The first event in April for the Hooksett Garden Club was a jointly sponsored event with the 
Concord and Candia Garden Clubs. Well know garden designer, speaker and author, Kerry
Ann Mendez gave a program entitled "Double Your Pleasure with Perennials – Boasting 
Flashy Foliage AND Flowers".  The event, held at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord,
attracted 98 attendees. Kerry showed slides to illustrate her lecture, which were also
accompanied by print outs. She also had the four books that she had written on sale
at the venue.

Friday April 20th was our rescheduled Open House at the 
library. The members had set up  booths on topics such as
seed starting, composting, soil testing, invasive plants, 
success with houseplants, pollinators, container gardening, 
and vermicomposting. The people who were very interested
and appreciated that there were plenty of members available
to answer questions. The posters and exhibits can be used again
for other functions or future open houses.

May 1st wound up being our Library clean-up day after being cancelled twice
for rain. Eight members worked for a couple of hours to weed, prune and 
generally clean up the gardens. A few went back several days later to finish
the job before Hooksett Parks and Recreation puts down new mulch.

In preparation for our plant sale, on May 15th, members met at the home of Ginette Fosher
who graciously donated s
ome of her plants for us to dig out of her garden for our sale. Ron also 
used this day to give an informal workshop on how to dig and divide plants and to sharpen 
and disinfect our tools.

It it with great sadness that we note the sudden 

 passing of member Sandy Shapiro on May 16th. Sandy 

joined the Hooksett Garden Club in October of 2016 

after visiting our booth at Old Home Day. 

Right away she became an active member and 

2participated in almost all of the club's events, renewing 

friendships with people she had known before and 

making new friends. Her sunny personality and 

easy smile and laugh will be missed by her 

garden club friends. 


On May 22nd, twelve members of the garden club met at the home of Doris and Mike Sorel to 
plant the 52 flower boxes filled with magenta petunias and ivy that went on the Memorial Bridge in time for Memorial Day.


On June 2nd, the annual spring Plant Sale was held at R&R Wholesalers. Despite the
 forecast of rain, the day was sunny and in the 80's and we had a steady stream of 
buyers. We had a very successful plant sale and sold over 600 plants.


The  June 25th business meeting included a program by floral designer, NHFGC District I
Director and Ashland Garden Club President, Fern Doucette. Fern's program, entitled
"Mechanics" gave tips and tricks to structuring a good floral design. She showed how she 
created four designs and then left several exotic plants and leaves to be raffled off to the 

The July program was presented by HGC President Ron Trexler on Container Gardening and 
was  illustrated by slides that Ron prepared and some containers from his own garden.


In lieu of a program, the August meeting featured a plant swap. It proved to be a fun event 
enjoyed by members and several guests. 


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.