Programs

We welcome everyone to our monthly speakers’ programs. We appreciate a contribution of $5 for non-members to help us support our programs and activities. We hire professional, well-known garden, floral arrangers and horticultural experts to help us learn how to make our environment more beautiful and sustainable.

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Our monthly programs take place at:

Rye Congregational Church

580 Washington Road, Rye, NH

  • 9:30 Coffee and Social Time

  • 10:00 – Club Business

  • 10:30-11:30 plus – Guest Speaker

Cancellation Policy: When Rye public schools are cancelled due to weather, our meeting is cancelled. If the schools delay opening, we hold our meeting as scheduled. Members are notified of changes by email.

2019-2020 Programs

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...

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...

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...

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).

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

May 15-16, 2019

Spring Plant Sale

Friday May 17th: 9 am to 2 pm

Saturday May 18th: 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.

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...