February & March

The first ever Zoom meetings of the HGC were held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. These will continue until we are able to meet in the meeting rooms of thelibrary or until we can hold an outdoor event.

April

The Zoom meeting on March 31 included a slide program by

UNH Cooperative Extension Advanced Master Gardener Ruth Droescher.

Ruth’s presentation was on “Native Plants for New England Gardens”

and covered the concepts of natives and cultivars, the benefits and

advantages of native plants as well as replacing invasives with natives to

support natural pollinators and enhance backyard landscapes. She offered

recommendations on plants beneficial to pollinators. Very timely with our new

Monarch Waystation project coming up.

May

The May 26 meeting was a library clean up. After the clean up was done, a meeting was held on the library portico and a pizza party.

June

Our first event in June was the Plant Sale on June 5 at R&R Public Wholesalers from 10am to 2pm. Again, like last year the sale was a huge success and all plants were sold out well before the closing time. Thank you to the people who come each year to support us. Also thank you to R&R for letting us use their property every year, to the Hooksett Public Library for use of their tables and to all the vendors who gave us raffle items.

On June 14, the NHFGC held part three of its 87th Annual Meeting at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. The first two parts were via Zoom on May 26 and June 9. The event at Bedrock Gardens included the installation of officers for 2021-2013, including our own Ron Trexler as Assistant Treasurer, a tour of the gardens and lunch. Even though it was a rainy day, many NHFGC members including seven from HGC, braved the weather and enjoyed the tour. Luckily by lunch time the rain had stopped and everyone enjoyed lunch outside.

June 23 was the date for our first of the year "Cocktails in the Garden"at the home of Elena Whitfield in Manchester. Elena had done a tour last year in August so we got to see her garden at a different stage this year. We enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and fruit trees and ended the evening with a plant swap.

July

Our second "Cocktails in the Garden" was held at the home of Elisabeth Murphy and Ellen Doherty. We enjoyed their beautiful gardens and wonderful refreshments. And also a rain free evening and good company.

August

Finishing our trio of garden tours will be on August 25 at the home of new member Karen Medeiros.

September

If the library meeting rooms are open in September we will have our first indoor meeting since February 2020 on September 22. We have a scheduled speaker, Marie St. Onge from Paisley Design Studio in Manchester. She will create four of her own designs.

October

October will be our last meeting of the year and we hope to be able to have our speaker Kevin Gardner, who will speak on "Discovering New England Stone Walls".

November

Wreath pick up day is Saturday, November 27 at the library.

December

An installation ceremony for new officers for 2022-2024 will be held sometime in December. Hopefully we will be able to have a Christmas party this year but we are taking a wait and see attitude.