2016

January
22-23 – 33rd Annual Farm and Forest Exposition, "Growing NH's Future with Agriculture & Forestry" held at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street Manchester. For the first time the NHFGC had a booth there showing how we help our communities. The Hooksett Garden Club supplied a yearbook, brochures and photos of our club activities and Marty Lennon, Shirley Girard and Janet Hansen volunteered to help out at the booth.
           

February
The first meeting of the year for the Hooksett Garden Club was held on February 24th. 
As well as the usual business meeting, a Yankee Swap and seed swap were held. 

 March
Wednesday, March 30 -  the regular business meeting included a round-table discussion "Getting ready for Planting." 

April
Wednesday, April 27 - the regular business meeting included a program by Amy Papineau, "The Propagation of Flower and Vegetable gardens using good bugs."

A library clean-up was held on April 14th. Lots of weeding and pruning accomplished.

May  
Tuesday, May 24 –We finished up our library clean-up and planted 20 sedum plants of 2 different colors as well as 8 plants donated by the Merrimack County Conservation District which Shirley Girard was good enough to pick up. Shirley not only came with plants but with her granddaughter Haley Demers who helped us plant. Thanks Shirley and Haley! We held our regular monthly meeting after planting and finished off the night with a pizza party. 

May 25, 2016 - NHFGC 83rd Annual Meeting
Each year the NHFGC holds an annual meeting and this year it was hosted by District II which we are part of. It was our responsibility to provide name tags for 141 guests, officials and the speaker, Marie St. Onge. The event was held on May 25th at the Manchester Country Club. Thirteen of our members attended as well as two guests. The meal was delicious, the speaker was very interesting and everyone enjoyed themselves. We won a second place award for our Yearbook so congratulations to Elicia Dowd who does such a fabulous job.


And to finish off the week, on Friday, May 27th, a group of garden club ladies met at Doris Sorel's home to plant the 48 flower boxes that will go on the Memorial Bridge. A true testament to the perseverance of Doris and her bridge committee, the boxes now have an irrigation system in place. Hopefully we will see them on the bridge very soon. Many hands made light work and the planting was finished by 2pm and lunch was enjoyed on Doris' porch.

June
Saturday, June 4 - Annual Plant Sale at R&R Wholesalers, 1371 Hooksett Rd., from 8am until noon. Raffles, a plant-themed yard sale and Master Gardeners to answer questions. 
We got a beautiful sunny day and had a very successful sale. Our members donated 378 plants and we had 15 window boxes filled with annuals for sale. We added a garden-themed yard sale this year which added some new interest. 
Everyone worked really hard to make this a success including m
any husbands who volunteered to move tables, tents, etc. Thanks to you all.
Finally, the first week in June - flower boxes are once again on the Memorial Bridge! 48 boxes, 192 bright pink Supertunias. So many people involved, so much work but so worth it!

                          
    
   

Hooksett Garden Club co/president Marty Lennon was the clubs' representative at Petals2Paint, the popular show which pairs floral works with fine art. The show is a collaboration between East Colony Artists and LaBelle Winery where the show was held on June 22-23. Marty's work was entitled "Dry Dock."

                                      

Saturday, June 25 -  A field trip to Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, NH. 
Seven members of the HGC went on a field trip to Strawbery Banke. Despite the heat, it was an enjoyable day.

July
Wednesday, July 27th - Our regular business meeting for the month. Elena Whitfield gave Part I of a talk on "Small Berries - strawberries and raspberries." The second part was held at our August meeting.  The Hooksett Public Library co/sponsored this event and it was open to the public. Refreshments were provided by the HGC.

Library clean-up July 11,2016. Everything looks awesome!
   

  
August 

On August 2nd, a plaque of appreciation was presented to Nick Mercier, Managing Director of Macy Industries, Inc., for the company's generous donation of the brackets made for the Flowers on the Bridge project and for their continued support of the Hooksett Garden Club and the town of Hooksett.

A plaque of appreciation was also given to Diane Boyce, Director of Public Works; Phil Arnone, Parks and Recreation Foreman; and Jim Donison, P.E., Assistant Public Works Director/Town Engineer.

Saturday, August 20
The last field trip of the this year was to Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH on Aug. 20th. Despite the lack of rain, the 33 acres were still beautiful. Six members attended and had a great time.


Wednesday, August 31 – regular monthly business meeting. 
After the regular meeting, Elena Whitfield gave Part II of her talk  " Small berries - blueberries and grapes." The Hooksett Public Library  co/sponsored this event and it was open to the public and well attended. HGC provided refreshments.

Tina on her own has taken on the job of watering the Patriotic Tree and most certainly has kept it alive. On this day she had some help from Elena, Rachel, Nancy Berardi and Carolyn. Way to go Tina!


September

              
               
              
Saturday, September 17
After a one year absence, the Hooksett Garden Club again had a booth
at Hooksett Old Home Day. Under the direction of Chair, Nancy
Berardi, the booth was beautifully decorated in a fall theme, had
posters showing our activities and events throughout 2016, 
membership brochures, our Wreath Sale poster on display, raffles
 from Agway and LaValley's, beautiful Fish and Game Calendars
 for sale and even apples for snacks. Several members were at the
booth throughout the day to answer questions and the booth received
many visitors.   

Wednesday, September 28

In 2015, the HGC made a $250 donation to the Hooksett Conservation

Commission, lead by Steve Couture, for the Hooksett Riverwalk Trail,

a multi-use trail along the river. On Sept. 28 the first phase of the trail

was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a walk. Since several

members were interested in doing this, our meeting time was delayed

until 5 pm. Sixty people were in attendance including six HGC members.

The trail at present is 3/4 mile long but will eventually be 4-5 miles.


The same evening was our regular September meeting. Peg had arranged
to have boards set up for members to attach photos of their gardens taken
in 2016. Ron had his photos as a slideshow on his laptop and another 
member brought hers in an album. This meeting was a full house with
almost all members in attendance.

Jean Lawrie was the only one of our members who attended the 
NHFGC Fall Annual Meeting in Troy, NH. Jean is also the NHFGC
Treasurer. She not only spent the day in travel and meetings but 
came to our meeting as well to tell us all about it. She surprised 
us with an award the she accepted on the HGC's behalf for the 
largest percentage of attendance at the NHFGC Annual Meeting 
in May. Thanks for being our representative Jean.


October
 Oct. 6, Final Library Clean-up

October 20 - Putting away the flower boxes
           
Wednesday, October 26
Our October meeting, the last regular meeting of the year, was 
attended by 15 members, two guests, new member Sandy Shapiro,
and special guest, District II Director, Fiona McKenna. Our wreath
orders were turned in at this meeting and our sales were even better
than last year. Good job everyone! Let us hope the weather co-operates
 for our wreath pick-up day, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 
Come if you can and dress warm 
Peg Chickering did a wonderful 
presentation– "Holiday Gift Wrapping from 
Your Garden
Treasurers"She demonstrated some of her techniques for 
putting together gifts for all occasions using items from the garden
and some she purchases throughout the year at flea markets, 
craft fairs, and places such as the Christmas Tree Shop and Ocean
State Job Lots. Peg says that she is self taught but obviously she 
has the style sense needed to pull this off successfully. All of the
baskets that were put together as part the demonstration were then
raffled off to the delighted members. Thank you Peg for a wonderful
demo and all the other programs you have put together for us this
year as our Program Chair.

                   
                  
Also at the October meeting, 21 pairs of warm, cozy children's pajamas
and 11 books were collected to be donated to the Kiwanis Kids Kloset.
These will be distributed in December at the monthly "shopping night".
Pajama Program Chair, Irene Bergeron thanks everyone who 
participated this year.

The big surprise of the night was Fiona presenting the club with the
Joyce A. Kimball Container Gardening Award for our Flowers on
the Bridge Project. We received a certificate and a $25 check. This award
was from the NER (the New England Region of the NFGC, Inc.) which
is comprised of all six New England states so is really a significant
achievement for the club.

WELCOME NEW MEMBER SANDY SHAPIRO



November
The 2016 wreath sale pick-up day was not raining, snowing and 
we had power. Many hands made light work of counting, quality 
control and putting together the orders. Shirley was in the kitchen with 
coffee and goodies for everyone. Mary and Irene were at the desk 
co-ordinating the event. The final count is not in yet but it looks 
like we did even better than last year. 

               

December
The Hooksett Garden Club holiday party was held on December 7
at Roots Cafe 
at Robie's Country Store. This year members were 
allowed to take a spouse or 
guest as well. The food was wonderful
and the atmosphere warm and cozy. The Member of the Year Award 
was given to Peg Chickering, our second vice president and
program chair. Peg is always cheerful and always available to help
no matter what the job. The club feels she is very deserving of this
award.


2017 will mark the Hooksett Garden Clubs' 20th anniversary. In 1997
 when the club was formed, there were 12 original members. Two of those
members, Nancy Barrett and Mary Farwell, are still members of the club. 
To honor all they have done for the club for twenty years, the club 
voted to have them become New Hampshire Federation of Garden
Club Life Members. Pat Mulone, NHFGC Life Membership Chair,
came to personally award them with certificates and pins.
Congratulations Ladies!!

              
























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