The Hooksett Garden Club 
Mission Statement
The Hooksett Garden Club wishes
 to encourage interest in all phases
of gardening, floral design and 
horticulture; to aid in the protection
 and conservation of natural 
resources; and to assist in the civic
beautification of the community.
Meeting Information
Monthly meetings are held 
at the Hooksett Public Library,
 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett NH on the second Wednesday of the 
 month, March through November.
 There will be a social time from 6-6:30 and all meetings with a program
 will have the program first, starting at 6:30. The business meeting
 will follow at approx. 7:30.

Founded in 1997 by 12 charter members, the club has been an active part
of the Hooksett community ever since. We welcome new members
You don't have to live in the town of Hooksett to attend a meeting or be a member.
New to the area and want to meet new people? stop by - we’d be happy to meet 
you! Anyone interested in joining, or just curious as to what the club does, is
encouraged to come to a meeting and see what goes on. Some of our members
have extensive gardening knowledge and are Master Gardeners -
 others have learned by trial and error. 
                              Programs are free and open to the public.
 HGC is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.,
the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and New England Garden Club, and through those
 affiliations many other educational and social opportunities are availablee to us.

Hooksett Garden Club  OFFICERS 2018-2019
                 President                                      Ron Trexler
                 1st Vice President                       Elena Whitfield 
                 2nd Vice President                     Nancy Barrett
                 Treasurer                                     Doris Sorel
                 Corresponding Secretary          Paula Harris
                 Recording Secretary                  Rachel  Sweeney

HGC Board meetings - Approx. 2 weeks prior to the 
business meeting at the Hooksett Public Library.


The Hooksett Garden Club wishes to thank everyone who
purchased wreaths or swags from us. Your continued 
support helps support our community beautification projects.

Our meeting schedule has changed. Our first meeting
will be held in March instead of February and  all
meetings will be the second Wednesday of the month 
instead of the last Wednesday of the month. So the
 first meeting of 2019 will held on Wednesday, March 13
Starting at 6pm.

Check back on this site to see upcoming events and programs.

Click on 2018 on the left side of the page to see photos of all the
events we had throughout 2018.



The horticultural moment for this month was on pruning. Elena said this is the

time to prune your bushes, perennials and shrubs that bloom in the summer.

Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned in the summer right after blooming.

Lilacs – Prune right after they bloom by cutting out old growth stems, 

suckers and spent flowers.

Butterfly Bush – Can be cut right to the ground and it will grow back and 

bloom all in one season.

Forsythia – Prune right after blooms fade as it blooms next year on old wood.

Cut out all old stems and shorten ones that are too long.

Rose of Sharon – Can be pruned in late fall, late winter or very early spring 

before buds form. Cut back to first node. Grows on new wood.

Hydrangeas – It depends on if the hydrangea blooms on old or new wood. 

For those that bloom on new wood, they can be cut back to the first live bud

sometimes in April but be patient.

Roses – never prune in the fall, always wait until spring when you just barely 

see new buds, then cut to the first live bud. Cut all old growth.

Fruit Trees – Apple trees can be pruned in late winter into early spring. 

Elena recommended a book called Pruning Book by Lee Reich as a good 

resource to have when deciding whether or when to prune.


This months topic was on planting early crops – specifically peas and lettuce. 

Now is the time to plant.

Lettuce can be planted in containers as it loves the cool temperatures. 

Leaf lettuce takes about 40 days so that if you plant by the 1st or 2nd of April

you should have your first crop by the 2nd week in May. You can start the plants

inside and then transplant to the outside when they are about 2” tall. Elena 

suggests staggering your planting every two weeks so that you have a continuous

crop. She mentioned that lettuce can be planted alongside other plants that will

provide shade for the lettuce as they don’t like to be in full sun all day.

Peas can be planted in a pot as well as long as they are a short variety that

only grow to about 18”.  Some pea varieties grow to as high as 6” and need to be

on a trellis. Peas can go into the ground now as long as the soil isn’t to wet. Peas

do better if an innoculant is added which add nitrogen fixing bacteria. This can

increase your yield up to 75%. Innoculant work on beans as well as peas. 

Elena mentioned new varieties of peas that have yellow and purple pods. 

Elena suggested putting brocolli in the place where you plant your peas this year 

as they also like the nitrogen that the peas will add to the soil.


    If you have fruit trees or berries, now is the time to spray with sulphur for 

diseases or bugs. Sulphur is organic and will not hurt the plants and comes in 

powder or liquid form. Your roses should be getting ready to bloom. Feed now

once a month until August. Just put a handful of Espoma (Rose Tone) around

each plant. The months to feed are May, June, July and August. Feeding should

stop after August so that the plants do not keep putting out new growth. 


  Elena’s topic for this month’s Horticultural Moment is Oakleaf Hydrangeas, in

particular one called “Ruby Slippers”. They start out white, go to pink and then

turns a ruby color in the fall. The leaves also go from dark green to burgundy.

It blooms on both old and new wood, and grows in sun or part shade. The 

full height is between 4 and 5” high. Fall is the perfect time to plant them 

along with almost all perennials. They can be found at Bluestone Perennials

or other online nurseries. 


  Elena’s reminder for this month is to make sure and water, especially with

the dry conditions we have had. Especially plants in containers.  August is the

month to think about what plants you will be dividing so that in September

when the growing season is winding down you will be ready. The 

plants need time to re-establish a root system before the weather gets cold.


  Elena emphasized the need to water plants in pots or bags frequently especially

in this warm weather. The garden benefits most from soaker hoses. In either case

try to water early and try to not get water on the leaves as this can cause burning

of the leaves as well as fungus.  


  It is time to start putting your garden to bed. This includes cutting down plants,

maybe adding compost, having your soil tested if you question how well it is doing,

and adding mulch to protect your plants over the winter. Elena noted that adding pine

needles does not add to the acidity of the soil even though pine trees grow in acid soil.

The same goes for oak leaves used as mulch.  

For past months' Horticultural Moments, please navigate to Horticultural Moment

on the left hand sidebar.

Hooksett Garden Club

Hooksett, New Hampshire

Organized and Federated in 1997

Member of the

New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. 

National Garden Clubs, Inc.  and New England Garden Clubs

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