Last update: March 26, 2015    


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 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 81st Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Cubs (NHFGC) was held on May 28, 2014 at Zorvino Vineyard and Winery in Sandown, NH.  To view pictures from this event, click here.  The garden clubs of District IV were hosts and the program theme was "Fruit of the Vine".   Guest speaker, Nancy Walton, presented a history of Zorvino Vineyards.  The Guest of Honor was Linda Nelson, President of National Garden Clubs.  She, along with Susan Miner (NHFGC's Awards Chair), presented the following awards from NGC,  to: 

NGC General Awards:

#8-Aiii Youth Horticulture Education – Certificate of Commendation to Derry Garden Club

#13-3 Publication – 1st place to Derry Garden Club for their Educational Booklet "Garden with a Child"

#13-5 A-i Publication – 1st place Sandown Garden Club for their membership brochure

#13-5 A-ii Publication – 1st place Atkinson Garden Club for their membership brochure

#13-5 A-iv Publication – 1st place Mountain Garden Club for their membership brochure

#13-7 D-ii Publication – 1st place to NHFGC for "A Garden Full of Recipes" cookbook

#44-A Pressbook – 1st place Small club to Sandown Garden Club and 1st place Medium club to Atkinson Garden Club

#49 Community Landscape Design – Award of Merit to Atkinson Garden Club for their garden work with the High School

#68-A-iv Video/CD/DVD – Certificate of Commendation to Mountain Garden Club

Pasquaney Garden Club – NGC Certificate in Appreciation of award participation

Old Homestead GC – NGC Certificate in Appreciation of award participation

GROW (Gain Membership by Reaching Out Welcoming All) Membership Awards to Ashland, Atkinson, Bow, Chichester, Derry, Fitzwilliam, Fremont, Goffstown Community, Hooksett, Littleton, Manchester, Mountain, New Hampton, New London, Old Homestead, Opechee, Pasquaney, Peterborough, Sandown and Windham.

NGC Standard Flower Show Awards:

Award 57-A for a show in a public building to Derry Garden Club for their Standard Flower Show "Children, Seeds of the Future"

New England Region Awards were presented by NER's Past President, Joyce Kimball for:

Publicity Pressbook:

Small Club – 1st place to Sandown Garden Club

Medium Club – 1st place to Atkinson Garden Club

Large Club – 2nd place to Derry Garden Club

Extra Large Club – 2nd place to Mountain Garden Club

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

NHFGC General Awards:

#1.A – Largest number of club members at the fall conference – Derry Garden Club

#1.B – Highest percentage of club members at the fall conference – Littleton Garden Club

#2.A – Barbara Colp Garden Therapy Award – Old Homestead Garden Club ($25 award)

#3 – Debbi Nutter Landscape Award – Pasquaney Garden Club

#6 – Governor’s Bowl – Pasquaney Garden Club

#8 – Joyce A. Kimball Horticulture Award – Derry Garden Club ($25 award)

#10 – Community Star for District IV – Ed Garone nominated by the Derry Garden Club for his donations of his time and expertise having assisted the club in their ongoing goals of organizing, supporting, and delivering educational programs for children and adults and promoting gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility and historic preservation.

#13 – President’s District Bowl Award – District IV

#16 – Take a Child by the Hand Award – Derry Garden Club ($50 award)

#18 – Tempe F. Dalgren Trophy – Atkinson Garden Club

#22 – Diane McMillen Membership Award – Sandown Garden Club

#28.3 – NHFGC Community Improvement – Atkinson Garden Club

#29.A – Largest number of club members subscribing to the National Gardener – Derry Garden Club

#29.B – Highest percentage of club members subscribing to the National Gardener – Atkinson Garden Club

NHFGC Yearbook Award #19:

Small/Medium size club: 1st – New Hampton, 2nd – Bow, 3rd – Goffstown Community, and HM – Pasquaney

Medium size club: 1st – Atkinson, 2nd – Derry, 3rd – Windham, and HM – Ashland

Medium/Large size club: 1st – Old Homestead

Large size club: 1st – Mountain

NHFGC Scrapbook Award #14:

Extra Small size club: 1st - Fremont

Small/Medium size club: 1st – Atkinson, 2nd – Fitzwilliam, 3rd – Bow, and HM – Pasquaney

Medium size club: 1st – Derry, 2nd – Goffstown Community, and 3rd – Windham

Medium/Large size club: 1st – Opechee and 2nd – Old Homestead

Large size club: 1st – Mountain

NHFGC Silver Seal Award #15:

Ashland: Debra Peters most especially for her professional attention to the treasurer job by attaining 401(c)3 and a firm budget as well as many other accomplishments within the club.

Atkinson: Sheri Turell for her club leadership in Civic Beautification, Ways and Means, Garden of the Month and Budget Committees as well as her service as club treasurer.

Derry: Kathy Bibeau for her outstanding job in assembling the Publicity Pressbook for many years as well as her active participation in club fundraisers and other activities.

Fremont: Laurel Lloyd for her exhaustive efforts with the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest over the past few years involving over 200 children in the local school.

New London: Trudy Powers for her wonderful job as Vice President and her revamping and setup of the club yearbook for the past two years as well as the numerous other service that she has given the club over her many years as a member.

Opechee: Eleanor Brouillard, a longtime member – almost 30 years, for her tireless work in all aspects of the club and most recently as a long-term Treasurer and current Auditor thereby holding many various positions on the Executive Board over the years

NHFGC Life Memberships were presented by Chair Pat Mulone to:  Catherine Persson (Atkinson GC), Kaye Nugent (Derry GC), and John Bruni (Mountain GC).


NHFGC President, Michelle Mensinger, attended the National Garden Club Convention in Oklahoma in early May.  She is shown with the floral display of the New England Region that she designed for this meeting. 

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.

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.
Congratulations Michelle!  We wish you an enjoyable and productive term as our State President!

   Michelle Mensinger at one of the gardens at the Robert Frost Farm during the reception celebrating the start of her Presidency of the NHFGC.