Each summer one of our most colorful contributions to Grantham is planting and caring for twelve planters located throughout town at the Fire Department, Post Office, Town Hall, Dunbar Free Library, and Historical Society. We also maintain the Triangle Garden at the intersection of Routes 10 and 114. Each winter, volunteers select the plant combinations and place an order. Then in the spring, volunteers plant the containers and maintain them by watering, deadheading, and fertilizing the flowers on a weekly basis throughout the summer.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, help spread the word! Our communications team stays very active informing our members and the public about our activities. This team maintains an informative and dynamic website along with the GGC member-only Facebook page. Keeping our members up to date on the club’s activities is also an essential role of the team. Fliers describing activities and events are created and distributed widely. Writers for the blog posts as well as photographers to share the beauty of our local member gardens and the events taking place are always appreciated. We do our utmost to continually improve how we stay in touch with our members and the Grantham community.
We are always on the lookout for new fundraising adventures, and we welcome your ideas. In the past, one member wrote a book about local wildflowers, while another created note cards highlighting photographs of flowers taken in members’ gardens. The Mystery Garden Tour is another example of the unique activities we like to organize every couple of years. The tour offers an exclusive peek into some of our most beautiful local private gardens, often with a luncheon. Most recently, we teamed up with the local “Dahlia Lady” who opened her property for guests to view her native plants and spectacular dahlias.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, we have held our largest fundraising event—a public plant sale—each spring at the Grantham Town Hall. The enthusiasm was so high that as much as 60% of our membership participated on the weekend of the sale each May. More recently, when we’ve been unable to hold in person plant sales, we’ve adapted to taking orders online.
HOSPITALITY & HOLIDAY
Are you a party animal and like planning events? Do you enjoy baking and make great coffee? If you are also a setup or cleanup whiz, have we got some opportunities for you! We enjoy kicking off the new year with a potluck brunch and January program filled with thoughts of spring. We always aim to end the gardening season on a high note with a December festive gathering for members and their guests. During all those in between months, we host a coffee hour before our in person meetings and programs, and we often come up with creative ways to combine hospitality with many of our fundraising events.
We are especially proud of the work our dedicated leadership team accomplishes each year always coming up with creative new ways to keep our membership engaged in the gardening activities we so enjoy and that bring us together. Because they swiftly adopted Zoom to continue to provide our members with excellent programs, we have stayed connected throughout the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic and have even seen our membership grow! Tapped by the Nominating team, this group of club officers and team leaders is responsible for the overall successful management of this vital community organization.
Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for the Grantham Garden Club with others? The Membership team welcomes members and visitors to meetings, encourages membership by following up with visitors, maintains the member database, as well as purchasing and distributing new member gifts. This team also assists in the creation of a member satisfaction survey every two years.
PROGRAMS & ACTIVITES
Do you like to take an idea and run with it? Is there a program or activity you’d like to see us offer? Each year this team plans educational and fun activities based on suggestions made by team members and from prior GGC survey results. Typically, our meetings include presentations by authors or local and state-wide experts on a variety of gardening and environmental topics. We’re currently blending a combination of Zoom meetings with outdoor activities such as the Grantham Town Wide Cleanup Day in May and a visit to a local hosta garden in June.
SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
Each year the GGC offers financial scholarships to New Hampshire residents preparing for a career in horticulture, landscaping, forestry, agriculture, plant sciences or environmental sciences at a post-secondary institution. The team develops the application form, coordinates its distribution through local schools, reviews and ranks the applications and makes a recommendation to the GGC Steering Committee. Additionally, the GGC offers small grants to promote its mission by funding projects deemed to be of significant benefit to the Grantham community.