Monthly Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting and Social on Zoom

Garden club members gathered together via Zoom on June 4 for the club’s annual meeting followed by social time. Thank you to Vice President Kathy Brundage for masterminding an event that made us feel close and connected even though we could not be in one place.

President Becky Stoughton delivered heartfelt remarks as she recounted the events of the year, which took a dramatic turn in March. Although our plans were upended, Becky drew our attention to the many silver linings that have shown through the cloud.


A Special Welcome to New Members

Membership Co-Chairs Sally Hooper and Barbara Williams welcomed the new members and invited them to say “hello” so we could put faces to names.

Kathy Brundage delivered these pretty little flower pins to new members in advance, so that they could wear them online.


Regional Gardening Throughout the Year

Meg Clemens presented the AGC’s “Regional Gardening Throughout the Year,” an invaluable guide created by Meg Clemens, Nancy Hokinson, Diane Merrithew, Judy Smith, Sue Spiess and Karen Woodbury, with guidance from Nancy Head. This perpetual gardening calendar will be available to the public for purchase. Details to follow.


Social Time!

Following the business meeting, we began our social time, starting with toasts to this year and the next.

Garden club members then shared photos of their gardens and talked about the plants. Here is a link to the garden photos, if you missed them.


Slide Show!

We watched a beautiful slide show that Becky put together to commemorate the 2019-2020 AGC year — set to music, appropriately, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” and “When Will I See You Again.” You can watch the slide show below.


Door Prizes!

Kathy Brundage awarded door prizes ! The three winners — Joan Poltack, Kathie Breen, and Diana Owen — will get their choice of the following gardening books (to be mailed to them at home).

If you were not one of the lucky winners, here are pictures of the books in case you want to pick one up:


Group Photo!

Those who were able to stay to the end were included in our group photo.  Regrettably we could not include everyone in the photo, as some people had to leave for other appointments.


Thank You Gift

Kathy Brundage presented outgoing president Becky Stoughton with a Simon Pearce vase as a thank you gift from the club for her service. Becky passes along her sincerest thanks for the gift, which she is already putting to use (see below)!

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

“…What is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;”

― James Russell Lowell

Monthly Meeting

Hydrangea Webinar Now Available

Presented by Emma Erler

If you missed Emma Erler’s How to Grow Hydrangeas Webinar presented for the Amherst Garden Club and the public on April 2, a recording of the presentation is now available. Click the link watch:

Emma Erler is a terrific speaker and extremely knowledgeable about hydrangeas. We learned a great deal from her presentation, and so will you!

More About the Presentation

Successfully getting hydrangeas to bloom is a subject that baffles many gardeners — novice and experienced alike. There are several species of hydrangeas commonly grown in New Hampshire, and all of them have very different growth habits and pruning requirements. Fortunately, hydrangeas are really quite simple to care for, as long as you understand which species you have in your garden.

About Emma Erler

Emma Erler

As the Education Center Coordinator for UNH Cooperative Extension, Emma Erler shares her horticultural expertise and passion with home gardeners throughout the state. Emma has a strong background in public horticulture, including internships at Longwood Gardens and the Morris Arboretum, both in Pennsylvania. She most recently worked as a gardener at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, where she focused on maintaining the Systematic garden and tending the native plant collection and natural lands.

Events, Monthly Meeting

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!”


Monthly Meeting

Bridal Bouquets: From Past to Present — Thu., Feb 6

Jody Gage
Jody Gage of Fortin Gage

“Love is in the air” this February as the Amherst Garden Club welcomes Jody Gage of Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts for a floral demonstration featuring Bridal Bouquets: From Past to Present.” Join us on Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 AM @ the Messiah Lutheran Church for this special program and you will be a guest at a faux wedding! Free and open to the public with refreshments.

Monthly Meeting

A Begonia for Any Season — Thu., Jan 9

The Amherst Garden Club invites you to join us on Thursday, January 9 at 10:30 AM @ the Messiah Lutheran Church for a presentation by Betsy Szymczak entitled A Begonia for Any Season. Betsy is an American Begonia Society certified judge, and she will tell us how we can grow these beautiful plants both inside and out, season by season. Free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Monthly Meeting

Garden club kicks off season Thursday, Sep 5!

The Amherst Garden Club kicks off the 2019/2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 5 with morning and evening programs. Both programs are free to the public with light refreshments.

10:30 AM @ Messiah Lutheran Church:  Donna Miller  — Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

Donna Miller

7:00 PM @ Parkhurst Place:  Rivka Schwartz  —  Pickling: The Traditional, Easy, Probiotic Method

Rivka Schwartz