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1803-004-B633BF50Learn how revolutionary design in early 18th-century gardens affected garden designs at Mount Vernon and Monticello, and how they influenced Henry Knox’s vision for the gardens at Montpelier, right here in Thomaston.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm in Owls Head will describe how that vision is being brought to life today to create uniquely historical fruit and vegetable gardens.

Anne Perkins farms in Owls Head. She has a CSA and provides veggies for Miranda's restaurant in Rockland, ME.

The Winter Program Series is held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

GDN_3A_290_190_80_c1The Cambo Estate’s garden on the eastern coast of Scotland has been called “one of the most engaging summer gardens in all Scotland.” It so enchanted Garden Club members Nan Cobbey and Joan Willey two summers ago that they came home with more than 400 pictures and 30 minutes of video. They will share their images and impressions of the garden while telling a bit of the history of the estate which dates back to the 12th century. The garden fills a two-and-a-half-acre walled site. The wall, an almost golden Georgian brick 10 feet high, is alive with climbing roses and vines. The garden itself offers bowers of clematis, neat beds of herbs and greens, vegetables, flowering shrubs, fruit trees, berry bushes, weeping willows, a profusion of wild flowers that bloom in great swathes of color and texture and all accompanied by song birds and the rushing music of a creek coursing through beneath high-arched cast-iron bridges and a Victorian green house.

Nan Cobbey of Belfast, a retired reporter and editor, trained as a master gardener here in Maine. Her work involved extensive travel and she always added visits to local gardens to her itinerary. Of them all, the best is the walled garden at the Cambo Estate in eastern Scotland. Joan Willey is an herbalist, and volunteer with the Head of the Tide Permaculture Project. Now retired, she was active in the Sierra Club for 45 years and Regional Director, for the Mid-Atlantic.

The meeting 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 program starts at 2:00 p.m. All members of the public are welcome.

Snow ... you've got to love it! It's worth a second look!

winter-landscape-1352711725z63Jim Vickery in his book Winter Sign reminds us that winter is a mistress to reckon with . . . it hunts us with its cold and haunts us with its beauty. Let's embrace the winter season and explore life in the cold. Discover to your surprise and delight that the leafless woods are not lifeless.

Mike Shannon is a lifelong naturalist, storyteller, educator and Registered Maine Guide. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups. He is retired from Unity College where he taught ornithology and ecological education. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine (Hog Island), he has also served as Master Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mike has a long history of sharing his passion and enthusiasm for things natural.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and will be held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast.

Each year the Belfast Garden Club awards scholarships to two Waldo County high school graduates working towards a degree in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field. Click link to download a scholarship application form. Deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2017.

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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.

The Belfast Garden Club has awarded its two annual scholarships to Meagan McKeon of Searsport and Alicia Gaiero of Belfast. Each will receive $1,000.

Meagan McKeon
Meagan McKeon

McKeon graduated at the top of her class from Searsport District High School. This fall, she’ll begin her freshman year at University of New Hampshire, studying environmental conservation and sustainability. She hopes to have a dual major in International Affairs to better prepare herself for a more interconnected world.

“All of the Earth’s systems are connected, so in order to solve the major environmental issues facing Maine and surrounding areas, people need to think on a global scale,” she said.

In high school, McKeon participated in soccer, track and field, sailing, theater, hosting an exchange student, being a student ambassador, robotics, student council, Class President, National Honors Society, Maine National Honor Society public relations officer, Dirigo Girls State, the Barbara Bush Foundation Teen Trendsetter’s Program, and her school mentoring program. She also received awards for Student of the Quarter and Student of the Year and graduated summa cum laude.

Alicia Gaiero
Alicia Gaiero

Gaiero graduated from Belfast Area High School and will be attending the University of Maine in the fall majoring in sustainable agriculture.

She was on the honor roll all four years of high school, where she was a member and captain of varsity field hockey and the outdoor track and field team. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.

She was a three-year class officer serving as fundraising chair for her class and the former treasurer of the student-run nonprofit Liberian Education Fund.

Her interest in agriculture was sparked by early gardening with her parents, and being a member of the Ecology Academy at Troy Howard Middle School. In high school, she did research projects on GMOs and interviewed local farmers, including an owner of the largest cow farm in Maine.

“By earning an education in the agricultural field I hope I may learn sustainable farming practices that will protect and provide for the welfare of humans, animals and work towards environmental preservation,” she said.

The Belfast Garden Club provides two scholarships each year to Waldo County students going into earth-friendly fields. It raises money through its annual Green Thumb Plant Sale and its Open Garden Days, which are held Fridays from June to mid-August.

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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.