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

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.

AGC Celebrates the 4th of July

Once again the Amherst Garden Club participated in the 4th of July parade, winning “Chairman’s Choice” for their theme:We the People… of the Amherst Garden Club!

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 and for promoting the many ways that we — the people of the Amherst Garden Club — contribute to this community. You made us proud. (Photo credits: Joan Poltack and Becky Stoughton)

 

 

 

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

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.