NH Club News: Sandown Garden Club makes plans for new year

January 17. 2018 6:17PM
Sandown Garden Club members attending a meeting to organize the new year include, from left, Donna Lussier, webmaster; June McNally; Fran Rosenau, secretary/treasurer; Donna Waterman; Alison Hartung, in the back, co-vice president; Betty and Al Correia, membership co-chairmen; Ken Lussier; Barbara Finch, co-vice president; and Audrey Vargish, publicity chairman. (COURTESY)

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club recently had an organizational meeting to consolidate plans for the new year.

A variety of activities are planned to which the public is welcome, including an open house Monday, March 19, and presentations throughout the year on such topics as attracting pollinators, integrated pest management, identifying invasive species and putting a garden to bed. Members will take field trips to the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn, Bedrock Gardens in Lee and to both public gardens and members’ gardens. Plans also are taking shape for its annual plant sale, the Old Home Days celebration and plant swap.

Members participate in roadside cleanups, maintain several civic sites, including their award-winning monarch butterfly waystation and pollinator garden, and a holiday workshop to create decorations for many locations around town.

The nonprofit club is a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs. Most meetings are on the first Monday of the month, from March to October, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sandown Recreation Center. New members are always welcome and being a Sandown resident is not required. For more information on membership and upcoming events, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

Conservation District’s plant sale underway

WALPOLE — The Cheshire County Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual conservation plant sale. Offerings include a variety of evergreen and deciduous trees, wildlife and landscaping shrubs, summer bulbs, perennials and ornamentals, as well as berries and fruit trees.

The district says many of the species are native, which means they are hardy plants adapted to local growing conditions, as well as attractive to pollinators and drought-resistant.

All of the sale’s proceeds will benefit conservation efforts in Cheshire County. For more information and to receive order forms, contact the Conservation District office at 756-2988 ext. 115 or email lola@cheshireconservation.org.

To view the plant sale catalog and print order forms, go to www.cheshireconservation.org/plant-and-seed-sales.

All orders and payments must be received by the Conservation District no later than March 2. The plant sale pickup day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole.

Bedford club accepting scholarship applications

BEDFORD — The Bedford Lions Club is accepting applications for its 48th annual memorial scholarship program. This year, two $1,000 tuition scholarships will be awarded.

The awards, like last year, are funded by a donation from businessman Gary Chartrand, who is a former scholarship recipient, and are based upon financial need and merit. The awards are designed to help two high school seniors who live in Bedford begin their post-secondary school studies in higher education or vocational training.

Students may obtain application forms from their high school principal or guidance counselors, any club member, the Bedford Pharmacy, or the Bedford Public Library. The application deadline is March 31.

Since inception in 1971, the scholarship program has awarded $87,500 in scholarships to 97 Bedford students.

The club, in its 52nd year of service to the community, welcomes membership inquiries; for information call Ray Bellemore at 424-2291. For details about the club, visit www.bedford.nhlions.org.

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