Pumpkin Succulent Planter Workshop Fun!

The Pumpkin Succulent Planter Workshop hosted by the Perennial Group on November 20 was great fun, with 23 participants.  It was so wonderful to kick off the holiday season by sharing plants, other supplies, and ideas, and the results were fabulous.  Special thanks to Sue Alger for suggesting the workshop and teaching us all this great new floral craft.  Thanks also to Parkhurst Place for allowing us to use the Bean Meeting Room, as well as Eli, Mason, and Jayne Young, who assisted with setup.  (If you missed the workshop, feel free to download the Pumpkin_Succulent Assembly and Care Tip Sheet.)

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AGC Perennial Group Visits Amherst Middle School


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At the invitation of the Amherst Middle School, the AGC Perennial Group held its first meeting of the year (the planning meeting) at the school.  Principal Porter Dodge gave us a very warm welcome, and after our meeting, we were treated to brief presentations by some of the students about their experiences in the school gardens as well as a tour of the gardens.  The Amherst Garden Club provided seed money (no pun intended!) for the raised beds (which were constructed by students) several years ago, so it was great to come full circle and have the opportunity to view their progress and hear about how the gardens have been integrated into the curriculum.

February Perennial Group Meeting Change

The perennial group will now meet at the home of Sue Alger on February 20th at 9:30.
Marti Warren will speak about “Practical Propagation”. This topic is a huge one but she will be presenting specifically some of her experiences propagating her own favorite and more common plants. She will talk about the pros and cons of propagation for the average gardener. Everyone will have a little sample to take home as well as a handout on the topic.

There will be a signup sheet at the February AGC meeting, or you can email Sarah at sarbert55@hotmail.com or Pam at pbnewhouse@comcast.net.

Perennial Group Meeting Line Up

Perennial Monthly Scheduled Meetings:

October 17 – Visit to Tower Hill Botanical Garden

November 21 – Jeanne Nevard to discuss wild flowers at home of Charlene Carper, followed by lunch at LaBelle Winery

December 19 – Christmas plant swap and Christmas cheer at Sarah Warrens home

January 16 – Karen Woodbury to discuss companion planting at the home of Deb Ferrelli

February 20 – Judy Smith to discuss flowering shrubs at her home

March 20 – Marti Warren will discuss plant division at Sue Alger’s home

April 17 – Each member to bring a favorite plant to discuss for a few minutes at the home of Dawn Burke

May 15 – A discussion of container plants at the camp of Sally Hooper on Baboosic Lake, which includes a boat ride on the lake.


May Perennial Group Garden Visit

Martha Coutts-Eisenberg opened her garden to the perennial group to the delight of all who attended. A list of plants that were discussed  in Martha’s garden is from Fran Kelly  fr.kelly01@gmail.com  . Here are Fran’s notes (unedited and not re-formatted):

Hi Everyone,

Here is a list of many of the plants that Martha talked about. It is not complete – too much going on. And I have no information on most of them. Sorry, but I am getting too old to hear everything. I’ve checked the spellings, so at least you can pull them up and recognize where they were placed and how they looked in Martha’s gorgeous gardens. Continue reading “May Perennial Group Garden Visit”

Tree and Shrub characteristics and facts Zone 5 from Perennial Group

Trees/shrubs – Zone 5, New Hampshire


Characteristics Acer sp. Acer   saccarum  Sugar Maple, Acer palmatum Japanese Aeschelus x   carnea /A. pavia   Red Buckeye or Horse Chestnut Amelanchier sp.   (arborea), Shadbush or Serviceberry
Mature Height 60-75’, up to 120’ potential 16-20’ (A. pavia),   30-40’ (A.carnea) or more 15-25’
Mature Width 2/3 of height 10-20’ Variable width
Sun/shade Moisture Needs Well drained moderately moist soilFull sun to part shade. Color better in acid soils Very tolerant of shade so effective under shade trees,   moist but well drained soil Full sun or part shadeMoist, but well drained soils
Landscape Value  (S, Su, F) S: Buds are soft pastel shades, flowers light green,   subtly attractive, Su: Leaves med. to dark green, F: brilliant yellow to   orange, variable. S: Light green leavesSu: Dark green midsummerF: yellowFlower panicles up to 12” long in spring, white or pink.   Very showy S: Very early, white or light pink flowers, perhaps   first flowering tree in springF: Yellow to apricot to deep red
Other redeeming Qualities Shade tree, excellent hardwood, maple syrup, shelter for   birds and mammals. Hundreds of varieties and sizes Nuts are food source for wild life but harmful to humans   unless boiled to remove toxins, yellow dye from bark Roots non invasive, produces nice light shade. Other   plants easily grow underneath.  Good   transition tree from lawns to woods.    Even George Washington planted at Mount Vernon
Pollinators Mostly Wind. Trees contain both male and female flowers,   Bees can collect pollen Hummingbirds, bumblebees.    Blossoms seem custom made for hummingbird beaks Bees;  Tree have   both male and female blossoms
Pests Winter Moth, other moths, Spindle and other galls. Damage   generally not fatal Leaf blotch, powdery mildew.  Many insects eat it, but showy nonetheless Most are free from serious diseases/insect pests
Usefulness to Birds, other   animals Baltimore Orioles eat winter moth caterpillars, sap for   birds Shelter for birds, nesting sites. Goldfinch, blue jay, titmouse, cardinal, robins, etc.   love red to purple/black berries in June.    Humans too. Some say tastes better than blueberry

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