South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee

  • 06/14/12:  Annual Meeting

    We had an excellent turnout at the June 14 meeting of the Garden Club which was our annual meeting and election of officers. After the business work was completed, we enjoyed a plant swap coordinated by the Program Committee. Everyone went home with a new plant and instructions on caring for it. Thanks go to Jan Hero for compiling the beautiful Scrapbook, documenting ten years of Garden Club activities. We are now using the technology of our webpage to record our activities. Thanks also to Barbara Shea for typing and presenting the slightly revised By-laws. After formal approval at the July meeting, they will be posted on the webpage. Be sure to visit it often.

  • 07/12/12:  Sara Goodman Fiber Studio

    Topic:

     

    Speaker:

    Fabric Dyeing

     

    Sarah Goodman,  Textile Artist

     

    Using natural fibers including plants to create fabrics for clothing and home.

     

    http://www.saragoodmanfiberstudio.com/

  • 08/09/12:  Kirkland Gardens and Squam Lake

    Visited Kirkland Gardens and took a boat ride to explore Squam Lake in  Holderness, NH.

  • Misc. Photos

  • 04/12/12 & 05/10/12:  Moore Farm Country Store (Cooking with Herbs)

    Visited Moore Farm Country Store for Cooking Demonstration & Sampling. Members also received a Herb starter kit and took short tour through Moore Farm to find herbs indigenous to our area.

     

    http://www.localharvest.org/moore-farm-country-store-herb-shoppe-M42899

  • News

    JUNE 2012: As we near the end of June, our seasonal members have returned, the gardens are finally planted, we have had our first heat wave, and South Down Shores is looking beautiful. Many thanks go to the Garden Club Beautification Committee for all their efforts to coordinate and oversee the design and planting activity each spring, and to the SDRA Executive Committee, Property Manager, and our landscape contractors for their ongoing support and work in our gardens and greenspaces.

     

    We had an excellent turnout at the June 14 meeting of the Garden Club which was our annual meeting and election of officers. After the business work was completed, we enjoyed a plant swap coordinated by the Program Committee. Everyone went home with a new plant and instructions on caring for it. Thanks go to Jan Hero for compiling the beautiful Scrapbook, documenting ten years of Garden Club activities. We are now using the technology of our webpage to record our activities. Thanks also to Barbara Shea for typing and presenting the slightly revised By-laws. After formal approval at the July meeting, they will be posted on the webpage. Be sure to visit it often.

     

    Thanks to all who agreed to serve as officers and committee members for the coming two years. It takes many volunteers to insure the Garden Club remains a valuable asset to the South Down Shores community and to our members.

  • News Archive 1/21/2013

    "Now there is a chill in the air, the leaves are falling, the color has mostly disappeared from our gardens, and thoughts turn to preparing for winters long rest.

     

    The Garden Club’s Beautification Committee and their wonderful helpers have had several busy months in the South Down Gardens, designing, planting and decorating for the seasons and planning for their future growth and sustainability. We thank them all, especially Ann Harper and Jan Hero, the co-chairs. We wish them both well as they prepare for new adventures.

     

    As time has passed, our flower beds have matured to the point of needing some serious dividing and replanting. With the skillful work of our contractor, Garden Artisans, and the support of our SDRA governing body, some 275 plant divisions were dug up, some replanted in other areas of our gardens, some bagged and adopted by eager home gardeners. South Down should look beautiful next spring when these orphans bloom across our landscape. We were delighted to be able to support the butterfly garden project of the Smith Elementary School in Franklin, the young gardeners of tomorrow.

     

    Many of our members and neighbors have headed to warmer climates already and we wish them a wonderful winter. For those who remain in South Down, a reminder that the Garden Club continues monthly meetings throughout the fall, ending with the annual Christmas party in December."

  • September 13, 2012

    Topic:

     

     

    Speaker:

    "Caging" and applying it to floral arrangements.

     

    A program will be given by Renaissance Florals, and we will be learning the principal of "caging" and applying it to floral arrangements.  We will be making two miniature arrangements with fresh flowers to bring home. The cost to the ladies will be $8.00 each.

  • October 11, 2012

    Topic:

     

    Speaker:

    Benefits of Raw Milk

     

    Matty Huckins

  • November 8, 2012

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    Speaker:

    Fresh Vegetables used for table decorations and Centerpieces

     

    Laurie from Cackleberries - Demonstration

  • December 13, 2012

    Christmas Party

     

    Yankee Swap

  • May 13, 2013 Archive

    SOUTH DOWN SHORES GARDEN CLUB NEWS

     

    The South Down Garden Club has developed a tradition of remembering those in need  each year.  Members have the opportunity to make donations to this effort over the course of our season, and the Giving Pail has a prominent place at each meeting.  At the November meeting the total amount donated is announced and members vote how it will be distributed.  Once again this year, the members decided to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Hands Across the Table program. Each group was presented with a check for $193.50.

     

    Read a couple of excerpts from the thank you notes we received:

    'Please extend my thanks to the Garden Club for their donation to Hands Across The Table. This amount that you so graciously donated to us will pay for two dinners for 125 people...

    This is the second donation that we have received from you and we thank you so very much for your support....

     

    and from the  folks at St. Vincent de Paul

    " Thanks to your donation, we provided seven hundred fifty families a Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings ... I wish you could hear the thanks from our clients as they received their basket...we will also be able to provide all our regular clients with a Christmas dinner basket."

     

    Enjoy the beauty of this quiet season as we await the return of our seasons in the gardens.

  • September 2013 Archive

    SOUTH DOWN SHORES GARDEN CLUB NEWS

     

    The South Down Garden Club kicked off the 2013 season in April with a timely presentation “Starting a Vegetable Garden” by Master Gardener Nell Garden with support from Dean Anson, a Long Bay resident and Master Gardener, and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.  Many of us have space limitations here in South Down and resort to container planting. Light colored ceramic coated pots work well. Our NH soil tends to be high in phosphorous, use a fertilizer with the lowest middle number. Better yet, get your soil tested for the modest cost of $17. Information is available at http://extension.unh.edu/Soil-Testing. The Belknap County office of the Cooperative Extension is located on the 3rd floor at 635 Main Street (Greenlaw Building) in downtown Laconia and is open Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM. Phone is 603-527-5475. Check out the website for a wealth of gardening information and great resources and programs.

     

    In May we were treated to a presentation “The Basic Principle of Feng Shui” given by Peg Donahue. Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your environment to enhance your life and attracting vibrant chi into your environment. She talked about ways to make your gardens and entrance areas more inviting and peaceful.

     

    May always brings the cleanup of the gardens and later planting of annuals at the entrance and in our main gardens. We are fortunate to have a generous budget and support of the SD Executive Committee and Council, the resources of Charlie Laros, SD Property Manager, Chris Haddock and the CBH crew, and Ginger Wells-Kay and her Garden Artisan  staff working with us to keep our community looking attractive. This year the Garden Club ladies are taking a break and Garden Artisans is designing and planting our annuals as well as maintaining our gardens. The spring has been cold and Memorial Day weekend was certainly challenging with heavy rains, temps in the low 30’s and even isolated snow, followed by a heat wave. Mother Nature keeps us humble and patient.

     

    The Annual Business Meeting and Plant Swap are held in June. July will bring us on a field trip to Moulton Farms for a food demo and sampling and Walk and Talk tour of their vegetable gardens.

     

    If you are new to our communities, we would love to have you join us for a meeting. Contact Martha muff@metrocast.net or Mary Lou mlanderson@metrocast.net  and we will arrange for someone to accompany you to a meeting.

  • October 2013 Archive

    SOUTH DOWN GARDEN CLUB 2013 PREPARES FOR

    FALL DECORATING

     

    After early May warmth, late May cold, heat, rains, and more heat, we finally settled into a more seasonable pattern. The gardens are blooming now with the late August white and gold blossoms, the roses are still throwing some nice color, our hydrangeas are lovely, and the infamous Rose of Sharon is loaded with lavender flowers. Cooler nights will be welcome.

     

    Just as the annual and perennial blooms are fading in early September, the Beautification Committee and faithful helpers will be adding fun seasonal decorations and Garden Artisans will be planting fall colored mums and asters.

     

    The Annual Business Meeting and Plant Swap was held in June with 31 members in attendance. A lively discussion and some great ideas were generated.

     

    The July meeting brought us to Meredith’s  Moulton Farms on a spectacular summer evening where we had an opportunity to visit the shop, and hear an interesting account of the changes the farm has seen over the decades from John Moulton. The highlight for some was the wonderful food sampling, peach and strawberry cobbler, sweat pea hummus and summer vegetable tian. The evening concluded with a tractor ride through the muddy fields for an up close look at how the crops were progressing. Do you know how many ears of corn grow on a stalk?

     

    Uncertain weather forced the cancellation of our August trip to Petals in the Pines, but we look forward to a visit next season. The September meeting will kick off a new program and partnership with SDRA and Long Bay, as well as the conclusion of our annual meeting business.

     

    If you are new to our communities, we would love to have you join us for a meeting. Contact Susan my3k9s@aol.com  or Mary Lou mlanderson@metrocast.net  and we will arrange for someone to accompany you to a meeting.

  • April 2014, Archive

    SOUTH DOWN GARDEN CLUB 2013

     

    The daylight is fading by late afternoon now and our fall mums and decorations are about to be removed.  The Garden Club has had a busy year and many interesting programs.  Our September program revived a practice that had not been active for a few years, welcoming new members to our communities and inviting them to join us in the Garden Club.  With the generous support of the SDRA Executive Committee, our ladies completed 45 Welcome Baskets that will be distributed to new owners in South Down and Long Bay.  The hard work of the program committee was evident with the variety of goodies and information they had collected.  We hope our new residents will enjoy these baskets and visit some of the merchants who donated gift certificates and offered discounts.

    We enjoyed a very interesting program on Mushrooms in October.

    Our group has been invited to join the Opechee Garden Club for a special program on November 14 as Bill Graham presents "Blueprints for the Holidays".  Those who saw him two years ago will recall the unique presentation and humor he brings while artfully arranging his pieces.  Thanks to our friends in the Opechee Garden Club for this invitation.

    December brings the annual Christmas gathering and exchange of gifts.  Once again we will enjoy an evening at O's as we end our season.  Only then do we take our winter break!  Look for updates in the Spring as we prepare for the 2014 season.

    By now many of our neighbors have retreated to warmer climates. We wish you all a safe, health filled and wonderful winter.

    If you are new to our communities, we would love to have you join us for a meeting. Contact Susan my3k9s@aol.com  or Mary Lou mlanderson@metrocast.net  and we will arrange for someone to accompany you to a meeting.

  • June 2014, Archive

    SPRING RETURNS TO SOUTH DOWN SHORES

     

    What a Winter!  Our gardens have been blanketed since November and are ready to come alive again.  As April’s warmer days start to lift the snow cover, hints of green are popping up and soon daffodils and spring flowering plants will emerge. We have already begun planning for this season’s annual plantings and look forward to seeing our beautiful gardens in full bloom again.

     

    REMINDER - Membership dues for the 2014 Garden Club season are being accepted now and are due by May 1. The dues remain at $20 as voted at the 2013 annual meeting. They may be paid at a meeting or mailed to Barbara Shea, Treasurer. The 2015 budget will be adopted at the June Annual Meeting and will be determined by the dues collected at the due date. Only paid members may vote.

     

    Alice Contardo and Sandy Joncas have put together another season of wonderful programs.  We thank them for their work to provide fun and informative programs.

     

    The South Down Garden Club will kick off the 2014 season on April 10 with a program on Hummingbirds given by Master Gardener Margie Kreitler.  Following the program and business meeting, members will assemble the redesigned Welcome Kits which will be distributed to our most recent new owners.  We look forward to getting to know many of them this summer.

     

    At our May 8 meeting we will be making Hummingbird feeders, guided by Mary Kate Donais.  The June meeting will feature a walk through one of our large gardens with Ginger Kay Wells of Garden Artisans, who will identify and tag a variety of our plantings. The Garden Club Annual Business Meeting and election of officers will follow.

    If you are new to our communities, we would love to have you join us for a meeting.  Contact one of the co-chairs, Susan Gilchrist or Mary Lou Anderson, and we will arrange for someone to accompany you to a meeting.

     

Garden Club Archives

  • April 9, 2015

    Do-It-Yourself Summer Care Solutions”:  A presentation was given by Maria Noel Groves, a Registered Clinical Herbalist & Health Journalist from Wintergreen Botanicals in Allentown, NH.  She provided useful information and tips for treating bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, dry skin, and other summer skin problems with products you can make in your kitchen.  Maria also brought samples with her.  More information can be found on her Wintergreen Botanicals website:  www.wintergreenbotanicals.com

  • May 14, 2015

    Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs”:   This presentation was given by Ana Gourlay of Sunflower Natural Foods, Laconia.  Fresh herbs enhance the flavor of food and are easy to grow. Ana provided several handouts categorizing various herbs and giving tips on how to use.  She also brought some sample salads/dishes for us to taste. YUM!    More information about Sunflower Natural Foods can be at their website www.sunflowernh.com or you can visit their Facebook page.

  • June 11, 2015

    Martha Pirkle Farm, Franklin:  We traveled to Franklin to visit Martha Pirkle’s Farm and learn about organically growing small fruit trees and vegetables. Martha shared the history of the farm with us and gave us an interesting tour.  She allowed us to pick berries and take home some herbs, such as thyme, which could be replanted and grown at home for use in cooking.  After the tour we relaxed and shared snacks and beverages.

  • July 9, 2015

    Hermit Woods Winery:  We traveled to Main St., Meredith, for a wine tasting party at Hermit Woods Winery.  We had the entire facility to ourselves and sampled 6 different wines.  Our co-owner host, Bob Manley, provided a description of each wine as it was being poured as well as suggestions on what food to pare it with.  Alice also brought a cheese and fruit platter for us to enjoy with the different wines.  Afterwards our wine glasses were wrapped for us to take home and many also purchased some wine.  Additional information about Hermit Woods Winery can be found on their website www.hermitwoods.com

  • August 13, 2015

    Annual Meeting and Plant Swap: Please include a card with a brief description and care of the plant.

  • September 10, 2015

    Cari Ordway of Bead Divine will help members create lovely bracelets and necklaces from preselected kits.

  • October 8, 2015

    Bring a soccer ball size pumpkin to decorate: template and paint will be provided.

  • November 12, 2015

    TENTATIVE Appetizer tasting and recipe swap, bring your favorite appetizer.

  • December 10, 2015

    Annual Christmas Party

    Pheasant Ridge Country Club,

    buffet, gift swap, fun

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