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Submitted by:  Judy V., MG since 2007

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Scholarship Winner 2017

Every May, the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association holds its annual plant sale. Members contribute plants from their personal gardens, a potting party is held, and the day of the sale, it is all hands on deck to sell and talk to our fellow gardeners. 

The proceeds from this sale are used to fund our county projects and to provide a scholarship to a deserving member of our county who is pursuing a degree in the  field of horticulture from the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

The Caroline Bassage Memorial Scholarship was awarded this year to Chris S., a Strafford County resident and student in the Horticulture Technology Program of the Thompson School of Applied Science.

Jacqueline B., Co-Chair, Chris S.,, Barb F., Treasurer

Chris works at Pawtuckaway Nursery on Route 125 in Lee. His career goal is to own a landscaping service or garden center. If you are shopping at Pawtuckaway, see if Chris is working and introduce yourself.

Thanks to all the Strafford County Master Gardeners and our wonderful customers who make this scholarship possible.

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Submitted by:  Jean O., MG since 2009, and Judy V., MG since 2007

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More Late July Flowers

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Now is the high point of the year for the flower lovers among us in this area. You don’t have to look very hard to find them. They’re in lawns, meadows, river banks and waste areas; really just about everywhere. Now is the time to see Deptford pinks (Dianthus armeria) which don’t have the jagged red ring around their center like a maiden pink (Dianthus deltoids) and bloom later than maiden pinks; usually in July. The flowers are also smaller and the plant, rather than growing in large clumps of 40-50 flowers out in the open like the maiden pink, blooms shyly in threes and fours at the edges of meadows. It’s a pretty little thing that I wish I’d see more of. Though it originally came from Europe it can hardly be called invasive.

Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium) has just started blooming and…

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Submitted by:  Debby B., MG since 2010

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You Know You’re Addicted to Gardening When…

A little gardening humor as we get ready to move into August. Happy gardening.

Laidback Gardener

20170717G Noah Mandel, Flickr Sometimes gardening gets a bit out of hand! Photo: Noah Mandel, Flickr

  1. You have a nagging desire pull out weeds in other people’s gardens.
  2. You steal the bags of leaves your neighbors put out on the street to use as compost or mulch.
  3. You can never get your fingernails clean
  4. You arrive early so you can be first in line when the botanical garden holds its rare plant sale.
  5. Your vacation plans are largely based on garden visits.
  6. Every home remodeling project includes more space for plants.
  7. When you get home after a hard day at work, you visit your garden before saying hello to your spouse.
  8. Total strangers recognize you as the person they saw wandering in a garden in pajamas holding a cup of coffee.
  9. There are always pots of unplanted plants at the end of your driveway.
  10. You have more pairs of gardening gloves than socks.
  11. You insist…

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Submitted by:  Judy V., Master Gardener since 2007

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