Annual Seed Swap @ Nashua Public Library (Feb. 21)

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its Annual Seed Swap on Thu., Feb. 21 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Nashua Public Library.

This is good timing for Amherst Garden Club members, because our Perennials+ special interest group meets that morning to discuss planning your garden and starting from seeds. (Check your email for the invitation.) You can map out your garden in the morning, and then head over to Nashua that evening to swap seeds with other gardeners!
If you plan to attend the swap, you will need to bring seeds — either ones you’ve saved or purchased. Put each variety of seed in its own jar or bag, labeled with its name and growing instructions.

Before the swap (7:00 pm), hear from these local gardeners:

  • Dave McConville, DMC Permaculture: Permaculture
  • William Goulding, Gate City Farm: Intensive/Sustainable Vegetable Production
  • Sarah Ward, Oasis Springs Farm: Hydroponics
  • Andrew Morin, ReGen Roots: Aquaponics

Nashua Public Library
Theater and Chandler Memorial Wing
2 Court Street, Nashua, NH
(603) 589-4600

Epimediums, Jewels of the Shade (Mar. 6)

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club:

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its March program, Wed. March 6th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua.

The program, Epimediums, Jewels of the Shade will be presented by Karen Perkins, proprietor of Garden Vision Epimediums, the Massachusetts based mail order nursery, started by the renowned Darrell Probst which now offers over 170 species and varieties of Epimediums along with other choice companion shade perennials.

Ms. Perkins holds a B.S. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University and an M.S. in Public Garden Management from the University of Delaware. She has worked at many botanic gardens around the United States and the U.K. including the Cornell Plantations, Longwood Gardens, the Arboretum at Flagstaff and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. Eager to share her knowledge and assist others, Ms. Perkins also served in the Education Department of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts for 17 years.

Expand your shade and semi-shade gardens by learning about Epimediums. These tough plants are easy to grow, long-lived perennials that thrive in the soils of our region and frequently can tolerate dry shady garden sites where other plants have failed. Please join club members for this enlightening program, pleasant conversation and light refreshments.

All are welcome.
Members: Free
Nonmembers: $5.00
Light refreshments will be served.

Flowers of Hawaii at Nashua Garden Club Feb 6

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club:

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its February program, Wed. Feb. 6th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064. The program, Flowers of Hawaii, will be presented by Tina Rufo, of the American Hosta Society, the New England Hosta Society and the Nashua Garden Club.

Tina Rufo

Tina will visually transport attendees to a sublime, tropical setting as she shares her knowledge of Hawaii’s tropical plants and flowers as well as other unique discoveries encountered during her multiple excursions to the islands. Tina’s passion for gardening began ‘many’ years ago in her Grandmother’s Brighton Massachusetts garden and developed nonstop over the years. Having recently retired from a full-time career in nursing, she’s now pursuing her passion more fully as an active member of multiple gardening societies. Her contributions are multi-faceted and include assisting with the design and assembly of exhibits for the annual Boston Flower and Garden Show.

Whether you are an avid gardener interested in exotic plants to perhaps add to your collection or simply interested in a brief respite from the New Hampshire winter, you will learn and enjoy hearing about Tina’s adventures. Please join club members for this unique program:

All are welcome. Light refreshment will be served.

Members: Free Nonmembers: $5.00

Additional information can be found at:

Nashua Garden Club Welcomes Roger Swain

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club:

Roger Swain – How to Overwinter Well

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its November program, 7 PM Wed. Nov. 7th at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064. Though New Hampshire bestows a long stretch of winter that may offer a welcome respite from gardening tasks, there is no reason why it should result in a lack of delicious, homegrown food.

The garden club is thrilled to host the well-known biologist, gardener, writer and storyteller, Roger Swain who will lead a discussion ”How to Overwinter Well”. Mr. Swain, “the man with the red suspenders”, is recognized by millions as host of The Victory Garden, television’s longest-running gardening show. For 15 years he planted and pruned, harvested and chatted with PBS viewers across the country. More recently, Roger co-hosted HGTV’s People, Places and Plants which celebrated New England gardens and gardeners, and featured his commentary, “Food for Thought.”

Roger was born and raised outside Boston, graduated from Harvard College and went on to earn a Ph.D. studying the behavior in ants in tropical rain forests, before becoming Science Editor of Horticulture magazine. Since 1978 readers have enjoyed his essays and articles, as well as his 5 books: Earthly Pleasures, Field Days, The Practical Gardener, Saving Graces, and Groundwork.

He also received the Alice Milton Award for Design from the Worcester County (MA) Horticultural Society in 2012, the American Horticultural Society Award for Writing and was awarded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal for his “power to inspire others.” When he is not talking with gardeners across the country, Roger can be found at work in the orchard and gardens of his New Hampshire farm.

Join members of the Nashua Garden Club for inspiration and to learn how to ‘overwinter well’. Hear Roger describe the many ways of preserving your garden’s abundance. Some of the oldest techniques are also the easiest and with a full larder, you will find it easy to be generous all year long. For those who want to learn how to overwinter your ornamentals, he will help you with that too!

All are welcome, novice and master gardeners alike. Light refreshment will be served

Members: Free Nonmembers: $5.00

Additional information can be found at:

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.



Glorious Garlic and her Bodacious Cousins, the Alliums @ Pepperell Garden Club Wed. (Oct. 10)

An invitation from AGC and Pepperell Garden Club  member Jeanne Nevard:

Learn how to grow and use garlic, queen of the kitchen, and her many strikingly beautiful cousins, the alliums. Fall is garlic planting time for New Englanders, as well as time to plant the bulbs of decorative alliums. Critter resistant and easy to grow, alliums boast lovely, long lasting flowers that add interest and color to the garden from May to September and, in some cases, can be dried for winter use. Learn how to grow garlic, which alliums to choose for your garden and how to use both of them in seasonal flower arranging.

Presented by Betsy Williams

Wednesday, October 10, at 6:45 PM
Pepperell Senior Center
37 Nashua Road, Route 111
Guest fee $5. Seniors $2.

Betsy Williams teaches, lectures and writes about living with herbs and flowers.

A life long gardener, herb grower and cook, Betsy trained as a florist in Boston and England. She combines her floral, gardening and cooking skills with an extensive knowledge of history, plant lore and seasonal celebrations. An entertaining lecturer, she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks and demonstrations.

Her gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion and Traditional Homes.

Betsy is the author of articles and books on the uses and stories of herbs and flowers: POTPOURRI AND FRAGRANT CRAFTS published by Readers Digest and The Little Book Series published by The Proper Season Press. Her latest book is ARE THERE FAIRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR GARDEN? GROWING UP GREEN WITH THE FAIRIES. She is currently working on a third edition of her herb cookbook, MRS. THRIFT COOKS.

She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.

Betsy lectures and teaches locally and nationally. She has presented at Monticello, The American Horticultural Society’s Youth Symposium, the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival and International Herb Association as well as Colonial Williamsburg, the Ozark Folk Center and the New England, Rhode Island and Cincinnati Flower Shows. She gives lectures and demonstrations for garden clubs, horticultural conferences, herb festivals and botanical gardens throughout the United States. She teaches container gardening, flower arranging and cooking with herbs at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. Betsy is the consultant to Memorial Hall Library’s Seed Library in Andover, Mass.

In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated through out the country.

She was a founding member of the International Herb Association and served on it’s governing board for six years. In 1995 and 2016 she was given the International Herb Association award for “her outstanding contributions to the herb industry”.

Her professional affiliations include the Beatrix Potter Society and Garden Writers of America

Nashua Garden Club Presents Program about Mushrooms

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club:

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its October program, 7 PM Wed. Oct. 3rd at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua.

The program Mushrooms, will be presented by David Wichland, of “Wichland Woods” located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

To further the mission of promoting public awareness of the health and ecological benefits of mushrooms, Mr. Wichland frequently travels through New England to speak and conduct workshops on the techniques of “backyard mushrooming” and related topics.

Join members of the Nashua Garden Club for this unique program on a variety of aspects about mushrooms, their role with other plants and backyard mushrooming.

All are welcome. Light refreshment will be served
Members: Free Nonmembers: $5.00

Additional information can be found at:


Upcoming Events at Beaver Brook (Hollis)

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Beaver Brook naturalist Rivka Schwartz writes:

“The spring ephemeral flowers have passed. The summer flowers in the sunny fields are blooming.  Walking between the barn at Maple Hill Farm to the outside of the garden and then to the beginning of the Wildflower Trail there are over 20 kinds of flowers blooming. 

I’ve been harvesting St. John’s Wort buds. I cover these with a golden colored olive oil to make a beautiful, deep, red, medicinal oil. This oil is used topically for nerve pain, be it from shingles or a wound. A tincture, made by soaking buds and flowers in alcohol, has been used for mild depression and seasonal affective disorder. The tincture can interact with some medications.

The staghorn sumac fruit is almost ripe. The beginning of August is usually the best time for harvest. If you wait too long you harvest extra protein in the all the insects that like to live in the fruit. To make a wild lemonade, soak two clusters in a quart of cold water until it turns a light, red-brown color. Use honey or maple syrup to sweeten the drink if you want.”

Upcoming Events

Wildflowers of Beaver Brook
Wed., Aug 16 at 7pm
Nashua Public Library

Naturalist Rivka Schwartz will present a slide program and talk on the diversity of wildflowers at Beaver Brook.

Guided Mushroom Foray
Sat., Aug 19 10am – 12:30pm
Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Rd, Hollis

Teacher and walk leader Stephanie Doyle will be taking a group out on the trails in search of wild mushrooms.

Wildflower Walk: Asters, Berries and Late Summer Flowers
Wed., Aug 23 10am – 12pm
Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Enjoy a guided wildflower walk with naturalist Rivka Schwartz. You’ll be finding many species of asters, goldenrod, berries and late summer flowers.

For more information or to register, go to

Invitation from NH Audubon Massabesic Center

Our club has been invited to the following event on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 pm at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn, NH:

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Gardens That Stimulate the Senses: Use Your Sense Of Smell, Touch, Taste, Sight, Even Sound

Are gardens just for looking at?  Can a garden be enjoyed for its smell, or taste, or feel?  What about the sound of a garden?  A “Garden for the Senses” has features that make use of all five of our senses – smell, taste, hearing, sight, and touch.

Anyone interested in gardening for personal pleasure or for wildlife will enjoy this special summer event.  There will be a lecture and garden walk on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 pm at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center, 26 Audubon Way in Auburn, NH.

Gardens are under development at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn that will stimulate the use of all of your senses.  The project is under the direction of NH Audubon Volunteer, Martha Israel, who is herself visually impaired.  After a career in engineering and continued study in landscape design, the disease that has impaired Martha’s vision has led her to a vision of a different kind – that of helping others enjoy the beauty and all the other senses that a garden brings out.

Come see the first garden installment – the Fragrance Garden – and learn of plans for additional Garden for the Senses plans.  Walk the garden path and smell the plants chosen for their scent.  A Sound Garden is under development.

The program is free and open to the public.  Please register by calling 668-2045.  Donations to the Garden for the Senses project are greatly appreciated.  Donations can be made out to NH Audubon and mailed to the Massabesic Center at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn, NH 03032.

Contact: Dawn Genes, Director