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Member Details for Kennebec Valley Garden Club

Name Ellen Jackson
Title President
Club Name Kennebec Valley Garden Club
Address 224 Maine Avenue
Farmingdale, ME  04344
Phone 207 712 2802
Web Address
Categories Kennebec District
Club Information Kennebec Valley Garden Club is one of the eight charter members of the Garden Club Federation of Maine. It was organized in 1928 and became federated in 1950. KVGC strives to stimulate interest in gardening, assist community programs through horticultural and other therapeutic programs. We maintain several gardens; the Cohen Center and the Hubbard Free Library in Hallowell; VA ME Togus facility and Alfond Center for Health and the provide educational opportunities through the Barrows Scholarship for Kennebec County students and teachers. Our 52 members live and garden throughout Kennebec County.

The club regularly meets monthly on Tuesdays at the Viles Foundation, 71 Stone St., Augusta. Our membership dues are $20 annually.

Our annual fundraisers include either a local garden tour or plant sale, and a fall homemade soup and bread sale at Longfellow''s Greenhouses in Manchester.

Decorating the Governor''s Mansion (Blaine House) is our annual celebration for the holidays.
Club Programs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
No Meeting in January
Tuesday - February 5, 2019 - 1:00 PM
Lithgow Library, 45 Winthrop Street
Final Planning Meeting for “Art in Bloom”
Sunday - February 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lithgow Library, 45 Winthrop Street
“Art in Bloom”
Members will design floral arrangements to compliment art work to be displayed jat the Lithgow Library. This event will be open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Enjoy the splendor of spring and chase away the winter doldrums with creative imaginative flower designs inspired by works of art by local artists. KVGC and the Lithgow Library are hosting “Art in Bloom” that will include a box lunch, tour of the library and garden lecture to inspire your gardening passion.

Tickets will be available for sale in advance and the day of the show.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 1:00 PM
The Viles House
71 Stone Street, Augusta

“Winterberry Farm, Where Children and Veggies Grow”
Speaker: Mary Perry
Winterberry Farm, Route 27, Belgrade
Mary will give a presentation about her Animal Powered Certified Organic Family-Operated “Forever Farm”. Mary and her three children’s mission is to create a sense of community and belonging by offering wholesome food and flowers with neighbors and restore old-fashioned values by inviting people to come and experience life the way it used to be, on their animal powered farm. Their commitment to sustainable agriculture allows them to produce abundant food and flowers without depleting resources or polluting the environment.
Hostesses: Molly Wickwire, Chair, Sharon Ann Paradis, Joan Hanscom, Wanda Hendrickson


Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00 PM
Viles Arboretum
153 Hospital Street, Augusta

Fiber Dying Art Workshop
Colleen Teerling
More Details to Follow

Bring your own lunch


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 1:00 PM
The Viles House
71 Stone Street, Augusta

“Growing Affordable, Organic Vegetables for Maine People!”

Speaker: Kevin Leavitt
Farmer Kev’s Organic, West Gardiner

Kevin will present a lecture on his organic vegetable business, how it was started and how it has evolved. Since its beginning in 2009 of growing 1 acre of vegetables and selling produce at a local Farmers’ Market, it has grown to owning his own farm on 20 acres and still expanding. Kevin is a former recipient of the club’s Barrows Scholarship and also the National Garden Club Scholarship.

Hostesses: Darlene Bassett, Chair, Jeannine Tarrio, Laura Boyett, Jan Karczewski

Horticulture Tip: Mulch roses and add light fertilizer. Divide perennials that have developed a bald spot. Clean up weeds before mulching. Keep in mind plant sales when making division of plants.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:00 PM
The Viles House
71 Stone Street, Augusta

Speaker: Kathleen Marty
Member of Boothbay Region Garden Club, former GCFM President, GCFM State Awards Chair & Presenter of NGC Pollinator Power Materials.

Kathleen will give a presentation of what each of us as gardeners can do to improve the situation of our many pollinators. What and who are Pollinators; Habitats for Pollinators; Dangers for Pollinators; Planting for Pollinators. Each of us can make a difference, your choices matter. It will also give us ideas for the Windsor Fair Display - "Attracting Pollinators in the Garden" using plants, birdhouses, etc.

Hostesses: Penny Pray, Chair, Debbie Sherman, Lorraine Philbrick, Deb Cairns

Horticulture Tip: Do not mulch garden beds until soil has warmed and self- sowers have sprouted. Start container gardens in clean pots. Stake plants like peonies so they will remain upright through the growing season. Great time for dividing perennials for plant sale. This will give plants a great start and look healthy for the sale.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Viles House
71 Stone Street, Augusta

KVGC’s 91st Annual Meeting
Ellen Jackson, Presiding

10:30 AM - Board Meeting
(All Committee Chairs should attend and bring their committee reports)
12:00 Noon – Luncheon
1:00 PM – Election of Officers
Hostesses: Nancy Voisine, Wanda Hendrickson

Horticulture Tip: Take advantage of micro climates, and open southern exposures on your property for growing herbs. Temperatures in those more controlled environments help herbs to thrive. ie thyme, oregano, sage, chives and marjoram.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:00 PM
The Viles House
71 Stone Street, Augusta

“Native Plants and Fern Identification”

Speakers: Hollis & Don Smith, Our Funny Farm
19 Anderson Road, Monmouth

Description: Hollis Don will give a presentation about the often overlooked native ferns.- how they can be used to fill in shady pots in the yard or add interest to a woodland edge where other plants struggle to survive.. Hollis gained experience with ferns during her volunteer work with the New England Flower Society and with Maine’s Natural Heritage project locating and documenting rare plants throughout the state.

Hostesses: Jane Berthiaume, Chair, Anna Blodgett, Linda Bragg

Horticulture Tip: Don’t let your landscape look tired and spent, use late bloomers dispersed throughout to add color and texture Suggestions are: Asters, marigolds and mums. Shrubs include; Pee Gee hydrangea, Russian Sage, Rose of Sharon.

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