Some Springtime Gardening Tours in the Lakes Region

Community Garden Club BannerThe spring season in New England is a short one, and especially after this past winter, many folks are now ready to pull out their gardening gloves and spend time playing in the dirt. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and a positive outlook. Our local libraries stock great resources to help plan, design, and create gardens of all kinds, and the UNH Cooperative Extension Program offers an extensive menu of services, many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to inspire novices and experts alike.

In the Rose Garden Patio at Tarbin Gardens

In the Rose Garden Patio at Tarbin Gardens

This week, Tarbin Gardens in Franklin, NH is offering an educational Garden Series Tour with an emphasis on garden bulbs for spring, summer, and fall. The tours will run every day at 11:00 and last approximately one hour, but guests are welcome to stay for the rest of the day and enjoy the extensive, peaceful gardens. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat in the Rose Garden Patio. Upcoming Garden Series Tours include “Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs” and “Lilacs & Flowering Crabapples.” The gardens are open from 10am – 6pm. For information and directions, phone 603-934-3518 or visit www.tarbingardens.com.

The Community Garden Club of Meredith welcomes everyone to sample a great list of seasonal programs, starting with a trip to The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, NH on Thursday, May 15th. This outing will be the Club’s first gathering of the season. Members and guests are invited to meet at the Meredith Community Center parking lot to carpool at 11:15.

Visitors will have the opportunity to follow the museum guide for a tour of the Well, a Working Woods Exhibit, the Hands-On History Room, The Swift Gallery, The Doctor’s Office, the Remick Family Living Quarters, the Working Hearth, and the Cottage Industries Exhibit as well as exploring outside, meeting the farm animals, and walking the Binsack trail. Museum volunteers will prepare a delicious luncheon at noon which will offer a choice of: lasagna with beef and pork, quiche with cheddar cheese and asparagus, or spring vegetable stew as well as seasonal greens with balsamic dressing, blue cheese, and dried cranberries, fresh baked rolls, vanilla cake with strawberry-rhubarb sauce and whipped cream and lemonade, tea, or coffee.

After lunch, there will be a brief presentation on the historic use of plants and how they are used in the present day on the farm and in the gardens. There will be plenty of time to explore the grounds and garden. The cost for the lunch, tour, and program is $20 per person.

The Community Garden Club of Meredith, a volunteer community organization, was planted in 1951. The club’s mission is to promote horticultural education, civic beautification, and conservation. Dedicated members have tended gardens in and about Meredith. Membership is open to all who are interested in learning more about gardening and sharing their time and talents to help beautify our community. For membership information, program details, or to make a reservation for the opening luncheon, please call 603-253-3120 or visit the club website at www.meredithgardenclub.org.

Connect with nature and enjoy the beauty as you plant and tend. Happy Spring!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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