September 15 (Rain Date September 16) – 9:30am Hypertufa Workshop *Members Only **Reservations Required Location: Churchill Gardens, 12 Hampton Rd, Exeter NH.
You’ll create your very own leaf mold to use as a birdbath, garden décor or however you would like! Churchill Gardens will supply masks and gloves since we’ll be working with concrete. The workshop will be held outside and social distancing will be observed. No refreshments will be served. The cost to members is $31.50. Please send a check made out to GIGC, to PO Box 49, New Castle AND RSVP to Claudia (email@example.com) by September 8.
October 6 – Jana Milbocker “Propagating Perennials Workshop” Location: Jana is a garden designer and owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. She’ll be discussing how to: increase your perennial collection, replace mature plants, grow varieties that may not be offered for sale, and even produce new hybrids! Learn different propagation skills including growing from seed, cuttings, and divisions of a wide range of perennials in this combi- nation lecture and demonstration.
November 10 - Dawn Blum “Twelve Elements of the Thoughtful Bird Feeding Station”
Dawn will discuss the best location, types of feeding stations, and food for your bird watching pleasure. Also, the birds we can attract to our gardens with these considerations in mind.
December 1 – Holiday Luncheon Buffet – 11:30 plus Bill Graham, "Floral Design and the Little Black Dress"
Location: Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
This program will not only teach you to be a great floral designer but will help you be the fashion model you may have wanted to be. The program includes eight floral designs and eight changes to the little black dress.
January 5 – (Snow Date January 6) Jamie Colen “Understanding Soil Dynamics and Common Sense Gardening in New England”
Location – TBD.
Jamie is the Garden Director of Fuller Gardens in North Hampton. He’ll be discussing Rose and plant care along with dispelling prevalent gardening myths.
February 2 – (Snow Date February 3) Liz Barbour, "Feasting from our Local Farms: The Benefits of Eating Locally"
Location – TBD.
Liz is owner of Creative Feasts and cookbook author. This program explores our modern journey back to the local farm with discussion about the benefits off buying locally and eating within the season, includes a slide presentation followed by cooking demonstration for two seasonal recipes. Her cook books will be available for purchase.
March 2 – (Snow date March 3) ) – 9:30 AM Hypertufa Workshop
Location: Churchill Garden at 12 Hampton Rd, Exeter NH
The cost to members is $31.50 for the Hypertufa Workshop.
April 6 – Cherly Moore, “Making Pressed Flower Cards”
Hands on workshop where we will use pressed flowers, both dried and fresh, to create lovely artwork that will then be completely scanned and sent back to participants as a greeting card.
May 4 – Spring Lunch
June 1 – Annual Meeting
GIGC Past Programs 2019-2020
September 10, 2019 Coffee 9:00 a.m. Business Meeting 9:30 a.m. Location: Macomber Room 10:00 Speaker: Penny O’Sullivan " Spatial Design" Hostesses: Jane Page and Beth Paulson
Penny is an author, designer, and woody plant lover, who turned her suburban property into a mini-arboretum. Her gardening experiences inspired her to write more than 11 books on trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers, herbs, and garden design. During her presentation, Penny will discuss successful landscapes that create positive physical and emotional connections between designed spaces and the people using them. This talk explores how we can manage our garden experiences by appealing to the senses and using the tools of design.
October 1, 2019 Coffee 8:30 a.m. Business Meeting 9:00 a.m. Location: Macomber Room 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Liz Barbour, “Cooking with Herbs and Edible Flowers” Hostesses: Glicka Kaplan and Jane Finn
Liz is owner of Creative Feasts and cookbook author of ‘Beautifully Delicious-Cooking with Herbs and Edible Flowers.’ She will take us on a slide show of her cottage sized edible gardens and demonstrate 2 delicious recipes for everyone to taste.
November 5, 2019 Coffee 9:00 a.m. Business Meeting 9:30 a.m. Location: Macomber Room 10:00 a.m. Speaker: Bert Ford, “Holiday Decorating” Hosteeses: Andrea Wilson and Margie Heindel
Bert is the owner/operator of Ford Flower Company and is well known for his beautiful floral designs. He will create decorations for the home using live flowers and plant materials. Organic, traditional and trendy décor will be demonstrated. As an added bonus, Bert’s creations will be raffled off to members at the end of his presentation.
December 3, 2019 – Holiday Luncheon Reservations Required
January 7, 2020 (Snow Date January 14) Speaker: Maria Noel Groves "Backyard Medicine-Herbs to grow and Use" Hostesses: Wendy Tauber and Pat Wilson
Maria is a clinical herbalist and author of two award winning and best selling books: Body into Balance: a Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and Grow your own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb |Garden. She will present the medicinal benefits of some common and uncommon herbs to include in your garden. She will share her top 10 easy to grow garden herbs and their multi-faceted healing properties.
February 4, 2020 –9:30 AM (Snow Date February 5) Location: Wentworth Greenhouses – The Art Bonsai for Beginners Workshop
We will meet at the Wentworth Greenhouses at 141 Rollins Rd, Rollingsford NH. Learn the basics of growing bonsai! We will begin with the difference between indoor and outdoor care and focus on the most important general care including pruning, fertilizing and maintenance. Watch a demonstration repotting and pruning and after class you will have the option to select your own bonsai to repot with our guidance. You may bring in a container from home that is appropriate for bonsai culture or purchase one from our selection. Please bring gloves and your own snips if you plan to get crafty with bonsai. There’ll be no food or beverages at this event, but feel free to bring a coffee.
March 3, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. (Snow date March 4) Location: Macomber Room Speaker: Emma Erler, Knowing and Growing Hydrangeas – Open to the Public Hostesses: Judy Groppa and Pauline Elkin
Emma is from the UNH Extension program and will discuss a subject that baffles many gardeners, novice and experienced alike—successfully getting hydrangeas to bloom. There are several species of hydrangeas commonly grown in New Hampshire, and all of them have very different growth habits and pruning requirements. Fortunately, hydrangeas are really quite simple to care for; as long as you understand which species you have in your garden.
CANCELLED April 7, 2020 – 9:30AM - CANCELLED! Location: Rolling Green Nursery – Spring Mixed Container Workshop – Opened to members only-no guests.
This is a member only workshop due to a limit on the number of attendees allowed. We will meet at the Rolling Green Nursery, 64 Breakfast Hill Rd, Greenland to create beautiful spring containers! After a demo, you’ll pick plants to fill your own containers. All plants are a la cart. You may either bring containers from home or purchase one there.
CANCELLED May 5, 2020 – Spring Lunch
June 2, 2020 – Annual Meeting (Macomber Room) 9:00 Coffee 9:30 Meeting Hostesses: Marsha Sieve and Julie Thomas
2018 - 2019 Program
September 11, 2018 Melissa Paly, Conservation Law Foundation "Reflections on the Water - the health of the Great Bay - Piscataqua Estuary" For hundreds of years, the rivers and bays of the Seacoast region have formed the backbone of our regional history, economy and identity. Yet decades of growth and development throughout the watershed have caused unprece- dented ecological decline. What is the state of the estuary, and what is the prognosis for restoring the health of the waterways that make the Seacoast re- gion such a spectacular place to live, work and play?
October 2, 2018 Rain Date Oct 9th A Tour of Bed Rock Gardens with John Forti Meet at 9:00 at the Rec. Center to car pool to Lee NH. If you wish to drive on your own please arrive at garden at 10:00. There will be no coffee at the garden so if you wish to drive through your favorite coffee place please do. Bedrock Gardens is in the process of becoming the premier public garden in NH. They are comprised of an amazing collection of plants from around the world, joyfully interrupted by imaginative works of art and all created by Jill Nooney and her husband. It is a must see and a great outing.
November 6, 2018 7PM Open to Public Please invite friends and loved ones to this timely topic. Rodney Rowland “Water has a memory: The Impact of sea-level Rise on Cultural Resources” Rodney is on the Local Advisory Committee for the Historic Resource Study for the city of Portsmouth and is Director of Special Projects and Facilities at Strawbery Banke Museum. Rodney will bring us up to date with the exploratory work that has been done at Strawbery Banke and the city of Portsmouth to predict how sea level rise will affect us. He hopes to help us prepare for any new threats that might arise from future storms.
December 4, 2018 Holiday Party
January 8, 2019 Garden Chat/ Deedee Hammer Garden Video
February 5, 2019 Brian Burris “Hydroponic Gardening” Brian Burris of Two Bees Produce based in Hampton NH has a thriving business growing micro-greens, and distributing to local area restaurants. Two Bees Produce uses a fraction of the water that is normally required for growing greens, thus minimal waste. He grows them vertically to conserve space, and utilizes LED light technology for energy consumption reduction. Brian may also share stories about his visiting hummingbirds.
March 5, 2019 9:30 AM at Rolling Green Nursery Note: Snow Date March 12 Succulent Workshop Today we are meeting at Rolling Green Nursery, 64 Breakfast Hill Rd, Greenland. Beth Simpson will host a workshop on Succulents. You are welcome to bring your own containers, they need to be shallow and have drainage. If you need to purchase a container there will be plenty of options at the nursery to purchase. The potting soil is complimentary and the plants are a la cart. There will be no coffee provided so if you wish to drive through your favorite coffee place please do.
April 2, 2019 at The Music Hall Loft Marta McDowell “All The Presidents Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses” Marta McDowell writes and lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden . Her par- ticular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel. She is the author of All the Presidents’ Gardens, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, and Emily Dickinson’s Gardens.
May 7, 2019 Spring Luncheon
June 4, 2019 Annual Meeting
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