Last update: July 26, 2015    

The NH Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. held its 82nd Annual Meeting on May 27, 2015 at the scenic Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, NH, hosted beautifully by the District I garden clubs of Ashland, Littleton, Mountain, New Hampton and Pasquaney. The theme of the meeting was aptly “Spring in the Mountains” (and it was very Spring-like, in the 80's).  It was extra delightful for the good number of us that arrived the evening prior as we were able to sit, sip and socialize out on the inn's large veranda prior to going into dinner. In addition, we were honored  to have newly-elected National Garden Clubs, Inc./New England Region Director Vera Bowen from Bristol, Rhode Island as our very special guest for the meeting.


Along with the annual business meeting, nice luncheon and awards presentation, attendees thoroughly enjoyed the horticulture program presented by Kerry Mendez of “Perennially Yours” fame, an award winning speaker, author and garden designer. Kerry is a very energetic and inspirational speaker and her “The Right Size Garden” was exactly the right topic and “size” for our meeting.

A very important portion of our annual meeting was dedicated to the election and installation of the new officers for the 2015-2017 term: Jane Goodwin of the Atkinson Garden Club was installed as President; Joyce Kimball (Bow Garden Club) as First Vice-President; Lolly Fleming (Derry Garden Club) as Recording Secretary; P. M. (Derry Garden Club) as Corresponding Secretary; Jean Lawrie (Bow Garden Club) as Treasurer; Jackie Lutkevich (Goffstown Community Garden Club) as Asst. Treasurer; Mary Kaltenbach (Fremont Garden Club) as Parliamentarian; Juliedele McFarlane (Littleton Garden Club) as District I Director; Virginia Urdi (Bow Garden Club) as District II Director; Marcia Esche (Old Homestead Garden Club) as District III Director; and Blanche Garone (Derry Garden Club) as District IV Director. Following a lovely floral-themed installation ceremony conducted by outgoing president Michelle Mensinger, Jane W. Goodwin was officially installed as President of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. for the 2015-2017 term.

Four new Life Members were recognized at this meeting and a fifth one was recently presented.  They are: Wanda Desaulniers (Derry GC), Blanche Garone (Derry GC), Annie Ficke (Mountain GC), Judy Guyette (Old Homestead GC), and
JD McFarlane (Littleton GC).

Susan Miner (NHFGC's Awards Chairman) and Vera Bowen, NER Director, presented the following awards from NGC,  to: 

NGC GROW (Gain Membership by Reaching Out Welcoming All) Membership Awards
CLUB                                                   New Members
      Ashland                                                         2
      Atkinson                                                       1
      Bow                                                             7
      Claremont                                                     1
      Derry                                                            8
      Fitzwilliam                                                     2
      Fremont                                                       3
      Goffstown Community                                 6
      Hooksett                                                      0
      Littleton                                                       6
      Manchester                                                11
      Mountain                                                    15
      New Hampton                                             1
      New London                                               7
      Old Homestead                                           7
      Opechee                                                     8
     Pasquany                                                     2
     Peterborouch                                               7                                         
     Sandown                                                      6
     Windham                                                      7

Publicity Press Book Awards, NGC #44 were presented by Joyce Kimball, NHFGC Publicity Chairman, and Vera Bowen to the following New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. clubs for their 2014 Publicity Press Book entries:
Small Club (29 members & under):
1st Place – Sandown Garden Club.  Sandown received a “Certificate of Commendation” from NGC for placing 1st among all New England Region small club-size entries.
Medium Club (30 – 59 members):
1st Place – Atkinson Garden Club. Atkinson earned 3rd place distinction among all New England Region medium-size club entries.
2nd Place – Manchester Garden Club
Large Club (60 – 99 members):
1st Place – Opechee Garden Club. Opechee earned 2nd place distinction among all New England Region large club-size entries.
2nd Place – Derry Garden Club
3rd Place – Old Homestead Garden Club
Extra-Large Club (100+ members):
1st Place – Mountain Garden Club. Mountain received a “Certificate of Commendation” from NGC for placing 1st among all New England Region extra-large club- size entries.

Many awards were presented by NHFGC's outgoing President, Michelle Mensinger, and Awards Chair, Susan Miner.  They are listed next.

NHFGC General Awards:
Attendance Award (
Largest number of club members at the Fall Meeting): Derry Garden Club
1.B Attendance Award (Highest percentage of club members at the Fall Meeting): Hooksett Garden Club
#2.A Barbara Colp Garden Therapy Award ($25 check): Old Homestead Garden Club
#8     Joyce A. Kimball Horticulture Award ($25 check): Bow Garden Club
#10  Community Star for District I: Greg Bossart - nominated by Mountain Garden Club
#10  Community Star for District IV: Brian Finn - nominated by Atkinson Garden Club
#11  Order of the Purple Finch: Eleanor Morrison
#13  President's District Bowl: District I
#18  Tempe Dahlgren Trophy: Bow Garden Club
#19  Take a Child by the Hand Award ($50 check): Atkinson Garden Club
#22  Dianne McMillen Membership Award: Littleton Garden Club
#29.A Largest number of club members subscribing to the National Gardener: Atkinson Garden Club
#29.B Highest percentage of club members subscribing to the National Gardener: Bow Garden Club

NHFGC Yearbook Awards:
#16.A2 Small size club: 1st Place - Fitzwilliam Garden Club
#16.A3 Small-Medium size club: 1st Place (tie) - New Hampton GC and Bow GC
#16.A4 Medium size club: 1st Place - Derry GC, 2nd Place - Atkinson GC, 3rd Place - Old Homestead GC, 4th Place - Peterborough GC, 5th Place - Goffstown Community GC, 6th Place - Ashland GC
#16.A6 Large size club: 1st Place - Mountain GC, 2nd Place - New London GC

NHFGC Scrapbook Awards:
#14-2 Small size club: 1st Place - Fitzwilliam GC, 2nd Place - Fremont GC
#14-3 Small-Medium club: 1st Place - Bow GC, 2nd Place - New Hampton GC
#14-4 Medium size club: 1st Place - Atkinson GC, 2nd Place - Derry GC, 3rd Place - Goffstown Community GC
#14-5 Medium-Large size club: 1st Place - Old Homestead GC, 2nd Place - Opechee GC
#14-6 Large size club: 1st Place - Mountain GC

NHFGC Silver Seal Awards:
#15  Margaret (Marnie) Finn - nominated by Atkinson GC
#15  Susan Davis - nominated by Derry GC
#15  Elizabeth Fisher - nominated by Littleton GC
#15  Judy Avery - nominated by Old Homestead GC
#15  Barbara Sargent - nominated by Opechee GC
#15  Kirsten Peterson - nominated by Peterborough GC

NHFGC Presidential Citations:
#12  Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz, Old Homestead GC
#12  P. M., Derry GC
#12  Juliedele (JD) McFarlane, Littleton GC
#12  Joyce Kimball, Bow GC


Tracey Burhoe, Ashland 2nd Place and 90+ Friday-
Sue Cram,
New Hampton
1st Place Tuesday-
Crown - dried
Sue Cram 2nd Place and 90+
Div I “Susan Sheel Thomas Novice Award”
Fern Doucette, Ashland 2nd Place Tuesday-
Fern Doucette 2nd Place Friday-
Judy Gray,
1st Place Friday-
Susan Johnson,
2nd Place Friday-
Mass Design / Italian Renaissance
Joyce Kimball,
1st Place Friday-
Fairy Garden
Joanne Krause, Atkinson Hon. Mention Tuesday-
Michelle Mensinger, Derry 2nd Place Friday-
 All Foliage
Linda Pare’, Ashland 1st Place +
Div. II “Best of Day Award”
and “Best Interpretation”
Incorporates Frame
Linda Pare’ 3rd Place+ 
Div. I “Diane Bullock Award”, Original interpretation and adventurous combination of plant material and components
Carol Weiss, Claremont 2nd Place+
Div II “Artisans Award”
Hat – dried
Carol Weiss 1st Place Friday-
      * Filled in for others  

The Atkinson Garden Club held their biennial Art in Bloom type show, Petals and Pallettes, on March 6 & 7 (2015) at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club.  Over 45 pieces from local artisans were interpreted in floral designs by club members.  Attendees voted for their favorite combination.  Best of Show was the "Morning Light" design created by Susan Miner (left photo below).  Runner up and a close second was Cynthia Buchan's "Water Carriers" (right photo below).




The Hooksett Garden Club's Garden Therapy Committee, led by Nan Veilleux, taught fall designs to the Hooksett-ite Senior Group on Oct. 31, 2014.  This is the second year the club has been involved in Garden Therapy.



On a beautiful fall day, September 17, 2014, the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs held their 81st Semi-Annual Fall Conference at D.S.Cole Growers in Loudon, NH.  One hundred five attendees were treated to a program called "Growing For Pollinators" that was presented by Doug Cole and his son, Charlie Cole.  District II and it's Director, Karrissaann Taylor, were excellent hosts for this meeting.  The awards presented by Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz were:
General Awards:
Largest number of members attending the May 2014 Annual Meeting - Derry Garden Club, Blanche Garone, President
Largest percentage of members attending the May 2014 Annual Meeting - Hooksett Garden Club, Karrissaann Taylor, President

Flower Show Awards for shows held in the 2013 calendar year:
Lilac and Purple Rosette, Small Standard Flower Show - Old Homestead Garden Club, 'An American Quilt', Judy Guyette, President, MES Show Chairperson

Lilac and Blue Rosette, Standard Flower Show - Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future', Blanche Garone, President, and Michelle Mensinger, Show Chairperson

Lucy Schram Staging Award to Staging Chair of a Standard Flower Show - Mary Lea Daily and Pat Hume, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future'

Jolly Gardner Schedule Award to a member who has written the highest scoring schedule - Blanche Garone, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future'

Mary E. Stone Rosette for the outstanding Special Exhibit in a Flower Show - Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future', Educational Exhibit 'Garden Talk'

Virginia Koppenhaver Table Design Award to the winner in a Table Class - Susan Davis, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future', capsule functional table for one, 'Lunch Break'

Joanne L. Krause Award to the Chairperson of the highest scoring Flower Show - Michelle Mensinger, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future'

Ann Siebel Silver Bowl to the Arranger of the Year - Michelle Mensinger, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future', creative design incorporating garden tools, 'Garden Chore'

Mary Flynn Horticulturist of the Year Award (new award effective Jan 1, 2013) - Arline Testsilas, Derry Garden Club, 'Children, Seeds of the Future', Common Sunflower, Helianthus annuus

Pictures taken at this Fall Meeting can be found at 


NHFGC hosted an "Out of This World" Flower Show on June 20 & 21, 2014 at the McAuliffe- Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.  There were ten design classes, many horticulture classes, and special exhibits.  Click here to see pictures from the show.

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.

(L to R standing) Jackie Dempsey (Derry GC), Catherine Persson (Atkinson GC), Susan Ashooh (Manchester GC), Guy Guinta (Gov.'s Lilac &Wildflower Commissioner), Sylvia Mace (Derry GC), Blanche Garone (Derry GC President), Paul Lynch (Derry GC).  (kneeling) Barbara Rollins (NHDOT Roadside Development Dept.)

Derry Garden Club members Jackie Dempsey, Paul Lynch, Blanche Garone, and Sylvia Mace manned the booth.

Susan Ashooh, a member of the Manchester Garden Club, helped at the booth. 

Members of the public enjoyed the display of lilac pictures.  The unframed pictures were for sale. 


These pictures were entries over the years in the annual Lilac Photo Contest.  There were also bouquets of lilacs for visitors to enjoy.