Sep 7, 2023 — Kevin Bragg

Sep 7, 2023

Of Pods, Packets & Promise

Presented by Kevin Bragg

Kevin will enlighten us on the history of seed and plant commerce in America and the people who sought to satisfy the “plant bug” within us.

With names like Bartram, Burbank, Burpee and Ball, learn of the people behind the evolution of America’s plant industry. Hear tales of how people, ranging from presidents to ambassadors to commodore, have influenced our gardening history in unique ways.

The evolution of seed packaging and catalogs, the import/export of plants to “the new world,” scientific advancements and cultural shifts have all led up to today’s modern breeding, marketing and selling of plants.

Using contemporary accounts, drawings, lithographs and photos, Kevin’s illustrated story follows the development of American horticultural history, from subsistence farming to ornamental gardening.

Kevin Bragg has over thirty years of experience in the horticulture field, including time as Coordinator of Historic Gardens at Canterbury Shaker Village. Owner of Canterbury Plantation. Kevin enjoys combining his passions for plants and history and exploring the relationships among them.

Starts at 10:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
303 Route 101
Amherst, NH

May 4, 2023 — Mark Richardson

May 4, 2023

Earth Friendly Gardening

Presented by Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson speaks to us about how we can become more earth friendly gardeners. We have all learned to live our lives a little greener in recent decades, taking pride in making choices to lead more sustainable lives. Gardening should be no different. Learn about ways gardening impact our environment.

Mark works at Tower Hill in Worcester and co-authored a book, “Native Plants for New England Gardens,” a guide to over 100 native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and vines. (Books on sale)

Starts at 10:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
303 Route 101
Amherst, NH

Apr 6, 2023 — John Forti

Apr 6, 2023

Edible Landscapes

Presented by John Forti

Presented by well known garden historian and ethnobotanist John Forti, this illustrated lecture will help you explore how to eat locally and enjoy the fruits of your own labors.

This new talk delves into planting edible gardens and landscapes that offer healthy alternatives to our lawns and hedges.

Whether learning to explore our own backyards or the newest landscape style of the 21st century, this talk offers meaningful ways to engage ourselves, our kids and our community in cultivating a sense of place from seed to table. (Books on sale)

Starts at 10:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
303 Route 101
Amherst, NH

Mar 2, 2023 — Kerry Mendez

Mar 2, 2023

Design Tips for Traffic-Stopping Curb Appeal

Presented by Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez will be back to present a very energized program to kick off our gardening season. This eye-opening presentation will cover easy-to-implement design steps for enhancing your home’s curb appeal.

Included will be top-performing perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, evergreens & ornamental trees for head-turning foundation beds.

Books for sale

Coffee and light refreshments

Starts at 10:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
303 Route 101
Amherst, NH

Feb 2, 2023 — Gail Coffey

Feb 2, 2023

Feeding and Attracting Birds to Your Landscape

Presented by Gail Coffey

Garden club member Gail Coffey has turned her landscape into a habitat that supports ecological relationships. She encourages wildlife in her yard by establishing native plantings which focus on optimizing wildlife food sources on the property.

Come and hear how she and her husband, longtime wildlife advocates and conservationists, have developed their 5-acre property. (Door prize)


  • How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape Handout
  • How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape Slideshow

Jan 5, 2023 — Teresa Mosher

Jan 5, 2023

Easy Rose Care

Presented by Teresa Mosher

Teresa Mosher’s program will review uncovering winter protected roses, pruning various types, planting, fertilizing and choosing hardy roses for our zone.

Lovely photos from her locally revered Zone 5 garden are incorporated into the power point presentation. (Books on Sale)

Oct 6, 2022 — Pamela Hartford

Oct 6, 2023

The Gentleman’s Farm: Scientific Agriculture in a Picturesque Landscape

Presented by Pamela Hartford
Go back in time with landscape historian Pamela Hartford and discover the history behind two Olmsted-designed farm properties: Moraine Farm in MA, Waveny Estate in New Canaan, CT.

Field Trip to Moraine Farm

Sep 8, 2022 — Penny O’Sullivan

Sep 8, 2023

Painless Pruning: Simple Solutions for Healthy Plants

Presented by Penny O’Sullivan

Penny O’Sullivan, author, designer and woody plant lover shares her experiences as she turned her property into a mini arboretum. Her experiences inspired a wonderful book on pruning trees and shrubs.

Her presentation will help you better understand the how and why of pruning those trees and shrubs in your own landscape. (Books on Sale)