Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto

The February meeting of the Belfast Garden Club will be held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. The business meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. and the talk starts at 2:00 p.m. It is free and members of the public are welcome.

We welcome back Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto for the perfect winter respite; their scintillating power point presentation focused on the major themes of their first book woven into their newest book, Gardening in Tune with Nature. Their philosophy includes that the garden "should be viewed as an ecosystem in which native plants predominate and all forms of life contribute to the gardener's success." (R Manley).  Practical aspects of gardening will be covered including composting, pruning and cover cropping.  Signed books will be available for purchase.

Reeser has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state, Massachusetts and Maine. His Ph.D. Is in Horticultural Science.  He taught horticulture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and University of Maine, Orono. In 2013 he retired from teaching chemistry and physics at a small high school on the coast of Maine. Along with his column for the Bangor Daily News, he now devotes all his work time to writing about the garden.

Marjorie, a Professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been teaching courses in pruning, food production and ecological landscaping in Hancock and Washington Counties for 22 years. She is a statewide resource on native and invasive plants of the Northeast.  She facilitates the work of the Hancock County Food Security Network which includes 17 food pantries and food kitchens which work together to address food insecurity issues.

Marjorie and Reeser live and garden in Ellsworth, ME along with Sophie, their black lab, Berry the Cat and a worm bin in the corner of the living room.

 

The Belfast Garden Club is pleased to announce that it will award two scholarships in 2018, each in the amount of $2,500.00. This is a significant increase in the scholarship amounts, and represents the gratitude of the Belfast Garden Club for the support it has received from the community.

The scholarships will be awarded to Waldo County residents who are pursuing a degree in horticulture, botany, forestry, ecology, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

The scholarship application form is reprinted below. Application materials must be submitted by April 30, 2018, and can either be submitted to belfastgardenclub@gmail.com, or by mail.

THE BELFAST GARDEN CLUB
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Belfast Garden Club will award two $2,500 scholarships to Waldo County residents pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or advanced degree in horticulture, botany, forestry, ecology, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture or a related field. 

Name _____________________________________________________________________

Home Address_____________________________________________________________

Telephone Number ______________________Email ___________________________

College/School Program __________________________________________________

Course of Study and length of program ___________________________________

Have you been accepted? _________________________________________________

PLEASE ATTACH THE FOLLOWING:

1. List of activities, clubs and organizations in which you have participated, and a photo (for publicity purposes, if you are awarded a scholarship)

2. A copy of your academic transcript

3. Two references

4. An essay of 100-200 words entitled: “Why I Have Chosen My Field of Study”

Submit your application package by APRIL 30, 2018

Electronically to belfastgardenclub@gmail.com

Or by mail to:
Scholarship Committee
The Belfast Garden Club
P.O. Box 502
Belfast, Maine 04915

Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend and speak at a Belfast Garden Club ceremony at which the awards will be presented.

We had a great program this week with Mark Hutchinson talking on composting. The meeting was attended by over 60 people. Lee Graham kindly provided her terrific fruit cake for refreshments and so many people asked for the recipe, we decided it must be shared.

Preheat oven to 300°

Sift together into very large bowl:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add

  • 2 lbs dates (pitted and cut in half)
  • 2 lbs shelled walnuts, as is
  • 1 lb unsalted brazil nuts
  • 4 12 oz. jars of maraschino cherries, drained (Use those without added food dye)

Mix the fruit into the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl: Beat 5 large eggs until frothy, add 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Make a well in the fruit mixture and add the eggs, mixing into the center and out until the dry ingredients are moist. Do not add liquid or more egg. Just keep mixing…

Grease and flour 3 9’” loaf pans. Divide mixture. (I have made this in several small pans instead).

Bake at 300° for 1 hour.

Remove carefully by loosening edges with a knife. Cool completely, wrap or store in gallon plastic bags. Refrigerate. It will keep for a month or more.

 

 

The Belfast Garden Club has selected two scholarship recipients for 2017, with each receiving $1,000. They are Kaylen Ottman and Ethan Jacobs. Kaylen is a graduating senior at Belfast Area High School where she has been in the National Honor Society and co-captain of the Varsity Swim Team. Ethan successfully designed his own high school program. He is in the top 25 percent of seniors graduating with the American School of Correspondence. In 2016-17 he captained the Mount View Soccer Team.

Kaylen plans to major in biology at the University of Maine and minor in Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Climate Sciences. Ethan has been accepted to the University of Maine’s Forestry Resources Program, where he plans to study the interconnection between the economy and forest ecology. Both have been active in civic and volunteer programs.

Belfast Garden Club scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in a field related to the Club’s objectives: stimulating knowledge and love of gardening, protecting native flora and fauna and promoting civic beautification.

On behalf of the Belfast Garden Club, Sally Shure, chair of the club's Book Committee, presents a donation of gardening and horticultural related books to Steve Norman, director of the Belfast Free Library.
On behalf of the Belfast Garden Club, Sally Shure, chair of the club's Book Committee, presents a donation of gardening and horticultural related books to Steve Norman, director of the Belfast Free Library.

In 2016, the Belfast Garden Club donated the following new garden and horticulture books to the Belfast Free Library. The books were purchased with funds raised at the Green Thumb Plant Sale held in May.

Adult Books
Adams, George.  2013.  Gardening for the Birds:  How to Create a Bird-friendly Backyard.  Portland OR, Timber Press.  444pp.
Baldwin, Debra Lee.  2013.  Succulents Simplified:  Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-care Varieties.  Portland OR, Timber Press.  272pp.
Darke, Rick and Doug Tallamy.  2014.  The Living Landscape:  Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.  Portland OR. Timber Press. 392 pp.
Gracie, Carol.  2012.  Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast:  A Natural History. Princeton Univ. Press.  272pp.
Keys, Andrew and Kerry Michaels.  2015.  Growing the Northeast Garden.  Portland OR, Timber Press.
McDowell, Marta.  2016.  All the Presidents'Gardens:  Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses--How the White House Grounds have grown with America.  Portland OR Timberpress.  336 pp.
Soule, Deb.  2013.  How to Move Like a Gardner:  Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants.  Steiner Books. 256pp.
William, Thomas R.  2015. The Art of Gardening:  Design, Inspiration, and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer.  Timber Press.  Portland OR. 338pp.

Books for Children
Aalto, Catherine. 2015.  The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh.  Timberpress. 308 pp.
Worth, Bernie & Aristedes Ruiz.  2001. O Say Can You Seed?  All About Flowering Plants.  

The library displays the new books for public perusal before placing them on the shelves for circulation.

The Belfast Garden Club fosters the acquisition of knowledge of gardening and protection of native flora and fauna. The club has promoted civic beautification since 1929. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year round and extends a warm welcome to all.

(left to right):
Troy Howard May 27, 2016 005

Back - Westley Dyer, Maury Hepner (Garden Club member and community volunteer), Corliss Davis (Garden Club President), David Wessels (Troy Howard Garden Coordinator)

Front - Gracie Coombs (with Hoohah the bunny), Haley Wood, Kaydee Pearse, Mason Paul, Eiyah Jackson, and Alex Gerrish.

On Thursday, May 27 the Belfast Garden Club was delighted to present a check for $500 to David Wessels for the "Get Growing!" program at Troy Howard Middle School. The check will be used for scholarships to support 15-20 summer student interns. Mostly 6th to 8th graders, they will work from June 20 to July 28.

There is a new way to enjoy "Our Town Belfast." Have you heard about the Belfast in-town nature trail? Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club, members of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition mapped out and created the five mile walking trail. To download a copy of the trail map and guide, go to www.belfastbaywatershed.org and click on Learn More About Us, then Belfast In-Town Nature Trail Map and Guide.