2022-2023 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.


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.

Programs At-A-Glance









Discovering New England Stone Walls

Growing Sprouts, Microgreens, & Herbs

Coastal Native Plants

Heirloom Gardener, Traditional Plants & Skills

Fuller Gardens-Dispelling Garden Myths

How to Grow Garlic

Japanese Flower Arranging

Kevin Gardner

Patti Elwell

Kelly Orzel

John Fortis

Jamie Colon

Margaret Witham

Elaina Hatsis


Program information is added each month. Check back here for more detailed program information...

September 20

Kevin Gardner

Discovering New England Stone Walls

Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss”, will discuss his much-anticipated topic Discovering New England Stone Walls. Kevin will cover some main points from his book such as the history, stylistic development, and technique of stone walls. He’ll explain how New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, how their styles have emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. While giving this informal talk, Kevin builds a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. There will also be a generous question-and-answer period where listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.  

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October 18

Patti Elwell

Growing Sprouts, Microgreens, and Her

Patti’s garden philosophy “if she is going to work for her plants then they are going to work for her” is the reason she focuses her efforts on using and preserving all forms of edibles. Sprouts and microgreens pack a nutritional punch. Learn how easy it is to grow them, even in the winter, when you’re missing your garden the most. Patti grows her own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers and will share her knowledge and experiences. Learn which annual and perennial herbs will grow best in your NH garden and how they can also bring new flavors to your life. Discussion will also include ways to use and preserve them. Patti Elwell is an experienced gardener who has been a staff member and educator at Rolling Green Nursery for the past 8 years. She started the vegetable gardens for homeless individuals participating in the Seacoast Family Promise program. Patti is a past president of the Exeter Garden Club, where she’s been a member for 13 years, and currently coordinates their Facebook page.