Upcoming Events in the Area

  • UNH Regional Annual Pruning Workshop – March 28 at King Street Vineyards (25 King St. in Milford)

– 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Apples–peaches– cherries– plums
– 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm: Blueberries
– 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Grapes

Contact: George.Hamilton@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060. For more information, see http://www.kingstreetvineyards.com/.

  • Pruning with Tressa Gaffney – March 28, 9:30-11:30 am

Late winter is the perfect time to prune. Tressa shares her pruning expertise and demonstrates the proper technique of when, where, and how to cut using the Lake Sunapee Protective Association Garden as her classroom. Requested donation $10. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education. For more information, see http://www.thefells.org/calendar-and-events/.

  • Northern Gardening Symposium at Vermont Technical College – April 11, 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Vermont Technical College, Conant Hall, Room 102, 124 Main Street, Randolph, VT 05061
Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv. HDCEU: 2 AOLCP
Celebrate the beginning of spring in the northern garden with three dynamic speakers who will discuss the state of New England’s plants and the many roles northern native perennials, trees, and shrubs can play in home gardens and public spaces. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society. Members $44, nonmembers $55. For more information, see http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/northern-gardening-symposium .

  • Vegetable Gardening 101 – April 11, 9:30 am – noon at The Fells

It’s time to plan your veggie garden. Master Gardener Linda West guides you through the process on how to establish a garden–what to plant, what critters to expect, and unique ways to grow some of your favorite vegetables. Requested donation $10. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education. For more information, see http://www.thefells.org/calendar-and-events/ .

  • Put the Joy Back Into Vegetable Gardening – April 18 9:30 – noon

Seth Wilner, Sullivan County Field Specialist for UNH Extension Service, leads a tour of his own vegetable garden. Learn how big your garden should be, how to extend the growing season, and how to make gardening more fun and less of a chore. Requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education. Directions at time of reservation. For more information, see http://www.thefells.org/calendar-and-events/ .

April 3rd Meeting

The April 3rd meeting promises to be full of interesting information. Susan Kierstead, one of our own, presents a delightful program and there will be plant sale updates, more information on the annual meeting in June and much more. See you there!

Edible Ornamental Garden, Tuesday ,April 1, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

edible garden

Vegetables, fruits, berries and herbs are often stunningly beautiful plants.  Any vegetable garden can be a feast for the eyes when attention is paid to design, color, interesting structures and plants’ ornamental qualities.  Adding companion plantings of herbs and flowers attracts pollinators and beneficial insects that prey on pests while turning an a utilitarian plot into a pleasure garden.

But home-grown produce needn’t remain segregated in its own plot.  Presenter Karen Bussolini has collected tips and photos showing the many inventive ways home gardeners have tucked edibles into flower beds, used herbs and fruit trees as landscape plants, assembled colorful edible container gardens.  Whether you call it permaculture or edible landscaping, these biodiverse yards are humming with life and good things to eat.  Being a locavore and reducing your carbon footprint never looked so pretty.

Karen Bussolini is a widely-published garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and eco-friendly garden coach.  She has been a gardener as long as she can remember.  She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before turning her attention entirely to gardens.  Her work explores the many ways gardening connects us to our place on earth and to each other.

This program is co-sponsored by the Amherst Garden Club and the Amherst Town Library.

Seed Catalogs Wanted!

Recycle your Seed & Garden Catalogs!
I am looking for seed & garden catalogs! This is the time of year that they start coming in and often are just thrown out (recycled!) This year I am looking to collect some for a project I am doing at the library. I am pulling together a gardening display for the display case as you come in the front door for the month of April. I would like to have on hand seed catalogs that people who are interested might take. Imagine that, some people don’t get any seed catalogs in the mail! If you want to collect them for me over the next two weeks and drop them off on my porch (5 Carriage Road) I will recycle them into the hands of someone who might be interested. I will blacken over your name and address of course.

Thanks for helping.
Marti Warren