Perennials+

Perennials+

The Perennials+ group — which focuses on topics related to perennials — meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from September through May. Monthly programs are based on the group’s interests and include a combination of presentations, workshops, and field trips.

The group is open to all club members, however members interested in a specific meeting must sign up using Signup Genius since attendance may be limited.

Handouts, Videos, Etc.

Jan 18, 2024 — Aromatherapy Essentials

Presented by Michelle Bresnahan. An additional resource shared by Gail Coffey: Wintergreen Botanicals.

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    • Let’s Talk Catalogs! A selection of nursery plant and seed catalogs to inspire the gardener (Kathy Brundage, Jan. 2019)

Forms for Members

Forms for Members

Expense Reimbursement Request Form — Use to request reimbursement for expenses incurred on behalf of the club. You will need approval from the committee chair in charge of the particular budget line item (e.g., Hospitality or Programs). Submit a separate form for each budget line item to be charged.

Transmittal Sheet Cash and Checks — Use to accept cash and/or check income on behalf of the club. Submit a separate form for each budget line item to be credited.

Transmittal Sheet Electronic — Use to accept income received electronically on behalf of the club. Submit a separate form for each budget line item to be credited.

Request for Educational Reimbursement Form — Use to apply for funding to further your horticultural education as a Master Gardener or in comparable pursuits.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Plastic Pot Problems

The use of plastics in all aspects of life has created a large and negative impact on our world. As gardeners, we have a responsibility to protect and preserve our environment.

What can we as gardeners do to help minimize the use of plastic pots in our gardening efforts?

The Amherst Garden Club’s Environmental Sustainability committee is dedicated to learning about and sharing sustainable gardening practices. Below is their list of recommended resources.

Plant Selection and Design

Native Plants

Invasive Plants and Animals

Ecological Landscaping

  • Bird Academy’s Guide to Planning Your Naturescape (from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Wild Seed Project — The goal of Wild Seed Project is to build awareness of the vital importance of native plants and to provide people with the tools to restore biodiversity in their own communities. Though Maine-based, the site contains a wealth of information applicable to New England more generally.

Organic Material Waste Management

Yard and Garden Cleanup

Composting

Indoor Composting

Soil Health and Nutrient Management

Cover Crops

Coming soon…

Soil Testing

Water Management and Conservation

Rain Gardens

Pollinator Protection

Lawn Care & Alternatives to Lawns

Equipment and Materials

Tool Selection

Garden Plastic Waste

General/Miscellaneous

  • Seed Saving Tips by Mary Ann Kuhnert [linked document TBD]
  • The Great Tree Migration (Link to visual article in Emergence Magazine)
  • National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat Certification Information and Checklist
  • Pollinator Garden Certification through UNH/UMaine Extension
  • Get on the Map! of Homegrown National Park (Non-profit co-founded by Doug Tallamy and Michelle Alfandari to encourage planting of native plants)