Valley Beautification Sites - (also known as VBS) Every year, the Mountain Garden Club adopts a number of locations around the Valley that could benefit from the experience of our members. This civic beautification program encompasses both summer and winter.
Summer ~ includes planting / maintaining public properties & roadside beautification in: Bartlett, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Jackson, North Conway and the USFS Saco Ranger Station. Winter ~ includes: Holiday Wreath creation for public buildings throughout Mount Washington Valley.
Environmental Projects - This committee's first project was to design a rain garden at Children Unlimited. The garden is an educational tool for the children and also serves an important environmental purpose. Rain gardens cut down pollution in waterways and can control localized flooding and erosion.
Other projects include the landscape restoration of the historic Mineral Springs located on the grounds of Kennett High School and the completion of the "outdoor reading room area" at the North Conway Library. The club designed and landscaped the grounds surrounding Mother Seton House (which supports pregnant women, new mothers and infants in need). We also participated in the Town of Conway's 250th celebrations by planting a garden at the memorial to the early residents of Conway situated at the Conway Police Office and Courthouse.
Habitat For Humanity® - The Mountain Garden Club is now in its tenth year volunteering at the Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity (MWVHFH), landscaping the new homes, and planting oak and red maple trees along Robert Morrell Drive. Besides the landscaping, our members have conducted several classes on tree and lawn maintenance for the residents which was very well received. The MGC is looking forward to its continued volunteer partnership with MWVHFH in the coming years.
Story Land Garden Project - Mountain Garden Club’s (MGC) latest initiative is the Story Land Planting Project which benefits our Scholarship fund. For the last two years, MGC and Story Land Amusement Park, a Mount Washington Valley icon in Glen, NH, have collaborated to plant its extensive gardens before the park opens full-time.
Plant Sales - The club members start early in the year to cultivate those special plants from their gardens that will be sold the first week in June. Included in the sale are annuals, perennials, herbs and houseplants. We also hold a spring bulb sale in the fall. Proceeds support the Scholarship Fund and CIP.
Floral Design & Shows - The club sponsors at least one design class for members who would like to learn more about floral arranging.
The second is Art in Bloom in June. It is “A Walking Tour of Jackson” and the art and arrangements are on display at several different locations in Jackson. This free community event is very successful, with hundreds of people touring through Jackson Village. The Mountain Garden Club is proud to present this floral interpretation of Art as our “annual gift to the Valley”. The Jackson tour was orignially started in 2011. Members have an opportunity to learn from seasoned designers for both of these events.
Garden Therapy - The club has been working with a local facility for geriatric residents who require round-the-clock nursing care. MGC members have been working on restoring the gardens and making them accessible for its residents to enjoy. The club collaborated with Kennett High School Career and Technical Center to design and build a wheelchair accessible gardening workstation which is now in place thanks to a wood donation from Hancock Lumber. We also helped in designing and planting the gardens around the new wheelchair accessible path into the garden area.
Youth Programs - The club is pleased to work with local schools on their horticulture programs and has been very involved with Kennett High School in a project to plant and maintain native plants in front of the school as well as restoring the gardens at the Mineral Springs Gazebo located next to the school.
Planting Native - This project involved a landscape plan and the addition of selected shrubs and flowers. Kennett High School biology and greenhouse classes have recently completed a “Local Native Species Planting Project” which had the mission to promote awareness and conservation of native plants in the area. The plantings were done in front of the school as a “welcome garden”. Additional plants will be added each year through the class curriculum.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl - The club is honored to work on this wonderful poster contest for elementary school children, with the goal of teaching them about conservation and preventing wildfires. It is an initiative from National Garden Clubs, Inc.and the United States Forestry Service. Both Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl made an appearance at the schools, courtesy of the Saco Ranger Station. We are already working with schools for this year’s contest.
Holiday Boutique - During this event held each year in December, members design beautiful arrangements and gift items for public sale. Proceeds support all club projects. This is a favorite project for members and a popular event for the public. Members start in the fall to design items which are not perishable. One week before the event, a member-wide workshop is held to create fresh floral arrangements and baskets. It is an opportunity for new and seasoned members to teach and/or learn something new.
Cancer Awareness - The club holds various sales for which the proceeds are donated to Cancer Awareness. The current recipient is Jen’s Friends, whose mission is to help MWV cancer patients and their families. The most popular sale is that of amaryllis prior to annual Holiday Boutique. We also participated in Plant It Pink - which is an intiative by National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to the support of the fight against breast cancer.