Thank you to everyone who braved the chill and attended last evening’s tree lighting ceremony. Below are photos of Barbara Dalrymple and Doffie Farrar at the mic announcing The Memory Tree. A huge thank you to Barbara and her team for a job well done! (Photos courtesy of Becky Stoughton)
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
Bedford Fields sent an e-mail to customers to say that their Amherstlocation (42 Route 101A) will be closing permanently September 30, 2016. TheBedford 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
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!’ ”