March 28, 2018

Special Events

We invite you to join our special events, listed here.  To see monthly programs, click here: Monthly Programs.

Annual Plant Sale and Auction – Tuesday evening, May 28, 2019

Thank you for attending!

Masonic Lodge, 10 Church Street, Manchester.

Sale begins at 6 pm; Auction starts at 6:30 with Fred Rice, Auctioneer Extraordinaire.

Please join us for our annual sale and auction! 

About the Event

Always a fun local event, and all are welcome to attend! There are pre-priced plants for sale at discount prior to the live auction.  There is no cover charge or entrance fee.  Refreshments are free. 

The pre-priced sale starts at 6:00 pm and the live auction begins at 6:30 pm and lasts a few hours or so.  Our auctioneer, Fred Rice, is immensely knowledgeable and always provides helpful remarks on everything put up for sale that will assist the future owner.  

Available at the sale and auction:

  • Hundreds of hardy, healthy perennials – including flowers, ground covers and climbers – directly from our members’ eclectic gardens, all properly identified, many with printed care instructions. The plants are all New England grown and tested.
  • Other interesting plants and garden ornaments which are generously donated by several respected local nurseries.
  • Hardscape materials, tools, garden art, and – who knows? Come and discover what’s for sale!

The event is our largest fund-raiser for the year, and the proceeds go to our scholarship program and our monthly schedule of informative speakers. 

June 22, 2019 (Rain date: June 23). Members’ Garden Tour.

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