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Garden Club visits nurseries and gardens on ‘safari’ trips

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PEPPERELL — The Pepperell Garden Club is staying very active this summer by attending the “safaris” offered to its members and guests.

These field trips take place on a monthly basis, usually on weekends. They include excursions to superior nurseries, exquisite gardens, conservation areas, public gardens, and even organized garden tours.

For future outings call Carol Canning at (978) 433-3023.

The kick-off to summer was a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat Tour” organized by the Beaver Brook Association, of Hollis, N.H.

Members explored area gardens and saw firsthand the bounty of animal, bird and insect life that these gardens were created for. Simple additions such as brush piles, bird feeders, nesting boxes, birdbaths and water features, nectar and host plants and the inclusion of native plants all contribute to a rich ecosystem for wildlife as well as stunning gardens. For more information and ongoing summer events and activities contact www.beaverbrook.org.

The second safari took place on Saturday, June 21. The group traveled to the Lowe’s Roses home and gardens in Nashua, N.H. A dazzling display of hundreds of heirloom to modern roses were in full bloom for the ladies to behold.

For more information on Lowe’s Roses go to www.loweroses.com.

The next destination was Mason, N.H., where the group was escorted to the display gardens by Chuck and Sue Anderson, owners of the Mason Hollow Nursery.

This extensive nursery caters to specialty hosta varieties, woodland plants, ferns, grasses and other selected and most unusual plants, such as Edelweiss and Hepatica.

A few eye-catching hostas were: “Chopsticks,” sporting burgundy stems to “Praying Hands” which is an unusual, small slender plant whose leaves touch like its namesake, both new to the trade.

To top it all off, the club also witnessed the moment of birth to a nestful of baby robins, whose home was built in a tray next to the plants!

For more information on Mason Hollow Nursery go to www.masonhollow.com or call (603) 878-4347.

The next safari is a tour of local gardens. We’ll be taking a peek at what’s blooming and gather some great garden ideas, exchange plant info and enjoy the company of garden club members and guests.

The safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 9:45 a.m. sharp until about 1 p.m. (The rain date is Tues. July 15, 5:30 p.m.) Meet at 9:45 a.m. sharp at the Peter Fitzpatrick School lot off Main Street, to carpool.

R.S.V.P. to Carolcanning@charter.net. The trip is open to Pepperell Garden Club members and guests. To join the Pepperell Garden Club, contact President Joanna Reagan at joannareagan@charter.net.

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