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.
[From Pat Legere and Dawn Burke:]
The AGC Paper Flowers special interest group will be making paper flowers (similar to those shown in these pictures) for the New Horizons Soup Kitchen for March. There will be a workshop on Monday, Feb 22nd from 9:45 to 12:30 at the Amherst Library.
Please join us…all are welcome.
[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 email@example.com or (603) 589-4610.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in orchids, want to enter your prize-worthy orchids in the competition, or just want to see some flowering plants in the middle of winter, consider checking out a “Blizzard of Orchids”, the 2016 New Hampshire Orchid Society Show, to be held at the Courtyard Marriott Nashua February 12-14. Check out the details at www.nhorchids.org.
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.
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.
Check out our newest horticulture hint, prepared by our own Jeanne Nevard for the Pepperell MA Garden Club, on our Horticulture Hints page.
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 email@example.com. See https://amherstgardenclub.org/?s=wreath for posts and pictures of previous workshops.