We are pleased to welcome and introduce several new members to the Garden Club of Manchester.  We will be enriched by their wide range of interests, talents and their shared love of gardening. 

 

Lori Beitler

Lori has had a home in Winhall for 18 years and is now in VT full time.  A member of a garden club in Montclair, New Jersey, Lori’s garden has been featured on several tours.  Lori is currently working on an “organized but naturalized garden”.  Let’s hope it will be on our next garden tour. 

 

Kristen Crowell

Kristen loves to garden and thought it was a nice way to meet people with similar interests.

 

Cathie Gallaher

 Cathie is a “New York City Girl”, but spent time outside the city on the Jersey Shore and Long Island’s North Shore.  She retired to Chapel Hill, NC, but has seen the light and is now here in Vermont.  Her volunteer activities included the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. Cathie wants to connect with others who enjoy nature and to help contribute to the community and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people while living in our unique bit of paradise.

 

Pattie Haubner

Pattie grew up enjoying her grandmother and mother gardens and now her own modest garden. She was a Hildene Garden Lady pre COVID last summer.  Her background is on strategic communications initiatives to promote The Seed Saver Exchange, Svalbard Seed Vault and preservation of Heirloom Seeds.  I see a potential program brewing here! Pattie is looking forward to getting to know members, learning to improve her garden and to help with activities.

 

Margaret Mazer

We are happy to introduce Margaret Mazer. Margaret recently moved full time to Windham from Wilton, CT. She has been a member of the Wilton Garden Club, a Federated GC, for 20 years.  Margaret would like to enhance her gardening skills and meet new interesting people.

 

Rache Simmons

In her own words:

"I have always enjoyed  my garden but this year during the pandemic I was in Vermont in early springtime and most of the summer. I found such joy in watching the green shoots and buds come out. I have never seen my daffodils bloom before- how gorgeous! It never ceases to amaze me how a big beautiful garden comes up every year from brown twigs and dirt in the winter. The hummingbirds, goldfinches, butterflies and chipmunks we’re also a delight this year and a welcome relief from the pandemic. I wish everyone a safe and healthy year and continued joy from your gardens.”

 

Lu French

Lu joined primarily because of her long love affair with rose, perennial and vegetable gardening.  She says she is completely self-taught and hopes to learn much from this group of seasoned gardeners with a long shared history.