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.


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.

2020-2021 Programs
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Botany for Gardeners (free virtual presentation)

Jonathan Ebba, Field Specialist with UNH Extension

November 17, 2020 at 10:00 am 

Topic: Botany for Gardeners

Time: Nov 17, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 884 4722 9460

Passcode: 038686

At UNH Extension, Jonathan works with growers to bring university research and knowledge to the plant industry, helping make commercial horticulture more profitable and successful in New Hampshire.  He also collaborates with schools and non-profits to promote plant use, plant science, and careers in horticulture. Prior to joining Extension, Jonathan taught Horticulture and greenhouse management and crop production at the UNH Thompson School. 

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.