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 
last Wednesday of the month February through October.
Their will be a social time from 6 -6:30 and all meetings that 
have 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 meeting - the 2nd Tuesday of the month –
  4:00 PM at the Hooksett Public Library.

It it with great sadness that we note the sudden 

passing of member Sandy Shapiro on May 16th. Sandy 

joined the Hooksett Garden Club in October of 2016 

after visiting our booth at Old Home Day. 

Right away she became an active member and 

2participated in almost all of the club's events, renewing 

friendships with people she had known before and 

making new friends. Her sunny personality and 

easy smile and laugh will be missed by her 

garden club friends. 


Wednesday, August 29. Business meeting preceded by a Plant Swap
in lieu of a program. It is FREE and open to the public. Each person 
participating can bring up to 3 plants from their garden or container plant. 
For each plant the participant will receive a numbered ticket. When that number
is called you can choose a plant. This continues until all plants are gone.

Wednesday, September 26. Business meeting preceded by a 
program by NHFGC District II Director Fionna McKenna 
entitled " Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
Daylillies...And More".

Wednesday, September 19. NHFGC Fall Meeting,
“Harvest the Love”  at the Puritan Back Room in Manchester
from 8:30 am (registration) until 2 pm. The program is
“Everything You Need to Know About a Standard Flower
Show”. Registration is due by Friday, August 31.

Wednesday, October 31. Business meeting preceded by a program 
by David Murray of Murray Farm Greenhouse in Penacook 
speaking about his half century of experience in running a family business.



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’sreminder 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.

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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