April is, appropriately, National Garden Month. The year 2015 was the centennial of the founding of the Garden Club of Amherst, and Ms Patricia Holland gave us an entertaining and informative lecture on its history; you may view the lecture here – she notes that when the Garden Club was founded Amherst already had three village improvement societies. As part of her history, she mentions that at a 1947 meeting they viewed a film on tobacco farming in the Connecticut valley – Tobacco Valley – and in 1959 the Garden Club published a book, The Trees of Amherst.

And the Amherst History Museum can always use help with its gardens! If you want to do a little weeding and gardening around the Museum, send us a note at info@amhersthistory.org.

Next week, our History Bites will host a presentation by Carol Letson and Becky Holmes on the history of the Mount Toby Friends Meeting. The presentation will be at noon on Friday, April 22, in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.