Garden of Native NH Plants

The Garden of Native NH Plants was created in 1996 by two Strafford County Master Gardeners, Carolyn Bassage and Gael Grant.

It was started using the lasagna method meaning it was untilled land that was layered with compost and heavily mulched for weed control.

A native plant is one that grew here before the European settlers came to America and planted the seeds and bulbs that they brought from their homelands. The plants in this garden are just a few of the plants that are indigenous to New Hampshire.

Some of the plants included in the garden are Eastern Hemlock, American Chestnut, June Pink Azalea, Arrowhead Viburnum, high and low bush Blueberries, Elderberry, Lupines, Concord Grape Vines, and Strawberries.

Strafford County Master Gardeners Association has provided funding for this project since its inception, and we continue to maintain it as a source of pride in our community and respect for those who started SCMGA.

06/18/1931- 01/08/2017

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 3 p.m., a special memorial will be held at the garden to remember one of our most beloved and respected Master Gardeners – Carolyn Bassage.

As we work in the garden to maintain Carolyn’s inspiration, we feel her presence in every plant we tend.

The Garden of Native NH Plants is open to visitors on the days and hours that the Lee Transfer Station is open – Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 7-6.

If you would like to donate a plant, your time, or have questions about this project, contact Linda S., project coordinator,  or send us an email.

Submitted by:  SCMGs Linda. S. 2009, Jean O. 2009, and Judy V. 2007



Strafford County Master Gardeners Association, part of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is fifty+ gardeners strong, educating through gardening in Strafford County New Hampshire.
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One Response to Garden of Native NH Plants

  1. Oddment says:

    In the midst of all else blaring in the headlines, this story comes across as extraordinary. This garden is deeply and tenderly rooted, and a most welcome reminder of the good that grows if we cultivate it. Thanks for this and for telling me about the lasagna method!

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