May Happenings

Art Scarpa made a return visit to EAGC, this time to show members how to assemble a terrarium. With plants, containers & materials supplied by Art, members quickly transformed empty jars into beautiful mini-gardens. As always, Art was an excellent source of plant information and humor. (See copies of Art’s terrarium preparation and care instructions here.)


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As always, refreshments were lovely to look at as well as delicious!

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At the same meeting, Environment & Conservation provided a helpful display on controlling pests in the garden, without resorting to harmful chemicals.


E&C also announced plans for their annual summer party. This year’s theme: Appleicious Afternoon. Sign-up for the August 17 party has started.  For party details, click on Appleicious Afternoon Information. A sign-up sheet will be available at the June 14 luncheon or contact Linda Van de Car or Edie Wyrick to sign up.


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On May 25, Nance Jordan and her Beautification crew went to work cleaning up the bandstand area and installing the new plantings. Their hard work and the beautiful result are evident in these pictures. Judging by the big smiles, it appears that everyone enjoyed the morning.



Appleicious Afternoon Information

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Appleicious Afternoon

Thursday, August 17 – 2-4 PM

3 Hillside Ave, Exeter

(Home of LuAnn Faber)

Come for Absolutely Apple-y Fun Including:

Scrumptious Refreshments, Games & Quizzes, Contests,

Great Company, and Laughs Aplenty.

All for only a $15 donation to the Promise Tree!

Appropriately Apple-y Hats Requested.

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Handouts from Art Scarpa’s Terrarium Workshop

For those of you who didn’t receive a handout at Art Scarpa’s workshop on May 18 and for anyone who would like some information about terrariums and their assembly and care, Art has sent these very helpful instructions and resources.

Art used Anchor Hocking Jars

(For more pictures of the terrarium workshop, go to May Happenings.)


For heavy glass jars with lids

Compiled by Art Scarpa, Atkinson, NH


Terrariums are one of the easiest ways to care for houseplants. They are very attractive, blending in with most any decor, make great gifts, and they are easy to make and maintain.

Now that your terrarium is at home, complete the landscape by adding some stones, twigs, pieces of bark or small clumps of moss.

Water very sparingly. Too much water will cause your plants to rot, and excess moisture cannot be easily removed from a terrarium. Use about 1/4 cup or less of tepid water for every gallon of container size. Do not pour the water directly onto the plants or soil.  Instead, tilt the container and let it trickle against the glass and run down the inside into the soil.  Using a clean new (unused) turkey baster is helpful.  If you have a lid on your terrarium, you may not have to water more often than once a month or so.

Do not leave your terrarium in direct sunlight.  A spot with good light will work.  An east or north window is best, although an east or west facing window may be all right during the winter.  A few hours of early morning or late afternoon sunshine in winter should be OK but a good rule is to leave the cover ajar to avoid heat build-up.   If you wish to grow under lights, the lights must be placed very close, just several inches above the plants.  A wide spectrum bulb is best; fluorescent bulbs are fine. Ott (brand) lights are also good.

Ventilate your container by leaving the lid slightly ajar for a day or so and if excessive mist forms on the glass or mold begins to form, it needs fresh air. Remove the cover for a few days or leave the glass lid slightly ajar – prop it open with a piece of wood, eraser or similar.

Mold spores are present in cool damp air and if you notice white mold beginning to grow on your plants and ventilatng for a day or two doesn’t help, treat immediately with a fungicide such as Physan, Daconil, Captan or similar brands.  They are available at better garden supply stores.  Some fungicides are drenches; they are mixed with water in small doses and then watered into the soil once.  The fungicide is absorbed into the plants through the roots.

Plants that are damaged from mold or insects should immediately be removed to prevent infecting other plants.  After treating the rest of the plants with a fungicide, you can replace the affected plant with a new one.

As plants outgrow their space in the terrarium, they can either be pruned back or carefully removed with a long-handled spoon and replaced with new ones.

If you made the terrarium to give as a gift, be sure to allow enough time to get the plants settled in before the big event!   Good luck, and have fun!

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Compiled by Art Scarpa, Atkinson, NH

Here’s a list of houseplants that might be suitable for a terrarium or a bottle garden. Remember,plants for a terrarium or a bottle garden need to like humidity, indirect light (no direct sun needed), and enjoy a closed atmosphere!  NO cactus or succulents!  Scientific name is listed first, followed by the common name in parentheses.

  • Acorus (Sweet Flag)
  • Actiniopteris australis (mini fern)
  • Begonia rex (small-leaf varieties e.g. Begonia ‘Tiger Kitten’))
  • Calathea species (Zebra Plant, Peacock Plant, Rattlesnake Plant)
  • Cryptanthus (Earth Star)
  • Dracaena sanderiana (Ribbon Plant)
  • Ferns, small varieties: (Actiniopteris australis, Nephrolepis ‘Tiny Tim’ etc)
  • Ficus pumila,Ficus pumila quercifolia, Ficus repens (Creeping Fig, Trailing Fig)
  • Fittonia species (Snakeskin Plant, Nerve Plant, Painted Net Leaf, Silver Net Leaf)
  • Hedera helix (mini English Ivy – tiny-leaf varieties e.g. ‘Duckfoot’)
  • Hoya bella (Miniature Wax Plant)
  • Maranta species (Prayer Plant)
  • Neanthe bella or Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm)
  • Pellionia daveauana (Watermelon Pellionia, Satin Pellionia)
  • Peperomia species
  • Philodendron ‘Red Dwarf’’
  • Pilea (Creeping Charlie, Creeping Jenny, Aluminum Plant, Friendship Plant)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa (Strawberry Begonia, Strawberry Geranium)
  • Selaginella (Club Moss, Spike Moss, Peacock Fern)
  • Sinningia pusillla
  • Syngonium or Nephrolepis species, miniature varieties (Arrowhead Plant)

Plants with one or more of the following words in their botanic (Latin) names MAY be suitable:

  • abbreviatus (shortened)
  • brevis (short)
  • forma minor (dwarf form)
  • humilis (low growing)
  • micro (small)
  • minima or minimus (very small)
  • minor (small)
  • nana or nanus (dwarf)
  • pumila or pumilus (dwarfish)
  • repens or reptans (creeping)




Lake St. Garden Center                      Salem, NH

Mahoney’s Garden Center                   Winchester and other locations

Russell’s Garden Center                     Wayland



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”  




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:





On April 22, LuAnn Faber and Carole Chanasyk 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.


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







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!








At the end of April, about a dozen members gathered at Carole Chanasyk’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!