Last update: February 26, 2014
Atkinson Garden Club presents “A Tribute to The National Parks”, a
Patriotic Standard Flower Show, at the Kimball Public Library, 5 Academy
Avenue, Atkinson, NH. The show is
open to the public on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 1:00 – 8:00 pm and on
Saturday, June 14 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
For more information, contact Susan Miner at 603-303-6385.
The following pictures are from the 2014 Farm & Forest Expo held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. NHFGC members helped at the Governor's Lilac and Wildflower Commission booth.
These pictures were entries over the years in the annual Lilac Photo Contest. There were also bouquets of lilacs for visitors to enjoy.
Congratulations to the NHFGC clubs that won awards at the meeting of the New England Region (NER) of National Garden Clubs in Westbrook, CT on October 15, 2013!
Award #15A. Kenney/Colton Horticulture Award to Hooksett Garden Club for their section of horticulture in their Standard Flower Show “Petals and Poems”. This comes with a $25 check!
Award # 21A. Maureen Colton Award to Hooksett Garden Club for their class of designs, “The Village Blacksmith,” in their Standard Flower Show “Petals and Poems”. This comes with a $50 check!
Congratulations and thank you to all clubs and members that submitted applications for the awards!
Awards Presented at the NHFGC's 80th Fall Conference at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH on Sept. 18, 2013
A beautiful fall day was enjoyed by 87 attendees at the Rocks Estate, a Christmas tree farm owned by the Society for the Preservation of NH Forests. The theme of "Buzzing Into Fall" gave NHFGC President Michelle Mensinger an opportunity to talk about her Mason bees project. The program, "Flowers of Yesteryear", was presented by Nigel Manley, the director at the Rocks. Awards for flower shows held in 2012 were presented at this meeting. They are:
1.A.c Lilac and Pink Rosette for a
show scoring 85 or above - Old
Homestead Garden Club, Standard Flower Show "Come to the Fair”
NHFGC General Awards
Michelle Mensinger Installed as 2013-2015 NHFGC State President
Michelle Mensinger of Derry was installed as the
2013-2015 State President of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs,
Inc. (NHFGC) at the 80th annual meeting held on May 29th at the Keene
Country Club. Mensinger is a former Derry Garden Club President and
has served on the NHFGC Board of Directors for a number of years in various
capacities, most recently as a Vice-President. Mensinger also served
on the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) Board as Endangered Species Chair
for four years and continues to serve as Wildlife/Birds/Butterflies Chair on
the Board of the New England Region of National Garden Clubs. She is
an NGC-certified Master Flower Show Judge and has won a number of blue
ribbons and special awards at flower shows held all over New England,
including the New England Flower Show that is held annually in Boston,
MA. Mensinger's theme for her 2013-2015 administration is "BEE
Aware, BEE Concerned, BEE a Friend to Pollinators!" promoting
public awareness of the need to protect the pollinators of our flowers,
vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. The Derry Garden Club hosted a
lovely "President's Reception" in Michelle's honor on June 12th at
the Robert Frost Farm in Derry where Michelle has spent countless hours over
the years working with children and other Derry Garden Club members planting
and tending the gardens there. Approximately 50 people attended the
event, representing member garden clubs from all around the state.
Michelle Mensinger at one of the gardens at the Robert Frost Farm during the
reception celebrating the start of her Presidency of the NHFGC.
“Monadnock Memories” Was Indeed Memorable
Joyce Kimball, NHFGC Publicity Chairman
browsing the displays (Ways & Means, Pressbooks and Scrapbooks, and
of New Officers
Awards to District IV Clubs (above and below)
Awards to District I and III clubs
Some "lighter" moments during the meeting.
The following awards were presented to members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs (NHFGC) at their 80th annual meeting held at the Keene Country Club on May 29, 2013.
#2.A –" Barbara Colp Garden Therapy Award" – Old Homestead Garden Club
#8 – "Joyce A. Kimball Horticulture Award" – Derry Garden Club
#16 – "Take a Child by the Hand Award" – Derry Garden Club
#22 –" Diane McMillen Membership Award" – Sandown Garden Club
Yearbook/Program Book, Award #19:
Small/Medium size club: 1st – Atkinson*, 2nd – New Hampton, 3rd – Fitzwilliam, and Honorable Mention – Goffstown Community Garden Club
Medium size club: 1st – Peterborough, 2nd
– Derry, and 3rd-Ashland
Large size club: 1st – Mountain Garden Club (Mt. Washington Valley)
*Atkinson, Old Homestead and Mountain also received 1st Place Regionally in
their size categories.
*Atkinson, Old Homestead and Mountain also received 1st Place Regionally in their size categories.
Historical Club Scrapbook, Award #14:
Small size club: 1st - Fremont
Small/Medium size club: 1st – Bow, 2nd – Pasquaney, 3rd – New Hampton, and Honorable Mention – Fitzwilliam and Goffstown Community Garden Clubs
Medium size club: 1st – Atkinson, 2nd – Derry, and 3rd – Windham
Medium/Large size club: 1st – Opechee (Lakes Region) and 2nd – Old Homestead (Keene Area)
Large size club: 1st – Mountain Garden Club (Mt. Washington Valley)
Publicity Press Books, NGC Award #44:
Small Club Size: NHFGC 1st & NER 2nd – Sandown; NHFGC 2nd – Hooksett
Medium Club Size: NHFGC 1st & NER 2nd – Derry; NHFGC 2nd – Atkinson; NHFGC 3rd - Old Homestead
Large Club Size: NHFGC 1st & NER Honorable Mention - Mountain; NHFGC 2nd – New London
NHFGC Award #11-"Order of the Purple Finch: Awarded once per two-year term by secret ballot of the NHFGC Executive Board to an outstanding member of the NH Federation for continued service.". This year the award was presented to Joyce Kimball of the Bow Garden Club. Kimball served as District II Director in 2003-2005,NHFGC President 2006-2009 and NHFGC Publicity Chairman from 2003 to the present time. Kimball recently stepped down as New England Region Director at the close of the 2011-2013 term on May 26th.
NHFGC Award#13 -"President's District Bowl: Presented each year to the club having most advanced the objectives of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden Clubs, Inc. during the previous year as determined by the State President "This year's recipient was District I which includes the Ashland, Littleton, Mountain (Conway area), New Hampton and Pasquaney (Bristol area) Garden Clubs.
NHFGC Award #15 - "Silver Seal Award: Awarded to a club member, individual, institution or organization (other than a garden club) for special contribution to the work of a local garden club".
Atkinson: Pat Bennett for her floral design leadership, service as club president and membership chairman, chairman of our recent flower show, and leadership in growing our club membership including male members for the first time.
Derry: Their webmaster, for designing and maintaining a wonderful web site for our club to stay informed of our activities.
Hooksett: Tina Paquette most notably for her seven years as Bow Chairman for the club’s annual wreath sale, our major fund raiser.
Mountain: Marcia Burchstead for serving in several roles including Horticulture Chair and Publicity.
New Hampton: Phyllis Schofield for serving a third year as President, thereby helping to keep the leadership and morale of the Club going for another successful year.
Old Homestead: Virginia Grand Pre' for serving in the club, state, region and nation in so many ways, from chairing Flower Shows, to Birds & Butterflies, to Landscape Design, to arranging tours. She is an Accredited Master Judge, Flower Show Schools Horticulture Instructor and NHFGC Flower Show Schools Credentials Chairman.
National Garden Clubs, Inc., Awards:
Membership by Reaching Out Welcoming All) membership
awards to Ashland, Atkinson, Bow, Claremont, Derry, Fitzwilliam,
Goffstown Community, Littleton, Mountain, New Hampton,
New London, Old Homestead, Opechee, Pasquaney, Peterborough, Sandown
President’s Project Awards:
Public and Special Places: Participation
certificate – Atkinson, Hooksett, and Mountain. Hooksett placed
Aquatic Ecosystems: Participation certificate - Atkinson, and
Mountain. Mountain placed 1st in the Large Club category regionally.
– 1st place - Mountain, for
their membership brochure
Yearbook # 16:
1st in Small/Medium size – Atkinson, 1st in
Medium/Large size – Old Homestead and
1st place Large size - Mountain
Award of Merit – Mountain
Poetry Contest for Kindergarten – Ninth Grade
Poetry Contest for Kindergarten – Ninth Grade(Certificates of Participation) : “Protecting Our Aquatic Friends” – Bow Garden Club (Poems submitted on behalf of two grandsons of member Joyce Kimball). Each received 2nd Place in their age category among New England entries.
Flower Show Awards:
Award 5.B for
club size 21 – 49 to Hooksett
Award 5.C for
club size 50 – 99 to Old Homestead
Award 57A for a
show in a public building to Ashland
Nine members of the New Hampshire
Federation of Garden Clubs (NHFGC), Inc. entered the 2013 New England Spring
Flower and Garden Show held in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center from
March 14th - 16th. This year's theme was "Seed of Change",
bringing new concepts in landscape and floral designs to the
exhibition. NHFGC floral arrangers received the following recognition:
Fern Doucette's "Square Meal", an Angular design.
Carol Weiss' "Prest-O Change-O", an Armature design.
Michelle Mensinger's "Prest-O Change-O", an Armature design.
Susan Schiltgen Johnson's "Drop Dead Gorgeous" a Creative Color Harmony design.
Judy Gray with her "Drop Dead Gorgeous", a Creative Color Harmony design.
Tracey Burhoe with her "Goody Goody Gumdrops", a Hanging Type I design.
Linda Paré with her "Smoke & Mirrors", a Reflective Creative design.
Gail Bartlett's "Smoke & Mirrors", a Reflective Creative design.
National Garden Club's Member Services' Article Blast, July 19, 2012, from Candace Morgenstern
It has been determined that NGC members LOVE gardening,
LOVE floral design, LOVE fashion and LOVE travel! Well, Member Services has
it all for you! We are now in partnership with Gardener’s Supply,
Smithers–Oasis Floral Products, and Brent & Becky's bulbs. We also
have new luggage tags and a gorgeous 100% NGC silk scarf!
NGC receives a percentage of each sale, of each order placed
from the above partners to help support our projects. This is a win- win for
all members of NGC!
NGC receives a percentage of each sale, of each order placed from the above partners to help support our projects. This is a win- win for all members of NGC!
v Gardener’s Supply (www.gardeners.com) is offering 20% off on all orders over $100.00 – so order with a friend or your club for that special project! (Code word ROSES)
Oasis Floral Products for all your floral design needs –
floral foam, containers, aluminum wire in every color! A customer service
representative will assist with floral questions. Contact www.directfloral.com
or call 800-773-2554. You
must fill out National Garden Clubs and your own Garden Club Name.
v Oasis Floral Products for all your floral design needs – floral foam, containers, aluminum wire in every color! A customer service representative will assist with floral questions. Contact www.directfloral.com or call 800-773-2554. You must fill out National Garden Clubs and your own Garden Club Name.
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, these bulbs are gorgeous!!! Go to www.bloominbucks.com,
click on the pull down menu, click on National Garden Clubs and shop!!! All
products are available to NGC members ... books, perennials, tools, home
accessories and a HUGE selection of bulbs.
v Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, these bulbs are gorgeous!!! Go to www.bloominbucks.com, click on the pull down menu, click on National Garden Clubs and shop!!! All products are available to NGC members ... books, perennials, tools, home accessories and a HUGE selection of bulbs.
We have a NEW 4 ½” round, recycled luggage tag, with the NGC logo and a slip-in area for your business card. Only $4.00.
Now, for the fashionistas! We have our very chic, 100% silk, georgette scarf with each state, international affiliates, our trademark columbine and the NGC seal all represented!!! The scarf is 22" wide and 67" long, with a hand rolled hem ... it can be wrapped, twisted, draped or a shawl! Only $35.00
Don’t forget our calendars, certificates, pins, ribbons and all the other wonderful products that will enhance your garden club spirit!