On Wednesday, September 19th, the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs
held their 84th annual Fall Meeting, "Harvest the Love" at the Puritan Event & 
Conference Center in Manchester. As part of the hosting District II, Hooksett was
responsible for registration. The program for the event was a standard flower show, 
entitled "Opposites Attract". Fourteen members of the HGC attended.

The program for the September 26 meeting was "Daylilies... A Love Affair. 
All you Ever Wanted to Know About Daylilies and More"  presented by NHFGC
District II Director Fiona McKenna. Fiona, know to all of us, gave a presentation 
accompanied by slides and explained how she came to be so passionate about daylilies
and what she has learned about growing them. She explained the many different types
and also hybridization crossing) in which you can create new types. After her program, 
she raffled off several daylilies to lucky audience members. 


On October 13, the garden club held a dedication ceremony for the memorial 
bench in memory of long time member (1998-2017) Nan Veilleux. The bench
is located in the Butterfly Garden at the library and was a project that was 
Nan's concept and one that she dedicated a lot of personal time to.  Members 
of the club, Nan’s family and friends and members of the library staff attended.
Memories of  Nan were shared by HGC President Ron, Trexler and Nan’s two


On Sunday, October 21 the NHFGC held a dedication and unveiling ceremony
 for the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the NH Veteran's Cemetery in Boscowan, NH.
The marker was purchased with funds  from donations made by the clubs in the federation.
The marker is located along the Memorial Walkway at the cemetery.

The last program of the year was held on October 31 and included a program 
by Doug Whitfield and Dennis Walsh, stewards with NH Fish and Game. Their
Program was entitled “Living with Bears”. Dennis spoke first and gave an 
Overview of how Fish and Game came into existence and how they are funded.
Doug talked about the black bears in NH and gave many interesting facts about
these often misunderstood animals. 


The Saturday after Thanksgiving the garden club assembled at 7am at the library for our 
annual wreath pick up. There was snow on the ground and some of the wreaths were frozen
together but they were as beautiful as ever. This years wreath sale proved to be very successful.


The meetings for the year wrapped up and our fund raisers completed it was time to celebrate
at our annual Holiday Party. It was held again this year at Roots Cafe in Robie's General Store
on Wednesday December 5th with twenty eight members and spouses attending and 
enjoying each others company.


Each year at the Holiday Party, the Hooksett Garden Club Member of the Year 
is announced. For 2018 that member was Elicia Dowd. Elicia has been Publicity
Chair, the Finance Committee Chair and the person who creates and the 
spreadsheet for our Wreath Sale. But her most notable accomplishment is
the creation of our yearbook which is our yearly guide to everyone in the 
club as well as upcoming dates and events. Unfortunately Elicia will be leaving
us to move to Texas but leaves behind many garden friends for life.
Congratulations Elicia!


On Thursday December 13 some members of the club were bell ringers for the Salvation 
Army at the Bass Pro Shoppes. Again they graciously allowed us to ring inside. Jocelyn 
Scarpetti chaired the event under the direction of town wide Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Director Mary Farwell.