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2017 GCFM Convention

The Stroudwater District Welcomes You to Freeport!

From the Forest to the Sea

The 86th Annual Garden Club Federation of Maine Convention

Monday June 19 – Wednesday June 21, 2017
The Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, ME 04032
207-865-1433  •

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Schedule of Events

Monday June 19

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm    Early Registration in the Monhegan Board Room.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm    Public Gardens from Freeport to Portland. A list of gardens will be provided in your welcome packet as well as made available ahead of arrival.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm    State and National Life Member Reception at the Longfellow Garden on the campus of the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland. This is open to all those who have become State and/or National Life Members – or who sign up to become a member at the convention. A map will be provided in your welcome packet if you have registered for this. Carpooling will also be arranged for those who prefer not to drive into Portland. Tour the lovely Longfellow Garden, then follow-up with dinner at one of Portland’s many fine restaurants! In case of inclement weather, we will be in the Maine Historical Society Conference Room.

Tuesday June 20

8:00 am – 4:00 pm    Registration in the Old Town Meeting Hall adjacent to the Hotel

8:00 am – 5:00 pm    Silent Auction, Raffles, On-site Vendors, & Exhibits in the Old Town Meeting Hall. Garden-themed vendors will also be available at several of the gardens on the tour.

9:00 am – 9:45 am    Bringing Nature Home in the Hilton Ballroom. Maine Audubon will share with us their work with Doug Tallamy to increase pollinator friendly plantings in Maine. Audubon is a major sponsor for our convention.

10:15 am – 12:15 pm    Botanical Watercolor Workshop led by Maddie Lou Chaplin, a watercolor artist from Gorham. Held in the Hilton Conference Center Ballroom, and limited to 15 participants. Come learn how to paint the beauty in your garden! No painting experience is required, and all painting supplies will be provided for you, although you may wish to wear an apron!

10:00 am – 4:30 pm    Garden Tour of a variety of lovely gardens from Yarmouth to Falmouth representing our theme From the Forest to the Sea. In addition to the 6 main gardens on the tour, there is an option for 2 additional gardens a little further out in Falmouth (but close to each other!) for those with a bit more time. A tour map and descriptions will be available in your welcome packet if you have registered for this event.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm    Chickens in Your Backyard workshop led by Layne Gregory at her home. Her garden is on the extended garden tour, and in addition to a lovely garden she raises chickens. While there is no fee for this, please preregister so we know how many to expect.

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm    GCFM Board of Directors Meeting in the Hilton Ballroom. Board members may wish to dress for dinner as the meeting will adjourn just prior to the Cocktail Hour.

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm    Cocktail Reception with cash bar and book signing by Thomas Rainer. Weather permitting, this event will be held outside on the terrace. Otherwise this event will be indoors outside the Ballrooms.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm    Dinner and Keynote Speaker Thomas Rainer speaking on Planting in a Post-Wild World. In the Hilton Eagle and Jewell Ballrooms.

Wednesday June 21

6:00 am – 8:00 am    Bird-Walk in The Pettengill Farm Sanctuary, led by Maine Audubon. A map will be provided for those that have registered for this event.

8:00 am – 9:00 am    Registration in the Old Town Meeting Hall adjacent to the Hotel.

8:00 am – 11:00 am    Silent Auctions, Raffles and Exhibits in the Old Town Meeting Hall.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm    GCFM Annual Membership Meeting, Installation and Awards Luncheon with Speaker Neal Sanders. This meeting is a very important part of the Convention. If you’ve been selected as a Club Delegate by your club, be sure you’ve received a Delegate Card in your welcome packet. If not, please notify the Convention Registrar so she can correct this. We will be electing and installing a new slate of officers, so this is very important! There will be a break at 10:30 am to allow time to check out of your room and do a final check of the Silent Auctions and Raffles before the meeting resumes at 11:00 am. This will also be an opportunity to purchase several of Neal Sanders gardening novels—GCFM receives 10% of the sales, so purchase several! Neal will speak to us on Gardening is Murder, regaling us with coping with gardening issues common to us all, as well as giving us pearls of wisdom for dealing with them.

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