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October Happenings

What could go better with leftover Halloween candy than an entertaining look back at October’s garden club fun?  Unwrap a couple of those mini candy bars and enjoy the pictures!

A hard-working team of volunteers cleaned up the plantings at the bandstand for the winter. Chair Nance J promised a sunny day for the job – and Mother Nature followed through.

 

                             

 

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Liz Barbour impressed attendees with her “Edible Landscaping” presentation at the October General Meeting. Not only did she explain her recipes, but she also demonstrated them for an attentive audience, which included members of the Rye Driftwood Garden Club.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

                

 

 

      

 

         

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“Halloween Howl”
A Promise Tree Event 

A spooktacular time was had by eleven members of EAGC at a Halloween Promise Tree bash at Max’s home in Newburyport. Our hosts, Max and Betsy V., greeted guests, all of whom were decked out in Halloween colors… and/or costumes. Spooky tablescapes and ghoulish decor met guests at the door, with numerous zombies, black cats, crows, and witches greeting everyone throughout the rooms.

After libation, nibbles, chitchat, and a stroll through the garden, our party-givers presented guests with a smorgasbord of ghostly delights for lunch and dessert. Quizes and prizes and much laughter filled the afternoon. Everyone had a hauntingly good time and much appreciation goes to Max and Betsy for planning the event. 

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Congrats!:

Nancy B was the pleased winner of a surprise drawing at the September General Meeting. She went home with this very pretty sedum, after her name was drawn from the meeting attendees. The board will be holding other drawings at General Meetings  — be sure to look for them at the Membership table.

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Mini-Grant Followup:

EAGC received the following thank you email and photo from  one of the volunteer gardeners who tends to the beds in Swasey Parkway. She and her fellow volunteers were awarded one of our Beautification Mini Grants this past spring.

Bjarni Brown wrote:
Hello,
I just wanted to update the EAGC about our use of the 2017 mini-grant we were awarded.

4 Swasey Parkway volunteers met this morning (Oct. 29) to plant $200 worth of bulbs at 3 different locations on Swasey Parkway in Exeter. We planted various tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, scilla and crocus at the Entrance Garden, pavilion and “the rock.” I have attached a picture of Lilly Moran, of Exeter, who helped out. She was working to fulfill her Community Service hours through her 6th grade at CMS. Also in the picture are Susan Moran (volunteer) and Mark Damsell, Swasey Parkway Trustee.

Once again, thank you very much for awarding us this grant. Swasey Parkway will have beautiful spring bulbs for all to enjoy this coming spring!
Best,
Bjarni Brown                                           

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New to The Website:

The minutes of EAGC’s Board and General Meetings will be posted each month on a new website page titled “Meeting Minutes”. This page can be found under “Members Only” on the site. To see the minutes from the most recent meetings, click here.

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A Reminder:

If you know of a member who would enjoy receiving a card from our club — get-well, sympathy, encouragement — please contact Florence W, our Corresponding Secretary, and Florence will send the appropriate card. You can find her contact info on the website under “Members Only” or in your Yearbook.

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If you’re having any problems with the links on this post, or have any other website-related questions or issues, don’t hesitate to contact me. That’s why I’m here!

LuAnn

 

August Happenings

Is it Labor Day so soon?!  Our fading plants are telling us that summer is waning and it’s time to start thinking about fall garden chores. But before we put summer behind us, here are some reminders of our summer fun.

An August highlight was E&C’s Promise Tree event, Applelicious Afternoon. The E&C committee, led by Linda V, hosted a summer soiree featuring all things apple. Thanks go to Ann H and Vicky for documenting the fun with pictures.

 

The weather was ideal …

 

 

 

 

 

 

And apple-themed hats were strongly recommended, of course.

 

There was even an Apple Hat straight from Dr. Seuss.

 

And a prize went to this apple pie hat, complete with real pie crust.

 

What’s an Apple Party without delicious apple refreshments, provided by E&C …

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lovely flower arrangements, created by Betsy V?

 

Ann H snapped this picture of an uninvited (but welcome) visitor, then solved a mystery by identifiying it as a Hummingbird Clearwing moth (Hemaris Thysbe).

 

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EAGC’s first general meeting of the season is Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 at the Stratham Municipal Center. Don’t miss it – we’ll be discussing the upcoming year, will hear about our mini-grant recipients, and will break into committees.  A light brunch will also be provided.

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Welcome to our most recent new members — Audrey of Rye and Mary Jo of Stratham have joined EAGC.  Be sure to introduce yourself at the next meeting!

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Finally, a few pictures submitted by Carole C of her lovely summer gardens:

July Happenings

Our July 20th meeting at Lee’s home was well attended and everyone had a chance to admire Lee’s beautiful home and gardens. The gathering was also an opportunity to exchange gardening experiences and, of course, share good food with friends.

 

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Last spring the Environment & Conservation Committee awarded a $200 mini-grant to the Kingston Conservation Commision to help them with establishing a pollinator garden. This summer the Commission sent Chair Linda V pictures of the beautiful garden they created with the help of our mini-grant. Here’s their letter:

 

Good morning,
You gave us a mini grant last year for a pollinator garden. I just wanted to show you that the garden is flourishing and acting its part very well. The large patch of milkweed, which was the inspiration for the garden to begin with, is doing exceptionally well. The kids have started a composting program as well.
Thank you again for providing the “seed money” for this project.
Best,

Evelyn Nathan, Chair
Kingston Conservation Commission
ESRLAC
Coverts cooperator
Plant ConservationVolunteer, NEWFS

 

And here are some pictures of the results:

 

The pollinators are obviously enjoying this lush garden!

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It’s difficult to believe, but fall will soon be upon us.  Our last summer celebration, sponsored by Environment & Conservation, An Appleiciuous Afternoon, will take place on August 17.

EAGC’s first General Meeting of the season will be Thursday, September 21, where our 2017 Mini-Grant winners will be announced.

 

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If  you have a gardening success that you’re especially proud of, share it with other members! Email me a picture and I’ll make it available on the website. Send it to Webmaster at eagcnh@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Happenings

It’s hard to believe June is behind us. But we have so many fun pictures to share…

Of course the highlight of the month was our Annual Plant Auction and Luncheon, held on June 14 at the Portsmouth Country Club. (As you may be able to tell, garden hats were part of the theme.)

Tables overflowed with plants donated by members, including some beautiful house plants. Max did a stellar job of auctioning off everything by lunchtime.

Garden Hats were everywhere. Some made a fashion statement.  Some made a  different kind of statement (about the size of this year’s mosquitos, perhaps?)

 

 

               

How about these stylish gardeners?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were even honored by the presence of two “Czarinas”.

 

More auction action…

 

 

 

 

 

 

These lovely table centerpieces were raffled off to some lucky members. They were created by Betsy A & Donna.

 

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On June 20th, some members enjoyed a Promise Tree tour of Max’s  beautiful & very interesting gardens in Newburyport. Everyone found a least one plant that she wasn’t able to identify in Max’s mix of unusual and old-standby flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

As you can tell, it was a gorgeous day in a gorgeous garden.

 

 

 

                                  

March and April Happenings

…..And what has the club and its members been up to over the last couple of months?

Well, here’s a few things that kept our members busy:

 

In March, we had a joint meeting with the Rye Driftwood Club, held in Rye and featuring Kerry Ann Mendez with her program, “Double your Pleasure with Perennials Featuring Flashy Foliage & Flowers”  

 

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Then, in early April our monthly board meeting was held at Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, and all members were invited for a greenhouse tour  before our meeting began.  A dozen or so members attended. When our club offers a scholarship, it is awarded to a student from SST’s Plant and Animal Sciences Program.  In light of that, all members attending agreed it was very interesting to learn about SST’s offerings and to actually see some of the projects that are in process.   As it turns out, this year we will be awarding a scholarship to a well-deserving student who will soon be announced.

 Take a look at some of what we saw:

 

 

 

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On April 22, LuAnn and Carole C organized a fabulous fundraiser, “Treasures & Bargains”, an Indoor Yard Sale at the Stratham Municipal building.    A huge thanks to LuAnn and Carole for pulling this together.     We not only raised over $1700. for the club, we help members’ clean out their attics and garages and recycled items of use to others.  A win-win for everyone involved.   Thanks also to all the workers at the event and to you, our members, for donating your old treasures.

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 At our April General Meeting, Linda Gephart presented “Botanical Water Colors Mini-Class Featuring Tulips”, where she taught members to paint tulips with watercolors:

 

 

 

 

 

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Members of the Civic Beautification committee gathered at Churchill’s to plant the flower pots that will later be planted at the Exeter Bandstand.  Wait to you see this years colors!

 

 

 

 

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At the end of April, about a dozen members gathered at Carole C’s home for what was called a”Soup Luncheon”, but judging by the photos that follow, members not only enjoyed Butternut Squash Soup,  Corn Chowder and Tortellini Soup, but many other tasty delights!