If you’re among the many area gardeners who are eager to “get digging” after this seemingly endless winter, the Belfast Garden Club asks that you remember its annual Green Thumb Plant Sale that will be held on Saturday, May 17, at the Belfast Boathouse.

The hugely popular sale, which has become the unofficial start of the gardening season in the greater Belfast area, depends on donations from local gardeners, farms and nurseries. If you are dividing perennials and have some new starts that you’d like to donate, or you’d like to donate a six-pack or more of some annuals – flowers, veggies or herbs – the club would be thrilled to receive your gifts.

The Belfast Garden Club awards two scholarships annually.  Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

Founded in 1929, the Belfast Garden Club has promoted the beautification of Belfast through educational talks, garden tours, the annual Plant Sale in May, donations of books to local libraries and scholarships.  Recipients of 2013 scholarships were Alexis Morse of Unity who is attending the University of New England studying biology and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is also studying biology at Husson University.

Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at belfastgardenclub@gmail.comwww.belfastgardenclub.org, or write to the Belfast Garden Club, P. O. Box 987, Belfast, Maine 04915.  Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Photo courtesy of Annadeene Fowler

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin

Belfast Garden Club members showed support for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Program by donating instructive books to the Reentry Center’s library on growing vegetables and preparing nutritious meals after harvesting the bountiful food.  Club members gave books from their personal collections and purchased new books for the project.  The books will be available to residents at the Reentry Center’s library in Belfast to assist them in learning gardening techniques for northern climate gardens, general good gardening principles, and using the produce in the kitchen to make healthy meals.