The Hooksett Garden Club's first meeting of 2018 ended with the annual 
Yankee Swap and seed swap which is always a fun event.


The March business meeting was preceeded by a slide presentation by Roz 
Lockwood of the Manchester Garden Club. The photos were of a trip to Holland 
that Roz had taken with her daughter.

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.

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.