Wordless Wednesday

Submitted by:  Jean O., MG since 2009

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Madbury’s 250th Celebration

A revolutionary era encampment and re-enactment will occur on October 13 (9-5pm) and 14 (9-3pm) at Moriarty’s field on Mill Hill Rd. There will be encampments of Colonial regiments and British loyalists, a re-enactment at 1pm each day, as well as music, crafters and food.

Parking: Field parking (weather permitting) will be available across the street from Moriarty’s, who’s address is 33 Mill Hill Rd.  Additionally, two shuttle vans will make runs back and forth from the town hall.  Folks can park at the town hall, elementary school, and church (except for Sunday).  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

More information and updates can be found at a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/madbury250

Happy Birthday to Madbury, 250 years

Submitted by: Noreen G., MG since 2001

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Traveler Tuesday

You may treasure the dahlias in your garden, but have you ever had them in your salad?

If you are traveling to Portland, Oregon, you might consider a stop at The Observatory, 8115 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon.

The Observatory offers an Old House Dahlia Salad including shaved dahlia tubers, fennel, fresh citrus, pears, and candied almonds in a cranberry vinaigrette topped with dahlia chips.

Beautiful fall day, nice visit with family, and a perfect lunch for a gardener.

Want more information on growing dahlias? Check out the Fundamentals of Growing Dahlias from The American Dahlia Society.

Submitted by:  Barbara F., MG since 1998

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Hyder Family Hospice House

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.

The site is currently nurtured by the three original MGs, plus several community volunteers, ranging in age from teens to octogenarians.

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.

Many guests’ rooms face the rear garden, paths, patios, and meadows. Here, a tall purple bird house creates a focal point, thanks to Amy and her husband.

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.

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If you want to learn more about Hyder Family Hospice House, you can find further information on their website or follow them or the Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House on Facebook.

Submitted by: Marie, Amy and Lynn, MGs since 2015

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Bedrock Gardens Special Event


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October Calendar

Grab your calendar because October is jam-packed full of activities.   🍁

Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Indoor Yard Sale at the Coop, 132 North River Road, Lee. The Coop is owned by two of our Master Gardeners, Marianne and Jackie. You might find some interesting planter ideas for next season. Open to the public.

Tuesday, October 9, 10 a.m., Fall Potting Party at David W.’s house in Durham. If you need directions, let us know. If you can’t attend the potting party, but have plants you’d like to donate, we can pick them up.

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14 , 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Ask A Master Gardener, Harvest Festival, Tender Crop Farm, 123 Dover Point Road, Dover, NH. Want to volunteer or need more info, email or call Jaime Roberge at 603-749-4445.

Monday, October 15, Deadline, for all Volunteer Hours 10/1/2017 – 09/30/2018. If you have lost your link for reporting, click here to request your link. If you have trouble reporting your hours, please email or call Jaime Roberge at 603-749-4445.

Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Master Gardener and Natural Resources Stewards Recognition Lunch, Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH. Meet Ruth Smith, the new Volunteer Coordinator for the New Hampshire Master Gardener Program. This event is free of charge for Master Gardeners and Natural Resources Stewards. Additional guests are welcome at $10 per guest, payable by cash or check at the event. Please RSVP by October 13th.

Thursday, October 25, 4 p.m., Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Road, Durham, NH. Ample parking available. Join us for a continuing education session with Robbi Woodburn, Landscape Architect, and founder of Woodburn & Company. Robbi will discuss current trends in her industry, how a project like Riverwoods Durham comes to be, and dealing with climate change in our New Hampshire landscapes. Open to the public.

Friday, October 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., 7th Annual Buckthorn Blitz at College Woods in Durham, NH. College Woods and the UNH campus are being overrun with glossy buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that crowds out native plants. We’ll be hand-pulling buckthorn to help improve the health of College Woods. Come prepared with a water bottle, long sleeve shirt and pants and sturdy shoes.  We’ll provide gloves and snacks.  Groups and clubs welcome! Nature Groupie. Register to attend.

While you have your calendar out, remember:
🍰 2018 SCMGA Holiday Gathering, Wednesday, December 5th, 4 p.m., Durham Public Library. Jaime Roberge, Landscape & Greenhouse Horticulture Program Associate, Cooperative Extension – Strafford Countywill speak on Permaculture 101.
🌸 2019 Plant Sale is scheduled for Sunday, May 19.


October workshops at our local nurseries:

Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Road, Rollinsford, NH October Events:

  • Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Lavender Lesson, $5 per person, registration required.
  • Sunday, October 7, 2-4 p.m., Terrarium Workshop, $5 per person, registration required.
  • Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pumpkin Vase Workshop, $20 per person, registration required.
  • Sunday, October 14, Kokedama, 2-4 p.m., $30 per person registration required.
  • Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Dried Wreath Workshop, $35 per person, registration required.
  • Sunday, October 21, 2-4 p.m., Terrarium Workshop, $5 per person, registration required.
  • Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pumpkin Vase for Two, $30 per pair, registration required.
  • Sunday, October 28, 2-4 p.m., Houseplant Workshop, free, registration required.

Rolling Green Nursery, 64 Breakfast Hill Road, Greenland NH October Events:

  • Saturday, October 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Putting Your Gardens to Bed. Free, no registration required.
  • Thursday, October 18, 5-8 p.m., Ladies Night, New Product Review. Pre-registration appreciated.
  • Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Succulent Container Workshop
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Traveler Tuesday

David W., MG since 2015, and his wife are touring some of our western states. He has graciously shared some of his photos from their visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison Wisconsin.

“Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Thai Pavilion and Garden. Olbrich’s Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden, opened to the public in 2005. Olbrich’s rose garden features innovative mixed borders of Midwest hardy shrub roses and perennials. Also stroll through other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. 

Then, visit the tropics without leaving Madison! The Bolz Conservatory, a sunny 50-foot-high glass pyramid, houses a diverse collection of tropical plants, a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and blooming orchids. See the plants on which some very common foods grow, such as banana, coffee, and vanilla. Get an up close and personal look at carnivorous plants as well! Temperatures in the Conservatory range from 65 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, making this a truly tropical escape. The Bolz Conservatory is also home to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies – an annual event from mid-July through mid-August.”   Source:  Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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