Meetings

The Amherst Garden Club meets monthly from September through June. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month (except in Sept., when the meeting is the first Thursday after Labor Day). The club holds both a daytime meeting and an evening meeting on the same day to accommodate different schedules.

Times and Locations

  • Daytime meetings are held at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst, NH. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. with social time, followed by a business meeting at 9:15 a.m. The monthly program starts at 10:30 a.m. after a short break.
  • Evening meetings are held at Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. with a short business meeting, a break, and an informative program, ending at 8:30 pm. Evening meetings are not held during the winter months (January and February).

See end of page for cancellation information.

All Are Welcome

Club members are welcome to attend either or both meetings. Guests and the public are also welcome at all meetings (except the December Wreath Workshop and the June Annual Meeting). There is no fee.

Program Schedule

Programs are offered at both daytime and evening meetings.

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Thurs., September 8, 2016

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Ellie Roden

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“Art from the Garden: Creating with Pressed Flowers” presented by Ellie Roden — Ellie Roden, self-taught flower artist, will introduce ways to turn flowers, leaves, and other plant material into beautiful art. Various techniques for successful flower pressing will be shared including microwave pressing for perfect, and nearly instant, results. Ideas and tips for creating with pressed flowers will be presented with examples shown. Microwave flower presses, Ellie’s original art, cards and other items will be available for sale, and a door prize will be awarded.

jeremy delisle

Jeremy Delisle

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“Putting Your Vegetable Garden to Bed” Question & Answer session presented by Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center Program Coordinator

 

Thurs., October 6, 2016

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Thomas Mickey

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“America’s Romance with the English Garden” presented by Thomas Mickey — Master Gardener Thomas Mickey will present the beginnings of the modern garden industry, how it seduced the masses with its images and fixed the English garden in the minds of a growing American middle class. Images of English gardens in seed and nursery catalogs influenced the tastemakers, homemakers, and businessmen who changed the look of America. A copy of his book by the same name will be a door prize, and copies will be available for purchase.

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Celeste Wasilew

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“A Passion for Succulents” presented by Celeste Wasilew — Celeste Wasilew, Greenhouse Manager at Bedford Fields, has a passion for succulent plants and will tell us everything we need to know about how to care for these wonderful gems. Her presentation will cover when to replant, water, and fertilize, as well as some fun projects to try at home. With winter not too far off, succulents in our homes can make great decorator accents.

Thurs., November 3, 2016

Bert Ford

Bert Ford

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church (Rte. 101)
in Amherst, NH
“Fall into the Holidays” presented by Bert Ford — Bert Ford is one of New England’s leading floral design professionals. His high-energy demonstration creates before your eyes various tablescapes/centerpieces, décor for your doors, mantels and more, just in time for the holidays. The arrangements created will be raffled at the end of the program.

Kerry Merryfield

Kerry Merryfield

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“Holiday Decorating Inspired by Nature” presented by Kelly Merryfield of Merryfield Design — Just in time for the holidays, Master Gardener Kelly Merryfield will share helpful tips on how to update your existing décor using design ideas and techniques inspired by nature. Embrace the holiday season and welcome winter with easy indoor and outdoor touches. Be enchanted by garlands and greens and winter arrangements that welcome guests. Share unique hostess gifts that are easy to make with materials that may be just outside your door.

Thurs., December 1, 2016

Wreath Workshop (Members only)

Thurs., January 5, 2017

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Mary Salmon

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“The Secrets of Color” presented by Mary Salmon — To brighten up the month of January, Master Gardener Mary Salmon will speak about and illustrate through her photos how color appears and can be manipulated in the outside world. “All the world’s a stage,” and gardening is a production; color is the costumes and the scenery, and the sun is the person in the lighting booth. Mary is an artist and retired Arts & Crafts teacher as well as a gardener. She will let you in on some trade secrets as to how we see color and why certain color combinations in our gardens draw our attention more than others. Landscapes and gardens of all sizes will be addressed, from natural to man made. Mary says, “I love color. It’s magical and it makes me happy.” Handouts will be color wheels that attendees can take to their nurseries to help in color selection. If you want to know the secrets of color, come to our meeting.
(No evening program in January)

 

Thurs., February 2, 2017

Peter George

Peter George

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“The Evolution of My Garden, or How My Garden Proves There’s No Such Thing As Intelligent Design” presented by Peter George — Peter George, past president of the North American Rock Garden Society, will share slides of his extensive rock garden in Petersham, MA. His garden contains both common and unusual specimens, as well as plants you might not think of as rock garden plants. Peter is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker who is sure to inspire.
(No evening program in February)

Thurs., March 2, 2017

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Bill Holt

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“Ornamental Grasses of New England” presented by Bill Holt, owner of WillowMist® Grasses — Bill Holt from WillowMist Gardens will tell us what to look for and how to design with ornamental grasses, which varieties are best suited for New England gardens, and valuable hints and tips on growing and maintaining them. In 2008 WillowMist appeared on the PBS gardening classic, The Victory Garden, and has continued to appear in re-runs. There will be handouts on grasses.

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Lisa Law

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“Feng Shui for Your Home and Garden” presented by Lisa Law, Lisa Law Design Services — According to Feng Shui philosophy, when our environment is balanced and filled with positive energy, it enhances life goals and leads to a feeling of tranquility. Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and author Lisa Law will talk about the importance of living in harmony with our surroundings and how simple changes in both your home and landscape can have a huge impact on how you feel.

Thurs., April 6, 2017

Ellen Ecker Ogden

Ellen Ecker Ogden

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“The Art of Growing Food” presented by Ellen Ecker Ogden — Garden designer and cookbook author Ellen Ecker Ogden will talk about creating a kitchen garden that goes beyond the usual straight rows of vegetables. By incorporating herbs and flowers, and planting with an eye toward balance and color, an ordinary vegetable garden becomes an ornamental, edible landscape. Ellen is known for her informative and fun-loving garden talks. A door prize will be awarded.

 

David Emerson Quigley

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“Edible Landscapes” presented by D. Emerson Quigley, owner of King Street Vineyards — Passionate about his own backyard vineyard and orchard, D. Emerson will talk with us about turning our own backyards, no matter the size, into “Edible Landscapes.” King Street Vineyards helps home owners build and maintain their own vineyards or orchards.

May 4, 2017

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Norma Weinberg

Daytime Program
9:00-11:30 am
Messiah Lutheran Church
, Route 101, Amherst, NH
“Herb Gardening Through a Sustainable Lens” presented by Norma Weinberg — ‘Sustainability’ – a lifestyle with immediate and long-term rewards. Herb expert Norma Weinberg will give us tips on how to become a sustainable gardener, including ideas for companion planting, water conservation, and natural ways to deter pests, using herbs. There will be a door prize at the end of the program.

Marie Nickerson

Evening Program
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkhurst Place
, 11 Veterans Road, Amherst, NH
“A Summer with Celia: Caring for a Historic Island Garden” presented by Marie Nickerson — Master Gardener and Marine Docent Marie Nickerson will share what she describes as “the opportunity of a lifetime,” her role as Steward of Celia Thaxter’s Garden on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals. Guided by Celia Thaxter’s book, An Island Garden, published in 1894, The Shoals Marine Laboratory recreated her garden in the same rocky spot overlooking the ocean. Marie will talk about the challenge of nurturing and adding to the collection of heirloom plants and flowers while preserving the history of the garden and the island.

June 1, 2017

Luncheon & Annual Meeting (Members only)

Cancellations

Cancellation notices will be posted on the website.

  • If the Amherst schools are canceled due to weather, the daytime monthly meeting will be cancelled.
  • If schools are delayed due to weather, the daytime meeting will be held as scheduled.
  • Evening meeting cancellation notices will be available on WMUR.
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