WHY JOIN A GARDEN CLUB - Because … it is a great place to get to meet and know others within the area who share your love of gardening and the environment. We welcome members at every level of skill and knowledge and provide great opportunities to learn new things. What you learn can benefit your home, community and your future. We are even working on creating a new program to enable the children of our communities to join a “junior” club to learn about horticulture and preserve and protect the environment for future generations.
Come socialize, learn something new, contribute to your community and HAVE FUN!!
HISTORY - The Mountain Garden Club was established in 1973 and is a Federated member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs – District 1, and of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. – New England Region. The purpose of the club is to promote and nurture an interest in all phases of gardening and horticulture and to foster activities that benefit the communities of the area. The programs presented at the monthly meeting provide educational opportunities for members on a varying number of subjects from a wide variety of experts in their respective fields.
MEMBERSHIP - the Mountain Garden Club is open to all residents in the cities and townships, which collectively make up the region known as Mount Washington Valley.
GEOGRAPHIC AREA - Currently, our members come from the New Hampshire towns of: Jackson, Glen, Bartlett, Intervale, Kearsarge, Hales Location, North Conway, Center Conway, Conway, Eaton, Freedom and also Fryeburg, Maine. Total membership at the present time is approximately 100 members. Membership is open to both men and women.
MEETING SCHEDULE - Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month from September thru May ending with our annual meeting in June. The meetings are usually held at Saint Margaret’s Church on Route 153 in Conway, NH unless stated otherwise. The schedule is published regularly in the Community Calendar section of the Conway Daily Sun. Guests and potential new member are always welcome to attend our meetings.
ACTIVITIES - The Mountain Garden Club sponsors events such as: Flower sales for Cancer awareness (Jen’s Friends), Scholarship Funds (for an eligible Mount Washington resident), Boutique / Plant / Tag Sales / Flower shows - at various times of the year (to support MGC community projects), Flower/Home Garden Show (raffles support MGC community projects) and Holiday decorations (for public buildings throughout Mount Washington Valley and support of MGC community projects) and specially organized trips to museums and plant shows (as a member social activity) and is also actively involved in the “Garden Trails” program that takes place over the summer months. The club also works with one elementary school each year to plant a “Memory Tree” with the local school children.
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS - This includes planting and maintaining public properties (parks, gazebos, traffic islands, etc.) within the communities of Jackson, Bartlett, Conway, North Conway and Freedom.
JACKSON COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT - Volunteers from the MGC, purchase, plant and maintain the flowers in the planters around the Gazebo in the center of the Village. If anyone would like to volunteer some time to assist on this project, you may contat the Mountain Garden Club.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - regarding the club, membership or its activities, you may call Anne Ficke, MGC President at (603) 374-9042 or visit our website at http://www.mountaingardenclub.org
Photography by Naomi Buckman