To The Daily Sun,
Opechee Garden Club has many to thank for the tremendous success of its "Awesome Blossoms" Garden Tour held July 13. Making the tour possible and offering a variety of lovely gardens despite challenging summer weather were homeowners Sally and Dennis Doten, Russ and Sundee Dumais, Bev Farber and Harvey Moses, David and Karen Gingrich, Elaine Muller and Robert King, Peg Selig, and Brenda Stowe's Sunnybrook Farm. The gardens and views provided inspiration for members of The Artists' Loft, and new this year were the imaginative fairy houses created by the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region adding whimsy to the gardens.
Congratulations with sincere appreciation go to our Tour Co-Chairmen Sandy Hickok and Helen Murphy for their tireless leadership along with their many committee chairmen and the dedication of all members, from the kitchen crew, boutique ladies and hostesses to those creating lovely table settings, affording visitors a wonderful day in the Lakes Region.
The club is grateful to the Gilford Community Church for the perfect venue for the luncheon, Sheilah's Boutique, plant sale and raffle. After shopping the expanded boutique and unique vendors of gourds to cupcakes, visitors enjoyed a delicious new luncheon menu with music of Jane Ellis creating a relaxing atmosphere. Ably assisting at the luncheon were members of Junior Girl Scout Troop #10304. An overflowing Potting Shed offered herbs to perennials for visitors to expand their own gardens.
Raffle winners were: Maurine Bastille, Terrarium created by Donna Vernon; Evelyn Millar, Fairy Garden Books; Annette Hutchings, Floral pillow donated by Florence Merrill; Irene Fournier, Rooster Mailbox donated by Marnie Schultz; Carolyn Temmallo, Framed Iris Pastel created by Annette Hutchins; Carolyn Ames, Scarf handmade by Sandy Hickok; Mary Jane Hoey, The Well Tended Perennial Garden; and Nancy Wright took home the garden quilt handmade by OGC members.
We are most grateful to the following for their invaluable involvement and donations to our event: the generous sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire, Belknap Landscape Co., the Gilford Public Library, Laconia Public Library, Kitchen Cravings, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Appletree Nursery, Beans and Greens, Gator Signs, Lakeshore Park Association, Quik Laundry, Moulton Farms, Petal Pushers, Cackleberries, Hannaford's, Sam's Club Concord, Shaw's Gilford and Tilton, and Vista Foods.
The club acknowledges outstanding coverage of area media, including The Daily Sun, vital to this event. Not forgotten are our understanding spouses and family members who helped in so many ways.
Opechee Garden Club appreciates the local and broader community who attended our tour, the proceeds from which will be evident in scholarships given through the club's EverGreen Award, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, support to other nonprofits, community gardens and betterment projects.
Sandy Gove, Judy Robertson
Opechee Garden Club