Last update: September 26, 2014
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
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
Pictures taken at this Fall
Meeting can be found at http://photos.nhfgc.org
Pictures taken at this Fall Meeting can be found at http://photos.nhfgc.org
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:
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
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.
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.
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.