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, lower level 
on the fourth Wednesday of the month, February through October.
 
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 unless otherwise noted.
HGC is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.,
National Garden Clubs, Inc., and New England Garden Clubs, Inc.
and through those affiliations many other educational and social
opportunities are availablee to us.


           Hooksett Garden Club  Officers 2020-2021
    
                 President                                      Ron Trexler
                 1st Vice President                       Valerie Hinckley 
                 2nd Vice President                     Rachel Sweeney
                 Treasurer                                      Jocelyn Scarpetti
                 Corresponding Secretary           Paula Harris
                 Recording Secretary                   Janet Hansen

                 HGC Board meetings - the second Wednesday 
                 of the month at the Hooksett Library.
 



COMING UP 
Due to the fact that the Hooksett Garden Club holds all 
of its meetings and programs at the Hooksett Public Library
and the library has of March 12 suspended all meetings and 
programs indefinitely due to the Corona virus, all the following
programs are ON HOLD until further notice.


March 2020


Wednesday March 25 


The program will be "Native Plants for New England Gardens"

presented by Ruth Droescher an Advanced Master Gardner

with the UNH Cooperative Extension. Her presentation will cover

the concepts of natives and cultivars, the benefits and advantages

of native plants as well as replacing invasives with natives. 

All are welcome.


April 2020


Wednesday April 22


Speaking at this meeting will be Marie Nickerson from the 

UNH Extension Service on "Care of Celia Thaxter's Garden".

Marie is the steward of Celia Laighton Thaxter's historically 

re-constructed garden on Appledore Island in the Isle of Shoals,

straddling the border of Maine and New Hampshire. Celia was a

19th century author, artist and poet. Open to the public.



May 2020

 

Wednesday May 20


NHFGC's Annual Meeting to be held at the Manchester

Country Club from 9am to 3pm. Hosted by District II. 



Wednesday May 27


"Growing A Pollinator Garden” will be the topic

of the program by Donna Miller of the UNH Extension.

For more than 20 years Donna has been an exceptional

gardening and pollinator educator. Free and open to the 

public.



June 2020

 

Wednesday June 24


Hooksett Garden Club member Janet Hansen will be

the June speaker. Janet's topic will be  “Vermiculture”

This is a practice that Janet has done for several years. 

It utilizes worms to decompose vegetable and food waste 

into compost. Janet will include tips on equipment, methods

and resources to use.


July & August 2020


In lieu of a program, in the months of July and August

the Hooksett Garden Club will be giving tours of members

gardens. The dates and whose gardens will be viewed are

TBA. These tours are open only to members/guests.


September 2020

 

Wednesday September 23


The September program will feature Marie St. Onge

owner of Paisley Floral Design Studio in Manchester. 

Her program will be “Designing in Heirloom Pieces....

how to use your treasured keepsakes during the 

holiday season to honor the memories of loved ones”

Marie will be designing in her own heirloom pieces and then

transfering the designs to another containers. She will create 

four designs this way that she will raffle off at the end of the 

program. This is a program co-sponsored with the Hooksett

Public Library and is free and open to the public.


Wednesday September 30


The Fall Meeting of the NHFGC. Hosted by District III.

Time and venue TBA.




October 2020

 

Wednesday October 28


This meeting of the HGC will feature a program by the clubs 

President Ron Trexler. Ron is an Advanced Master Gardener

with the UNH Extension. His topic will be "Gardening Tools –

what to use to make your gardening easier and how to sharpen

your tools". 













Click on 2019 and 2020 on the left sidebar of the page to see photos of 
our meetings and events.

For past Horticultural Moments, please navigate to 

Horticultural Moment on the left hand sidebar.


     



September 2019

  

The Horticultural Moment for this month was about cleaning up the garden. 

Elena said it is time to start especially if you have mildew on plants such as phlox. 

Cut them down to the ground. If they are not infected leave them alone, for the

plant is still taking in chlorophyll.


She also spoke about milkweed and specifically about another type of caterpillar

that eats milkweed, the Milkweed Tussock Moth. This type has a very wooly appearance

and does not harm the milkweed or interfere with the Monarchs. If you don’t want your

milkweed to increase and take over your garden, cut off the pods. Highways used

to be full of milkweed which spread this way but now they are mowed which has 

seriously decreased the amount of milkweed available to the Monarchs.

Monarchs also love a plant called Tithonia or Mexican Sunflower, a drought

tolerant annual that is easy to grow from seed .



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, Inc.


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