NH Club Notes: Planting workshops on tap at Alyson's Orchard

April 19. 2018 11:47PM

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) has wrapped up fundraising for a life-size Archie statue in honor of the late Bob Montana of Meredith, who drew the comic strip. The statue, shown in a scaled model, will be unveiled in August. From left, Meredith Lions Club representative Marie Valiere presents a donation to pay for the bench to GMP Design Committee Co-chairman Chris Williams and Archie Statue Subcommittee Chairman Jim McFarlin. (COURTESY)

WALPOLE — The Cheshire County Conservation District will present its annual Plant Sale Pick-Up Day on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Alyson’s Orchard.

This year the Conservation District is offering two informative planting workshops free to the public.

At 9:30 a.m., Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens will present “Planting with Bareroot Stock.” Nerrie will guide attendees through the process of handling bareroot plants and share his methods of planting and holding for more growth.

At 11 a.m., Carl Majewski of UNH Cooperative Extension will host “Getting Started with Fruit Trees & Shrubs.” Majewski will share the best ways to care for the fruit trees, shrubs and bushes.

New this year, there will be live caterpillars on site from The Caterpillar Lab of Marlborough.

For more information, email lola@cheshireconservation.org or call 756-2988 x115.

Candia Dollars for Scholars gets $1,000 donation

CANDIA — Candia Community Woman’s Club has donated $1,000 to Candia Dollars for Scholars®, its second $1,000 scholarship gift benefiting local students.

The latest gift recognizes the local Dollars for Scholars chapter’s 25th anniversary. Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

Candia Dollars for Scholars manages several scholarships supported by local businesses and community organizations as well as individuals. Through Dollars for Scholars, high school seniors and current college students can use a single application to apply for scholarships in support of their studies at two- and four-year colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools.

Businesses and individuals can take part in the 25th anniversary campaign by donating any amount for scholarships designated specifically for students educated in Candia. Gifts are tax-deductible and donations may be made on the chapter website, at www.candia.dollarsforscholars.org, or mail checks to Candia Dollars for Scholars®, PO Box 412, Candia, NH, 03034.

Is it time to divide your garden’s perennials?

SANDOWN— Now that spring is here, you may notice that many perennials in the garden are in need of help.

Most plants benefit from dividing. It keeps them healthy. Many perennials grow quickly, forming large clumps. If not divided, these clumps can die out in the middle, leaving a bare hole.

Division also protects them from fungal diseases and insect infestations. Overcrowded perennials often have fewer and/or smaller flowers than their well-spaced counterparts. Some perennials can be vigorous, even aggressive growers, overwhelming their neighbors.

If you would like to give your perennials a fresh start this year, call Fran Rosenau of the Sandown Garden Club at 887-5131.

Rosenau will schedule a time to divide those perennials that need a little help this spring. As in years past, club members will arrive at your home to divide those established plants. They will then take them to be potted and prepared for the Sandown Garden Club’s 11th annual plant sale to be held on Saturday, June 2.

Call early to schedule a dig in your garden before the plant quota is reached. Some plants may be restricted. Proceeds from donated plants support the club’s many projects and its conservation, beautification and education endeavors.

For more information, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

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