Opechee Garden Club members to receive lesson in flower arranging at meeting on April 7

GILFORD — It's been a long winter for the Lakes Region. Aside from lunch meetings at O's Steak & Seafood in February and the Chase House in March, Opechee Garden Club members have been either snow birds or mostly homebound. They've been digging more snow than gardens. Thinking of spring isn't going to be enough, they want to see spring. Betsy Williams' guest appearance at their April 7 meeting at 1 p.m. in the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road in Gilford should be just the harbinger they need.

Williams will teach flower arranging, plain and simple, from learning how and when to buy, pick, cut and condition flowers and greens to the simple and practical mechanics of how to arrange. Williams' talents include cooking, herb gardening, container gardening, flower arranging, history and stories of herbs and flowers. In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated throughout the country. She is well-known and a featured lecturer beyond New England for her entertaining ways as she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks.

Chairs Judy Riley and Maurine Bastille with committee members, Lynne DeVivo, Gail Dyer, Irene Fournier, Elaine Gagnon, Kay Hodgson, Nancy LeRoy, Evelyn Millar, Patsy Moore, Jean Petterson, Simone Routhier, Joni Stover and Donna Ying will serve refreshments.

Opechee Garden Club is currently accepting applications for awards/scholarships through its Evergreen Fund. Individuals or not-for-profit organizations who wish to pursue projects or advanced studies within the disciplines of conservation, environmental science, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, landscape design, or any other area supported by the Opechee Garden Club with a focus on the environment may apply. Applications are available at the address below and are being accepted until April 15.

The Opechee Garden Club, which meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford. New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Judy Robertson at 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.