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Youth Award Winners Announced

The Bar Harbor Garden Club (BHGC), a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, has announced the State, Regional and National Youth Award winners for projects during 2018.

The National Garden Clubs (NGC) and their affiliate organizations offer educational contests for children at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels. The First-Place winners of the BHGC competitions went on to compete within the Garden Club Federation of Maine, New England Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Skyler Jordan Onorato, a 1st grader at Trenton Elementary School, won First-Place in the state of Maine and Third-Place national awards for her poetry entry. First Grade BHGC Honorable Mention for poetry went to: Jaymeson Gray, Colton Mace, Ava Misiaszek, Raielee Smith.  Taylor Ehrlich won the 5th grade, First-Place BHGC poetry award.

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All Club Program meetings are open to the community, unless indicated otherwise.

Check out our 2019 – 2020 Program schedule.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
at 1:00 p.m.
Garland Farm,
475 Bayview Drive, Bar Harbor

From BLOOMS to Bloomers: Schools for Lady Gardeners

Landscape historian and museum educator Valencia Libby will speak Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Garland Farm, 475 Bayview Drive, Bar Harbor.

Photograph courtesy of Valencia Libby.

A small but significant number of schools during the Progressive Era sought to educate women to earn a livelihood in horticulture. They were international in context, often privately funded, and typically established by women in leadership positions. Although there were many such institutions throughout Europe, most closed before or after World War II. However, one school, the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, founded by Jane Bowne Haines in 1910 was an astounding success, and had a longevity that led to its incorporation into Temple University in 1958. Well-illustrated with period photography this lecture opens a window on a women’s movement little recognized today.

Valencia Libby lives in Blue Hill, Maine. She retired from Temple University, Philadelphia, as an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture. Valencia received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape History in 2004 to teach in Portugal. She currently serves as a design consultant to several historical collections and is writing a book about Lord & Schryver, two women landscape architects who lived in Salem, Oregon.

This presentation, is one of the monthly programs offered by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, and will be followed by a tour of the Garland Farm Gardens. 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, October 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Birch Bay Village Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor. “Organic Farming at College of the Atlantic Peggy Rockefeller Farm”. Lecture by C.J. Walki, Farm Manager.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Birch Bay Village Inn, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor. “WREATHS across AMERICA” speaker in remembrance of our fallen Veterans.

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…

Thanks for supporting our July 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.

The proceeds from these fundraisers benefit community projects and scholarships. 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.

Club members had an opportunity to talk with Martha during our tour of Skylands. PHOTO: Courtesy of @marthstewart48.

Also, in July, the garden club proudly commemorated their Eighty-Fifth Anniversary. We take pride in looking back at our Club’s beginnings, as well as what our future holds. 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, 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.

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.

What a wonderful time to be involved with an organization whose mission is to promote the love of horticulture, to protect and preserve our natural resources, to provide educational opportunities, to contribute responsibly to civic and environmental needs, and to enjoy the fellowship of our members.