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October Programs at Neighboring Garden Clubs

Neighboring garden clubs often invite the Amherst Garden Club to attend their programs. Below is a summary of what’s happening in October.  Make a note of anything that looks interesting and get the details on the particular club’s web site. Let the Programs committee know if you see a  great speaker!

Tuesday, October 1 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 2 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 9 @ 6:45 PM
Monday, October 14 @ 10:30 AM
Monday, October 21 @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, October 22 @ 7:00 PM
  • Designing the Winter Garden — Fred Rice
    Francestown Garden Club (Meets at Town Hall)Fred will share suggestions, explain techniques, and answer questions about designing a garden that will bring you joy outside of the traditional growing season.  Fred is the former long-time president of the North Shore Horticultural Society (Mass.)  Fred’s garden in Manchester-by-the-Sea was legendary.
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Invitation from Nashua Garden Club — Daylilies

The Nashua Garden Club invites us to a program about Daylilies presented by Carl Harmon of Harmon Hill Farm in Hudson.

Wed., September 4th at 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester Street, Nashua

Carl Harmon is an active member of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) and past president of the New England Daylily Society. Since it’s founding in 1998, Harmon Hill has grown to contain over 4,200 varieties of daylilies and is now one of the largest selections of daylilies in the world! Carl and team have expanded the business to include approximately 100 varieties each of iris, liliums and hostas. The farm has been proudly voted “Best Flower Farm in New Hampshire” by Yankee Magazine and selected to be an official AHS Display Garden.

Join Garden Club members for an informative evening to hear Carl passionately discuss the wide variety of daylilies suited to New Hampshire from old favorites to new introductions from Northern and Region 4 hybridizers and as well as many from the Southern Region which have turned out to be hardy here in NH. Learn how Carl and his co-founder, Marlene Harmon, established this destination garden located in near-by Hudson NH.

All are welcome. Light refreshment will be served. Members: Free
Nonmembers: $5.00 Additional information can be found at: http://www.NashuaNHGardenClub.org

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Nashua Garden Club: Plant Sale and Dahlias!

An invitation from the Nashua Garden Club

Greetings from the Nashua Club and a couple of brief notices:

Plant Sale, May 18th – Firstly, a reminder that our plant sale will be held this Saturday, May 18th on the grounds of the Nashua Historical Society at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua from 8:00AM – noon.  A variety of annual and perennial plants, houseplants, vegetables, shrubs and trees will be available along with a raffle of a wide variety of themed gift baskets, a garden oriented yard sale and selection of enticing baked goods.  All proceeds support the club’s community educational and beautification projects.

June 5th Program History of Growing and Selling Dahlias – We invite you to join us for our program on the History of Growing and Selling Dahlias to be presented by Thomas Mickey, Professor Emeritus, Master Gardener, columnist and author.  Please join club members Wednesday June 5th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, to learn how European plant hunters found the dahlia in Mexico almost 300 years ago, what ‘dahlia mania’ was and how 19th century American nurseries began selling the dahlia as the ideal fall flower. Members:  Free   Nonmembers:  $5.00   Light refreshments will be served. For more information:  www.nashuanhgardenclub.org

Thank you for spreading the word – happy planting season

Terry Robinson
NGC Publicity Chair

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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

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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.