NH Club Notes: Salvation Army Auxiliary seeks yarn donations

August 17. 2017 12:52AM

Old Homestead Garden Club President Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz stands by her first-place Exhibition Table Design, “Home Plate,” during the club's recent Standard Flower Show in Keene. The theme was “The Great American Pastime, A Salute to Baseball.” (COURTESY)

Sandown Garden Club members and guests mulch the Monarch Waystation the club created outside of Sandown Town Hall as a habitat area for Monarch butterflies. From left are guest Harry McNally and members Dale Dumphey, June McNally and Audrey Vargish, club president. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is looking for donations of yarn for its knitting group, which knits hats and mittens for local schools.

Anyone who would like to help may drop off new yarn at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St.

The auxiliary also is always looking for new members. For more information, call, Doris at 622-5891.

Garden club flower show a salute to baseball

KEENE — Members of the Old Homestead Garden Club recently presented a patriotic Standard Flower Show with the theme “The Great American Pastime, A Salute to Baseball.”

Club President Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz’s design “Triple Play” received the club’s Mary Stone Award, which goes to a member who has the most expressive interpretation of the flower show class title. Sienkiewicz also placed first for her Exhibition Table Design “Home Plate.”

The club’s Virginia GrandPré Horticulture Award for a member who had never won a blue ribbon before was presented to Katie Delaney for winning three blue ribbons.

Awards from National Garden Clubs also were presented. The Old Homestead club is a member of NGC’s New England Region.

NGC Horticulture Top Exhibitor Awards were presented to Sienkiewicz, Marcia Esche, Katie Delaney, Pat Murphy and Dian Mathews.

Sienkiewicz also received an NGC’s Design Top Exhibitor Award, a Table Artistry Award, for her design “Our Team Won, Celebration after the Game,” a functional table for one.

Mathews received the NGC Special Exhibits Top Exhibitor Award, an educational award for her exhibit “Bats, Friends or Foe?” on the importance of bats in controlling insects and their necessity in gardens.

Bow Garden Club members Susan Johnson and Joyce Kimball also entered floral designs in the show.

Johnson, an NGC flower show judge, entered an Exhibition Table Design, “Home Plate,” which received second place. Kimball’s entry, an Exhibition Table Design titled “Lunch with an MVP,” also placed second. Both women also entered horticulture specimens from their gardens, which received several first- and second-place ribbons.

The Old Homestead and Bow clubs are both members of the N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs, whose member clubs periodically host Standard Flower Shows. The shows invite all garden club members to enter floral designs and horticulture specimens for exhibition as part of the mission to promote the love of gardening and floral design. For more details, go to www.nhfgc.org.

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