Amherst Garden Club Welcomes Matthew Mead

      On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Amherst Garden Club will welcome lifestyle and entertaining expert Matthew Mead to get us inspired for the holidays.

      Matthew Mead is a Concord, New Hampshire based photographer, magazine editor, designer, and all-around holiday pro. He has authored numerous books, including Entertaining Simple, Holiday with Matthew Mead, and Flea Market Finds. He is also a contributor to many publications — Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, InStyle Weddings, and Country Living, to name just a few.

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      Prepared to be wowed as Matthew shares his holiday décor ideas and creations. This presentation will include a slide show, demonstration, do-it-yourself instructions, and raffle prizes!

      The garden club is pleased to offer this exciting holiday program as a special treat to club members and the community in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary year.

      Festive attire is encouraged but not required.

      We expect to hold the meeting in person, as well as livestream it to our Facebook page ( for the public. Our business meeting begins at 9:15 AM, and the program begins at 10:30 AM. Check our web site for updates.

Matthew Mead, Lifestyle & Entertaining photographer

Amherst Garden Club’s Garden Tips for November

To celebrate the Amherst Garden’s Club’s 51st year and to support the club’s mission to provide education, a few gardening tips will be shared each month from the “Amherst Garden Club’s Regional Gardening Throughout the Year Calendar.” Copies are available at Amherst Garden Center, 305 Route 101, Amherst.

It’s November! Now is the time…

  • to finish cutting back perennials. Leave some plants for winter interest and those with seeds for birds to enjoy.

  • to mound 4-6” of mulch or compost, after the ground freezes, around the stems of perennials that may be less reliably hardy in our zone such as delphiniums or any that are newly planted.

  • to disconnect hoses from outside spigots; drain and store.

Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs

Amherst Villagers Present...

Interactive and beautifully illustrated 

Wednesday, November 17 at 10am, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst NH 03031

      AMHERST – Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated presentation Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs focusing on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program will feature a spectacular photo-tour of the Fabergé collection at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow and other world famous museums and private collectors around the world.  Emphasis is on the important role of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. The fascinating history of these eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the

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of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and Culture as well as NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia. Marina has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages through memorable and thought-provoking programs. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad…. but always

years following the Revolution will also be discussed by presenter Marina Forbes.

      Ms. Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry

unmistakably Russian.

      This program is free and open to the public.  Masks are required.  Contact: