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New Hampshire gardening briefs


Hooksett Club's wreath sale begins

HOOKSETT —The Hooksett Garden Club's 2013 Christmas wreath sale is in progress. The wreaths are double-sided balsam and come in four sizes: 14-inch ($12), 18-inch ($16), 24-inch ($26), and 36-inch ($50, with free bow). Door sprays with mixed greens, 20 by 24 inches, are available for $16.

Handmade red velvet bows are available for an additional $5. All orders must be prepaid by Oct. 30, with pick up at the Hooksett Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 8-11 a.m.

To order or for additional information, call Linda at 669-8516. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the club's local beautification projects.

'Candlelit Hopkinton' house tour Nov. 9

HOPKINTON — Eight historic and architecturally interesting properties will open their doors to the public for the Historical Hopkinton candlelight house tour on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The self-guided tour begins at the Hopkinton Historical Society, 300 Main St., and featireshistorical facts and folklore, entertainment, light refreshments and decorative items from local merchants and designers.

Homes included on the tour are located on Gould Hill, Briar Hill, Hopkinton Road, and Jewett Road.

The event is a collaboration with the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Hopkinton Woman's Club. All proceeds go to operational resources and community outreach.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Hopkinton Historical Society or at the Contoocook Farmers' Market held on Saturdays at the Contoocook Railroad Depot.

On the day of the event tickets may only be purchased at the Hopkinton Historical Society. The historic homes on the tour are not handicapped accessible, and strollers and large backpacks are not allowed.

For further information contact the Hopkinton Historical Society at 746-3825 or www.HopkintonHistory.org.

Globe garden writer speaks in Manchester

MANCHESTER — Carol Stocker, well-known gardening columnist from the Boston Globe, will be speaking at Thursday's meeting of the Manchester Garden Club.

The meeting will be held at 12:30 pm at the Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester. Guests are welcome to attend and consider joining the club. No prior gardening experience is necessary for membership.

Carol Stocker has been writing about gardening for 30 years. She has won the top newspaper writing award of the Garden Writers' Association of America three times. Her newest book is "The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac."

The club, established in 1933, is known for its community projects, informative presentations, workshops and holiday wreath sale. Along with the Stone family, the Club presents the Claire Stone scholarship to a worthy high school senior.

For further information on the club, visit www.manchesternhgardenclub.org or call 627-4210.

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