Invitation from Nashua Garden Club — Daylilies

The Nashua Garden Club invites us to a program about Daylilies presented by Carl Harmon of Harmon Hill Farm in Hudson.

Wed., September 4th at 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester Street, Nashua

Carl Harmon is an active member of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) and past president of the New England Daylily Society. Since it’s founding in 1998, Harmon Hill has grown to contain over 4,200 varieties of daylilies and is now one of the largest selections of daylilies in the world! Carl and team have expanded the business to include approximately 100 varieties each of iris, liliums and hostas. The farm has been proudly voted “Best Flower Farm in New Hampshire” by Yankee Magazine and selected to be an official AHS Display Garden.

Join Garden Club members for an informative evening to hear Carl passionately discuss the wide variety of daylilies suited to New Hampshire from old favorites to new introductions from Northern and Region 4 hybridizers and as well as many from the Southern Region which have turned out to be hardy here in NH. Learn how Carl and his co-founder, Marlene Harmon, established this destination garden located in near-by Hudson NH.

All are welcome. Light refreshment will be served. Members: Free
Nonmembers: $5.00 Additional information can be found at:

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

Nashua Garden Club: Plant Sale and Dahlias!

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club

Greetings from the Nashua Club and a couple of brief notices:

Plant Sale, May 18th – Firstly, a reminder that our plant sale will be held this Saturday, May 18th on the grounds of the Nashua Historical Society at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua from 8:00AM – noon.  A variety of annual and perennial plants, houseplants, vegetables, shrubs and trees will be available along with a raffle of a wide variety of themed gift baskets, a garden oriented yard sale and selection of enticing baked goods.  All proceeds support the club’s community educational and beautification projects.

June 5th Program History of Growing and Selling Dahlias – We invite you to join us for our program on the History of Growing and Selling Dahlias to be presented by Thomas Mickey, Professor Emeritus, Master Gardener, columnist and author.  Please join club members Wednesday June 5th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, to learn how European plant hunters found the dahlia in Mexico almost 300 years ago, what ‘dahlia mania’ was and how 19th century American nurseries began selling the dahlia as the ideal fall flower. Members:  Free   Nonmembers:  $5.00   Light refreshments will be served. For more information:

Thank you for spreading the word – happy planting season

Terry Robinson
NGC Publicity Chair

Amherst Garden Club at Souhegan Sustainability Fair

It was dreary outside but colorful inside at the Souhegan Sustainability Fair which took place on Sat., May 4. Christy Belvin, Joan O’Brien, Mary Salmon, Nancy Hokinson, Becky Stoughton, and Nancy Head set up an Amherst Garden Club booth featuring rain gardens, complete with live video!

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The fair is an annual event dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally responsible living. There were booths to visit, workshops to attend, new things to learn, and lots of interesting people to talk to.  It was a good day!

The garden club thanks Lisa Loosigian, the SOAK NH Program Coordinator, for providing brochures and other materials.

Photos from Trip to Proven Winners

A handful of garden club members recently made a trip to Pleasant View Gardens — home of Proven Winners® — in Loudon, NH as part of a tour organized by Weston Nurseries. The group had a great time touring the impressive growing facility and walking through the demonstration gardens. The day also included lunch and a presentation by Kerry Ann Mendez.

(Photos courtesy of Joan Poltack)

A Visit to Wells Corner (Epsom, NH)

A group of club members and guests recently enjoyed a special tour of an Epsom, New Hampshire property called Wells Corner.  Homeowner Kyle Landt led the tour of her property that features an 18th century house with a post and beam barn. The landscape design is her own vision, and what a vision it is! The garden has been transformed in the course of thirty years from a simple landscape of vinca and tawny daylilies to one filled with deep mixed borders. The borders are comprised of small trees, shrubs, and perennials interspersed with 250 flats of annuals.

(Photos courtesy of Barbara Williams)

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Deeply influenced by the late Christopher Lloyd’s book, The Adventurous Gardener, and his gardens at Great Dixter in England, where she makes regular trips, Dr. Landt plans her own designs determining color only after considering plant texture, size, and shape. Her advice includes improving the soil before planting and topdressing annually with her own special compost mix. It is vital to give the plants a running start in this short growing climate, she advises.

Walking the natural path around the buildings, one discovers a reward at each destination such as a raised octagonal potager, a woodland walk, and a large koi pond built to look like a natural spring overflowing a horse trough.

The morning ended with the group resting on the shaded porch while Dr. Landt entertained with stories and provided much useful gardening information.

Read more about Wells Corner in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program guide and a recent issue of New Hampshire Home magazine.

Wells Corner Garden Spring Soil Prep

To each wheelbarrow of good quality compost, add:

  • 1½ gallons alfalfa pellets
  • 1 gallon bone meal*
  • ½ gallon of commercial 19-19-19 fertilizer

Mix together and spread evenly to depth of 1 – 1½ inches. Fork in before planting or use as top dressing on established perennials and shrubs.

If applying to acid-loving plants, mix 50/50 with peat.

* For an animal-free alternative, try rock phosphate.

Photos from the Sunflower Festival (Lee, NH)

(Re-posting since photos were not properly linked first time.)

The Sunflower Festival at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH is an annual event. Barbara Williams visited on July 30 and reports that it was a wonderful show — acres of sunflowers in several varieties — and ponds with cattails, too.

Each year the farm posts the prime time to visit, usually sometime in the last two weeks of July or first two weeks of August. This year’s festival runs July 28 – August 5 (see web site for details). Lee is an easy hour’s drive east of Amherst, and the sunflowers are well worth the trip!

(Photos courtesy of Barbara Williams)