Monthly Programs

2017 -2018  



Monday, September 18, 2017

Breakfast Social

Bedford Public Library, McAllaster Room

9:30AM Social, 10:00AM Program, 11:00AM Meeting


UNH Master Gardener Program Presenter, Marcy Stanton

The NH Extension Master Gardener Programs goal is to train and enable volunteers to use research-based information to educate the public about home gardening and horticulture, pest management, food safety and backyard livestock. Marcy Stanton, the current coordinator, will share her information related to the program and answer questions for interested members. More information may be found on the UNH Extensions website. Click here to go to website .  This is an opportunity to explore the program in our own area.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Bedford Old Town Hall

6:30PM Social, 7:00PM Meeting, 7:30 PM Program


Merle Schlesinger

Merle Schlesinger has been studying Sogetsu ikebana for 19 years and achieved the teacher’s rank of 2nd Sanyo. During this time she has annually participated in the Boston Spring Flower Show and at several Tower Hill Botanical Gardens exhibitions. She has attended conventions and seminars in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California, Del Ray Beach, Florida and most recently in Tokyo and Okinawa Japan. She has attended many workshops with master teachers and was fortunate enough to attend workshops with Head mistress Akane Teshigahara.

The demonstration will begin with the creation of two basic arrangements and then move on to thematic and free style arrangements using branch materials, fresh flowers and unconventional materials. The finished arrangement will be raffled as a fundraiser.

Merle feels that her study of ikebana has enhanced her appreciation of the natural world, introduced her to a broad range of plant materials and encouraged her creativity. She is anxious to share her enthusiasm for ikebana with members of the garden club.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Bedford Old Town Hall

6:30PM Social, 7:00PM Meeting, 7:30 PM Program


Amy Godbout

Amy Godbout is a floral designer at Jacques Flower Shop and Garden Center in Manchester. She will demonstrate decorating wreaths using a variety of natural materials. If time allows, she will also demonstrate making Swags and Garland using natural materials. These materials we can find in our own yards and neighborhoods or purchase at a local floral shop. Amy’s family has owned the store since 1974 and Amy has been designing for over a decade


Sunday, December 10, 2017

2:00PM – 5:00 PM

Holiday Social

Please come to celebrate the spirit of the season at our annual holiday social. Enjoy the holiday season as you mingle and chat with members and their significant others.  This is always a fun way to enjoy the holiday season. Please RSVP when requested to let our host know if you will be bringing a dessert or hors d’oeuvre. We will have a Silent Auction for those who would like to participate. We hope to see you there.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Bedford Old Town Hall

9:30AM Social, 10:00AM Meeting, 10:30 AM Program


Liz Barbour, Owner and Chef, The Creative Feast

Edible landscaping is the newest gardening trend that answers the old question of how to utilize your limited garden space so it can be productive and beautiful at the same time. Chef and gardener Liz Barbour has been including edible plants throughout her small cottage garden from the very beginning of its design. Join her for a slideshow tour through her edible gardens and learn how she has introduced vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, edible shrubs, and herbs to blend beautifully and
deliciously throughout.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Bedford Fields Garden Center, 331 Hwy 101, Bedford

9:30AM Social, 10:00AM Meeting, 10:30AM Program


Christine Templeton, UNH Extension Presenter

BYOC…Bring Your Own Chair. This event will take place at Bedford Fields.

Gardeners can grow most annuals, biennials, and many herbaceous perennials from seed. Sowing seed is less expensive than buying established plants and requires little equipment. Vigorous plants started indoors flower sooner than those started outdoors. Sowing seed also allows gardeners to grow varieties that may not be available at local greenhouses or garden centers. Join us as we learn about starting seeds from the UNH Cooperative Extensions Master Gardener.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Bedford Old Town Hall

6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM Meeting, 7:30 PM Program


Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell, a New Hampshire landscape design artist who has worked locally with numerous schools to develop educational gardens, will lead the program. She holds a professional degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a certificate in landscape design from the Landscape Institute at The Boston Architectural College. Campbell will explore the history of several well-known gardens and landscapes in Scotland. She will present her own photographs of the gardens and offer her observations as a well as professional insight.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Bedford Old Town Hall

6:30PM Social, 7:00PM Meeting, 7:30 PM Program


Author Kevin Martin

Author and wooden boat builder Kevin Martin will bring us through the woods and into cities all over NH to find and measure the largest living trees in our landscape. Some examples include the states largest northern white cedars in Clarksville that have been marked by bears for generations, and horse chestnut in Portsmouth that was planted by a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. NH has seven national champion Big Trees. Martin includes tree history, management and current stewardship in his presentation.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Frizzhome on Back River Road, Bedford

6:30PM Social, 7:00PM Meeting, 7:30 PM Program


BYOC…Bring Your Own Chair. This event will take place at Frizzhomes Garden Center

After a short business meeting, we will enjoy a demonstration of container potting by Jody Fox the assistant manager at Frizzhome Gardens. She will use a variety of plants available at their location including succulants. She has a wonderful eye for creating beautiful arrangements and will gladly guide us in planning for our containers at home.


Monday, June 18, 2018


Our Annual June Garden Luncheon! We always end a successful gardening year with good food and friends set in an outdoor garden party venue. Please join us as we greet summer with open arms. Please RSVP when requested to let our host know what you will be bringing.


2018 Summer Garden Hops and Field Trips

Join us as we explore our member gardens and interesting venues around the state. Each year we venture to new destinations learning about the gardens and history of places in NH. In addition, we are excited to socialize and relax during our growing season with our friends while enjoying our yards. Come explore while we share the fun and friendship with many laughs and good times.