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Environmental Sustainability

AGC Releases Native Plant Spreadsheet
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      Just in time for the gardening season, the Amherst Garden Club recently released a New England Native Plants spreadsheet as a resource for New England gardeners. It was developed using only information from credible, research-based organizations such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and The Native Plant Trust. The spreadsheet contains multiple variables of interest for each plant including Latin and common names, plant type, native range, light and moisture needs, flower color and bloom timeframe, plant size, resistance to deer/rabbits and other characteristics.

      The spreadsheet is available on the Amherst Garden Club’s Environmental Sustainability web page  ( under Plant Selection and Design. It can be used online in “view only” mode or downloaded (for personal use only) to enable easier sorting and filtering. The club hopes this will make it easier for gardeners in our community to encourage biodiversity in their landscapes and conservation areas by planting more native plants, and planting them successfully.  For more information or questions, email

Amherst Garden Club’s Garden Tips for June 2023

Garden Tips for the Month of June:

  • Thin vegetable seedlings when plants have two sets of true leaves.  This gives the roots space to grow and provides better air circulation to prevent disease.  Either cut them at the soil line and discard, or ever so gently remove the seedling and transplant.  

  • Mulch vegetable plants after soil has warmed. 

  • If there is a drought during any summer months, do not continue watering your lawn.  Let it go dormant; it will re-grow when rain returns.  

  • Hedges should be pruned with a narrower top than bottom to allow the light to penetrate. 

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.    

      The Amherst Lion Club invites you to nominate your neighbor, friend or colleague as 2022’s Amherst Citizen of the Year. These individuals should manifest good citizenship through volunteerism, participation, concern and actions to help make Amherst the great community that it is today. Along with a medal, the winner(s) receive a silver engraved bowl and their name(s) engraved on a plaque in the town hall.   

      To nominate someone for the 2023 award click here to download the form: Amherst Citizen of the Year.  Letters of recommendation are encouraged. Please email the completed form to attn. Shirley Flowers or mail this form so it will arrive NLT June 20 at noon to: Amherst Lions Club, PO Box 1105, Amherst, NH 03031, attn. Shirley Flowers.

      The 48th presentation of this award will be held on 7/4/23 on the Bandstand on the Green following the Amherst Parade. 

2023 Amherst Citizen of The Year
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