Andover Garden Club News, November

Club announces new Facebook page

By Mary Lou McCrave
This “whimsy gardener” was created by Andover Garden Club members Beth Frost and Jen Turner as part of the Andover display of scarecrows and pumpkin heads. Photo: Mary Lou McCrave

Nearly 20 Andover Garden Club members gathered at the Andover Community Hub for their first business meeting on Wednesday, September 22. Guest speaker Tressa Gaffney, from Services by Tressa, provided a wide range of information, from tips for putting the fall garden to bed to controlling pesky pests and diseases.

This “happy gardener” straw man, wearing a cone hat, was created by Linda Grant and Coralee Grant as members of the Andover Garden Club, for the town-wide display of scarecrows and pumpkin heads. Photo: Mary Lou McCrave

Mary Lou McCrave reviewed recent Club survey results that will help to define the Club’s focus – with education and community beautification being high priorities. Darrell Lockwood reported on an event led by Club member and fine gardener Christine Dixon, who along with five other members dug, split, and labeled scores of daylilies and iris from an overgrown Salisbury garden. The best part? Members got to take home the dug plants!

The meeting concluded with everyone enjoying a beautiful and delicious berry tart, home-baked by member Minke Greenwood. Members were also offered recently dug perennials from the beautiful gardens of Gisela Darling. Thank you, Minke and Gisela!

Since the September meeting, Club members have participated in the town’s annual display of scarecrows and pumpkin heads. Many thanks to the two mother-daughter teams – Beth Frost and Jen Turner, and Linda Grant and Coralee Grant – and to Charity Robinson and Joan Ryan for their fanciful creations.

The Club now has its own Facebook page! Please become a friend and like us at Andover NH Garden Club (

The next Club meeting will be held at the Andover Community Hub from 2:30 to 4 PM on Tuesday, November 9. New members are welcome! For more information, email