“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” thanks to all of you who participated in the Holiday Magic event sponsored by The Amherst Garden Club, as well as the neighborhoods/streets that came together to produce very creative holiday decorations!
Below are our winners along with a tour handout that you can print for heading out to check out the lights. We have grouped the participating houses into three areas in Amherst, so take a different route each night! You won’t want to miss any of it, but please slow down and drive responsibly, as some of these areas will have more cars than usual.
The Amherst Garden Club participated in Old Home Day with a create your own “fairy garden” project for kids (and even some adults)! Thank you to all the club members who organized and ran this fun activity. More photos on our Facebook page.
The Amherst Garden Club made a strong showing in today’s July 4th parade with more than a dozen club members walking, each with his or her own tie-dyed T-shirt, courtesy of our amazing Fourth of July Committee. Once again our float won “Chairman’s Choice” for the theme “Amherst Celebrates 50 Years… of Parades.”
Congratulations to organizers Joan Poltack, Dawn Burke, and Diane Merrithew, and to everyone who came out to walk. Thank you for representing our club so well! (Photo credits: Joan and Dave Poltack)
As visitors came and went from Town Hall this morning, they had to step around garden club members who were feverishly planting 20 winter-hardy boxwood shrubs, weeding, edging, and spreading three yards of bark mulch. Helping hands included John Bement, Elise Lutz, Maureen and Jim Minner, Joan O’Brien, Mary Salmon, and Sandy Walker.
The club thanks John Cochran of Amherst Garden Center for procuring and delivering the shrubs to Town Hall, and Val LaPlante of Amherst Earth Products for the quick turnaround mulch delivery. What service!
The historic horse trough and front step containers were planted earlier by the Town Hall garden team (Mary Salmon, Sandy Walker, and Barbara Williams) with a winning combination of green, purple, and white.
For the second year in a row, the Brick School garden team had help from an enthusiastic troop of Girls Scouts for their annual spring cleanup. There were kid-size garden gloves this year, and the girls enjoyed seeing that the painted rocks they placed last year were still there. Thank you to organizer Tracey Carroll, the other parents who came to help, the Brick School garden team (plus “Brick” Roger Hooper), and, of course, the Girls Scouts!
Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do, and to
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Once again the Amherst Garden Club participated in the 4th of July parade, winning “Chairman’s Choice” for their theme: “We the People… of the Amherst Garden Club!”
Congratulations to organizers Joan Poltack, Dawn Burke, and Diane Merrithew, and to everyone who came out to walk. Thank you for representing our club so well and for promoting the many ways that we — the people of the Amherst Garden Club — contribute to this community. You made us proud. (Photo credits: Joan Poltack and Becky Stoughton)
The Amherst Garden Club has granted funds to the UNH Extension Service Master Gardeners to help finance their “Free Seed Program.” Through this program, vegetable, herb, and flower seeds donated by seed companies making room for new inventory are distributed to school and youth organization gardens across New Hampshire.
The Amherst Garden Club is pleased to help fund this worthy project, which will promote the love of gardening throughout the Granite State.
The Amherst Garden Club has been lending a hand at Opportunity Networks, providing some guidance with planting and tending their raised vegetable gardens. Together we planted lettuce, tomatoes, celery, basil, and more. Harvested crops will be used for cooking in the Opportunity Networks kitchen. The photos below were taken by the Opportunity Networks News Crew.