2016 AGC Scholarship Application Now Available

Applications for up to $4000 in scholarship aid are available now for Amherst or Mont Vernon NH residents.  This competitive scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors or high school graduates of any age studying environmentally-conscious careers such as horticulture, botany, plant science, landscape design, or environmental science as it relates to horticulture.  Download the application form and obtain more information on the AGC website here.

Learn about saving seeds at Nashua Library

[Passed along from the Nashua Public Library]

Gardeners of all abilities are welcome to come to the Nashua Public Library on Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. to learn about seed saving.

First we’ll get some tips on gathering and saving seeds from garden plants after they bloom, then we’ll swap seeds with one another.

Bring each variety of seed in its own jar or plastic bag, labeled with the name of the seed and growing instructions. You can bring seeds you have saved yourself or ones you’ve purchased. If you don’t have seeds to share, come anyway and bring some home to share next year.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The library is located at 2 Court Street, Nashua. For directions and parking information go to www.nashualibrary.org/visit/directions. For other information contact Carol at carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org or (603) 589-4610.

Hemlock Invasives Triple Threat

Interested in learning more about the triple threat to the Northern New England Hemlock? This instructional presentation by Jennifer Weimer, Forest Health Specialist with the NH Division of Forests & Lands will cover the impacts of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS), and Sirococcus tsugae. Jennifer will be joined by local forester Charlie Koch and ACC commissioner and certified Master Arborist Lee Gilman to share their boots on the ground experience with these invasives. This presentaiton will also look at how the invasive triple threat impacts the ACC Forest Management Plan for town owned parcels and participants will get a chance to the impacts first hand on the nearby Hemlock Trail.

Sponsoring Organizations: Amherst Conservation Commission, NH Division of Forests and Lands, Amherst Recreation Commission

Cost: Free, but registration required. Click here to register!

Location: Peabody Mill Environmental Center, Amherst, NH

Details: January 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

What to Bring: Dress for the weather if participating in the field trip portion (Hemlock Trail) of the event

Questions? Contact Jen Weimer at 603-464-3016 or jennifer.weimer@dred.nh.gov


Modified Program for January Meeting

If you are a gardener you must also be interested in all the little and sometimes rather large insects that find a home in your garden. The January 7 speaker at the Amherst Garden Club will be Jeremy DeLisle from UNH talking about “Insects In Your Garden and Their Importance.”  There are many beneficial insects and this a good opportunity to hear why you want them in your garden and see what they look like. This months door prizes will be two copies of the book Good Bug, Bad Bug, by Jessica Walliser.

Original speaker Rachel Maccini was unable to make it so she recommended Jeremy, another wonderful speaker from UNH.  Why not bring a friend?

Since wintry weather has finally arrived, be sure to remember that if the Amherst Schools are closed due to weather, the AGC meeting will be canceled. If the schools are delayed, we will meet as usual.


Perennial Group visit to The Fells

About 30 AGC members participated in Christmas at The Fells on November 12.  The trip, hosted by the Perennial Group, was a great way to spend a rainy fall day.  The staff and volunteers were  quite gracious, serving a very nice luncheon including a floral design program by HollyHock Flowers in Henniker, and almost everyone left with a cute little owl or hedgehog Christmas ornament from the holiday boutique.

Don’t Miss this Year’s “Wreath Workshop!” Sign up today!

The garden club’s annual “Wreath Workshop” will be held Thursday, December 3 from 10 am – 1:30 pm in the Vestry at the Congregational Church in Amherst.  This is one of those rare events that is truly for members only. While it is called a wreath workshop, participants can use the fresh greens and other natural accents made available to decorate swags, door decorations, table top arrangements…whatever.  There is no cost for the workshop, but you must sign up in advance and you must furnish you own supplies (other than the greenery offered by the club).  See the November newsletter for a list of suggested supplies. If you haven’t already signed up, it’s not too late.  Email Doffie Farrar at doffie.farrar@gmail.com.  See https://amherstgardenclub.org/?s=wreath for posts and pictures of previous workshops.