Please mark your calendars for NOV. 18, 19 and 20, 2022 for our next festival. Exhibitor applications are now available. See forms menu.

A big Thank You everyone who visited our 2019 Festival of Trees
Our next Festival will be held on
Nov. 18, 19 and 20, 2022.
Exhibitor Applications are now available. We hope you will consider decorating a tree, mini tree, or wreath and share your creativity with our seacoast community. Click on the Festival of Trees link (above) to access more information about our popular event.

The Historic Warner House honored the Portsmouth Garden Club recently for 25 years of caring for the gardens at 150 Daniel St. Long time club member Anne Nelson began volunteering in 1995. Currently volunteers meet each Tuesday morning in season, under the direction of Caroline Fesquet.


November, 2019 FOT

PGC member Merle Schlesinger won the People's Choice Award at the Ogunquit Museum of Modern Art's recent Art in Bloom Event. Congrats to Merle for her unique interpretation of “Gathering Clouds,” by artist Gwendolyn Kyle.


Our Oct 21 VIRTUAL ZOOM presentation by local author David Moore 

David's book tells the story of how, in the early 19702, three local women stopped Aristotle Onassis from building an oil refinery on Great Bay in Durham. This is a story of grassroots efforts that successfully fought for Home Rule and protection of our valuable natural resources. Thank you, David Moore, for publishing this book about three local heroes.

Small Town, Big Oil Program is now available via recording. Click on the link below.

Our Nov. 18 VIRTUAL ZOOM presentation is by local Restaurant Owner and Chef Evan Mallett of the Black Trumpet Restaurant. Evan's topic is

Farm to Table, Keeping the Connection.

Program is now available via recording. Click on the link below.

Our Dec. 16 Virtual Zoom presentation is by Rev. David Phreaner (retired).

A Child's Christmas in Wales, By Dylan Thomas

Program is now available via recording. Click on the link below.

Here's what some of our friends have been saying about us!


Star Island

Star Island will use their 2021 Festival of Trees Grant award to 

  • Plant window boxes located on the front porch of the main hotel building (located on main stairs since the island was closed due to COVID in 2020), and on Vaughan Cottage (the historical museum). 

  • "Thank you so very much for the support you have offered Star Island over the years.  Portsmouth Garden Club grants have always been helpful, especially the generous gift we received in 2020, which was a historically challenging year for the island," Star Island Corp. 

Shadow on Concrete Wall

Seven Rivers Enrichment

"Seven Rivers Enrichment is including micro farming as part of their outdoor enrichment offerings. We will be starting seeds and preparing vegetable & fruit beds this spring and the youth that participate in our programs will have the opportunity to see what is involved in growing and (later in the season) preparing food. Last year, the Portsmouth Garden Club helped us to purchase materials for our greenhouse which we will be planting in in the coming weeks. The soil in both the greenhouse and the garden are in need of amending and significant compost. Although we have a compost system on site, it has not provided sufficient amounts to replenish each season. We also hope to start a strawberry patch this year to add to our blueberry bushes and black raspberry patch. We are deeply grateful for the Garden Club contributions to our micro farm in the past, it is such a tremendous learning experience for the young people that we work with!"


Warner House

"Dedicated Garden Club members work at the Historic Warner House to keep the gardens beautiful even during these challenging times. We appreciate the grants we have received in the past from the Portsmouth Garden Club's Festival of Trees Fund. Spreading plenty of manure each fall translates into healthy plants for springtime blossoms."