Jane Martin Civic Gardens Walk

On a perfect June morning, club members took a casual stroll through the village to visit five of our civic gardens. M.J. Bachman and Barbara Williams organized the walk, with Joan O’Brien accompanying.

At the Brick School garden we ran into Sally Hooper pruning the rose bushes, with her dog “Rico,” rescued from Puerto Rico, looking on.

The tour ended with lemonade and cookies in the Library back garden. Special thanks to Marti Warren and Meg Clemens for being on hand to talk about the Library gardens.

Also thanks to Sue Batchelder for the sunflower seedlings, which we each took to plant in honor of Jane. If you’d like to plant a sunflower for Jane, contact Sue — she may have extras.

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A Sunflower for Jane

Jane was a person who comes into your life only
because of chance and being at the right place at
the right time.

When I look at a sunflower and
see the details; the stem, the petals
and seeds, these remind me of
Jane and describe her perfectly.

The stem: tall, graceful and
steady. Jane is always cheerful
and warm, since the day we met
I will always see her beautiful smile.

The Petals: the multitude of petals reflect the
many people who lives she touched. The
uncountable number of friends that surrounded
her. Jane loved wearing the color yellow.

The seeds: the mass number of seeds in one
flower, propagate and feed birds and other
wildlife and humans too! Jane’s charisma was
huge, real and always caring. She embraced
friendship and taught how to be a friend.

The round flower head with the huge smile will
forever say “Hey Jane, this sunflower is for you!”

~ MJ Bachman

Get Ready for the Plant Sale — Saturday, May 12!

Kick off spring at the annual Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, May 12 at the Wilkins Elementary School (80 Boston Post Road, Amherst, NH). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (line forms early) and the sale ends at 1:00 p.m.

There will be something for everyone:

Plants — This year we have over 3,000 locally grown plants — perennials, trees, shrubs, and grasses — all lovingly dug and potted by members of the garden club. We accept credit cards as well as cash and checks.
Plant Sale 2018 Inventory


Baked Goods — Our Bakery and Pantry will be stocked with homemade cakes, pies, tortes, cookies, bars, as well as savory dishes, such as quiche, and pantry items, such as nuts, jams, and dessert sauces. Pick up something for mom!


There will also be activities for kids, raffle baskets, used tools and garden treasures, advice from expert gardeners, home and garden boutique, and many garden vendors.

See you at the sale!

Amherst Garden Club at Souhegan Sustainability Fair

On April 14 — Earth Day — the Amherst Garden Club participated in the Souhegan Sustainability Fair, an event dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally responsible living.

Organizer Nancy Head did a great job setting up our booth and recruiting helpers. Our theme was invasive plants, and thanks to Anne Krantz there was an in-depth display — including descriptive posters, handouts, and even sample plants.

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Club members Nancy Hokinson, Becky Stoughton, Anne Krantz, Joan O’Brien, and Nancy Head interacted with the visitors, answered questions, and generally spread the goodwill of the club to the surrounding community.

With a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, food, live music, presentations, and hands-on workshops, the fair itself was a big success.

“Seed: The Untold Story” at Wilton Town Hall Theater on April 15

The Souhegan Valley Food Co-Op will host a showing of Seed: The Untold Story on Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton Town Hall Theater.

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy. Winner of 13 awards hailed by the Village Voice as “A rare documentary – a wonder” and by the LA Times “a gorgeously made film.”

“Proven Winners” Mar. 7 in Nashua

Our club has been invited to attend this program:

Russ Knowles of Proven Winners

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its March program, Wed. Mar. 7th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064.  The program, Proven Winners, will be presented by Russ Knowles of Loudon NH based Pleasant View Gardens.  As their Regional Retail Account Manager, Russ represents the Proven Winners © product line in his relationships between Pleasant View Gardens and multiple large, independent garden centers.   With over 30 years’ at some of NE’s top garden centers, he has also worked in various capacities including Production, Shipping, Quality & Inventory Control, and Planning.  Russ and his wife reside in the New Hampshire lakes region.

This program will invite attendees to start thinking spring! They will obtain a preview of 2018 Proven Winner varieties and a review of most popular varieties from the past.  Russ will also share how and where to incorporate these plants into garden beds and container gardens for best success.

Please join members of the Nashua Garden Club for this informative program:
All are welcome.  Light refreshment will be served.
Members:  Free    Nonmembers:  $5.00

Additional information can be found at:  www.NashuaGardenClub.com

The Nashua Garden Club is an independent non-denominational club that devotes itself to the diverse needs and interests of its many-faceted member gardeners. Founded in 1961, the Club’s uniqueness lies in its accommodation to its members by holding meetings in the evening. The Club’s mission is to encourage its members to fully involve themselves in learning about and participating in the many and varied aspects of horticulture, landscape design, floral design, and the civic beautification of our community.