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Club Awards

A certificate of participation from the Garden Club Federation of Maine was awarded to the Bar Harbor Garden Club for “Outstanding Work with School Gardening Projects during the Year of 2018.”  The ongoing apple tree donations to local schools, school greenhouse donations, and the planting and maintaining of flower pots at the entry of the Pemetic Elementary School all contributed to this recognition.

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Bar Harbor Garden Club Garden Tours

The Bar Harbor Garden Club offers biennial garden tours on the odd-number years.  Our garden tours serve as fundraisers that support a variety of Community Projects, as well as fund college scholarships for Horticulture and Environmental study students.

A Tour of ‘Fine Island Gardens’: Six beautiful Mount Desert Island gardens were included on our July-2019 tour. Both home owners and gardeners had worked hard to get their gardens ready. Shuttles were provided to ferry visitors down dirt roads to hard-to-reach gardens.

Over 70 volunteers took part in making the tour a success, from the tour committee, to garden coordinators, publicity coordinators, parking assistants, docents, and vendor coordinators, and all overseen by tour co-coordinators.  People from as far away as California, Texas, Canada, and Germany came to fill their souls with the love of flowers. As Fred Rogers once said, “It was a beautiful day in the Neighborhood.

Please view our photograph-collections from past garden tours:


Wild Gardens of Acadia Recognized

Sarracenia Purpurea (Pitcher-Plant)

The annual meeting of the Friends of Acadia took place at the Bar Harbor Club on July 10, 2019. Several awards were presented that evening including an award for Excellence in Volunteerism. This award was presented to the Wild Gardens of Acadia volunteers. In presenting this award Geneva Langley, supervising gardener of the Wild Gardens reported on the large amount of volunteer time and energy invested in the recovery of the Garden after the near devastating conditions of the winter of 2018 in which flooding and several feet of ice caused significant damage to the gardens.

Visitors to Wild Gardens recognize these gardens as a special place, but it is only made possible by the efforts of many hands.  We thank our club members who have volunteered their time for the 2019 growing season, and those members who donated plants to their annual plant sale in June.  Proceeds from this plant sale help fund the operations and upkeep of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts Spring, Bar Harbor — These gardens were founded in 1961 by the Bar Harbor Garden Club and Acadia National Park. The Club makes a donation towards the garden support. The Club also provides BHGC Volunteers. Learn more….


Thanks for supporting our July 2019 Fundraising Events

The Bar Harbor Garden Club would like to thank our community for their support of two July fundraisers: this was the 30th year for the Club serving pies at the Fourth of July Seafood Festival, and a Tour of ‘Fine Island Gardens’.

The garden tour was made possible because of the people who graciously shared their gardens with us, and the generous help we received from so many volunteers and sponsors.  Please contact us (tour@barharborgardenclub.org) if you know of a lovely garden in the community for, we’re always on the lookout for upcoming garden tours.

Also, in July, the garden club proudly commemorated their Eighty-Fifth Anniversary. Today, our year-round garden club has grown to one-hundred members. We have no residency restrictions, offer interesting programs on various topics the second Thursday of the month from September through May (our club year), and may organize field trips in the summertime. The communities we serve include the towns of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, and the nearby town of Trenton.

Present and former Club Presidents.   Left-to-right: Betty Crawford, Dianne McMullan, Janet Meryweather, Barbara Loveland, Floy Ervin, Jane Sanderson, Phyllis Mobraaten.

We thank the Mount Desert Islander & Ellsworth American Newspapers for including our articles promoting these fundraising events and our monthly programs, in addition to reporting some of the ways the Club supports the Community.


2019 Community Events

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  • April TBD, Arbor Day Tree Planting
  • April 29 thru May 2, NGC 2019 Convention in Biloxi, MS
  • May 15, St. Croix District 2019 Meeting. Hosted by Bucksport Garden Club.  See details …
  • May 27th, Blue Star Marker Ceremony & Wreath Placement, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Time: 11 AM.
  • June 3rd thru 9th, National Garden Week.
  • June 15th, Wild Gardens of Acadia Plant Sale, St. Savior’s Episcopal Church Cloister, 
    41 Mt Desert St, Bar Harbor, Time: 9:00 – Noon.
  • June 18th thru 19th, GCFM 88th Annual Convention, Village by the Sea Resort, Wells, Maine.  Hosted by: Piscataqua District.
  • July 4th, BHGC Pie Sale, BH Athletics Field.
  • July 20th, BHGC Garden Tour: ‘Fine Island Gardens’, 10 AM – 4 PM. 
  • July 27th,  85th BHGC Anniversary Celebration. Time: 10 AM.
  • October 28th & 29th, NGCNER Meeting, Woodstock, VT.
  • October 29th, GCFM Fall Conference, Augusta Civic Center.
  • November 11thBlue Star Marker Ceremony & Wreath Placement.  Route 3, Bar Harbor, Time: 11 AM.
  • November TBD, Christmas Decorating at Woodlawn Museum, 19 Black House Dr., Ellsworth, Maine.

Regional and National Club Newsletters

Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM)

View recent GCFM Newsletters on the Garden Club Federation of Maine website.

Ongoing GCFM projects: Blue Star Memorial Program, Civic Beautification, Planting and maintain community areas with Garden Club assistance, Conservation, Environmental, Garden Therapy. Clubs offer garden-related activities and programs for persons of all ages who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged, Habitat for Humanity, Horticulture.

Educational workshops are offered on:  native plants, invasive plants, endangered species, pruning, growing, composting and pests.

Do you want to know how to subscribe to receive the digital version of the GCFM Newsletter?  Click here for details…


National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) 

View recent NGC News & Events on the National Garden Clubs website.

NGC Mission Statement:  National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

Theme:Plant America‘:  The theme for President Gay Austin’s administration is Plant America, a singularly focused initiative on gardens and gardening. Both a call to service and a description of what NGC clubs do, Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club – to learn about gardening!

Environmental Concerns & Conservation:  We call on all our members to help us identify “Innovations in Conservation” — creative solutions to our environmental problems that could be helpful to our membership in their regions, states, municipalities, and their home gardens.

Water Conservation Projects:  Water Issues Abound Locally and Worldwide
Too much, too little, too polluted, too inaccessible. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water. Almost 4 million people die each year from water-related diseases! Horrifically, a child dies of a water-born disease about every 15 seconds.

National Garden Clubs, Inc., as an organization, has been focusing on water-related issues for some time, but now we must increase our efforts to shift public perception of the value of water.


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