September 2019 Newsletter
SEPTEMBER 2019 Newsletter
THYME TO GARDEN!
UNDER THE GROW LIGHTS!
believe we're leaving summer behind us already! The fall season holds
many activities for all of us. Kicking off the season for me is the National Garden Clubs Fall Board Meeting
being held in St
. Louis, MO, September 18th-20th
I actually have roots in Missouri, as that is where my Father's family
all hail from. I haven't been back in nearly 25 years, so I am
anxiously looking forward to this event in many ways! Also coming up in
September, I accepted an invitation to attend the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs
, Inc., Annual Meeting
in Lee, NH on September 25th
It will be a one-day event for me and looks to be a very interesting
program with a fairly large attendance expected that will include the
National Garden Clubs, Inc. President Gay Austin. October brings us two
very important events: the Federated Garden Clubs o
f Vermont, Inc
., will be hosting the New England Garden Clubs Annual Meeting in Woodstock, VT
, October 28th and 29th
and the GCFM Fall Conference
is set for October 31s
at the Augusta Civic Center. You'll find additional information on
these events and other valuable information in this issue of our
newsletter. Most of you may be aware that Maine will be celebrating its
Bicentennial in 2020. I hope to be presenting an idea for statewide
participation in a program that GCFM can launch in 2020 to acknowledge
this milestone! The focus will obviously center around a "planting
theme", maybe something in line with NEGC Director Suzanne Bushnell's
theme of "Planting the New England Victory Garden"
, or something in line with sustainability, a nod to the GCFM theme of "Planting Toda
y for America's Tomorrow"
! I think this is a wonderful opportunity to help celebrate Maine and support NGC's theme of "Plant America"
I'd love to find out if your clubs are already planning an event to
celebrate the Bicentennial! As a reminder, if your club has a project
to present for a "Plant America" Grant
, the deadline to submit an application to the NGC is October 15, 2019
This is such a fantastic program, up to $1000 is available that can be
used directly toward project expenses should your project be selected
for a grant! All the necessary details and qualifications can be found
at the NGC website at www.gardenclub.org
. We're also reaching the deadline for submitting your new club yearbooks.
If you have not already done so, you can either mail them, bring them
to the GCFM Board Meeting on October 7th, or bring them to the Fall
Conference on October 31st. In any event, the deadline
to get them in is November 1st!
You'll find more details in our Awards article in this issue of the newsletter. Happy Harvesting! Barbara Longstaff
FALL CONFERENCE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
If you haven't sent in your registration yet, you only have a few weeks to get it submitted by October 15th
to attend this year's Fall Conference!
Sponsored by the clubs of the Kennebec District
, the Conference will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Thursday, October 31st -- Halloween Day (see some of our members below in their Halloween costumes at last year's Conference)
. The theme for this year's event is "Bountiful Maine -- East, West, North and South."
Registrations forms are now available by going to the GCFM website
and clicking on the Fall Conference button
shown on the HOME PAGE.
You can print off the form and send it in with your check to Conference Registrar Ellen Jackson, 226 Maine Avenue, Farmingdale, ME 04344.
Remember -- all registrations
are due no later than October 15th! Cost to attend is $30.
Non-members can attend for $35. Late registrations will cost $45.
Headlining the morning session will be Jeff O'Donal, owner of O'Donal's Nursery in Gorham
, who'll be presenting a talk on Barth daylilies
In 2010 O'Donal's obtained the rights to the Barth hybrid daylily line,
the longest continual line of hybridized daylilies in the world. The
session will feature Kevin Leavitt (a.k.a. Farmer Kev)
who owns a CSA Farm in West Gardiner. Kevin grows organic produce on
almost 30 acres of land, delivering it to residents, restaurants and
farmers markets. He's a graduate of the University of Maine with a
degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Economics His passion and
education makes him just the guy to share trends in vegetables and ideas
for meatless Mondays. You can check out his website at Farmer Kev Organics
or by clicking this link
We'll also have our traditional buffet lunch, raffle prizes and an
array of vendors (we hear a few new ones will be available to purchase
from). If you need exhibit space, please contact Karen Foster by October 15th
FINAL CALL TO REGISTER FOR NEGC ANNUAL MEETING IN VERMONT
The Registration deadline is fast approaching to attend the 3rd Annual Meeting of the New England Garden Clubs
to be held at the historic Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, October 28th and 29th
The Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont will be the host for this event. All garden club members from the six New England
states are invited to attend this Regional meeting. The Registration Form
with details about the meeting is available by going to the NEGC website
and clicking on the MEETINGS TAB
and then Annual Meeting
on the drop down menu, or by clicking this link
. The Woodstock Inn and
Resort is rated one of the top country inns located in New England.
If you'd like to go but can't afford to stay at the Woodstock Inn, you can
contact NEGC Director Suzanne Bushnell
for more information about other places to stay by clicking this link
. (Photo courtesy of the Woodstock Inn and Resort)
An Awards Workshop was held August 19th following the GCFM Board Meeting in Augusta (see photo at left)
A wonderful group of members representing their garden clubs discussed
the Awards available through the GCFM, NEGC, and NGC. Questions about
deadlines, electronic applications and the many awards available to the
clubs were reviewed. If you were unable to attend that workshop and
have questions, please contact Kathleen Marty
by email by clicking this link
or by phone at 207-350-6031
. NGC award applications need to be submitted to her by MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020
with one exception. Yearbooks
need to be submitted by November 1st
and can be brought to this year's Fall Conference or sent to Yearbook Chairman Emily Adler
at 16 Lord Road, Wiscasset, ME 04578. You can also send them with
someone who's attending the next GCFM Board Meeting on October 7th in
Augusta. Yearbooks are needed by President Barbara Longstaff, Yearbook Chairman Emily Adler, Awards Chairman Kathleen Marty, Club Program Chairman Mary Ericson,
and your District Director
You can also share them with other club presidents in your District.
Yearbooks are judged on a total of 100 points. A complete list of the
format and scale of points used in judging yearbooks is found at the NGC website
under the AWARDS tab
by clicking this link
. To pull up the pertinent Awards Section
you'll need to scroll to Section 12, page 27
, dealing with Yearbooks YB-1 (Clubs)
. If you have any questions, contact Kathleen at email@example.com
GCFM'S 2020 CONVENTION RETURNS TO BAR HARBOR
If you attended our Convention in Wells in June, you know that plans are well underway for the 2020 GCFM Convention
in beautiful Bar Harbor. Gardens at First Light!
is the theme and the dates for the event are June 15th through June 17th
at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
. The clubs of the St. Croix District
will be our hosts and they've got several of the major highlights already confirmed. Starting off the Convention the evening of June 15th
will be a gala reception for National and State Life Members at Garland Farm
, home of the Beatrix Farrand Society. The keynote speaker
is already booked -- Roger Swain, former PBS host
of The Victory Garden
and Science Editor
at Horticulture Magazine
. The Annual Meeting Luncheon speaker
will be well known Maine landscape architect Bruce Riddell
. The ever-popular garden tour
is also on tap. The District also tells us there will be a variety of
vendors available so make plans now to attend! More details will be
featured in our upcoming GCFM newsletters, including details about
making hotel reservations.
FLORAL DESIGN CLASSES CONTINUE THIS FALL
Judges Council Design Session #6 classes are
continuing this fall. Each class is held monthly on the first Wednesday
of the month in the Guild Hall at St. Mary's Church, 43 Foreside Road,
Falmouth. The October 2nd
class will have attendees making a creative design using all dried material
. The November 6th
class will focus on a design using fruits and vegetables
accented with plant material. And the final class of 2019 on December 4th
will be a design evoking one of the Twelve Days of Christmas
. Classes are $10 each unless you've already signed up for the entire series. For more information contact Marilyn Traiser
by clicking this link
. To find the Registration Form, go to the HOME PAGE
of our website
and click on the "Register"
link on the floral design photo.
MORE NGC SCHOOLS BEING OFFERED IN NEW ENGLAND
In an effort to get more members interested in taking advantage of educational opportunities, the New England Garden Clubs' website
now has a new tab which highlights all the NGC schools
offered in the six New England States
Current schools offered are Flower Show School, Landscape Design
School, and Gardening School. Maine Judges Council is offering a $250
scholarship if you're interested in attending Flower Show School.
Contact Marilyn Traiser by clicking this link
more information. Because of their membership size, Massachusetts and
Connecticut tend to be the two states who sponsor the schools. Maine
was able to sponsor a Landscape Design School in the past but has no
schools scheduled at the present time. Massachusetts hopes to get an
Environmental School scheduled in the near future. If you're interested
in checking out the scheduled schools, click this link
to the New England Garden Clubs NGC SCHOOLS TAB
HAVE YOU SENT IN YOUR DONATION FORM IN SUPPORT OF THE NEW ENGLAND REGION-WIDE PROJECT?
Thanks to members from three clubs -- Harpswell, Scarborough, and Boothbay Region
-- for sending in donation forms in support of the region-wide project,
fighting food insecurity. Donations from these three clubs of excess
vegetables, herbs and flowers to local food banks, soup kitchens, and
other organizations who fight hunger now total more than 2000 POUNDS!!
With her theme of "Planting the New England Victory Garden," Region Director Suzanne Bushnell
encouraging all of us to plant extra vegetables this growing season
which is fast coming to an end. The project runs for the two years of
her term as Director. She has developed a reporting form
that you can use to record your donation. The form, which can be found
on the New England Garden Clubs' website
, by clicking on the REGION PROJECT tab
is easy to fill out and can be submitted at any time during the growing
season by sending it to Suzanne at the address at the bottom of the
form. If your club volunteers at a community garden where produce or
flowers are donated, let Suzanne know as she'd like to publicize this
important volunteer activity. If you have any questions, contact Suzanne by clicking this link.
DEADLINE APPROACHING TO APPLY FOR PLANT AMERICA GRANT
Has your club thought about applying for a Plant America grant
Maybe your club applied in the past but was not a winner. Well, you
can still apply but the deadline is approaching to get your applications
in -- October 15th
applying for a grant that deals with community beautification, you can
also use the money for other projects such as Blue Star Marker
landscaping, school gardens, Habitat for Humanity landscaping or even a
community educational event. For those clubs that are successful in
winning a grant, a final report on the project is one of the
requirements. To learn more about the application guidelines and to
find an application form, click this link
DOING THEIR PART TO SAVE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
If you were to look up the definition of "nurture"
you'd find it means "to care for and encourage the growth or development of someone or something."
This year we've found a couple members who decided to nurture Mother Nature by helping the endangered Monarch butterfly. Jackie Pellerin
of the Harpswell Garden Club
has been raising Monarch butterflies for more than 40 years! She was
motivated to start when her children would come home from school and
talk about the nuns getting them involved with science projects. Back
in the day before the advent of zippered mesh bags (see Jackie above with hers)
, she would use whatever was handy as the breeding
Then she'd take the kids to hunt for baby caterpillars on milkweed near
her home, place them in the container with plenty of milkweed to feed
on, and then cover the top with a cloth diaper! The caterpillars would
weave a chrysalis -- hanging from the diaper -- and then emerge to
become a Monarch butterfly. Now more than 40 years later Jackie is
teaching her grandchildren the miracle of birth. At one time this
summer Jackie tells us she had at least a dozen Monarchs hanging at one
time from her "bug box." We also heard from Linda Redman
of the Boothbay Region Garden Club.
She told us she was having a "banner year" with the number of Monarchs
flying around her gardens. Linda's story was she'd tried to spread
milkweed around her pond in previous years without a lot of success.
She also tried to spread it in an open area on a hillside. But instead,
the milkweed began to appear in places she didn't want it -- in her
perennial gardens. But this spring she decided to let the milkweed
develop where it wanted. While last year she saw only one Monarch, this
year she said she's overwhelmed with the number she's seen (see the chyrsalis attached to a rock)
! Interested in learning more about how you can raise Monarch butterflies? Just do an internet search using the words "raising Monarch butterflies"
and you'll find dozens of You Tube
videos on the topic!
FOOTHILLS GARDEN CLUB MEMBERS FEATURED IN DOWN EAST MAGAZINE
In past years we've told you of members' gardens appearing in local magazines. Well, now we can add two more -- Harriet Robinson and Peter Young of the Foothills Garden Club!
Both of their gardens appeared in consecutive months in Down East Magazine.
In the article entitled "Everyone Out of the Pool!"
in the July issue
Harriet talks about her gardens in Otisfield. She mentions that her
former swimming pool wasn't getting a lot of use by her children and was
costing money for electricity to run the pump and chemicals to clean
the pool. So when it came time to replace the liner, Harriet came up
with a different idea. She decided to fill the pool with soil and
create a formal knot garden. But instead of using boxwood hedges to
frame the garden, she relied on the concrete deck and cobblestone paths
to form the outline of the Celtic knot pattern. She now has a very
mature garden where things are in bloom from May through November (see her garden above)
. A visit to her garden, depending on the season, would find numerous plants in bloom such as peonies
taken from her parent's garden, daylilies, and historic irises among many others. For Peter Young
, the plants that have stolen his heart are hostas. His gardens, located on his farm in Buckfield, were featured in the August issue
of Down East.
With the article entitled "Endless Hosta-bilities"
, you know the featured plant would be hostas (see them at right)
Peter doesn't believe in planting them in a straight line as many
others do, but instead, he has them swirling around his house. You can
find them at the feet of his maple and box elder trees, and along his
stone wall. The hostas are in all sizes and colors with some sporting
fragrant flowers. Besides hostas, there are 200 plus varieties of iris
that his mother planted when he was a boy and that still bloom each
spring. Peter is a retired dairy farmer and lives in the home he grew
up in which dates back to 1782.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO VISIT GARDENS IN MAINE(EDITOR'S NOTE:
We've asked Elizabeth Richter, our GCFM Visiting Gardens Chairman and a
member of the Scarborough Garden Club, to write abut public gardens you
can still visit this Fall.)
There are many types of gardens
and visiting them brings joy and a sense of bonding with nature. Some
are larger covering many acres and others are small and tucked into a
Some are elaborate and others humble by contrast but they all make us
feel closer to nature. There are many gardens in our towns we forget to
see because they've always been there. I hope to share some of these
local gardens and would like to hear about local spots of beauty that
others can share. I've decided to start in the southern part of our
beautiful state in York County. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art i
a unique seaside garden with breathtaking views of sky and ocean as
well as displays of perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. There's
also an ever-changing display of sculpture in the garden (see photo, courtesy of the Museum, of some of the sculpture)
The Museum is filled with American art and many of the artists have
ties to Maine. If you aren't a museum goer you can still visit the
garden by going around the side of the building. The Hamilton House and grounds in South Berwick
is a historical landmark with elaborate perennial beds. St. Anthony Franciscan Friary in Kennebunk
is a peaceful retreat minutes from the hustle and bustle of Dock Square
offering a tranquil setting of stone Tudor style buildings and an
English Park with beautiful gardens. The last recommendation is a
commercial nursery, Black Rock Farm
, located in Goose Rocks.
The farm supplies many heirloom vegetables for area restaurants. It's
planted in the French intensive style and visitors are welcome to learn
about this different style of farming which is popular in Europe. They
also have beautiful displays of nursery stock to purchase. Our summer
season will soon be over so I hope you might have a chance to visit a
garden before the first flakes fly!
A TOUR OF FINE ISLAND GARDENS
This is an excerpt of a longer article written by Linda Uberseder of the
Bar Harbor Garden Club about this year's Bar Harbor Garden Tour which
attracted 425 visitors.)
July 20th dawned hot and sunny, a relief to the members of the Bar
Garden Club who'd spent many months preparing for its 2019 Garden Club
Tour. By 7:30 a.m. directional signs were in place and tents were going
up at the Northeast Harbor Marina where both the tour headquarters and
the vendors were getting ready for the day. Six beautiful and varied
gardens were on the tour on both sides of Mount Desert Island. Each
garden was unique. The Seawall Garden
in Manset was a tiny pocket garden which gave visitors wonderful ideas
on how to garden in a small space. Traveling to Fernald Point in
Southwest Harbor, visitors were ferried to the Bunchberry Moat Garden
designed by landscape architect Bruce John Riddell. The house sits
among beautiful rock formations, including a waterfall, rock bridges and
rock benches; and it is indeed surrounded by a moat. Just down the way
is the Cove Garden
spectacular Connor Cove. A long border of annuals and perennials fronts
the house, which was originally the carriage house for an estate
further on. It also featured several amazing Luniform pots and even a
Luniform lily pond. Visitors then made the excursion around Somes Sound
to the Northeast Harbor side of the island. On Indian Head Lane, they
had the opportunity to view a large estate garden which has been
lovingly planned out and planted by the owner and a team of
landscapers. The owner has designed her garden to accommodate several
types of habitats, including meadow land, woodlands and shoreline. Two
more gardens in Northeast Harbor are historic island gardens originally
designed by Charles Savage and renowned landscape architect Beatrix
Farrand. One of the gardens was at the Asticou Inn
where Charles Savages, mother Mabel, starting in 1901, planted a
cutting garden behind the Inn to supply flowers for the lobby and rooms
overlooking Northeast Harbor. Across the street was the Clover Cottage Garden
It was originally planned and planted by Charles Savage to ornament the
outside of his home. In doing so he used some plantings taken directly
from Beatrix Farrand's own Reef Point estate. The current owners have
lovingly stayed true to the original garden design.
SPOTLIGHTING THE CLUBS TAB -- THE GCFM WORKING FOR YOU!
Sometimes we're asked: "How does the GCFM support its clubs?"
Today we'd like to show you one way -- by publicizing your club
Because of limited finances, many clubs are unable to afford their own
website. So, when the website was being developed before it went live
in 2015, the GCFM Website Committee decided it would be a benefit to ALL clubs if a page were devoted to each club.
If you go to the CLUBS TAB
by clicking this link,
you'll see every District in the GCFM and every club in that District
listed under them. Each club has a link to its own Club Page IF the club has taken the time to provide the valuable information needed about the club.
type of information should you be providing? In order for the public
to know there's a club in your town or vicinity, you need to provide a
contact person's name with an email and/or a phone number where the
public can find more information. If your club has a website, the
address should be given as well. And many clubs list their entire
Program Schedule for the upcoming year along with the time, date, and
place for the meeting. Some even provide a photo for their page. Your Club Page Administrator
should be checking your page on a regular basis
to make sure all information is UP TO DATE!
As a way for helping to pay for all the costs of maintaining the GCFM's
website, a fee of $25 to be paid annually by all clubs and districts
was voted on and approved a few years ago. We hope you can see this is a
small price to pay to advertise your club! If you need help with your
Club Page, contact Fran Moore
by clicking this link
. If you have questions about the website, contact either Kathleen Marty
or Suzanne Bushnell
by clicking their links.
IS YOUR CLUB CELEBRATING MAINE'S BICENTENNIAL?
As GCFM President Barbara Longstaff mentioned, Maine will be celebrating its Bicentennial in 2020
Governor Janet Mills kicked off the yearlong celebration in July and is
encouraging citizens and organizations to get in the spirit of Maine's
200th birthday! If you're thinking about planning an event, we'd like
to hear from you so we can advertise it in the newsletter and put it on
the website CALENDAR
. The State
of Maine is even willing to help you finance an event by offering
$375,000 in grant money! Non-profits such as garden clubs are eligible
to apply. For more information, go to the Bicentennial website at Maine 200
or click this link
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
|NGC Fall Board Meeting, St. Louis, MO
|Floral Design Class, St. Mary's Church, Falmouth FMI: Marilyn Traiser
|GCFM Board Meeting, Viles Home, 71 Stone St., Augusta
|NEGC Annual Meeting, Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, VT
|GCFM Fall Conference, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
|Floral Design Class, St. Mary's Church, Falmouth FMI: Marilyn Traiser
|Floral Design Class, St. Mary's Church, Falmouth FMI: Marilyn Traiser
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