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Garden Club members make Wolfeboro blossom



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WOLFEBORO GARDEN CLUB GARDENERS: A 16-member team of gardeners maintains the plantings alongside Dockside Restaurant and along the Smith River side leading down from Main Street. Assembled for a photo on July 2 are (l-r): lower row, Neda Walpole, Mardy Fulghum, Lisa Palmer, Carol Carilli, Ann Hammond and Madge Smith; upper row, Pauline de Ramer, Joyce Trevor, Judy Sabanek (chair) and Meg Ward. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
July 08, 2010
WOLFEBORO — Gardens planted and maintained by members of the Wolfeboro Garden Club dot the town. There are nine in all, blooming for the pleasure of all passersby.

Each garden owes its design to a team, which oversees its care throughout the season, with individuals working alone or in partnership for a week at a time to weed, deadhead faded blossoms and water.

Most of us may never see any of the gardeners in sight, for much of the work is done in the early morning cool of the day, but their work is evident in the Clark Park Historical and the Clark Park Memorial gardens, the Helen Forman Garden and Railroad Avenue Island, Dockside Garden and Smith River planters, Hallock Commemorative Garden, the garden at The Ledges, McBride Memorial Garden, Patricia Booth Herb Garden and the Post Office Garden.

The cost of plants and soil amendments are underwritten by the club's sale of balsam fir Christmas wreaths each year and supplemented by contributions from members' own gardens. Proceeds from the wreath sale also fund college scholarships to area students focusing on horticulture and environmental sciences at the Governor Wentworth School District's Region #9 Vocational School.

With the onset of July, the town's population swells almost three fold, and many visitors, and residents, too, will make their way down to the town docks, where they will see the Garden Club's Dockside gardens brightening the area between the two maples alongside Dockside Restaurant, another by the flagpole, and three planters along the side where the Smith River flows into Lake Winnipesaukee from Back Bay.

Dockside Team Chairman Judy Sabanek offers this description: "The center garden has developed over the years and is planted with perennials, including daylilies, hostas, yarrow and peonies accented this summer with red coleus and mystic spires blue salvia. New this year are 50 Minuteman hostas — showy mounds of dark green leaves with cupped, creamy white borders — on either side of the center garden.

"The hosta theme is continued in the garden around the flag pole where annuals have been planted to give height and color. Wink dahlias with a striking combination of deep purple foliage and lilac flowers with purple centers live happily with blue salvia, vanilla butterfly marguerite daisies, platinum wallaby mulla mulla and blue pansies.

"This colorful theme is continued by using the same cultivars in the planters that line the entrance to the docks along the Smith River and in a planter at Cate Park."

The Dockside/Smith River team is comprised of Betsy Booth, Carol Carilli, Pauline de Ramer, Mardy Fulgham, Ann Hammond, Priscilla Jones, Karen Juvonen, Trish Leipold, Anne MacLellan, Alethia Mayes, Lisa Palmer, Madge Smith, Joyce Trevor, Neda Walpole, and Meg Ward.

The club's more than 120 gardeners come from not only from Wolfeboro, but also Center Tuftonboro, Melvin Village, Ossipee, Mirror Lake, Alton and New Durham.

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