MEREDITH —The spring season in New Hampshire is a short one; so pull out your gardening gloves, sunscreen, and a wide brim hat and get ready to spend time playing in the dirt. Our local libraries stock great resources to help you plan, design, and create your garden. The UNH Co-Operative Extension Service offers an extensive menu of services; many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to whet your appetite. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and positive outlook. Connects with nature and enjoy the beauty as you plant and tend. Whether you are a Budding Genius or a novice, the Community Garden Club of Meredith welcomes you to sample a great list of seasonal programs.
The Community Garden Club of Meredith's first gathering of the season is Thursday, May 15 to The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth. Members and guests are invited to meet at the Meredith Community Center parking lot to carpool at 11:15.
The Remick Museum and Farm is an example of more than 200 years of self-sustained living preserving the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire. The mission is to educate a broad and diverse public to the value and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the Country Doctor and to preserve and interpret the Remick property and collections for the benefit of the public. For more information visit: www.remickmuseum.org. Members 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 the 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. $20 is the cost for the lunch, tour, and program.
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 Community Garden Club of Meredith, a volunteer community organization, was planted in 1951. The club's mission promotes horticultural education, civic beautification and conservation. Guests are welcome at all programs. Members help with committees such as: Weed and Feed, Publicity, Telephone, Bake Sale, Scholarship, Yearbook, Scrapbook, Website management, Membership, and Hospitality. The Garden Club has supported: the Inter Lakes Elementary School Living Classroom, Greenhouse Project, the annual Altrusa Festival of Trees, Interlakes Community Caregivers, the Circle Program, the Community Center Garden Project, the First Congregational Church of Meredith, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the Center Harbor, Meredith, and Moultonborough Libraries and Page Pond and Forest conservation campaign effort with donations from club fundraisers.
Dedicated members have tended gardens in and about Meredith. Enjoy the results of their hard work and creativity at the Meredith Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the triangle at the corner of Pleasant Street and Route 25, the Meredith Community Center Upper Garden, the Meredith Center Fire Station, Childs Park, and Flurries.
Membership is open to all who are interested in learning more about gardening and sharing their time and talents to help beautify our community. Dues are $20. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from May to September and the first Thursday of October.
For membership information, program details, and to make a reservation for the opening luncheon, please call 253-3120 or visit the club website www.meredithgardenclub.org.