Jan. 3 Daytime Meeting — Lilacs and Wildflowers

Presented by Barbara Rollins

Meeting Times and Locations

Have you enjoyed the sight of lilacs and wildflowers growing along New Hampshire’s highways and byways? These plantings often look so natural you might think that only Mother Nature was involved. But many of these landscapes were carefully planned with help from the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission.

One of the winning photos from the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission’s annual photo contest (credit: Kristine Dean)

The Governor’s Lilac Commission was established in 1984 by Governor John H. Sununu to promote the planting of our state flower, the lilac. The commission later took on the added responsibility of beautifying New Hampshire’s highways with wildflowers, and so the name was expanded to “Lilac and Wildflower Commission.”

If you’d like to learn more about the work of the Commission and how you, too, can successfully grow lilacs and wildflowers, join us for a talk by Barbara Rollins, Landscape Specialist Supervisor for the NH-DOT Landscape Division and member of the Commission.

Barbara Rollins, Landscape Specialist Supervisor, NH-DOT

Barbara’s presentation will cover recommended cultural practices for growing lilacs, including planting instructions, pruning techniques, and dealing with common diseases. She will also provide some history of the lilac and tell us about the annual Lilac Photo Contest, now in its 23rd year. (Our own Marti Warren was a winner one year!)

Most of the talk will focus on lilacs, but wildflowers will also be discussed. Barbara will explain how the NH Department of Transportation goes about establishing, maintaining, and rejuvenating the wildflower meadows along our highways.

Lilac-themed merchandise will be available for sale, and the door prize will be a lilac shrub, to be delivered in spring 2019!

Daytime meetings are held at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst, NH.

Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. with social time, followed by a business meeting at 9:15 a.m. Following the business meeting, there is a short refreshment break. The program/speaker begins at 10:30 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m.

Guests are welcome to attend the business meeting as well as the program at no fee.