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Chatting with Margot about the SCA

Abigail Danner and Margot Haertel share SCA experiences. 

Recently Margot Haertel shared some memories of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), a life-long affiliation which she clearly cherishes.

Margot is still in touch with the group’s founder. In the late 1950s in Washington state, Elizabeth “Liz” Putnam and two college friends had an idea. They wanted to share their enthusiasm for America’s National Parks and encourage teenage participation as outdoors volunteers. While the young folks were grooming trails and the like, the next generation of conservationists was likewise being groomed. For some of the youth it was their first “connection” with the environment, while for others, like Margot, it was a natural evolution. She was a National Park Service “brat”.

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Kelly Hinkle, the Event Coordinator for Wreaths Across America, will speak Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Birch Bay Village Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor.

Photograph courtesy of Wreaths Across America, wreathsacrossamerica.org.

The talk is being sponsored by the Bar Harbor Garden Club. ‘National Wreaths Across America Day’ is observed annually on a Saturday in December designated by Congress.  Mr. Hinkle will describe the beginnings of a movement to cover all Veterans grave markers with a Christmas wreath, and the coordination of wreath-laying ceremonies at Veterans cemeteries around our country, today.

This presentation, is one of the monthly programs offered by the Bar Harbor Garden Club. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat at rsvp@barharborgardenclub.org or call 207-244-1116.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Birch Bay Village Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor. “Holiday Tea and Giving Tree“.
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Birch Bay Village Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor. Orcharding in Maine”.

BHGC Scholarship Winners Announced

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is proud to announce the winners of two scholarships designed to financially aid recipients pursuing their educational and work-related goals.  These winners will also be considered for eligibility for other Garden Club Federation of Maine, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. scholarships.  Read more…

Click on a photograph below to read about a Bar Harbor Garden Club project.