The Camden Garden Club was honored at the Garden Club Federation of Maine 2010 Fall Conference for their work on the children’s amphitheater that overlooks the harbor at Laite Beach Park.

The club was awarded the Sears Civic Beautification Bowl, becoming just the fifth club in Maine to ever receive the award. The award was donated in 1966 by Sears, Roebuck & Company for work by member clubs to beautify their communities.

The project took shape in 2009 under the direction of Nick Sturtevant of Sturtevant Garden Designs. He donated the design and more than 200 hours of labor to the project. Sturtevant was assisted by Lindley Knight of J.R.A. Landscaping, who excavated and hydro-seeded the area. Jon and Karen Smith of Rockers Dry Stone Works donated materials for the amphitheater.

The Camden Garden Club will be the holder of the trophy until it is awarded to another club next fall. In the coming weeks, the award will be on display at the Camden Public Library.

To be considered for the award, the club submitted a project packet detailing the club’s work. The project was evaluated on aesthetic quality, permanency and participation of the community.

The Camden Garden Club’s mission is horticulture, education and community service. The club is known throughout the state for its annual House and Garden Tour in July, now in its 64th year, which raises the funds for supplying and maintaining Camden’s hanging baskets of red geraniums, as well as flower beds and boxes around town in summer, buying and decorating its lighted wreaths in the winter, maintaining the plantings around the Village Green, and awarding college scholarships. The club has approximately 140 members.