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.
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
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.
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 receptionbegan 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.
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!”
“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.
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.