Hyder Family Hospice House, in Dover, NH, has served over 800 guests, plus their families and friends since Strafford County Master Gardeners Marie Van Guilder, Amy Van Splunder, and Lynn Aber began gardening there in 2016. Last year, Master Gardener Interns Karen Little and Ann Windsor joined in.
As part of the MG education mission, all plants are labeled, a pamphlet for each guest room is in the works, and we advocate organic practices.
This series of gardens – which everyone is welcome to visit – consist of two major areas: a public Welcome Garden at the Entrance and a more private garden to the rear. Effort has been made to create year-round interest in both spaces.
The circular front garden, dominated by a conifer and home to a fire hydrant, is perhaps most alive with color in Spring and Summer with flowering shrubs, bulbs, and perennials.
Wildlife forms an integral part of the Hyder landscape. The bird house was removed temporarily due to potential interest from bears. A baby moose trampled the Welcome Garden in 2017, deer dictate that we limit tulip plantings, etc. The most destructive element came from a human driving a semi through the Welcome Garden. Always something…
We think that all gardens are works in progress. This one thrives with generous support from many sources including: Wentworth Greenhouses, Gardeners’ Supply Company, American Daffodil Society, and Friends of Hyder House. Director of Hyder House Hospice, Dee Brown, says it “has made a world of difference” and a Catholic priest who spent his last days here considered it a preview of Paradise. We are humbled and encouraged — many thanks.
Submitted by: Marie, Amy and Lynn, MGs since 2015