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:

Thank you for spreading the word – happy planting season

Terry Robinson
NGC Publicity Chair

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.



Invitation to Pollinator Symposium (Oct. 28)

An invitation from the New England Wild Flower Society:

New England Wild Flower Society and New Hampshire Audubon invite you to a day-long symposium to discuss interactions between native plants and pollinators and how to combat the pollinator crisis. The symposium will feature panels and workshops led by specialists in the field.

The symposium addresses such topics as: researching and tracking different types of native pollinators, creating and growing gardens that support the region’s native pollinators, and selecting the most effective pollinator-friendly native plants for particular habitats and ecoregions. With an engaging keynote by Dr. Robert Gegear, creator of The Beecology Project, this symposium offers a fitting culmination to a summer of pollinator programs and a vision for next steps.

The symposium will be held on Sunday, October 28th from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the Susan N. McLane Audubon Center in Concord, New Hampshire. We would love for you and your organization members to attend our event and learn more about pollinators directly from field specialists.

Register and be part of the solution! For more information, please visit our website at: We hope you join us for this event, and look forward to hearing back from you soon.


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