Bedford Garden Club work brightens shortest days of the year

Bedford Center is a bit brighter this holiday season thanks to the efforts of the Bedford Garden Club and members John Herper and Donna Guibord, BGC Community Gardens chairwoman.

The Town Memorial Tree, currently in front of the Bedford Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Bedford Center Road and Church Road, has been trimmed and lit by Herper for all passersby to enjoy. Herper has cared for the fir tree at this site since 2005.

The first memorial tree was planted at the suggestion of Mrs. Harry Blood, president of the Bedford Garden Club, 1937-38. In 1947, a fir tree was dedicated as a living memorial to the community’s men and women who served in the armed forces.

As one of the Garden Club’s community gardens, the memorial tree (and its many replacements) has been conscientiously cared for over the years, first in front of Town Hall and currently in front of the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

The Town Memorial Tree, trimmed with clear lights, is traditionally lit from about Dec. 1 through the first week of January.

At this darkest time of the year, the Garden Club gives light to Bedford on a fir tree that remains a symbol of resilience.

For more information about the club, visit or write to the Bedford Garden Club, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110.