The first meeting of the year included a program on Seed Starting by our own Master Gardeners Elena Whitfield and Monica Light. They put together a slide presentation that was also well attended by members of the public.

Slide program by Elena Whitfield and Monica Light


In lieu of a program for the March meeting, the annual Yankee Swap was held. It is always a fun event that members look forward to.

March 22nd Yankee Swap

Lucky #1 gets to choose at the end from all the gifts. Sorry Bonnie!


In April the HGC had two programs, one as a co-sponsor with the Hooksett Public Library and the Hooksett Village Water Precinct on Rain Barrels and the other, a speaker for our regular monthly meeting, Neil Sanders on "Gardening is Murder".

The main speaker for the Rain Barrel program was Lisa Loosigian, Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire Program Coordinator, New Hampshire

Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). Lisa manages the Soak Up the Rain NH program, providing technical, educational, and outreach services through presentations, trainings, and project assistance. The other speaker, who introduced Lisa, was Mike Heidorn, Superintendent of the Hooksett Village Water Precinct. The water precint had donated a retrofitted rain barrel which was given as a door prize to Jennifer Harris. To find out more about rain barrels go to: https://www4.des.state.nh.us/SoakNH/wp-content/uploads/ 2020/03 rain-barrel.pdf

Rain Barrel Program

Gardening is Murder

Neil Sanders,  author, speaker and humorist, was the speaker for the April 26 meeting. His program “Gardening is Murder” tells the stories of his gardening experiences at the direction of his Master Gardener wife Betty. Always willing to please, Neil illustrates how gardening can sometimes be murder. Although his presentation is humorous, you can see by the landscaping of his home and the knowledge that he has of what he plants, that both he and Betty are serious gardeners.  Neil retired from the corporate world in 2005 to try his hand at writing and since then has written 15 books with horticulture, in some respect, as their theme. His characters include strong, independent women who sometimes solve the crime and sometimes commit them. After the program Neil had a table with his books for sale and signed them.