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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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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:
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!
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!



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.


Discussions ensued:



Food was enjoyed:



And photo opportunities were smiled for:


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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.

Evelyn Nathan, Chair
Kingston Conservation Commission
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.








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 V or Edie to sign up.


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On May 25, Nance J 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.



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 artscarpa@aol.com


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    artscarpa@aol.com

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)










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