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Thank You to the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association

Thank You to the Strafford County Master Gardeners Association for the creation, and ongoing care, of our beautiful Rain Garden.

Woodman Museum Rain Garden

The Woodman Museum, 182 Central Avenue, Dover, NH, has been in existence since 1916. Its four buildings are home to hundreds of artifacts from the colonial era through the 1980’s.

In October of 2012, a group of volunteers gathered at the Woodman Museum to install a rain garden on the campus of the museum.

Woodman Museum Installation

The garden provides visitors to the museum and passerby’s an opportunity to view a garden that manages almost all of the runoff from the rear of the Woodman House rather than it running into the basement or down the street to the city catch basins.

This effort was funded in part by a grant from the EPA and Soak NH.

Recently signage was installed using funds provided by the Strafford County Master Gardeners that explains how a rain garden works.

Thank you Strafford County Master Gardeners, Joyce Design Studios, and UNH Cooperative Extension for your part in the development of this signage.

The newest garden at the Woodman Museum is complete and recently put to bed for the winter but not before the signage for the garden was unveiled.

Dover resident and artist Veronica Eva Conley decided to have a neighborhood yard sale in June 2016. While walking to the library, I noticed a flyer on a telephone pole on Silver Street advertising the yard sale. It was the best yard sale poster I had ever seen.

I tracked Conley down to see if she would be willing to create a rendering for our new Medicinal Industrial Garden at the Woodman. Veronica agreed, and the resulting artwork depicts the garden layout, the plant selections in full color, and descriptions of the plant’s uses over the centuries.

The garden was installed by Strafford County Master Gardeners with help from other museum volunteers and staff in the dirt and behind the scenes. The project was underwritten by the NH Master Gardener Association.

Thank you to everyone that pitched in and made this garden a reality. For more information about the Woodman Museum visit

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