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The NH Judges Council held their flower show, Let's Party, on November 5, 2015 at the White Rock Senior Living Community in Bow, NH.  Here are some pictures and information from the show ...

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Summary of the 2015 NGC/NER Annual Meeting by Joyce Kimball, Meeting Chairman

The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. hosted the 2015 New England Region (NER) Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on October 20-21. The venue was the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center at Portwalk Place located within the newly built Portsmouth Cluster. Eighty-eight members represented the six New England state organizations of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception on Tuesday evening honoring NER Director Vera Bowen from Rhode Island and special guest NGC President Sandra Robinson of London, Kentucky which was followed by dinner and a program. Erik Wochholz, Curator of Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke presented his program “An Historical Journey Through the Evolution of Floral Design in New England” and displayed several period floral pieces reminiscent of past eras created with flowers and greenery raised at Strawbery Banke. The organization’s 81st annual meeting was held the next day, followed by the airing of New England native Peter E. Randall’s documentary film “Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden”. Randall is an acclaimed photographer, historian and author of 14 books, many about the New England coastline.

An Awards Luncheon was then held where the state presidents were presented with the awards earned by their state for various accomplishments, having met the criteria outlined within the slate of NER awards available. The Old Homestead Garden Club of Swanzey was presented with the Mary Stone Garden Therapy Award for their continuing garden therapy program which reaches nine Assisted Living, Nursing Home and Adult Daycare facilities in the Keene area; The Atkinson Garden Club was presented with the following awards in regard to their recent Standard Flower Show “A Patriotic Flower Show”: the Virginia Kenny/Maureen Colton Award for their excellent Horticulture Division, a Certificate of Recognition for their Special Exhibit “Acadia National Park” and the Maureen Colton Award for their outstanding Angular Designs; The Mountain Garden Club received a Certificate of Recognition for their teamwork associated with the planting of several large gardens at Storyland. First place awards for Club Yearbooks were presented to: The Derry Garden Club (45-69 members) and the Mountain Garden Club (100-299 members); The Sandown Garden Club received 1st place distinction for their 2014 Publicity Press Book (Small Club) and the Mountain Garden Club received 1st Place distinction in the Extra Large Club category. Virginia Grand Pre´ of Stoddard and the Old Homestead Garden Club was presented with a  special proclamation acknowledging her for her many years of service to the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc, the New England Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc. by NHFGC President Jane Goodwin, accompanied by NER Director Bowen and NGC President Robinson.

Virginia GrandPre´ from Stoddard, a member of the Old Homestead Garden Club, receives a proclamation from NHFGC for her many years of service to the state, regional, and national garden club organizations.  Pictured l-r: Vera Bowen, Virginia GrandPre´, and Jane Goodwin.
Click here for the text of the Proclamation.

Pictured l-r: Sandra Robinson, Jane Goodwin, and Vera Bowen

Pictured l-r: Dorothy Cole of North Hampton, Carol Weiss of New London, and Susan Johnson of Bow chat during the meeting's social time.

Lighthouses were the theme of the meeting.
Here is a close-up of the table centerpieces created by the floral committee.

“Thank You” to all of my fellow NHFGC members who not only supported their state and regional organizations by attending this meeting—there were 32 of you, and/or by chairing and working on committees, but also supported this effort in many other ways “behind the scenes”. I will be forever grateful to you for making this meeting such a great success—and we made a nice little profit which will primarily benefit NHFGC!

Meeting Registrar – Mary Kaltenbach, Fremont Garden Club
Meeting Treasurer – Jean Lawrie, Bow Garden Club
Floral Committee – Dorothy Cole  (Atkinson GC & Susan Johnson (Bow GC)
Hospitality Committee – Michelle Mensinger (Derry Garden Club)
Vendor Chairman – Fern Doucette (Ashland Garden Club)
Opportunity Drawing Chairman – Blanche Garone (Derry Garden Club)
Program – Carol Croasdale  (Goffstown Community Garden Club)

On a beautiful fall day, September 23, 2015, the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs held their 82nd Fall Conference at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry, NH.  One hundred three attendees were treated to two presentations.  The first was titled "The Future - Heat Recovery from Composting" and given by Matt Smith, a PhD candidate in UNH's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science. Then, Jeremy DeLisle, the UNH Cooperative Extension's Education Center Program Coordinator, presented a slideshow called "Ride the Wave" about Community and School Gardens.   District IV and it's Director, Blanche Garone, received many kudos for hosting a terrific meeting.  Go to to view photos from the meeting. The awards were presented by Eleanor Morrison, Awards Chair, to: 

NHFGC General Awards
·        Award 1.a – largest # of members present at May Annual Meeting:  Mountain Garden Club
·        Award 1.b – highest % of members present at May Annual Meeting:  Old Homestead Garden Club

 2014 Flower Show Awards
·        Award 1.B.c Blue Rosette - NHFGC, Inc., State Standard Flower Show "Out of this World” for a show scoring 90 or above.
·        Award 2.A Lilac and Blue Rosette - Atkinson Garden Club, Standard Flower Show “A Tribute to the National Parks” for the highest scoring club show in the state.
·        Award 2.B Lucy Schram Staging Award – Janet Snowdon, Judy Sirois and Marta Fabbrucci, Atkinson Garden Club, for highest scoring staging in a show.
·        Award 2.C Jolly Gardner Schedule Award – Dorothy Cole, Atkinson Garden Club, for the highest scoring schedule for a Standard Flower Show.
·        Award 2.D Mary E. Stone Rosette – Atkinson Garden Club, for the highest scoring Special Exhibit in a Standard Flower Show - “Yellowstone National Park”
·        Award 2.E Virginia Koppenhaver Table Design Award – Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz, Old Homestead Garden Club, for the highest scoring table design “Light Years Away” Exhibition Table, Type II.  (see photo below)
·        Award 2.F Joanne L. Krause Award – Susan Miner, Atkinson Garden Club, for the Flower Show Chairman of the highest scoring flower show.
·        Award 2.G Ann Seibel Silver Bowl, Arranger of the Year Award – Janet Snowdon, Atkinson Garden Club, for the highest scoring design in a Standard Flower Show – class “Badlands National Park”, a parallel design.  (see photo below)
·        Award 2.I  Mary Flynn Horticulturist of the Year Award – Diane McMillen, Atkinson Garden Club, Ceridephylum japonicum, Katsura Tree  (see photo below)


    Mary Ellen Sienkiewicz, Old Homestead Garden Club, Class 5 Light Years Away – An Exhibition Table, Type II, staged on a white pedestal 31”h with a 16” square top, winning her the Virginia Koppenhaver Table Design Award.  Plant Material: Peppers, Strelitzia Foliage

     Janet Snowdon, Atkinson Garden Club, A Parallel Design staged on a shelf 42″ tall with a design area of 22″ wide by 24″ the class “Badlands National Park” winning her “Arranger of the Year”.   Plant material:  Liatris, Sansevieria, Pincushion Protea, Limonium (statice), Petrified Wood .

     Diane McMillen, Atkinson Garden Club, Ceridephylum japonicum, Katsura Tree, which won the Mary Flynn Horticulturist of the Year Award .

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.





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.