February 2019 - Big Color from Big Annuals
Laura Trowbridge - Garden Designer and Author

February 11th was cold at 29 degrees but still we got together and had 60 members and guests in attendance.

Hospitality once again did a wonderful job with a lovely Valentine's Day theme. We had a brief business meeting skillfully conducted by President Deb Holmes, who reviewed the status of present projects and informed the audience about some of the upcoming events. It was great to start thinking of Spring as highlighted by our guest Speaker, Laura Trowbridge.

In New Hampshire we have a short growing season. Blooms from perennials are fleeting, causing many gardens to lose their color by mid-summer. Adding annuals to gardens extends the color until the first frost. We learned how to create a colorful flow in the garden from early spring through frost by combining perennials, bulbs, tropicals, and annuals of all types and sizes. Adding tropicals and annuals to the garden is a fun way to create variety from year to year. Tips for overwintering expensive tropicals was shared with the attendees.

Laura Trowbridge is a garden designer from Peterborough, NH. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, New Hampshire Home, and Living The Country Life, and they have been open to the public on several of The Garden Conservancy Open Days.