Amherst Girl Scout Troop 20202, Kristen (Moulton’s employee) and several Amherst Garden Club members teamed up to erect this sensational scarecrow to greet passers-by at the roadside garden across from Moulton’s in Amherst Village. Thank you to all who participated in this great effort!
You’re Invited! Webinar: Encouraging Wildlife Diversity in Designed Landscapes
Presented by Matt Tarr
Join the Amherst Garden Club on Thursday, May 7 at 10:30 AM for this webinar. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Click to join:
Meeting ID: 921 7365 4172
To join by phone:
+1 312 626 6799 (US Toll)
A recorded version of the webinar will hopefully be available.
An abundance of wildlife is one of the best indicators of an ecologically well-designed landscape. By understanding how pollinators, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians select their habitats during each season of the year, we can design landscapes that effectively attract and support a diversity of wildlife.
Matt will provide practical methods for designing ecologically complete landscapes that invite human interaction and transcend simple aesthetics through their functioning interconnected elements.
Join us for this webinar and learn how to encourage wildlife diversity in your own landscape.
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The Courage and Tenacity of Trees
Perhaps you forgot, with all that is going on, but today is Arbor Day (April 24).
In honor of the holiday, and fitting for the times, a garden club member wanted to share these images of trees that have persisted in spite of great challenges.
(Disclaimer: This set of photos has been making the rounds on the Internet; we can’t be certain that none were Photoshopped!)
1 of 28: A place of enchantment
Christmas comes early to The Fells
Monarch butterfly release!
This morning Donna Miller taught the Amherst Garden Club all about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and migration in her talk, Where Have All the Monarchs Gone? As a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch, Donna helps tag and track the butterflies during their fall migration.
Donna showed us how to tag a butterfly by placing a small, harmless sticker on its wing, and then she released it behind the Messiah Lutheran Church to begin its journey south.
Want to learn more about monarch butterflies? Check out Donna’s Monarch Butterfly Resource List.
Photos from Trip to Proven Winners
A handful of garden club members recently made a trip to Pleasant View Gardens — home of Proven Winners® — in Loudon, NH as part of a tour organized by Weston Nurseries. The group had a great time touring the impressive growing facility and walking through the demonstration gardens. The day also included lunch and a presentation by Kerry Ann Mendez.
(Photos courtesy of Joan Poltack)
A Visit to Wells Corner (Epsom, NH)
A group of club members and guests recently enjoyed a special tour of an Epsom, New Hampshire property called Wells Corner. Homeowner Kyle Landt led the tour of her property that features an 18th century house with a post and beam barn. The landscape design is her own vision, and what a vision it is! The garden has been transformed in the course of thirty years from a simple landscape of vinca and tawny daylilies to one filled with deep mixed borders. The borders are comprised of small trees, shrubs, and perennials interspersed with 250 flats of annuals.
(Photos courtesy of Barbara Williams)
Deeply influenced by the late Christopher Lloyd’s book, The Adventurous Gardener, and his gardens at Great Dixter in England, where she makes regular trips, Dr. Landt plans her own designs determining color only after considering plant texture, size, and shape. Her advice includes improving the soil before planting and topdressing annually with her own special compost mix. It is vital to give the plants a running start in this short growing climate, she advises.
Walking the natural path around the buildings, one discovers a reward at each destination such as a raised octagonal potager, a woodland walk, and a large koi pond built to look like a natural spring overflowing a horse trough.
The morning ended with the group resting on the shaded porch while Dr. Landt entertained with stories and provided much useful gardening information.
Read more about Wells Corner in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program guide and a recent issue of New Hampshire Home magazine.
Wells Corner Garden Spring Soil Prep
To each wheelbarrow of good quality compost, add:
Mix together and spread evenly to depth of 1 – 1½ inches. Fork in before planting or use as top dressing on established perennials and shrubs.
If applying to acid-loving plants, mix 50/50 with peat.
* For an animal-free alternative, try rock phosphate.
Photos from the Sunflower Festival (Lee, NH)
(Re-posting since photos were not properly linked first time.)
The Sunflower Festival at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH is an annual event. Barbara Williams visited on July 30 and reports that it was a wonderful show — acres of sunflowers in several varieties — and ponds with cattails, too.
Each year the farm posts the prime time to visit, usually sometime in the last two weeks of July or first two weeks of August. This year’s festival runs July 28 – August 5 (see web site for details). Lee is an easy hour’s drive east of Amherst, and the sunflowers are well worth the trip!
(Photos courtesy of Barbara Williams)
Do You Know Where This Garden Is?
This beautiful little garden — which many residents don’t even know exists — is nestled behind Town Hall alongside the wheelchair ramp. This “pocket garden” was planted around 2005 and is lovingly tended by Mary Salmon. Stop by and take a look while the blue delphiniums are in top form.
While you’re there, be sure to admire the container gardens on the front steps and in the horse trough. This year’s color theme is purple, yellow, and green. The careful observer will notice eggplant and celery growing among the flowers!
Photos from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Club member Mary Salmon visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden last month and shares these beautiful photos. Hang in there… Spring is coming!