Heritage Garden Club
Gardens adjacent to the Brown Company House were historically the pride of the Community. Jack Story, the garden caretaker from 1928 to 1950 tended the gardens year round with an ever-changing array of beautiful cultivars blooming thoughout the seasons. Tony Memolo continued Jack Story's work after the 1950's until the gardens later dismantled. In 2000, a group of gardeners began a restoration project of the gardens and held two consecutive yearly Lilac Festivals.
The Heritage Garden Club was formed in 2005 by local garden enthusiastics committed to long-term sustainable garden restoration and the addition of colorful gardens on the Heritage Park Campus.
Their work has been made possible through the generous support of:
- The Randolph Foundation
- The NH Master Gardeners Association
- Round Table Farm Greenhouse of Milan
- Aubuchon Hardware of Berlin
- Heritage Garden Club Members
- Anonymous Private Contributors
The restoration of the historic gardens and enhancement of the entrance to the Logging Camp Interpretive Center with colorful inviting gardens has been the Club's focus. The hardest work of removing prior plantings, soil amendment and replanting with perennials has been accomplished. The majority of the gardening work is completed in May and September with weekly gardening sessions by all members of the Club to amend, edge, plant and mulch. During the months between Club Members rotate on a weekly schedule to water, deadhead, and weed as needed.
Short term goals include completion of the restoration of the second tier of the gardens and adding two perennial beds at the entrance to the Logging Camp. Long term goals include the ongoing maintenance of completed gardens, addressing the Park's need for additional colorful plantings to provide an inviting scenery, and restoration of granite stairs and walls on the second tier.
The Heritage Garden Club, a small group of seven, take pride in their community support through volunteerism. Current members include Marcia Lee, Roberta French, Jean Boutin, Jean Malick, Elizabeth Ruediger, Jamieson O'Neal and Lauren Letourneau. Other activities enjoyed by Club Members include garden center outings, occasional workshops, and seasonal gardening picnics. The Club invites you to join and share in the joy of community supported gardening by adding your talents to the Club.
Interested? Contact Club President, Roberta French, at 449-2491.