The Dunbarton Garden Club was founded in 1934. Membership is open to all residents of Dunbarton and also to interested folks in neighboring towns. Our annual dues are set at a modest $10, and benefits include discounts at several local businesses. But the greatest benefit is the pleasure of joining together with old and new friends to make our town and our own gardens more beautiful.
Monthly meetings are held throughout the year (beginning in April and ending in December). Meeting topics vary: we have an annual free plant swap, several meetings each year feature guest speakers, many begin with a garden tour, and others are devoted to working on our community projects. All are casual and fun, and the general public and visitors are always welcome to attend.
The Dunbarton Garden Club maintains the gardens on the Town Common surrounding the Library and War Memorials, makes holiday decorations for our town buildings and churches, and provides flowers for the Dunbarton Elementary School graduation as well as the Roots program. We also host a variety of events in our town geared to increase community involvement especially with children. We understand the beauty of a small town is that one person can make a big difference. Through these efforts we can increase volunteerism and community engagement making Dunbarton one of the most beautiful and friendly places to live in NH.
We are proud of our ten year project to sell and plant thousands of daffodils in Dunbarton to celebrate the town's 250th anniversary in 2015. It was a project that continues to beautify our roadways and gardens to this day.
The Dunbarton Garden Club will offer a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Dunbarton senior, who attends Bow High School. Therefore, preference will be given to a Dunbarton resident who is in good academic standing. This scholarship is open to an applicant who is attending an institute of higher learning to study any of the following; horticulture, agriculture, floriculture, botany, conservation, environmental sciences, forestry, plant sciences, garden history and design, landscape architecture, pollinator research, conservation and ecological restoration.
The applicant shall complete an essay stating their educational goals and convey any activities that are connected to these goals. In addition, two letters of recommendation from their current high school teachers and/or counselor and a copy of their high school transcript is required.
The deadline for applications is April 01, 2022. The recipient will be notified by Dunbarton Garden Club Scholarship Committee prior to the annual Bow High School Senior Awards Program which takes place in early June. The Dunbarton Garden Club would like to have the recipient attend the May meeting and speak briefly to the membership about their high school experience and plans for the future.
For more information about our scholarship program email: DGC03046@gmail.com
If you are looking for idea on how to arrange your gardens feel free to reach out to our membership. We love to share our thoughts and help people that have specific questions even if it is simply where to start. DGC03046@gmail.com.
We have members ranging from novice to expert in gardening expedience. We share tips and tricks with each other both at meetings and during our summer garden tours.