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Meeting – Thursday September 16, 2021

Teresa Mosher
  • Location: Windham Town Hall
  • 7:00 Check in and gathering
  • 7:15 Business meeting starts
  • 7:30 – 7:40 Speaker Begins

                “Winterizing Your Roses”, Teresa Mosher

                Teresa Mosher will provide tips for choosing hardy roses, fertilizing, rose dormancy, fall rose care, and winter protection. Teresa is one of the leading garden and rose consultants in New England. Her passion for flowers, (especially roses) started as a child when her dad would start seedlings and plant them in the family garden every spring. Even though he worked long hours, he took the time to care for and grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. He taught his family important life lessons in the process. The garden became a place to relax and enjoy life where she and her dad felt most at peace. Teresa has over 30 years of experience as an avid gardener and cares for forty flower beds, 250+ roses, and over 2000 perennials, shrubs and trees in her garden. She is currently president of the New England Rose Society, a Horticulture Rose Judge, and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society. Photos from her locally revered Zone 5 garden in Methuen are incorporated into her power point presentation. 

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Soil Amendments:

Our member Margaret toured a garden in Wells Maine that was fabulous! The plants were in beautiful condition, which the owner attributed to her work with soil. As the saying goes “gardeners build soil first, then plants!”

This is her soil recipe, which she shared.

Wells Corner Garden

Spring Soil Prep

To each wheelbarrow of good quality compost, add:

• 1 ½ gallons alfalfa pellets
• 1-gallon bonemeal
• ½ gallon of commercial 19-19-19 fertilizer

Mix together and spread evenly to depth of 1- 1 1/2 inches. Fork in before planting or use as top dressing on established perennials and shrubs.

If applying to acid-loving plants, mix 50/50 with peat.

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Congratulations to our Scholarship and Grant Winners

We are proud to announce our scholarship and grant winners.

Nancy Surette Memorial Scholarship Winners are:

  • Lauren Brooks
  • Amy Martins

(Pictured above)

Each of our winners were awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Baker Grant Winners:

  • Samuel Walden / Boy Scout Troop 263 for his Eagle Scout Project – Foster Pond Trail markers.
  • Windham Endowment for their project Pollinator Garden at Moeckel Pond
  • Windham Center School for the Life Skills Garden – Learning Experience
  • Windham Academy for creation of a School Garden

The awarded grants amount vary by project and request.