Photos from Holiday Grab Bags & Greenery

“The music, bonfire, giant grab bags, greenery, and goodies all made it a festive event!” — President Kathy Brundage

Despite a light rain, garden club members gathered — masked and safely distanced — to distribute holiday “grab bags” and greenery in preparation for our upcoming online holiday event on December 3. Participants will incorporate the items in their bags (no two bags are the same) in a holiday creation to be shared virtually at the holiday event.

Many thanks to Vice President Linda Fraser for her creativity in re-imagining this annual club tradition in the time of COVID, and to all who came out to help.

Click the photo below to see the rest of the photos on our web site (courtesy of Marti Warren).

Linda Fraser, Peggy Wallace, Joan Poltack, and Jeanne Nevard

Photos from “The Wedding”

The Amherst Garden Club’s February meeting featured Jody Gage of Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts with a highly entertaining demonstration focused on bridal bouquets from past to present.

After Jody’s demonstration, the finished bouquets were awarded to a few lucky attendees, and then a faux wedding reception began complete with tea sandwiches, cookies, silver service coffee, and even wedding cake! Live wedding music made it complete.

Members and guests came dressed for the occasion and enjoyed sharing memories, photos, and outfits from weddings gone by.

Thank you, Doffie Farrar, for being the inspiration and main planner for this unforgettable morning and afternoon. And thank you to everyone else who had a hand in making the event what it was. There are too many to list, but you know who you are.

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A Love Poem to the AGC

written by Doffie Farrar

Nine tables were set
Where our ladies all met
Each dressed to the nines
In wedding attire refined

Vintage veils and some hats
Satin dresses and flats
Bouquets with white roses
Hydrangeas and posies

The coffee and tea
Served from silver shiny
Gave the morning some jazz
Elegance and pizzazz

Sandies, chips and pink punch
Made for a fabulous lunch
Clever cookies imbibed
Grew our waist lines so wide

Two cakes on display
Sliced with skill all the way
Care and love filled the day
As friends cheered, “hip hip Hooray!”


Holiday Gathering a Huge Success!

Last night members of the Amherst Garden Club and their guests got together at Gatherings at The Colonel Shepard House to share the holiday spirit and enjoy some delicious food and drink.

A big thank you to Marti Warren for organizing this wonderful celebration, and gratitude to all who contributed to the evening. Click the image below to see photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Photos from the Holiday Decoration Workshop

The Amherst Garden Club kicked off the holiday season with our annual Holiday Decoration Workshop. Members gathered to create seasonal decorations, learn from our resident experts, and enjoy each other’s company.

Many thanks to Vice President Kathy Brundage for coordinating this club tradition, and to the Congregational Church for the use of their facilities.

Click the photo below to see many more photos on our web site (courtesy of Becky Stoughton and Marti Warren).

Marti Warren and Sue Spiess

AGC Celebrates the 4th of July!

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)








Garden Club Participates in Petals2Paint

Kudos to AGC members Mary Salmon and the team of Hannah McCarthy and Paula Schmida for their recent participation in East Colony Fine Art’s 16th Annual Petals2Paint event at LaBelle Winery. This event is conducted similarly to Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and their interpretations of the selected works of art were magnificent. Thanks also to the many club members who stopped by to view the entries and support their fellow garden club members!

2019 Jane Martin Memorial Civic Gardens Walk

While our sun dance only resulted in a cloudy sky with a sun trying to peek through, we did not have the forecast rain!

All of the gardens looked great late in our very prolonged wet and cool spring. Teams have been out working hard and it showed. We were even able to watch the pro team @ the Wigwam Garden while they did their magic — and offered some eager takers Siberian irises that were being removed from overly full beds.

We returned to the garden behind the library for iced tea and homemade cookies contributed by Joan and MJ.

There were many good laughs and shared camaraderie along the way. It was very special that three new members, Class of 2018-19, turned out for the event and were able to experience firsthand one of the driving missions of the Club.

Seventeen people (!!!!!) turned out for the walk: MJ Bachman, Christy Belvin, Suzanne Birchard, Kathy Brundage, Vonnie Budds, Deb DellOrfano, Julie Hoag, Sally Hogan, Elise Lutz , Maureen Minner, Jeanne Nevard (+ Bluebell the dog), Joan O’Brien, Joan Ostrowski, Susan Stefanec, Becky Stoughton, Sandy Walker, & Barbara Williams.

This is a very special event and a wonderful way to honor Jane’s memory and importance to the Club.

Civic Gardens, Joan O’Brien
Membership, Barbara Williams

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(Photos taken by Becky Stoughton and Jeanne Nevard)

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