Scholars Honored by Camden Garden Club

Lucas Fischer and Emma McGurren were honored as this year’s scholarship recipients by Camden Garden Club at their annual luncheon held on June 13 at the Samoset Resort.  Lucas, a 2019 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School will attend Yale University in the fall to study Economics and Ecology.  Emma, a CHRHS alum, attends Clark University majoring in Global Environmental Studies.  Scholarship Chair Priscilla Granston and committee member Fran Moore presented the awards. Lucas and Emma each took a moment to explain their future plans and goals to the members.  The Camden Garden Club’s Scholarship Program was established in 1984 and to date, over 130 scholarships have been awarded to students majoring in horticulture related subjects.    

The luncheon also provided an opportunity to recognize individual club members who have made an outstanding contribution to the organization over the past twelve months.  Judy McGuirk and Elizabeth Moran were congratulated by Co-Presidents Karen Cease and Ceil King and thanked by all for their extraordinary efforts this year. 

Camden Garden Club Announces New Board Members

The May 23rd meeting of the Camden Garden Club was a busy one.  Many snowbird members were welcomed back, the in-house Plants for Scholars sale offered an opportunity to purchase plants and garden related items to benefit the scholarship program and, during the business portion of the meeting, the new slate of officers and chairpersons was announced and voted on.  Co-Presidents Karen Cease and Ceil King welcomed the following new Board members for 2019-2020: Awards, Lynn Snider; Birds & Conservation, Debra Stokes; Programs, Anne Perkins; Hospitality, Sara Wilds; Membership, Molly Foster; Publicity, Stephanie Mathews; Scholarship, Priscilla Granston; Tour, Susan Reider; Trees, Ruth Ellison; Village Green, Barbara McNulty and Sherry James; Wreaths, Mary Winchell; and Yearbook, Judy McGuirk and Maryann Kline.

On May 20, the history and accomplishments of Camden Garden Club’s Tree Program were on display at the Camden Public Library during the Tree City USA awards ceremony.  Facts and photos gathered by member Judy McGuirk cited the number of trees planted since the program’s inception in the 1920s to combat insects threatening the town’s Elm trees.  The garden club was represented by Karen Cease and Priscilla Granston in the group recognized for their considerable contributions by this year’s award recipient, Nancy Caudle-Johnson.

“Container Gardens” - Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series 2019

February 12, 2019

Speaker: Liz Stanley, UMaine Extension

“Container Gardens - Flowers, Herbs and Vegetables” was the topic of the presentation of the Camden Garden Club’s 2019 Winter Horticulture Series in the Picker Room, Camden Public Library on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Attendees learned about growing in containers and raised beds for beauty, convenience and accessibility. Liz Stanley coordinates home and school gardening programs for UMaine Extension where her motto is "no gardening question is too weird.”  She covered design, plants, growing mediums, and fertility.

Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The weekly Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public and will continue on Tuesdays throughout February.  Guests and prospective members are always welcome.  For more information about the club and its activities visit the club’s website www.camdengardenclub.org.  or email them at camdengardenclub100@gmail.com .

“Edible Backyards” - Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series 2019

February 5, 2019

Speaker: Aaron Parker, Edgewood Nursery

“Edible Backyards” was the topic of the presentation of the Camden Garden Club’s 2019 Winter Horticulture Series in the Picker Room, Camden Public Library on Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Did you know that the young shoots of hosta lilies can be prepared and eaten like asparagus? Aaron Parker discussed how to can turn your own property into an edible oasis. This class introduced a variety of edible perennial plants suited to Maine’s climate, where to obtain them, tips and techniques for planting and maintaining them, and ideas about how to use them in the kitchen. Aaron operates Edgewood Nursery in Falmouth, Maine, which specializes in unusual edible plants. He has given talks and classes throughout Maine on edible landscaping, seed saving, perennial vegetables, and low-maintenance, low-input gardening.

Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The weekly Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public and will continue on Tuesdays throughout February.  Guests and prospective members are always welcome.  For more information about the club and its activities visit the club’s website www.camdengardenclub.org.  or email them at camdengardenclub100@gmail.com .

Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series 2019

The extremely popular Winter Horticulture Series presented annually by the Camden Garden Club in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library returned Tuesday, January 29 at 10:00 am.  The featured speaker, Dennis Milliken, is a lifelong gardener who has worked in the horticulture industry for over 40 years, most recently at Green Thumb in Rockport.  He is currently a member of the board of trustees at Merryspring Nature Center. 

 Many people take their plants indoors in the winter but even the hardiest of them can have issues.  Milliken discussed proper winter care, including getting enough sunlight during the darkest months, keeping humidity in check, and how to identify and treat for the tiny pests that can harm your plants indoors.

Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  The weekly Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public and will continue on Tuesdays throughout February.  Guests and prospective members are always welcome.  For more information about the club and its activities visit the club’s website www.camdengardenclub.org.  or email them at camdengardenclub100@gmail.com .

The Potager

On Thursday, October 26, Anne Perkins, an avid gardener who raises a variety of flowers and vegetables for local restaurants, and head gardener and landscaper at the Knox Museum in Thomaston, will speak to members and guests of the Camden Garden Club about the ornamental gardens of Versailles.

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The History of Tea

On Thursday, September 28th local lawyer, historian and Regent of the Lady Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Kay Felton, discussed the history of tea with members and guests of the Camden Garden Club.

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