On February 17 and 18, the NHFGC again had a booth at the Farm & Forest Expo held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. And again, Marty Lennon was the HGC representative at that event.

February 22 was our first meeting of the year. An over 50˚ day in February - who would have believed it! We started with a meeting which covered a lot of ground since we had not held a
regular meeting since October. Then we did our Yankee Swap, always always a big hit. An
HGC calendar was raffled and won by Jean D'Espinosa and a beautiful snake plant propogated by Nancy Berardi found a good home. We welcomed a new member, actually a returning member Pam Holt, from Hooksett. Pam joined in 2006 and was a member for a few years so some of our members already know her. Welcome Pam!


 At our March meeting we were very pleased to have Ron Trexler, our friend, former HGC

member and Master Gardener with the UNH Co-operative Exrension Master Gardener

Program, give a presentation. His program, "Starting Plants from Seeds for the Summer 

Garden" was co-sponsored with the Hooksett Public Library and was free and open to public 

and well attended. Ron's interesting and informative talk was illustrated by slides and he also 

had plants that he had started and items such as grow lights, warming trays and his own seed

starting mix.



Following the April business meeting, Co-President Marty Lennon gave an illustrated talk on

the meaning and logistics of Petals 2 Paint, entitled “A Tale of Two Artists.” Marty welcomed 

special guest Susanna Ries, an artist who specializes in lead glass design who is also involved

in the Petals 2 Paint program. Susanna added comments to Marty’s presentation. Each year 

several members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs participate in this program

which partners floral from different garden clubs interpreting or complementing artwork by 

local artists. Marty hersel has participated in this for several years and took this opportunity to

share her experiences. This year the show will be held on June 21 and 22 at the LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

Also in April we were granted permission to use a display case at town hall for
a garden club exhibit. We are located just before the office of Dr. Shankle,
the Town Administrator and hope that people coming into town hall will 
see our display and learn what HGC is all about.



We had a garden clean up on May 11 and our second one which is traditionally

on our May meeting on May 31.

On May 24 twelve members of the HGC attended the NHFGC 84th annual

meeting, entitled Path Ways, held at Birch Wood Vineyards in Derry. It was a 

lovely venue and an excellent meal. The speaker was Derry Historian, Rick Holmes,

who spoke about Robert Frost. All were given a copy of a poem of Frost’s that was 

never published. The new officers for 2017-209 were inducted, including our 

own Jean Lawrie as Treasurer. When awards were given out, the HGC 

collected quite a few. 

First we received recognition for our 20 years as a club. Then we were given 

the Presidents Award as part of District II which was recognized as the

district that did the most community service and town

beautification. Our yearbook won first prize in the small club division,

our publicity press book won second prize in the small club category

and we won a Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit first prize from

the National Garden Club for our membership brochure.


The day after the NHFGC meeting, May 25, several members met at Doris Sorel's
house to plant the 50 flower boxes to go on the bridge. The day after we planted
the boxes were put on the bridge by the town workers. With our new fertilizing
system in place this year, the flowers should be spectacular. Just as we had hoped,
the flowers were in place for Memorial Day.



Our annual plant sale on June 3rd at R&R Wholesalers was a great success! 

We had lots of plants brought by the members, a steady stream of people all day,

great raffle prizes and the weather co-operated by not raining until the very end.

We sold almost ALL our plants. According to numbers looked at by Elicia,

this was our best plant sale in 6 years. Thanks to everyone who participated

and our deepest gratitude to Elena who co-ordinated this huge job. The work

crew who showed up at 7am put it all together quickly and efficiently did so 

because Elena had given everyone a job beforehand. A big thank you to everyone

who donated a raffle prize:

    Planter with birdhouse  

created and donated by Elena Whitfield and won by Doreen Hamblett

    Hanging Plant 

donated by LaValley's and won by Sharon Dragon

    Garden Tool holder 

made and donated by Bill Taylor and won by Rachel Sweeney


donated by Sandy Shapiro and won by Donna McDowell

    Teapot bird feeder

 donated by Elicia Dowd and won by Mary Farwell

    "Quickfire" hydrangea 

donated by Faulkners Landscaping and Nursery and won by 

Michelle LeClerc

    $25 gift card 

donated by Osborne's Agway and won by Linda Currier

    $25 gift card 

donated by Johnson's Flower and Garden Center, Allentown and won by 

Dee Stone



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.




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