March 28, 2018

Special Events

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2019 Special Events – Upcoming

May 28, 2019. Annual Plant Sale and Auction with Fred Rice, Auctioneer Extraordinaire. 

The public is most welcome to our annual plant sale and auction! Check back soon for more information on this popular event.

2019 Members’ Garden Tour, date TBA.

This program is for members only. Please see our Membership page to join !

June 25, 2019. Annual Pot Luck Picnic at Tuck’s Point.

This outing is for members only. Please see our Membership page to join !

Prior Special Events

2018 Annual Potluck Picnic at Tuck’s Point

The crowd that gathered for our annual picnic on June 26 were lucky souls! The weather was perfect, the food was wonderfully diverse and plentiful, and the folks full of good cheer.

There were some nice touches to this year’s picnic that made it extra special. For starters, we were using the just-renovated pavilion for the first time. The venue was the object of a make-over this Spring. The work that was done really showed its value and was much appreciated.

We also had a chance to hear words of appreciation for the contributions Traci Sobocinski, Allison Cohen and Sue Trent made during their tenure on the NSHS Board. Traci, of course, ably served as NSHS Secretary. Sue will be remembered for putting together our display at the Manchester Historical Museum’s 2017 exhibit, “Manchester in Bloom”. And Allison continues her work with the NSHS Facebook page.

Another notable highlight was the celebration of Carol Batdorf’s birthday. This year is a special one for our president, and it was good for us to let her know how we all appreciate her and, most particularly, her efforts on behalf of all NSHS members. Thank you, Carol!

Mostly, though, the evening was simply a great way to share food with friends. We all look forward to next year!

An early evening view of Manchester Harbor

That’s Smith’s Point Lighthouse in the distance

Fred E. discovers the buffet line

Carol B. is excited about her birthday cake

ANNUAL PLANT SALE AND AUCTION – Thank you for another successful year!

Tuesday, May 22: Plant Sale: 6:00PM, Live Auction: 6:30PM. This is one of those days that area plant lovers mark on their calendars!

The Plant Sale will offer a wide variety of plants and outdoor garden items. The choices here are attractively pre-priced and can be taken to one’s car or home before the Auction begins. People have always found this sale to be a source of genuine bargains.

The Auction that follows includes all sorts of annuals and perennials, most of them straight from the gardens of Society members. In addition, there will be a fine selection of plants generously donated by local nurseries and a nice assortment of garden ornaments as well. Our own Fred Rice once again returns from NY to be our Auctioneer Extraordinare, and his knowledge, charm, and wit always add to the fun.

Anyone who has previously attended this event is aware that all of the plants offered up for purchase are “New England tested” and will thrive with appropriate care. These same folks will also recall how much one can learn about each plant variety as its growth habit is described and its care preferences enumerated. Questions are encouraged! The auction is a great place to pick up tips on what you already have, and to learn how to succeed with what you might like to own.

Plant trays and plastic bags will be provided, and there will be refreshments for everyone. Checks and cash are accepted, but not credit cards. And, lastly, please arrive early to pick up a bid number.


Bedrock Gardens
Lee, NH
Saturday, June 17, 2017

The NSHS Field Trip this year promises to be a little bit off the usual path and a lot of fun!

The property known today as Bedrock Gardens has an extended history dating back to as early as 1740. It operated as a dairy farm for well more than a century by members of the Piper family, and was sold by Annie Piper to the present owner in 1980 (on a handshake!) The sixth generation of the Piper family now lives across the road from the Gardens.

The great changes needed to create Bedrock Gardens began in 1987. Bed by bed, the original gardens were formed. In 1991, a wildlife pond was added. In 1999, a family room was added to the original house, but the original house itself and the outbuildings (including the three-hole outhouse) remain. The work continues.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, Maine
Saturday, June 9

Below is the basic itinerary for our visit to the Central Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine on Saturday, June 9:

10:30 Meet at the Visitors Center where we will be joined by our tour guide
10:30 – 12:30 Enjoy a two-hour tour of the Gardens led by our guide
12:30 – 1:00 Free time to visit the Gift Shop or to take care of any necessities
1:00 Enjoy a buffet lunch of sandwich, side, beverage, and dessert