Pressed flower demonstration for Opechee Garden Club

LACONIA — Joan Szoke, a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, will demonstrate the art and history of pressing flowers she has grown from seed to the Opechee Garden Club members on Monday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road in Gilford.

Szoke, owner of Remembered Gardens in Windham, is noted for her unique botanical arts — pressing flowers, pen and ink and watercolor nature prints and stone containers and sculptures. She also employs her musical training — composition of line, form, harmony, contrast and attention to detail – in her designs.  One of her creations will be offered up for raffle.

Chairs Phyllis Corrigan and Priscilla Clark and the committee of Sandy Stafford, Marilyn Lynch, Bev Martin, Helen Joyal, Becky Gage, Linda Frawley, Betty Hovey, Fran Crawford, Marnie Schulz, Esther Kratochvil and Beverley Clarenbach will host and serve refreshments.

Annual membership dues of $15 may be mailed or paid to the treasurer and may include $20 for reservations for the 75th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 2. Registration forms and checks ($35) for the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs' Annual Meeting and luncheon, Wednesday, May 28, at Zorvino Winery & Vineyard will also be collected.

A field trip is planned to Petal Pushers Nursery on Parade Road on May 15 at 1 p.m. for a workshop on planting window boxes. Members must bring their own boxes. Soil will be provided.

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