how to make homes standout during the holidays.

The public is always welcome to attend these evening meetings, free of charge. Light refreshments will follow.

November Daytime Program: “Fall into the Holidays”

Thurs., November 3, 2016

Bert Ford

Bert Ford

9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church (Rte. 101)
in Amherst, NH
“Fall into the Holidays” presented by Bert Ford — Bert Ford is one of New England’s leading floral design professionals. His high-energy demonstration creates before your eyes various tablescapes/centerpieces, décor for your doors, mantels and more, just in time for the holidays. The arrangements created will be raffled at the end of the program.

Press Release: The Amherst Garden Club will welcome Bert Ford of Ford Flower Company of Salem, NH to its morning meeting. Bert delights in creating unique designs that incorporate nature, art and modern trends. His high energy demonstration will use botanicals, mixed foliage and home décor accessories to create vibrant holiday centerpieces that will enhance any table or home environment.

Bert is one of New England’s leading floral design professionals, having been inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2001 and into the Professional Floral Communications International (PFCI) in September, 2010. He presented the opening program at the American Institute of Floral Designers international symposium in July, 2010. Bert has served as president of Teleflora’s New Hampshire-Vermont Unit. As a member of Teleflora’s prestigious team of Education Specialists, he has presented design programs and participated on design panels throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. He also taught classes featuring trend setting floral designs for weddings, sympathy and everyday at Teleflora’s Education Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

Bert’s work has been featured in floral selection guides and publications including articles and covers in “Flowers &” magazine. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a plant science degree and is the owner/operator of Ford Flower Company, Salem, NH.

Library Team Puts Garden to Bed

It’s that time of year again — time to clean out the annuals at the library and cut back the perennial beds. The plantings did amazing this year. Maybe it was all the compliments that made them grow so well! Great job, team!

Marie, Jan, Meg, Mary Jo, Tina, Sue, Marti and Caroline in the cart!
October 19, 2016: Marie, Jan, Meg, Mary Jo, Tina, Sue, Marti and Caroline in the cart!

SHS Students Do Community Service at Library

On Friday, Sept. 16, nine Souhegan High School students and their advisors descended upon the Amherst library gardens to do battle with the swallowwort (an invasive weed) growing along the foundation. The goal was to remove as much of the weed as possible, then lay down sheets of newspaper, and finally put down a layer mulch in hopes of suppressing future growth. Keep your fingers crossed!

Meg Clemens, Sue Spiess, and Joan O’Brien were on site to direct the young laborers, with Marti Warren providing instructions in advance.

It was a beautiful day to be working outside, and the students felt a sense of accomplishment looking at the neatened bed.

Souhegan High School students pose with their advisors in the newly weeded bed
Souhegan High School students pose with their advisors in the newly weeded garden bed

Bedford Fields Amherst Location is Closing

Bedford Fields sent an e-mail to customers to say that their Amherst location (42 Route 101A) will be closing permanently September 30, 2016The Bedford location remains open.

They are having a progressive clearance sale at the Amherst location only. The sale begins tomorrow (Thursday), Sept. 8, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 11. For sale are all trees, shrubs, perennials, fountains, pots, statues and other garden décor.

Fall mums, plants, pumpkins, and soils are NOT part of the clearance sale.

Thursday – 40% OFF
Friday – 50% OFF
Saturday – 60% OFF

Sunday – 70% OFF

All sales are final.