Opechee Garden Club meeting on September 9

GILFORD — The Opechee Garden Club moves into its 2013-2014 season and prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary during a meet and greet on Monday, September 9 at 1 p.m. in the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road.

Michelle Mensinger, current President of the NHFCG and the National Garden Club Bird and Butterfly chair, has a passion for butterflies and her childhood fascination with them has never subsided. Her expansive backyard now doubles as a chemical-free butterfly habitat. An avid gardener, she also chairs the Gardens Committee for the Robert Frost Farm. As guest presenter at this September meeting, she will be doing a slide presentation on New England butterflies and their host plants and will discuss garden design for butterflies.

Chairs Ginger Jones and Cindy Anderson and the hostess committee, Mary Lou John, Eleanor Brouillard, Carolyn Temmallo, Connie Russell, Nancy Fuchs, Bunny Clark, Gloria Dublin, Edythe Adams, Debbie Cotton and Cindy Beebe, will serve refreshments.

OGC members continued to help for the second year in the citywide beautification project sponsored by the Laconia Rotary Club, assisted by the Belknap Landscape Company and the Laconia Department of Parks and Recreation, to earmark and plant 10,000 daylilies in spots good for planting along the WOW Trail, starting at the Messer Street entrance and in the portion of trail behind the Laconia Public Library.

Club members additionally helped maintaining many public gardens around the Belknap County Courthouse, the Rowe House, the Goss Reading Room, the Gilford Library, the WOW Trail and the bird and butterfly garden at Prescott Farm Conservancy, the Laconia Post Office and the Laconia Library. .

The Opechee Garden Club  meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, welcomes new members: write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Sandy Hickok @279-0515, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.