On June 15, several club members as well as three husbands and a neighbor

across from the park met at Donati Field to place a wreath at the Patriotic Tree,

planted by the club in 2006 as a National Garden Club week Presidents' Project.

This ceremony is an outward sign of our appreciation to the men and women

who serve or have served in our Armed Forces as well as first responders and 

those in government and education who help strengthen our right to be free. 

The following day, June 16, Elena Whitfield and Carolyn Taylor visited the
Underhill School where Elena gave a talk about pollinators to about 60 first 
graders. School Librarian Karen Landsman had co-ordinated the visit with
Underhill School parent Jeff Hamilton. The Hooksett Garden Club is hoping to
become mentors to the school and help them increase the amount of pollinators
that come to their school garden. Elena also had suggestions on how to improve
the space such as planting a few trees for shade. They promised to go back in 
the fall with some other HGC members and follow up on the project. 
Information on getting some free milkweed plants from the NHFG was left
with Mrs. Landsman.


At our regular business meeting on June 28, we were very fortunate to have
Doug Whitfield, a steward with New Hampshire Fish and Game
(and also Elena's husband) do a program on "Black Bear Happenings
in New Hampshire" This program was co-sponsored with the Hooksett
Public Library and was free and open to the public. Doug spoke of the
history of many different animals in the area but specifically the 
black bear, a timely topic since many have been reported in the area this
summer. main point in his talk was that a lot of “issues” that are caused
by bears are brought on by humans and that we need to respect that this
is their habitat as well. 

Our flowers on the bridge are looking beautiful! The following photos were taken
on July 20 which was a 90+˚ day and they still looked good.


Our Other Sites taken at different times throughout the summer


In lieu of a regular meeting on July 26, several members of the club
visited Moulton Farm in Meredith for 
a luncheon and 
a lecture on herbs.
The lunch, prepared by their own chef, consisted of rolls made with 
lavender and lemon, a garden salad of their own herbs and vegetables,
a choice of spinach pie or quiche with tomato and ham and a three
choices from a desert tray. The food was delicious! Club members were
given a 10% off coupon if they wanted to purchase from the greenhouse.
After the lunch, everyone was invited to visit Mary Farwell's lakehouse
for drinks and desert.


After the August business meeting on August 30Elena did a program on 

propagating geraniums with Rachel as her assistant. Elena had some 

beautiful geraniums that she keeps propagating from a plant that was

her Mothers. She told us how to winter over geraniums and to start new

plants from old ones.


On September 16, the garden club again participated in Hooksett Old Home Day. 

Nancy Berardi, as she has for many Old Home Days, chaired the event. But it will

be her last as she is moving to FL. Great jobNancy. We had brochures and posters

showing what the club is all about and raffle prizes.

The Hooksett Garden Club celebrated twenty years as a club this year with a luncheon
held at Roots Cafe in Robie's County Store on September 21. Members enjoyed a delicious
four course lunch which included a cake decorated with the clubs' 20 year logo. Rachel
and Nancy Berardi co-chaired the event and did a great job.

After our regular September business meeting on September 27, we had a program
co-sponsored with the library, free and open to the public, by HGC member, Master
Gardener and speaker with the UNH Co-operative Extension Master Gardener 
Program, Ron Trexler. Ron's program was entitled "Putting the Garden to Bed", 
a very timely program. Ron illustrated his presentation with slides.

The day after our meeting, September 28, the club held a library garden clean-up. 
Rachel contacted the Central HS Key Club and they sent two students and an advisor
to participate. We were also happy to have Tess's daughter visiting from Washington
state to help also. We cut down dead plants, weeded, deadheaded and added fall mums
to the urns in the front and back of the library.


Our October meeting on October 25 was our final meeting of 2017. Our wreath sale packets were turned in.

This year Rachel Sweeney was in charge of collecting the warm pajamas and books that we donate to Kiwanis

Kids Kloset each year at our October meeting. 25 pairs of pajamas and 10 books were collected that will go

children in Hooksett.


After our meeting we were pleased to have a program by Chris LaValley of LaValley Farm

in Hooksett. Chris spoke on how to control diseases in plants based on how they control disease

on their farm. He talked about how disease management is all about technique and strategy. 

One of the biggest causes of disease is water, both in the form of rain or watering and how to prevent

disease from happening. He also talked about spending the winter planning your next years garden

and how to make it better. Thank you Chris, we all learned a lot.


At the end of October the Hooksett Garden Club was granted permission by the Hooksett Library to
use their display case in the lobby. We have the display up until the end of November and hope a 
lot of people get to see it. It contains posters of our years events, a copy of our yearbook, scrapbook,
press book and membership brochure and awards that we won at the NHFGC annual meeting.



On November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving was our annual wreath pick up day. We had

many members show up and many hands made work go quickly. Thank you to all those who 

supported the Hooksett Garden Club by buying our wreaths.


An installation ceremony to install the new officers for 2018-2019, was held on November 29 

at the library. NHFGC President Joyce Kimball conducted the ceremony and was assisted

by District II Director, Joyce Kimball. New officers for the coming term are: President, 

Ron Trexler; First Vice President, Elena Whitfield; Second Vice President, Nancy Barrett; 

Treasurer, Doris Sorel; Recording Secretary, Rachel Sweeney, and Corresponding 

Secretary, Paula Harris.


We celebrated the end of our year with our Holiday Party on December 6. After enjoying 

our party so much last year at Roots Cafe at Robie's Country Store, we decided to hold it there

again. We had a delicious buffet and a cake decorated with a photo of our bridge of flowers.

The Hooksett Garden Club member of the Year award was given out the night of the
holiday party. This years award for 2017 went to Rachel Sweeney. Rachel is the clubs
Recording Secretary and has also been involved in almost all of the club's activities. 
She was 2017 Chair of the Pajama and book donations for Kiwanis Kids Kloset, 
co-chair of of the 20th Anniversary Lunch and also co-chair of the Holiday Party.
Congratulations Rachel!

Our very last event of the year as a club was bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Bass Pro in 
Hooksett. The club had volunteers from 10am until 6pm on December 14.

The Hooksett Garden Club was very sad to announce the passing of long time member, 
Nan Veilleuxon December 31, 2017. Nan was a valued member whose energy and 
creativity were an inspiration to all of us. Nan served as club President at one time and
was involved in almost all of the clubs activities. She will be greatly missed by her 
garden club friends.



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