Bedrock Garden

Come see the magical blooms of the Lotus
We are pleased to announce
visits by reservation!

     • Select your date and time (see your choices below).
     • Make a reservation to tour the garden (there is a form on the website).
     •Show up.

That’s it! It is a great way to visit, because there are limited visitors on those days.

Reservations for Private Group tours
On Selected Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Times10:00 am and 1 pm
Size: Join a group. Reserve your spot, maximum size of 30.
Garden Closes at 5 pm.
Suggested donation: $10. Children 12 and under are free.
Available dates are:
-Tuesdays: July 10 am and pm, July 17 pm,  July 24 am and pm
-Thursdays: July 12 am and pm, July 19 am, July 26  pm
-Saturdays: July 14 am and pm
Closed week of July 1 thru 8.
More Information, including form for reserving: here
August’s schedule will be available at the end of July.


The July Open Garden Day is here!
Our First Open to-the-public Day is Saturday, July 21, 2018

Members: Admitted at 9 am.
General public: Admitted at 10 am.
Garden Closes at 5 pm.
Suggested donation: $10. Children 12 and under are free.
Boxed Picnic Lunches pre-order by July 18. Details and menu here.
Parking at Mast Way School, Lee to meet the free shuttle bus.
More Information: here.

Bring your family and friends and immerse yourself in the wonder of the natural world.

We can’t wait to see you!

From Our Volunteer Maven

Dear Bedrock Volunteers (or volunteer wanna-bes),

We have many volunteer opportunities available, from small to large. Including Garden Guides! We have just put together a draft of our 2018 events calendar, and you can see what we have in store on our Volunteer Webpage here.
Go there and pitch in!

Here are some short cuts:Group Tour Volunteer Opportunities:

July 21st Open Day Volunteer Opportunities:

Hands in Dirt:

Wishing you all the best until then!

Deb Nugent
Volunteer coordinator

ps: just click on Volunteer Webpage

January 2018

Monadnock Herbal Society

Minutes: January 31,2018

Meeting started 7:10
Members Present: Gale Luby, Mickie Clement,June Holm

Hostess: June Holm we had cheese and crackers and fruit plate, and hot tea.

Treasurer Report: We have a balance of $788.78.

Herb of Month: Gale Luby bought  in and talked on essential oils, and her talked about Haritaki to aireat the  blood very informant meeting. I’m adding essential oils report so you can see some of the oils Gale talked about.

Next Meeting: Feb 28,2018    7:00 P.M. Fox Forest.

Notice: I will send out a notice Monday before meeting.

Meeting ended at 8:15 P.M

We will need a MC and a Hostess for Feb meeting. So if you wish to do this one please contact me so I can put it in the notice so everyone will know Thank You!

Hope to see you all at the meeting.

Please if there are any errors or omissions please notify me.

June Holm Secretary/Treasurer

Until next thyme

May 2018

Monadnock Herbal Society

Minutes May 30,2018

Meeting started 7:15 P.M.

Members Presents:Marian Baker, Joan O’Connor, Bev Weymouth, Mickie Clement, Mary Newbacher, Jennifer Raymond, John & Jackie Stetser, Joan & Rod Phipps, Dudley Giberson, Nancy & Alan Bessette and June Holm.

Hostess: Mickie Clement cupcakes, devil eggs, lemonade.

Herb Of Month: Marian Baker on Dandelions, Flowers for making tea, tempura for frying, jelly that taste like honey.

Plant Swap: We lots of plants for everyone to swap great turn out.

Next Meeting: June 27, 2018  7:00 P.M. For Forest, We need a Hostess for June Mary N. Had something that came up. And herb of will be done by Jennifer .

And we will be talking about speakers for the coming months.

Due: Please remember due time.

Hope to see you all at the meeting.

Please if there are any errors or omissions please notify me

June Holm Secretary/Treasurer

Until next thyme


October 2017

Monadnock Herbal Society
Minutes: October 25,2017

Meeting started 7:10 PM
Members Present: Bev Weymouth, Mickie Clement, Joan Phipps, Rod Phipps, Marian Baker and June Holm.

Hostess: Bev weymouth and June Holm,  Had a very pretty table and apple spice cake, cheese and crackers, dill dip and veggie plate, lemonade, and tea.

Treasure Report: We have a balance $750.00.

Silent Auction: we had 35 items,to be auction we made a total of $34.00 and there was only 6 people there.

Herb of Month: Bev brought in  leaves to identify, from different trees.

Speaker: We talked about having Marier Colby  to come and speak to us, and give her a donation to Wings of Dawn.

Bev Weymouth recipe for
Applesauce Spice Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 vanilla or white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 ¼ cups applesauce
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice or cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for approx 45- 60 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
You can adjust the amount of spices to your liking. You can also replace the applesauce with pumpkin and add raisins.

If anyone would like to have a recipe put into the minutes please send it to June Holm  Be more than glad to put one in a month and if using herbs, plants even better.

Next Meeting:  Nov.29,2017   5:30 PM Fox Forest.   Soup & Bread please bring your favorite soup or bread or both up to you, and bring your recipe to share.

Meeting ended 8:15 PM

Hope to see you all at next meeting.
If anyone does not want to be on email list please let me know and I will remove your email.
Please if there are any errors or omissions please notify me.
June Holm Secretary/Treasurer

Until next thyme

September 2017

Monadnock Herbal Society
Minutes: September 27, 2017

Meeting started 7:05

Members Present: Jean Greff, Bev Weymouth, Joan O’connor,  Linda Kowelsh, Dawn Forde, Marian Baker, Rod Phipps,Joan Phipps, Craig Ardell, Gale Luby, Mickie Clement, Dale Carpenter, Betty Carpenter, June Holm.

Hostess: Jean Greff and Bev Weymouth: Had a very pretty table with snacks and refreshments: crackers & cheese, cantaloupe, grape, cream cheese & pepper jack jelly, pumpkin-cranberry nut bread, linzer tarts, teas.

Treasurer: We have a balance of $750.00. March start a new year.We still don’t have anyone interested in being treasurer. So at this time June Holm was appointed as Secretary/ Treasurer of Monadnock Herb Society. Marian Baker and June Holm will go to bank to sign papers to add June Holm as a signatory.

If anyone would like to be treasurer please email or call Marian or June.

Herb of month: Joan Phipps talked on corn silk how soft it is. And is good for urinary tract infection. Put the silk in and porcelain-enamel pan bring to just a boil turn down to low for 5 minutes. Then steep 5 to 10 minutes. Filter and put in fridge. and sip it when needed. Chickweed: take the plant and put it on your eye infection or pink eye. Anytime making medicine always use porcelain-enamel pans.

She told us about humming birds in a birch tree drinking the sap from woodpeckers making holes.

Bev Weymouth talked about people using Round-Up  around the Franklin Pierce lake and may cause cancer. Glyphosate commonly known as Round-Up toxic herbicides. And imidacloprid is a neurotoxin possibly  causes of bee decline.

Speaker: Our speaker we had plan for ended up sick, So Marian Baker stepped in and had a great presentation on Identifying birds of prey:  Owls:Barred owl, Saw whet owl, Screech owl, Great horned owl eat skunks and have one or two hoots. Vultures: can have a 6 ft. wing spread. And a bunch of them flying around together something is dead. Eagles: eat dead animals and fish. Osprey: has been seen around Contoocook River. Falcons: have wings are crooked narrow and pointed. large head and a long tail, for fast flight. They eat insects, rodents and birds. Loons: stay here but some go as far as NC. Hummingbirds: fly across the Gulf of Mex. and fly back having eggs inside. This is to just name a few Marian had talked about.

Next Meeting: October 25 2017     7:00 PM Fox Forest  silent auction please bring all the things you want to auction.

Notice:  I will send out a notice Monday the 23rd about meeting.

Jean Greff recipe for Pumpkin-Cranberry Nut Bread:
2 eggs
1 – 15 oz can pumpkin (without sugar and spices)
1 cup splenda
½ cup light olive oil
1 ⅔ cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 5oz package dried chopped cranberries
½ cup pecans chopped fine

Mix well eggs,pumpkin,splenda, and oil, add flour,spices,baking soda, and salt. Mix in cranberries and pecans.
Pour into greased and floured loaf pan and bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Meeting ended at 8:05 PM


Until next thyme


August 2017

Monadnock Herbal Society
Minutes: August 30,2017

Members Present: Marian Baker, Gale Luby, Jean Guff, Bev Weymouth, Marie Salamone, Mary Newbacher, Rosemarie Munsey, June Holm.

Hostess: Gale Luby home, we all helped with refreshments,  had watermelon, fruit breads, cupcakes, crackers and dip, tea, and lemonade.

Treasurer: We still need a treasurer if anyone is interested. Please email or call Marian or June and we will get you set up.

Garden: Gale made up names of plants and had us try to find them in garden and see if we could find some she didn’t have listed. The gardens was wonderful and we had a good time trying  to identify all the plants. Here are just a few Achillea, Alchemilla, Dicentra, Geranium endressii, Hibiscus, Hosta, Yucca, Coleus, Columbine, Marigold,Nasturtium, Chamaecyparis, Fruit Trees,Lilacs, Quince. We spend a lot of time outside and it was a beautiful day. And we want to give Gale a special Thank You  for opening up her home to all of us.

Meeting ended: 6:00 PM

Meeting coming up:
Birds of NH  presented by Diane Deluca of NH Audubon Society, And Janet Byron will share her exotic bird as well.  Sept 27,2017    7:00 PM Fox State Forest 309 Center Rd,Hillsboro, NH.

MC: Joan O’connor Hostess: Jean Greff and Bev, Herb of month: Joan Phipps.

Website: Monadnock Herbal Society will be updated, as well as Facebook.


One of Gale’s Flower’s

Until next thyme


July 2017

Monadnock Herbal Society
Minutes: July 26,2017

Meeting started at 7:05 PM
Members Present: Marian Baker, Betsy & Doug Wenny, Dudley Giberson, Carolyn Rordam, Mary Neubacher, Joan Phipps, Dale & Betty Carpenter, Gale Luby, June Holm.And two new people that was very nice to meet Nancy Davison, Deborah Crooker.

Hostess: June Holm cheese and veggie platter with crackers and Ice tea and hot tea.

Treasurer:  we need a treasurer  if anyone is interested please email Marian Baker or June Holm. And we will get you set up.

Program for July: Early summer wildflowers of Hillsboro NH.

June & July is for Lady Slippers and Queen Ann Lace.  Hemlock look’s alot like Queen Anne Lace but Hemlock is poison, it is one of the most deadliest plants in North America can be fatal if just a small amount is ingested.

Marian had a great slide show here are few Day lily-( dig them up eat roots as potatoes).

Mountain Laurel, hawkweed(devil’s paintbrush),Blackeye Susan, Milkweed good for butterflies, Wild Chives, Ginseng, Jack in the Pulpit, Canada lily, Indian Cucumber (root can be eaten) Winter green, Hop Clover, Yarrow, Plus many more. She also have Spring, Late Summer and Fall slides.

Herb Of Month: Joan talked about Plantain for cuts or rashes, insect bites. it’s a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Can make a homemade healing salve.

Wild Yarrow:Used for fever, common cold, hay fever,Chew a few leaves to relieve toothache.

Wood Betony: Mary talked on this plant and bought it in, flowers June thru Sept. 1 teaspoon of dried leaves with 1 cup of boiling water steep for 5 minutes, tastes like black tea but contains no caffeine. For sore throat and gum inflammation gargle with cool tea.

Meeting end: 8:15 PM

Meeting coming up:
August:Watermelon at Gale Luby from 4 to 6 PM. 300 Beard Road Hillsboro NH        MC: Gale Luby.     Hostess: Mary Neubacher and Marie Salamone.

Website: Monadnock Herbal Society will be updated, as well as Facebook.

Emails: will be sent out before next meeting for a reminder.
Hope to see you all at next meeting.


Until next thyme


June 2017

Monadnock Herbal Society
Minutes: June 28, 2017

Members Present :Mickie Clement, Jean Greff, Marian Baker, Bev Weymouth, Joan Phipps, Carolyn Rordam, Dudley Giberson, Janet Byron, Marie Salamone, June Holm.

Meeting was at Marian cottage home on her porch looking over lake.We had crackers & cheese with cukes and tomatoes. Ginger cookies,fresh strawberry,lemon cake,rhubarb tarts,puff pastry with goat cheese and jelly.

Fresh brewed tea, lemonade with ginger.

Herb of month: Mickie Clement talked about Turmeric medicinal and culinary. Turmeric further explored are its anti-cancer properties. Plus anti-inflammatory compound improves brain function. Lower your risk of heart disease. And may be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Mickie told us how she uses it in making her pumpkin soup.

Tour of gardens: We visited Janet Byron garden. Beautiful garden around here home. Then we visited Marian vegetable garden. It was a very nice tour of both.

Meetings coming up:

July:  Marian will give a slide show on early summer wildflowers of Hillsboro.

title of the program is:

Early Summer Wildflowers of Hillsboro area.

Website: Monadnock Herbal Society will be updated, as well as Facebook.

Emails will be sent out before next meeting for a reminder.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting.
Until next thyme



Until next thyme


May 2017

Monadnock Herbal SocietyMinutes:
April 26 2017

Meeting started at 7:10 PM we had 9 members and 2 new Kim Drake, and Beverly Weymouth. Plant and herb swap had lots of plants and herbs to choose jumpin johnny, lily, parsley, thyme, lemon thyme, tomato plants, hasta, chamomile, just to name a few great turn out.

Herb Of Month: Gale Luby had talked about Strawberry that takes tartar off teeth. Ginger, peel chop squeeze into tea helps with sore throat, headache, motion sickness, morning sickness  and digestive aid. Aloe helps hair to grow,helps burns, cuts, insect bites. Cherry’s has melatonin in them with makes you sleepy. Cabbage probiotic, and prebiotics, also packed with vitamin B good source of vitamin C.   The cabbage its not raw or cooked cabbage, its the  sauerkraut that’s made from the cabbage, it becomes a different when its fermented, its the fermentation that creates all the benefits. Kidney beans are poisonous to people with type A blood. Black Walnuts highest protein content of any nut tree, the tree poison the ground under the tree.     Nuts give off a poison that prevents other tree types from growing and the science behind digesting nuts is that  same poison which is protease inhibitor enzyme, disables human digestion from processing nuts unless the nuts are soaked in salted water and or roasted to stop that enzyme.
Cinnamon: 4 kinds Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon, Korintje.


Gale talked about coconut sugar instead of regular sugar looks like brown sugar, may alter the taste or color of a final product. Coconut sugar has 3 to 9% fructose and regular sugar is 50% fructose. Raw honey is another good sweetener.

Where you can buy vitamins and lots of other things.

Bonnie Smiley: Passed away May 2017, Gale told us about her house, the kitchen wall was painted a rich coral color. And then she noticed an Amaryllis the same color on the table against the wall.

 New Business:  Joan Phipps treasurer is not able to continue as treasurer at this time. Marian as the other signatory will collect the money temporarily until another person can be found to be treasurer. Anyone available??? It is not a major time consuming job.

Brochures: Joan O’Connor brought in Concord Farmers Market Capitol street Concord NH. Buy local,, Fiddlehead book,  a guide to living local in southern NH. Garden in the woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham,Ma.01701. And to name a few Farmers Markets to visit: Hillsborough,Henniker, New Boston, Washington.

 Notices for meetings: Will be sent out to remind everyone who is doing what,who is the MC, Hostess, and herb of month.

And the address will be send out for June meeting which will be at Marian at 4:00 PM. Hope to see you all at the next meeting.

 Until next thyme


April 2017

Monadnock Herbal SocietyMinutes:
April 26 2017

Meeting started at 7:05 PM
We had 19 members and 2 speakers from  Grasshoppers Garden Center from New Boston.

Marian showed a plant,  plans to send to state to find out more about it.

Herbs of month: Walnuts: very good source of Magnesium and Copper, Anti-inflammatory rich in Antioxidant. Has components in walnuts has capability of controlling growth of cancer cell in body. Best to keep in refrigerator.

Millet: with high content of nutrient very high B- vitamin as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium.  One of the best ways to protect your cardiovascular health. And much more.

Red Raspberry: High in fiber, vitamins, minerals. Lower heart disease to help prevent and regulate high blood sugar. Plant compound called ellagic acid, a known chemopreventive, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Japanese Umeboshi Plum: Used for colds, coughs and lots of other things.

Speaker: Elene talked on tools to use to prune fruit trees ,and fruit bushes, where to cut when to pruning.  Keep tools sharp and oiled.  And when cutting dip tools into a bleach solution so not to spread disease.

Owner of Grasshoppers: Jon donated two $20.00 gift cards to be given to a couple of lucky people.  Dale Carpenter and Pasca Ferwerda won the gift cards.

We had homemade oatmeal cookies Pasca made and tea.

Meeting ended at 8:00 PM

Meetings for upcoming months
May: Herb & plant swap
June:  Marian’s for tea and herb of month.
July: TBA
Aug:  Watermelon at Gale’s
Sept: Birds of NH
Oct:  Silent Auction new and used tools and garden related items.Nov: Soup & Bread

Website: Monadnock Herbal Society will be updated , as well as Facebook.

Emails will be sent out before next meeting for a reminder.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting.
Until next thyme