New Member Orientation & Program "Simple Ways to Support Pollinators"
The club’s second program of the year featured a New Member Orientation presented by President, Terri Munson for the new members who have joined the Garden Club over the past 4 months. Attendees were wowed by all of the club’s civic and educational activities and volunteer opportunities! Everyone enjoyed meeting the new members and mingling with friends and guests during the social "coffee and conversation" time before the program.
We had a large turnout to hear our guest speaker, Dawn Dextraze, Education and Outreach Specialist for the Sullivan County Natural Resources Department and Conservation District, talk about “Simple Ways to Support Pollinators”. Dawn provided several tips to consider when choosing host plants that can be showy, colorful, and diverse while attracting pollinators. We learned about identifying nesting sites and how to help pollinators overwinter by leaving woody stems during our autumn yard cleanups to provide pollinators with shelter and nesting locations.
Dawn generously provided a number of her handouts and informational materials, as well as her presentation slides, for posting on our website.
View Dawn's Presentation with Information about Pollinator Habitats
Kickoff Brunch & Program "Healthy Soil For Optimum Plant Growth"
The club’s 2024 inaugural meeting was held on Friday, January 9th and attended by approximately 50 people. After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, the Program Team brought back our popular potluck brunch as the perfect way to kick off the club’s 25th anniversary year. With an amazing amount of delicious savories and sweets filling five tables, no one left the meeting hungry! Louise Rauh, the club’s Membership Team Lead, was kept very busy managing all the membership renewals she received as well as first-time registrations.
Following brunch, Gail McWilliam Jellie, part time UNH Extension Program Assistant in Food & Agriculture, provided a talk on “Healthy Soil for Optimum Plant Growth”, including a lot of specific information for Grantham. She also spoke about the invasive Asian Jumping Worm, explaining its identifying characteristics, the difficulty in managing them if you find them in your garden, as well as preventative measures since there is currently no way to eradicate them.
View Gail's Presentation with Information about Soil Testing and Asian Jumping Worms