Monthly Archives: January 2018

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, or by mail.


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? _________________________________________________


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

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


  • 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.