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Christie Higginbottom

September 21, 2021

Tips from the Past for the Modern Gardener

The kitchen garden played a vital role in the diet and landscape of 1800s New England households.  Christie explores traditional garden plans and cultivation practices featuring the historic vegetables, fruits, and herbs favored by our ancestors.  Christie will highlight garden practices valuable for today’s family kitchen garden such as inter-planting and succession using garden frames and creating homemade tools.

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David Epstein

October 19, 2021

Gardening & Weather Heading Into Winter and Thinking Spring

David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades.  He spent 16 years on-air at WCVB in Boston and currently is a meteorology professor at Framingham State University Colby College.  In 2004, Epstein founded Bloomscapes, a landscape design company. In 2006, he founded, an online video website for homeowner-gardeners and landscape professionals.


Jana Milbocker

November 16, 2021

The Magic of the Winter Garden

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens, a lecturer and garden writer.  The garden can be a magical place – even in the winter!  Jana’s lecture provides inspiration and tips on designing your garden for winter interest, choosing the best trees, shrubs and perennials, and grouping them to create arresting vignettes. 

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Elaina Hatsis

January 18, 2022

Ikebana, Japanese Art of Flower Arranging

Elaina Hatsis fell in love with Ikebana from the first time she saw pictures of it. Elaina has been a member of the Kittery Point Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter since 2007 and has served as its president from 2017-2019.  In her demonstration, she will make a few different styles of Ikebana that will give a sense of how its evolved over the last three centuries and the unlimited expressions of each style.


David Moore

February 15, 2022

Harvesting Sap & Producing Syrup from Maples, Birches, Walnuts, and other Species

David Moore is a Ph.D candidate in the Ecohydrology Lab at the University of New Hampshire.  His research focuses on winter-dormant-season sap flow and syrup production from deciduous hardwoods found in New England.  He ran The Crooked Chimney (, a commercial birch syrup business in Lee, NH for 6 years prior to graduate school.  David has experience making maple, birch, walnut, beech, and sycamore

2019-2020 Programs

Vince Cirasole

March 15, 2022

Garden Procedures which Mimic How Plants Thrive in Nature

Vincent Cirasole is a Master Gardener, a commercial vegetable grower, and an organic growing enthusiast from Rochester, NH.  He is also the author of How to Grow a Vegetable Garden That Will Not Fail.  Vincent’s talk will cover these topics:

  • List of processes nature uses to produce healthy, vibrant plants and which of these can gardeners copy.

  •  Some important techniques which can help gardeners become more effective.

  • Contrasting this natural system with techniques advertised in popular media.

  • Why are commercially promoted techniques so popular if they are “unnatural”?

  •  Some impacts of these “unnatural” practices.

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November 17, 2020, 10:00 am Virtual

Botany for Gardeners

Jonathan Ebba, Field Specialist with UNH Extension


Why do we pinch geraniums and not spruce trees?  How does soft new growth on a tree become hard and woody?  Why can we propagate plants but not people from cuttings?  As gardeners, sometimes our experience and learning give us an intuitive sense of how a plant will grow, what it needs, and how it will respond to our interaction with it (pruning, trellising, fertilizing, mulching, etc.).  Jonathan will explore some of the science and mystery behind why and how a plant does what it does. 

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May 19, 2020

Getting Dirty in the Garden


Organic gardening expert Vince Cirasole will discuss how to be a better gardener. Vince will offer a wealth of practical tips on such topics as how to create an organic garden, soil preparation, seed starting, planting and cultural techniques.  More info...



May 15-16, 2019

Spring Plant Sale

Friday May 15th: 9 am to 2 pm

Saturday May 16th: 9 am to 12 pm

481 Central Road, Rye N.H..


The Spring Plant Sale features plants dug from members' gardens, Silent Auction, plants and raffle items from local businesses and a bake sale full of homemade goodies. The club accepts cash and checks (no credit cards).

Click here for more information.

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April 21, 2020

RDGC Members' Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting

The luncheon for members only will be at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club starting 11:30 am.


March  19, 2019

Container Gardening

Joint Meeting with Exeter Garden Club at Stratham Municipal Building,  10 Bunker Hill Road, Stratham, NH

Whether you have a patio garden or acres of land, container gardens are flexible way to add interest and intimacy to your outside space. Come hear expert gardener Kelly Orzel explain how to use  containers for fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in pots and yes, even small trees. This joint meeting with the Exeter Garden Club will take place at the Stratham Municipal Building.

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February 18, 2020

Why Your Plants Love Lobster: The Story of Calcium, Chitin and Nitrogen


This month, we will talk about a creature we don’t usually associate with gardening – lobsters!  Cameron Bonsey, Director of Marketing at Coast of Maine, will present a program called “Why Your Plants Love Lobster: The Story of Calcium, Chitin and Nitrogen”.  He will discuss how one person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure as left-over lobster shells become organic fertilizer. More info...

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January 21, 2020

A Garden for Wildlife


Sue Mayotte is a presenter for the UNH Extension Services’ Speaking for Wildlife Program. In her presentation, A Garden for Wildlife, she will talk about how anyone with a backyard, garden, or landscaped area can help wildlife by altering their landscaping and gardening practices. More info...

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December 17, 2019

RDGC Members' Holiday Luncheon


The luncheon for members only will be at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.starting 11:30 am.


Holiday Greens Workshop  - Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:00-1:30

Holiday Greens Sale - Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00 - Noon

Rye Congregational Church


The Greens Workshop for RDGC members will take place on Friday starting at 8:00 am..

The  Greens Sale will take place Saturday from 9 am to noon at the Rye Congregational Church. The sale features beautiful and whimsical arrangements from fresh-cut greens at unbeatable prices, a bake sale, handmade bows and holiday treasures tables. Click here for more information. The club accepts cash and checks (no credit cards).

November 19, 2019

The Mysterious World of Mushrooms

The dark and mysterious world of mushrooms will be the topic for our November program.Stephanie Doyle of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company will explore the fascinating business of growing mushrooms and the important role mushrooms play in the environment and our gardens. More info...

October 15, 2019

Art to Architecture


Come learn about the landscape design elements that will complement your home’s architectural style. Award-winning landscape designer Johanna Kuss will speak on how the basic principles of art and architectural design apply to the landscape. More info...

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September 17, 2019

Cures from the Kitchen

Herbalist Ginny Shannon will explore how easy-to-grow herbs and your kitchen can become a medicine cabinet for everyday ailments. Ms. Shannon will discuss the health benefits of many herbs and how to use them in teas and tinctures to improve health and well-being. More info...


Julie Scaramella

April 19, 2022

Lavender – The History & Magic

Julie Scaramella is the owner of The Sunny Window (Newton, MA) which specializes in French lavender, olive oil soaps, fine natural products and elegant treasures from around the world. Julie will talk about the lively adventure through the remarkable history of lavender in Provence and around the world. Learn about lavender’s astonishing wide range of uses and beneficial properties, its many varieties, and how some key lavender products are created.  Generously illustrated photos, lavender samples, travel insights, and a dash of lavender gardening advice. 

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