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2016 GCFM Convention

The St. Croix District Welcomes You to Bar Harbor

Gardens of Eden
Garden Club Federation of Maine’s 85th Annual Convention

Tuesday, June 14th through Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2:30PM – 5:00PM  REGISTRATION: In Hotel Event Center. Pick up your information packets containing tickets for the events you’ll be attending, your nametag and a fabulous goodie bag loaded with surprises from the St. Croix District merchants. Check out the raffle and silent auction, garden-inspired treasures donated by local and national businesses, and don’t forget to see the GCFM Exhibits!

9:00AM – 5:00PM  PUBLIC GARDENS: Early arrivals are invited to visit our public gardens at the Gardens of Eden Convention. A list and map will be provided. Donations are appreciated at these gardens. What to visit? Start at the Wild Gardens of Acadia (a collaboration between Acadia National Park and the Bar Harbor Garden Club begun in 1961); Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor; Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor; Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden in Southwest Harbor.

3:30PM – 6:30PM  SCAVENGER HUNT: Early arrivals are also invited to participate in a "scavenger hunt” to area businesses who will have rewards awaiting you at their stores! Pick up your card with your Registration Packet. More details when you arrive at the hotel!

5:00PM – 6:30PM  RECOGNITION COCKTAIL PARTY AT THE MAINE SEA COAST MISSION, COLKET CENTER, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor: For National and State Life Members exclusively.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:00AM – 4:00PM  REGISTRATION: In Hotel Event Center.

9:00AM - 5:00PM  SILENT AUCTION, RAFFLES, VENDORS, & EXHIBITS: All items await your viewing and shopping pleasure in the Event Center of the Hotel.

9:00AM - 10:00AM  INCREDIBLE EDIBLE WORKSHOP: Pam and Brian Stewart, from the Pleasant River Garden Club, will show us how one town in Maine has created a series of public vegetable gardens where the produce is free for all takers! See how this project has united a small town and how it contributes to a stronger, healthier community. (Event Center Ballroom)

10:30AM – 4:30PM  A GARDEN TOUR: Treat yourself to some of the most beautiful and unusual gardens in the Bar Harbor area! A map of the area with specific garden locations will be included in your Registration packet. The gardens may be visited anytime between 10:30 and 4:30. Cost for the tour is $10.00.

2:30PM – 3:30PM  BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR GARDEN: Workshop with Ann Judd, Master Gardener and founder of the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden in Southwest Harbor. Workshop to be held in the Barn at Garland Farm (also on the garden tour). If participating in the workshop, plan your visit to Garland Farm to give time for workshop AND see the garden. (Limit: 45 participants)

2:30PM – 4:00PM  WALKING TOUR IN BAR HARBOR with Diane Phipps. Come explore Bar Harbor, the summer playground of the wealthy of our Nation. Put on comfortable walking shoes for a lovely walk through history and hear about a time of mansions, and lavish parties. Meeting place will be given to those signing up when they pick up registration packet. (Limit: 30 participants - donations requested)

4:00PM - 4:45PM  GCFM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: In the Hotel Event Center’s Board Room. Board members may wish to dress for dinner, as the meeting will adjourn at 4:45PM.

5:00PM – 5:30PM  CONTAINER DESIGN CHALLENGE: Nationally-known garden expert and writer Tovah Martin will be competing against two of our GCFM members in a container design challenge. Join us outdoors on the grounds of the Atlantic Oceanside’s Willows estate as we cheer on the contestants! Containers will be raffled off during the Convention. Tovah will be signing books after the Challenge.

5:30PM - 6:15PM  COCKTAIL HOUR AT THE WILLOWS: Take a few moments to savor the day while enjoying a lovely setting in the historic "cottage” and view of Frenchman Bay. A cash bar will include beer, wine and other beverages. Sample some of the hors d'oeuvres while you spend time meeting friends.

6:30PM – 9:00PM  DINNER: Featuring our keynote speaker Tovah Martin whose presentation will be "Gardening for the Five Senses.” Tovah will also be featuring something she calls a "smellathon” during her presentation where participants will test their knowledge of plants by smell only! (Event Center Ballroom)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

4:00AM – 6:30AM  SUNRISE ON CADILLAC MOUNTAIN AND BIRD WALK: Join Bar Harbor Garden Club member Margot Haertel as we greet the first rays of the sun on Cadillac Mountain! For those interested in continuing on a bird walk, Margot will be leading the group to an appropriate location (possibly in Acadia National Park) to observe the birds and learn more about their habits. (Bring a camera, a pair of binoculars and wear comfortable shoes!) Meet in the lobby of the Main Building at the hotel at 4:00AM. Carpooling is encouraged. (Bring your Senior Pass to enter Acadia if you have one.)

8:00AM – 9:00AM  REGISTRATION: In Hotel’s Conference Center

9:00AM - 11:00AM  SILENT AUCTION, RAFFLES, VENDORS, & EXHIBITS: All located in the Event Center. Be sure to make time for raffle tickets and purchases!

9:00AM - 2:30PM  GCFM ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & LUNCHEON: All members are encouraged to attend. We’ll be welcoming NGC President Sandra Robinson and NER Director Vera Bowen to Maine! Come hear what's new in the GCFM. This Meeting is a very important part of the Convention. If you’ve been selected as a Club Delegate (for voting on GCFM business items), be sure you’ve notified the Convention Registrar and have your delegate card with you (found in your registration packet). The meeting breaks at 10:30AM to allow time to check out of your rooms and check your bids in the silent auction before the annual membership meeting resumes at 11:00AM. The closing luncheon will also feature a talk by Sheridan Steele, former Superintendent of Acadia National Park. Members are invited to don their favorite garden hat to share in the festivities! (Event Center Ballroom)

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