South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee

Home and Garden Club

Co-Chairwoman: Marty Alexander and Laura Polakowski

Treasurer:  Barbara Shea

Secretary: Judy Smith

Beautification Committee: Judy Radley, Patty Giguere

Program Committee: Susan Riley, Doreen Carson, Gail Mayhew

Hospitality Committee: Barbara VanUden, Jane Sidway

Sunshine Committee: Rose Hansford

Publicity Committee: Alice Wolf

Welcome Committee: Rita Vansteensburg, Beverly Murfitt

2018-2019 South Down Shores Garden Club
Officers and Committees

Note:  If you are interested in contacting Marty, please refer to your Southdown Homeowners’ Directory

The South Down Shores Home & Garden Club is a group of South Down and Long Bay residents who have an interest in gardening, landscaping, home décor, home design trends, crafts...but most of all like to have fun.  The club’s mission is to participate in enhancing the beauty of the common areas of the communities and villages.  The club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm., at the South Down Beach House during the months of April through December.  A variety of programs are offered at our monthly meetings.  In June we have our annual Business Meeting where we approve the budget, elect officers, and determine dues.  In December we hold our annual Christmas party with Yankee Swap, which is always fun.

We also have community outreaches through some of our committees.  Our Welcoming Committee provides Welcome Bags with community and area info to new owners.  This outreach has also attracted several new Home & Garden Club members.  Our Sunshine Committee sends cards to ill or bereaved members of the club and/or family, and also notifies members who may want to send cards.  And, through our Giving Pail collection, a Holiday Season donation is made to local charities.

We currently have 53 members.  The annual dues are $20.00 and are payable no later than May 1st.  We are happy to take New Members at any time.  There may also be a small cost share for some programs.  When that is deemed necessary, members will be notified in advance.  Below is a list of programs planned for 2019.

Details of 2019 meetings will be posted

as they are finalized


Meetings are generally held on the second Thursdays of the month, April to December, at 6:30PM in the Beach House unless otherwise notified.

  • April 10th:  Pot Luck Dinner

    Meeting to review planned programs for 2018. Each member will bring a dish to share and enjoying catching up after a long winter.

  • May 10th:  Container Gardens/Window Boxes

    Container Gardens/Window Boxes (Trash to Treasure receptacle exchange for plantings): Doreen Carson (member) will share her talents with us by demonstrating creative ways to showcase our plants in container gardens or boxes. She will also offer ideas as to how everyday household items might be morphed into unusual planters.

  • June 14th:  Annual Meeting

    Election of Officers and Organization of Committees

  • July 12th:  Golf Cart Tour of SD & LB Gardens

    Organized by Doreen Carson

  • August 9th:  Pest Management

    A guest speaker from UNH Cooperative Extension will enlighten the group regarding garden pest control.

  • September 13th:  Beading Project

    Susan Gilchrist (member) will hold a beading workshop. Members will each complete a pair of earrings

  • October 11th:  Healing Power of Teas

    Guest speaker from Wintergreen Botanicals

  • November 8th:  Colonial Theater Presentation

    Guest speaker (tbd) involved in theater restoration

  • December 6th:  Christmas Party

    Dinner to be held at the Lyon’s Den, Gilford - details to be determined.

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