Spring Cleanups in Our Civic Gardens

Although work in our civic gardens doesn’t begin in earnest until after the plant sale, many of our gardens benefit from a spring clean-up in April to look their best for spring-flowering bulbs.

Today at the North Triangle, Dawn Burke, Renée D’Agati, Jane McOsker, Joan O’Brien, and Mary Snaith worked together to pick up debris, rake, sweep, and mulch.

At MaryAnne’s Triangle last week, Susan Batchelder, Dawn Burke, Pat Legere, Marge McAdams, Joan O’Brien, Dee Pringle, Mary Thomson, and Barbara Warman did the same (sorry, no photo!).

Over at the Library, seven helpful members cut back some aggressive growers. Marti’s crew included Christy Belvin, Marge McAdams (who did double-duty that day!), and Debi McGivern, who brought her truck and took all the cuttings to the dump.

Amherst Garden Club at Souhegan Sustainability Fair

On April 14 — Earth Day — the Amherst Garden Club participated in the Souhegan Sustainability Fair, an event dedicated to promoting socially and environmentally responsible living.

Organizer Nancy Head did a great job setting up our booth and recruiting helpers. Our theme was invasive plants, and thanks to Anne Krantz there was an in-depth display — including descriptive posters, handouts, and even sample plants.

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Club members Nancy Hokinson, Becky Stoughton, Anne Krantz, Joan O’Brien, and Nancy Head interacted with the visitors, answered questions, and generally spread the goodwill of the club to the surrounding community.

With a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, food, live music, presentations, and hands-on workshops, the fair itself was a big success.

“Seed: The Untold Story” at Wilton Town Hall Theater on April 15

The Souhegan Valley Food Co-Op will host a showing of Seed: The Untold Story on Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wilton Town Hall Theater.

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy. Winner of 13 awards hailed by the Village Voice as “A rare documentary – a wonder” and by the LA Times “a gorgeously made film.”

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!

Dress Competition

Wall of phalaenopsis and vanda orchids

Oncedium arches




Dress Competition

Laceleaf begonia

Variety of plants

Wall of orchids

“Proven Winners” Mar. 7 in Nashua

Our club has been invited to attend this program:

Russ Knowles of Proven Winners

The Nashua Garden Club will hold its March program, Wed. Mar. 7th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064.  The program, Proven Winners, will be presented by Russ Knowles of Loudon NH based Pleasant View Gardens.  As their Regional Retail Account Manager, Russ represents the Proven Winners © product line in his relationships between Pleasant View Gardens and multiple large, independent garden centers.   With over 30 years’ at some of NE’s top garden centers, he has also worked in various capacities including Production, Shipping, Quality & Inventory Control, and Planning.  Russ and his wife reside in the New Hampshire lakes region.

This program will invite attendees to start thinking spring! They will obtain a preview of 2018 Proven Winner varieties and a review of most popular varieties from the past.  Russ will also share how and where to incorporate these plants into garden beds and container gardens for best success.

Please join members of the Nashua Garden Club for this informative program:
All are welcome.  Light refreshment will be served.
Members:  Free    Nonmembers:  $5.00

Additional information can be found at:  www.NashuaGardenClub.com

The Nashua Garden Club is an independent non-denominational club that devotes itself to the diverse needs and interests of its many-faceted member gardeners. Founded in 1961, the Club’s uniqueness lies in its accommodation to its members by holding meetings in the evening. The Club’s mission is to encourage its members to fully involve themselves in learning about and participating in the many and varied aspects of horticulture, landscape design, floral design, and the civic beautification of our community.

Mar. 1 Evening Meeting — Plants in Our National Parks

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar

The Amherst Garden Club’s first evening meeting of the spring is Thurs., Mar 1, at Parkhurst Place (11 Veterans Road, Amherst) 7:00-8:30 pm.

Amherst resident and adventurer Steve Farrar will take us on a whirlwind pictorial tour of plant life in our national parks, making the case that “plants” should be right up there with waterfalls and majestic rock formations on the list of “Why we visit our national parks.”

Steve’s passion for our parks is infectious, so come prepared to be inspired and bring your vacation planner!

Open to the public at no fee.

Mar. 1 Daytime Meeting — Meet Farmer Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

The Amherst Garden Club’s next meeting is Thurs., Mar 1 at the Messiah Lutheran Church (9:00-11:30 am) with speaker Tom Mitchell.

Tom is the owner of Ledge Top Farm in Wilton, where he has been growing chemical-free vegetables and small fruit for 40 years. Formerly a biology teacher at Milford High School, Tom’s knowledge of genetics and plant life provided a good background for success in farming.

Along with running Ledge Top Farm, Tom once farmed the land that is now the Stearns-Davis Community Garden in Amherst. He can still be found there, supporting the community garden with his labor and expertise.

Next door to Ledge Top Farm is another of Tom’s endeavors: Four Seasons Aquaponics, which he and a business partner started in 2015. Aquaponics combines “aquaculture” (raising fish) and “hydroponics” (soil-less gardening). This innovative approach to growing plants and fish together in one integrated system enables Tom to produce fresh leafy greens and herbs year-round in his greenhouse.

Tom’s presentation will cover the history of Ledge Top Farm and Four Seasons Aquaponics, including the organic growing methods he uses. As a member of Certified Naturally Grown, he is committed to organic farming.

After the presentation, we’ll raffle off a Ledge Top Farm CSA membership valued at $100. The winner will enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables from Ledge Top Farm in 2018. There may also be produce from the aquaponics greenhouse for sale at the meeting, depending on what Tom has available at the time.

Open to the public at no fee.