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Amherst Garden Club Scholarship

      The purpose of the Amherst Garden Club Scholarship is to encourage students from Amherst or Mont Vernon to study horticulture, botany, plant science, landscape design, or environmental science, as it relates to horticulture.

      The Amherst Garden Club has the opportunity to impact the future of our planet to keep it safe and healthful, as well as beautiful. We believe we can do this by educating individuals and by encouraging students to choose environmentally conscious careers.

      Applications are available on the AGC website ( under “giving”) and are due March 15, 2023. 

  • Applicants must be residents of Amherst or Mont Vernon.

  • Applicants must be high school seniors or high school graduates of any age (e.g., adult learners returning to college).

  • Applicants must matriculate at an institute of higher learning.

  • Instructions for completion of the application are on the AGC website.

Cub Scout Pack 613 of Amherst/Mont Vernon Makes HISTORY!

      On October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced the opening of their Cub Scouts program to girls giving them the same opportunity to join Cub Scouts as boys. Soon after Pack 613 was asked by the Daniel Webster Council to become early adopters of the girl pilot program. Agreeing to this trailblazing opportunity for our communities meant that ALL 27 leaders had to agree to welcome girls into our Pack. Once in agreement, every leader needed to be Position Specific trained in addition to their yearly Youth Protection Training before we could begin accepting registrations for girls. On January 23, 2018, Pack 613 accepted their first registrations from girls. Less than a month later Pack 613 would officially establish their first two girl dens, Den 12 Lions and Den 11 Bears & Webelos.

      Den 12 Lions consisted of five kindergarten girls. These girls were given the opportunity to be the first girls to earn every Cub Scout rank, Lion through Arrow of Light. Four of the original girls continued their scouting journey earning every Cub Scout rank along the way. On Saturday, February 11, 2023, Miranda, Selah, McKenzie, and Katie were awarded the highest rank in Cub Scouts, Arrow of Light. Congratulations! This achievement marked the making of history for Pack 613. 

      Today, Pack 613 continues to thrive in welcoming both boys and girls. We pride ourselves on being a family pack where all family members can be active participants. If you are interested in learning more about Cub Scouts and Pack 613 please email

March 9, 2023 – AGC Side Shoots Program

Program on Celia Thaxter’s Garden at Amherst Town Library

      On March 9 at 7:00 PM at the Amherst Town Library, the Amherst Garden Club Side Shoots will present a program on Celia Thaxter’s Garden.

Guided by original source material in Celia Thaxter's book, An Island Garden, which was published in 1894, The Shoals Marine Laboratory recreated her garden in the same rocky spot overlooking the ocean.  Learn about the challenge of nurturing and adding to the collection of heirloom plants and flowers while preserving the history of the garden and the island. 


      Our speaker for this program, Marie Nickerson, is a National Resources Steward, a NH Master Gardener, and a UNH Marine Docent.  Marie describes her role as former steward and current support for the crew of Celia Thaxter's Garden on Appledore Island, on the Isles of Shoals as "the privilege and the opportunity of a lifetime." 

      Please register on the library’s Calendar of Events, if you are interested in attending.

Civil War Soldiers’ Quilts

      AMHERST- On Wednesday, March 15, Amherst Village Questers will host the N.H. Humanities illustrated program “Civil War Soldiers’ Quilts,” at Messiah Lutheran Church,  303 State Route 101.

      The program begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The presenter is author Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. She has been exploring antique quilts and the history of quilts since 1991.

      Quilts made for use by soldiers during the Civil War are very rare. Only 20 are known to exist, and Weeks has studied them. The lecture outlines the origins of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, created to support sick and wounded Union soldiers at the beginning of the war, and also examines the roles women played on the home front and as nurses. She highlights the stories of 14 quilts.

      Weeks is the co-author of Civil War Quilts and Deeds Not Words, Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.

      For almost 50 years, N.H. Humanities has been bringing a wide range of free programs to people across the state, connecting people through ideas, culture, and history. For information, visit, or call 603-224-4071

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