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New Hampshire

July 7, 2013

Hampstead gardeners work to make their town prettier

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“I’ve had people come up from Boston who have done the Beacon Hill garden tour, and they say ours compare right up there with them,” Leocha said.

The club meets once a month. They organize trips, listen to guest speakers and give each other some gardening tips.

“There’s a camaraderie to it,” Leocha said. “It’s such an interesting group. I didn’t really know anything about gardening when I joined, but I love it.”

Linda Winmill of Hampstead has been a longtime member of the club and said the gardens have a local feel to them.

“They just have a reflective, beautiful, New England quality to them,” she said. “It just feels good to be a part of them.”

For Leocha, she just loves the feedback she gets from the community

“Whenever we’re working on a garden, we are so sweaty, but people are beeping at us and encouraging us on,” she said. “I’m always yelling at them to join us.”

For a $15 annual fee, membership is open to any man or woman from Hampstead and the surrounding area. They meet at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Hampstead Congregational Church.

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