NH Club Notes: Hooksett club plans May activities, June plant sale

May 23. 2018 11:53PM
Hooksett Garden Club members Doris Sorel, left, and Paula Harris work at the club's annual spring cleanup of the Hooksett Public Library gardens. (COURTESY)

HOOKSETT — May is a busy month for the Hooksett Garden Club, starting May 1 when several members gathered for an annual spring cleanup of the Hooksett Public Library gardens, one of the club’s ongoing town beautification projects.

At the end of May, members will gather at Doris Sorel’s home to plant the 52 flower boxes that will be placed on the Memorial Bridge in time for Memorial Day, weather permitting.

The club’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way. Social time starts at 6 p.m. Plans for a program on fairy gardens were canceled. Anyone interested in attending may call or text Ron Trexler at 674-1930.

The club’s biggest event, and one of two annual fundraisers, is its spring plant sale, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, rain or shine, at R&R Public Wholesalers, 1371 Hooksett Road.

The sale will offer annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and houseplants. Several Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Local businesses and crafters have donated items for a raffle, and tickets may be purchased during the sale or from members. Proceeds help fund the club’s town beautification projects.

The club meets the last Wednesday of the month at the library. Meetings begin with social time at 6 p.m., followed by a program at 6:30 p.m. and a meeting about 7:30 p.m. Meetings and programs are free and open to the public, and new members are welcome. For information, go to www.hooksett nhgardenclub.org.

Federation’s annual meeting on Wednesday

KEENE —The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs’ 85th annual meeting and luncheon will be Wednesday, May 30, at the Keene Country Club.

The meeting is being hosted by the NHFGC’s District III, which comprises the Claremont, Fitzwilliam, New London, Peterborough and Old Homestead garden clubs.

Representatives of the NHFGC’s 19 area garden clubs will attend along with special guests Susan Hinkel of Vermont, the 2017-19 director of New England Garden Clubs, and Arlene Field of Connecticut, first vice president of Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

The meeting’s theme is “Planting,” which references the theme for NHFCG State President Joyce Kimball’s 2017-19 term — “Plant New Hampshire … Plant Today for Tomorrow.”

Highlights will include a presentation by Kevin Bragg of Canterbury Gardens in Maryland, “Green Thumbs in the White House,” and the presentation of awards to winning clubs for their projects and special activities of the past year.

Derry Garden Club set for June plant sale, meeting

DERRY — The Derry Garden Club will host its annual plant sale Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Masonic Temple, 58 E. Broadway. Plants were donated from members’ gardens as well as from the gardens of community members. Proceeds help the club with its mission of education and civic beautification.

The club’s next meeting is at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Maple Hill Gardens, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. The meeting will include a guided tour of the gardens, which are part of the Beaver Brook Association. The business meeting will be in their barn, where members will eat the bag lunches they are requested to bring.

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