James Brewer speaks about “Garden Design Memoirs.” Doors open at 9 a.m. for social hour. Short business meeting at 10, followed by presentation. Due to coronavirus restrictions, location and time are subject to change. Please watch home page for updates.
November was the month for EAGC to acknowledge the gardening successes of the past summer and to begin preparations for the upcoming Holidays. Here are some highlights of the November General meeting….
Anne C, Sue B, and Mary Jo presented our annual Beautification Awards:
Winners of the Residential Award — Sherm and Cathy Pridham of 23 High St., Stratham
Representatives from St. Vincent de Paul, 53 Lincoln St., Exeter, who received the
David Donsker accepted an Honorary Award on behalf of his wife, Terri, for the outstanding garden she loved to share with her fellow club members.
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The Design Committee arranged a showing of the beautiful Holiday centerpieces made by members at their November design class. It’s evident that we have some talented floral arrangements amongst us:
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The Beautification Committee met late in the month to decorate the Exeter Historical Society for the Holidays. As always, the results are colorful and festive:
Lynda models the Folsom Tavern door wreath…
Lots of volunteers make for quick work….
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Are you wondering what to buy your gardening friends for the Holidays? Just in time for last minute shopping, E&C Chair Linda has put together a list of Pollinator-oriented books for gifting….
Books to Put on Your Christmas List
Attracting Native Pollinators – The Xerces Society An informative and easily read book about pollinators, pollination, and how to incorporate them into your landscape…no matter what size.
Bringing Nature Home – Douglas W. Tallamy Wonderful discussion of native plants and how to plant so you encourage the pollinators you want. Not all pollinators pollinate everything.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener – Tammi Hartung How to attract and encourage pollinators and other insects that are beneficial to your vegetables.
A Book of Bees – Sue Hubbell All you want to know about bees and their lives.
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If you missed the November General Meeting, see what you missed in the Minutes, which can be found on the Website, under “Members Only.”
To brighten our homes for the holiday, EAGC members gathered to make wreaths and create arrangements sharing a variety of evergreens, cones, and berries gathered from our yards. Tables were piled high with fresh boughs of pine, fir, holly, juniper, arborvitae, dried orange slices, and pine cones…and what a very good year this was for winterberry! Under the tutelage of Connie Gilmore and Ann Hohenberger, many beautiful showpieces were created:
Connie & Ann wish to thank to all who participated and contributed flora from their gardens.
We gathered in December at the Wentworth Country Club in Newcastle, where we enjoyed a delicious luncheon of Maple Glazed Salmon or Beef Tenderloin. We heard our fearless leaders, Betsy & Jill, recite their version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” which cleverly included all our members and depicted Santa Claus as a “Hunk”!
We always seem to have great fun when we gather and take a look at some of the wonderful gifts exchanged:
Last, but never least, came Betsy’s Holiday Swap, and it did not disappoint-great food and drink, great friends and great gifts?!?! Here we go:
And here come the specialized dishes:
Packed in for this annual “must attend” event:
Another Successful Bake Sale on Election Day………