Camden Garden Club races into summer
Camden — As much as robins are signs of spring, the many projects of the Camden Garden Club signal the arrival of summer. The signature hanging baskets of red geraniums are on the lampposts; the flower boxes are planted on the bridge and at the arch; the traffic islands and chamber of commerce beds are abloom; and the Village Green is raked, weeded and mulched.
Behind the scenes many in the 150-member garden club are preparing for the annual Camden House and Garden Tour on Thursday, July 19, a major event in Midcoast Maine for 65 years, and the source of the funds that pay for all those beautification projects.
The club’s annual luncheon, held June 14 at the Whitehall Inn, was the first club event conducted by new President Judith Tarbox. Eleven new members, who joined since last year’s luncheon, were introduced: Barbara Biscone, Liona Burdulis, Stephanie Clapp, Susan Cloud, Anne Eichin, Barbara Furey, Jackie Harkness, Maryann Kline, Jane Mackay, Gintare McCurdy and Karin Rooks.
Two of the five scholarship winners (all in environment or horticulture-related majors) stood to tell the club about their studies and goals: Sam Vail, Camden Hills Regional High School class of 2011, who is attending Hampshire College; and Margaret Keefe, CHRHS class of 2012 who will enter Mount Holyoke this fall. Additionally, the following past winners had their scholarships extended. Asa Hastings Peats, CHRHS class of 2009, who will be a senior at the University of Rhode Island; Jessie Maria Mathews, CHRHS class of 2010, a junior at Boston University; and Adrienne Horne, CHRHS class of 2010, attending Smith College.
The garden club’s scholarship program is paid for in part by its annual Plant Sale, which this year was opened to the public for the first time, offering perennials potted from members’ gardens.
Meetings of the Camden Garden Club include speakers on wide-ranging relevant topics, and the public is always welcome. The next meeting will be Aug. 23 at the Congregational Church, Camden, at 9 a.m. Garden Club 2011 scholarship winner Adrienne Rose Horne’s topic will be A Trip to Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China. The speaker begins around 10 a.m., after the business meeting.
For more information, visit camdengardenclub.com or call club President Judith Tarbox at 236-7468.
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