Tree Pruning at MaryAnne’s Garden

The garden club is grateful to our resident arborist Lee Gilman for all the work he does in our civic gardens. This week Lee continued corrective pruning of the Callery pear tree in MaryAnne’s Garden.

This tree, planted roughly 17 years ago by the Chamberlain family, has sustained severe storm damage at least twice. Major limbs were lost, compromising the tree’s natural, oval shape. Lee has been working gradually to restore the tree’s shape.

Lee Gilman prunes tree at MayAnne’s Triangle while garden lead Dawn Burke picks up the branches

Tip! For all you do-it-yourselfers, we learned from Lee not to remove too much of the tree’s interior. On hot days when the crown is baking in the sun, a tree’s interior can remain a few degrees cooler. The leaves in these shadier pockets help sustain the tree during hot, dry periods.

Civic Gardens Decorated for the Season

Pam Newhouse sent along two artistic photos that her son took at the Brick School garden.

Brick School Garden (photo credit: Dustin Newhouse)

Brick School Garden (photo credit: Dustin Newhouse)

Brick School Garden (photo credit: Dustin Newhouse)

Brick School Garden (photo credit: Dustin Newhouse)

Spurred on, Joan O’Brien took some photos in the other civic gardens. (Joan’s photos are more documentary than artistic. Date stamp is a quaint touch.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Triangle Team Puts Garden to Bed

On the morning of Dec. 9, a few hardy garden club members braved the cold temperatures to cut back perennials. Gardening with snow on the ground is not recommended, but extenuating circumstances caused us to delay the task.

Job complete (well, good enough), team members decorated the monument with holiday greens and a vintage ice skate. (Look for the matching ice skate on the Bertha Rogers monument at the North Triangle.)

Pat Legere and Marge McAdams (not pictured, Jeanne Nevard and Joan O'Brien)

Pat Legere and Marge McAdams (not pictured, Jeanne Nevard and Joan O’Brien)

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.

AGC Celebrates the Fourth

The Amherst Garden Club once again celebrated the Fourth of July by participating the annual Amherst Fourth of July parade.  The award-winning (“Most Original”) “float” was received enthusiastically by parade onlookers, with many, many admiring comments.  The club thanks Joan Poltack, Dawn Burke, and Diane Merrithew for being the creative and driving force behind the club’s entry, as well as all the other members who marched in the parade, saying that it was loads of fun and made their day.  As Joan said, “Hopefully someone will say, ‘Hey, I’d like to join that group! Someday I’d like to make those flowers with you!’ ”