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The ‘Goodrich Heather’ Uncovered

September 23, 2012

The Waterville Valley Golf Course greenskeeping crew has been working to restore the long-neglected ‘Goodrich Heather’ located on hole #6 (which was the old 1st hole).

Greenskeeper Ern Anastos and his crew recently uncovered the patch of heather and a memorial sign that indicates the heather was planted by Hubert Goodrich in 1914.

Ern and the golf course crew will keep the area cleaned out and are hoping the heather will return to its healthy and robust condition by next summer.

Does anyone know anything about Hubert Goodrich?  I assume he’s related to the Waterville Valley Goodrich’s, but I can’t find any information about him in Grace Bean’s book, “The Town at the end of the road,” nor by Googling him.

The 'Goodrich Heather' located on Waterville Valley, NH Golf Course

The 'Goodrich Heather' located on Waterville Valley, NH Golf Course

A close-up of the sign

What is heather?

Heather plants are hardy, colorful, low-growing perennial shrubs native to the heaths, moors, and woodlands or Europe and Asia Minor. Well suited to marginal pastures, heathers are low-maintenance plants that can thrive in acidic soil with little fertilizer in and near-drought conditions.

The evergreen plants provide year-round displays of color from flowers and leaves. Depending on the type of heather plant, the flowers bloom between July and November and come in pink, lavender, white, magenta, amethyst, purple and red. If a gardener plans it right, a field full of different types of heather will remain colorful for a longtime, with new plants blooming just when others begin to fade.

Just as important as flower color is the foliage color, which can be found in pink, red, copper, bronze, gold, silvery gray, and every shade of green imaginable. They keep their color though the winter, breaking up the dreary tans and browns of winter landscapes.

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I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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