Our members volunteer their time and skills to design, purchase, install, and maintain plantings in several of the town’s of North Hampton State Beach (Village District of Little Boar’s Head) and Rye seacoast public areas.
Our projects include several of the town’s public garden areas including the North Hampton Police/Fire Station, a small garden at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard at Route 1A (North Hampton); one at Sea Road and Ocean Boulevard at Route 1A (Rye); the South Garden which includes a wildflower section, situated between the Fish Houses and the North Hampton State Beach parking lot; and the most well known is the North garden, located on Ocean Boulevard near the Fish Houses in North Hampton.
The North garden has a different theme each year and plants are chosen accordingly. The centennial year’s theme is “100 Years & Still Growing” to commemorate the club’s 100 years of existence.
The South Garden features lilacs and beach plum planted here in addition to the rosa rugosa that reflects the indigenous seaside nature of the garden. This garden area is being redeveloped to include more sustainable planting of flowers and vegetation that can tolerate saltwater spillover from the beach sea wall.
Gardening for All Abilities
In 2021, our members partnered with Easterseals NH’s Community-Based Services to create an Adults with Disabilities Volunteer Gardening Program on the seacoast. Through a series of small fundraising activities, we donated $500 to the program in our initial year. This enables adults with disabilities living on the seacoast to plant, tend, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits gardening provides while being part of their community. Last year a few of the individuals and their staff worked alongside garden club members in the North Garden. This year we are hopeful for more individuals with disabilities and their staff to volunteer in the garden.