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New Hampshire

July 7, 2013

Hampstead gardeners work to make their town prettier


“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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