AGC Program Information

“Painless Pruning: Simple Solutions for Healthy Plants”    

      AMHERST – On Thursday, September 8, 2022, the Amherst Garden Club will kick off its 2022-2023 year of programming by welcoming Penny O’Sullivan, who will share her expertise in pruning trees and shrubs with her presentation entitled “Painless Pruning: Simple Solutions for Healthy Plants”.

      Penny O’Sullivan is an author, designer, and woody plant lover, who turned her suburban property into a mini arboretum. Her gardening 

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Penny O'Sullivan will speak to the Club September 8th

experiences inspired her to write The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook and The Pruning Answer Book.  She has also written 11 more books on trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers, herbs, and garden design. Penny was the editor of Coastal Home and Coastal Design and has written for national magazines including Country Gardens, The American Gardener, and Organic Gardening. 

      Pruning trees and shrubs is easy when you understand the basics.  Discover how pruning affects growth, and learn when to prune for different effects such as maximum bloom, revealing bark, or turning overgrown shrubs into small trees. Pruning is a balance between art and science, between a plant’s essential form and your pruning goal or the effect you want to achieve, so join us at this presentation to help find this balance in your own garden. 

      The Amherst Garden Club meeting will be in person at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101 in Amherst, beginning at 9:15 AM with a break before the speaker begins at 10:30.  The public is welcome to attend the presentation by Penny O’Sullivan at 10:30. Copies of Penny’s books will be for sale after the program.

Amherst Lions Club’s 11th Annual Car Show

      AMHERST – Good news!   The Amherst Lions Club’s 11th Annual Car show will be held on Saturday, September 17th in the Amherst Lowe’s parking lot, 124 Route 101A.  We will award category trophies and “people’s choice”.  Additionally, we’ll have the ever-popular raffle of sponsor donated gifts.  Admission for spectators is free (donations welcome)

      For more information, go to our website at .  You can register by mail, online or onsite.  

      Sign your car, truck or tractor today.  Contact us at, attention Car Show, with any questions.  

So, mark your calendar for a day of fun and vote for your favorite antique car, truck or tractor!   Don’t miss it!  TROPHIES * VENDORS * RAFFLES * AWARDS

Amherst Garden Club’s Garden Tips for September

The Amherst Garden Club’s mission is to promote the love of gardening, civic landscaping and environmental responsibility within the community.  In accordance with this mission, a few gardening tips are shared each month from the “Amherst Garden Club’s Regional Gardening Throughout the Year Calendar.” The calendar is available for purchase at the Amherst Garden Center, 305 Route 101, Amherst.    

It’s September! Now is the time…

  • Stop fertilizing gardens and pruning shrubs and trees.  Fertilizing and pruning will stimulate new growth that won’t survive in winter.  

  • Take a soil test if one hasn’t been done recently and apply recommended nutrients and/or lime. 

  • Ears should be picked one week before they are ripe; most other fruits will not ripen after picking. 

  • Gradually move houseplants inside before the furnace kicks on; the heat dries out plants quickly. Examine them for insects and treat as necessary.