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October Happenings

Before we plunge into the upcoming Holiday activities, let’s take a minute to review some October club happenings. Remember October? Warm sun, lingering blooms, shirt-sleeve weather, sunset at 6:30? Let’s take one last look:

Our October General Meeting was packed with so many special events and exhibits that we had no time for a formal speaker. First and foremost, our Awards Committee, led by Mary Jo, announced the very deserving recipients of this year’s Civic Beautification Awards. In a detailed and enthusiastic presentation, Mary Jo and Jann B described the winning gardens and introduced their dedicated gardeners to the audience. The Residential Award was presented to John and Doreen Andriola, 14 Breakfast Hill Rd., Greenland.

The Commercial Award was presented to Squamscott View Apartments, 277 Water Street, Exeter.  These people were recognized for their contribution: CJ Harding Smith, maintenance supervisor; Matt Berube, manager for the Town of Exeter Water and Sewer; Mary Dupre, former Apartments resident and founder of the flower gardens; Sally McRae, resident and current coordinator of the flower gardens; and Margaret Niland, resident and coordinator of the vegetable gardens.

Carol C. added an interesting and delicious aspect to the meeting with her in-depth presentation on sage. Not only did she provide us with valuable information, she also prepared delicious examples of how sage can be used in various types of food. Her Butternut Squash Soup with Sage was a big hit.

A new meeting feature, sponsored by the Horticulture Committee, is a Hort Specimen table. Many members chose blooms and other foliage from their October gardens, popped them in small containers, and displayed them for all to enjoy. I think we were all surprised at the color and interest that could be plucked from our fall gardens. This will be an ongoing effort, so be on the lookout for your contribution to the November meeting

The Environment & Conservation Committee had their usual detailed display table – this month dealing with the maple tree. Handouts, posters, leaf specimens, and more were available.

Dismantling the Exeter Bandstand flower boxes and cleaning up for the Fall are annual tasks handled ably by the Civic Beautification Committee. This year’s cleanup was organized by Donna W, who with her crew, whipped the bandstand into shape for the coming winter snow and slush. As usual, the committee did a wonderful job this spring and summer of beautifying the heart of downtown Exeter.

For the November 21st General Meeting we’ll be hosting the Hampton Garden Club. Our guest speakers, Jana Milbocker and Joan Butler, will be presenting “The Garden Tourist.” Vicki has provided us with some information about the speakers and their topic.

Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? Jana Milbocker and Joan Butler will take us to the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens in the Northeast.  Learn about each garden’s highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination.  Jana’s book, “The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast,” will be for sale.

Jana Milbocker and Joan Butler are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers. They jointly lecture on a variety of gardening topics to garden clubs and community education classes. They have presented programs at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Blithewold and at the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM).

Jana and Joan are past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club and are active in the GCFM and other horticultural societies. Currently, they both serve on the board of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council.

Jana is a garden designer and owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design and installation firm in Holliston. She is the author of The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast, published in 2018. She has authored gardening articles which have been published nationally and writes a website blog at enchantedgardensdesign.com.

Joan is a Horticulturist at Weston Nurseries and a Master Gardener. She is a former Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council, is a member of Garden Consultants Council and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Currently, Joan serves on the GCFM Board as Awards Chairman.

Thank you to Ann H and Donna R for the terrific photos found in this post.

November Happenings

What went on within EAGC in November, 2015?

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 Congratulations, Carol.

At our November general meeting, Carol Chambers was presented with Volunteer of the Year Award by Pati Frew-Waters, Director of Seacoast Family Promise, a local non-profit organization , incorporated in 2003,  to support families experiencing homelessness and living in poverty to find stable housing and regain and maintain their self-sufficiency.  The 501(c) (3) nonprofit relies on a unique model, pioneered nationally by Family Promise and successful in 41 states.

Initially EAGC became involved with Seacoast Family Promise through our 2013 Mini-Grant program, and with the help of another member, Patti Elwell, their garden flourished.  In 2014 Carol joined EAGC and began working as a Volunteer at the Family Promise Gardens.  She continued her work there in 2015, not only planting and helping maintain the gardens, but working with the families  who came to value her presence.  We are proud that she is a member of our club.

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October Happenings

What went on within the EAGC during October?

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Award Winners

Residential:  Kate and Darius Thompson, 15 Drinkwater Rd., Exeter
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2015 Award Winners Announced

Residential Award Winner:

Kathy Lewis Thompson and Darius Thompson, 14 Drinkwater Rd, Exeter

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This is what they started with:

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Beautiful…..Congratulations Kate and Darius.


Commercial Award Winner:

Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland

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Center: Kelle Laughlin, Director of Great Bay Discovery Center accepted the award for all the staff and volunteers of the GBDC and the GB National Estuarine  Research Reserve.

While our pictures display only two gardens, what started as one simple garden, the landscape has been transformed to many diverse gardens designed by staff and volunteers to enhance the teaching of environmental and cultural concepts.


The bright Butterfly garden shown here bursts with color including  a purple butterfly bush, indigo, four o’clocks, lavender, a winter berry bush and in the fall, goldenrod.

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A quiet spot offers a bubbling stream with grasses and catails, grasses and evergreen.

Piscataqua Garden Club designed and maintains the Zig Zag Garden bordering the wheelchair path down to the boardwalk.  Something special meets the eye each season.  In early summer a low-growing pink and fuschia geraniums surround a tall, unique, sculpture made of weathered tree trunks.

A woodland shade garden features various ferns, hosta, Solomon seal and bleeding hearts and surrounding the flagpole is a cheerful display of  bright yellow marigolds, reddish orange ageratum and white dianthus.

An amphitheatre sprung from grape vines that have taken root, providing a shelter for a small child or two.  The grape vine produces grapes for the birds.

Next to this  natural shelter are three raised beds abundantly prolific in the summer with all kinds of vegetables for the volunteers to gather as they go home.

Behind the gardens is the 1/4 mile boardwalk bordered by a wet area, an open marsh filled with native phragmites.

The doghouse provides some summer greenery with its succulent roof!

In addition to all this wonderful landscaping, the GBDC is a green facility with solar roof, geothermal heating, porous asphalt driveway and walkway, green pavers and composting toilet.

Peaceful and lovely…..Congratulations, Green Bay Discovery Center