Camden Herald Letters to the Editor July 25

Jul 25, 2019

Land trust says thank you

On Sunday, July 14, Georges River Land Trust held its 28th annual Gardens in the Watershed tour in Union, Appleton and Warren. We are grateful to the nearly 400 patrons who came to the upper Georges River watershed to appreciate the amazing flower and vegetable gardens, and to listen to talks on the "Importance of Pollinators" and "Shade Plants." Thank you, Jean Vose of Knox-Lincoln Bee Keepers, and Rick Sawyer of Fernwood Nursery and Gardens.

There are so many people to thank, but most important are the gardeners who graciously opened their special places to us, and without whom there would not have been a tour: the gardens of John and Kathy Fromer in Appleton, Bruce and Sherry Cobb in Union, Judy and David Brogden in Union, Irene and Richard Maxcy in Warren, and Tom and Alice Schultz in Warren. Their dedication, hard work and love of the land were evident. We are indebted to them for their gracious hospitality and invaluable contribution to the land trust.

Plants Unlimited and Monhegan Boat Line were our major sponsors for this event, and we are grateful for their financial support and interest in our work. We were also pleased to have Maine Home + Design magazine as our media sponsor for the event. Thanks also to Roberta Baumann for photographing the gardens. Thank you to the nearly 50 other business and individual sponsors who generously helped to fund this event and support the mission of the land trust. We encourage everyone to patronize these wonderful businesses listed on the Georges River Land Trust website. James Hatch and his staff at the Home Kitchen Café deserve our grateful thanks for once again preparing delicious lunches for our hungry patrons. Nine local ticket outlets also helped spread the word and provide convenient locations for purchasing pre-event tickets – thank you for your help!

Michael Good Gallery, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Penobscot Island Air, 250 Main Street, Port Clyde Kayaks and Marianne Buehler provided wonderful items for our raffle.

As always, volunteers on tour day kept things running smoothly, from helping to park cars and directing traffic to taking tickets, handing out lunches, selling raffle tickets and assisting the gardeners in various ways. We are grateful to the many volunteers who gave up a good part of their weekend to help us.

The Gardens in the Watershed tour is one of our biggest annual fundraising events, and its success is crucial to our work of conserving ecosystems of the watershed and providing recreation and education opportunities for the public. It also introduces participants to the diversity and traditional character of the Georges River watershed as they travel from garden to garden.

And with deep gratitude, we recognize the members of the Garden Tour committee, who have worked tirelessly all year to make this event successful: Debbie Rogers, chair, Pat Ashton, Mary Ann Carey, Leslie Fuller, Sandy Retzlaff, Karen Jordan, Heidi Lyman, Kathy Wellen, Marcia Turner, Ginny David and Katherine Cockey. Special thanks to Sharon Gilbert, office manager, for keeping the committee on track. Please mark your calendars to join us for the 29th Annual Gardens in the Watershed tour next summer.

Meg Rasmussen

Executive Director

Georges River Land Trust

 

A note of thanks from Camden Garden Club

The Camden Garden Club wishes to thank all those involved for helping to makes this year’s annual 72nd Garden and Home Tour such a successful event. All the Garden Club members participated in organizing and welcoming the over 600 individuals who visited the homes this year on a perfect July day in Midcoast Maine.

Our sincere gratitude goes to the home-owners who graciously opened their doors and gardens for all to enjoy. The house on Harbor Road in Camden offered a rich history dating back over 200 years, while the property on Pearl Street offered a glimpse into the studio of an accomplished artist and a collage-like approach in her garden. Visiting the home on John Street offered a lovely stroll through beautiful gardens and crossing a bridge to a crescent shaped pond and rustic home in the woods. The post-and-beam home on Beacon Avenue provided visitors with a lovely view of Penobscot Bay and a garden filled with a vibrant mix of annuals and perennials. Two wonderful properties in Rockport completed the tour. The first, Diamond Hill, sits above Rockport Harbor on Summer Street. The house, built in 1857, had an additional surprise of local artist Colin Page in the garden, creating a beautiful work of art which was later raffled off to raise money for the club’s scholarship fund. The final property was Captain’s Cottage on Beauchamp Point with beautiful ocean views, lovely cottage gardens and the soothing sounds of an infinity pool. There truly was something for everyone.

Appreciation is also extended to all the folks who assisted prior to the tour: media sponsor Maine Home and Design; Adventure Advertising; Elm Street Marketing and Essentials; Moose Crossing; Flowers by Hoboken; Fiore Oils and Vinegars; Guini Ridge; Plants Unlimited; Green Thumb; Surroundings; Owl and Turtle Bookstore and Brambles all helped to guarantee another successful event which will enable Camden Garden Club to continue its mission of community beautification and education.

And finally, many thanks to the 2019 Tour Committee who worked long hours to ensure that Tour Day was a wonderful experience for everyone. You were the “village” that made it happen.

With Thanks and Gratitude,
Ann Vanosdol
Camden Garden Club 2019 Tour Coordinator

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