NH Club News: Portsmouth Garden Club to present Festival of Trees

November 16. 2017 3:05AM
Some of the decorated trees from last year's Festival of Trees, which is sponsored by the Portsmouth Garden Club and the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands' Urban Forestry Center. This year's festival will start Friday and continue through Sunday at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road. (COURTESY)

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Garden Club and the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands’ Urban Forestry Center will present their 22nd Festival of Trees from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road.

Local garden centers, garden clubs, historical organizations, businesses and artisans will transform the grounds and buildings at the center for the festival, which will include more than 90 displays of decorated indoor trees, rooms decked out for the holidays in the historic Cape house, miniature trees, wreaths and outside displays.

This is a biennial fundraiser that enables the garden club to award Festival of Trees scholarships and grants to community members, to assist conservation education, to support historic gardens in the Seacoast area, and to maintain club activities.

Adult admission is $7 (cash only) and free for children 12 and younger. There is free parking. For more information, go to www.Portsmouthnhgardenclub.com or call the Urban Forestry Center at 431-6774.

Bedford club’s program on wreath decorating

BEDFORD — Amy Godbout, a floral designer at Jacques Flower Shop and Garden Center in Manchester, will give a program on “Wreath Decorating with Natural Materials” during the Bedford Garden Club’s meeting Monday at the old Town Hall, 70 Bedford Center Road.

The meeting will begin with a 6:30 p.m. social, followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting and then the program at 7:30 p.m.

Godbout will demonstrate how to decorate wreaths using a variety of natural materials that can be found in yards and woods, neighborhoods, or purchased at a floral shop. If time allows, she will demonstrate how to create swags and garland using these materials.

The club’s meetings are open to the public. For more about the club’s educational programs and community service, visit www.bedfordgradenclubnh.org or email contact@bedfordgradenclubnh.org.

Parliamentarians to meet today in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The White Mountain Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians will meet today at St. Mary’s Bank, 200 McGregor St., in the Ronald J. Roux Board Room on the third floor.

Networking will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m. and then a lesson on boards and committees, which Bill Roy is scheduled to present.

The November gathering is the unit’s annual meeting, so annual dues will be collected and officers will be elected.

At the unit’s October meeting, Anne Canty presented a lesson on minutes, including how to take them, what to include, what to leave out and how long to keep them.

For information about the group, email Rev. Henry Beairs at hbearist@tds.net.

Bow Garden Club creates a ‘Little Garden of Horrors’

BOW — Several Bow Garden Club members, headed by Margaret Leary, got together recently to create a “Little Garden of Horrors” as their table theme for a community Halloween party last month.

For the past few years, garden club members, along with members of other community groups, have each decorated a “treats-only” table, distributing candy to hundreds of Bow children who pass by their table that evening.

The club’s potted “monster plants” were made of paper-mache, and the towering “Green Monster,” complete with dangling eyeballs, was created by using carveable faux pumpkins that were painted green.

Candia club to start selling decorated wreaths Nov. 25

CANDIA — The Candia Garden Club will sell hand-decorated wreaths in conjunction with the Candia Volunteer Fire Department’s Christmas tree sale.

The sale, held at the Candia Fire Department, 11 Deerfield Road, will begin at noon Saturday, Nov. 25, and continue on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the wreaths are sold out.

Two sizes will be available: 10 and 14 inches.

Proceeds go toward the purchase of Christmas gifts from Candia’s giving tree.

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