Camden Garden Club Welcomes Loon Project Director Susan Gallo


Wildlife Biologist and Director of Maine Audubon’s Loon Project, Susan Gallo, will be Camden Garden Club’s guest speaker at their next meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Common Loons are one of Maine’s most charismatic wildlife species, representing the wild and remote nature of much of our state. The Maine Loon Project assesses the status and future of Maine’s loon population from annual counts to advocacy in the state legislature. Staff and citizen scientists work to promote clean water, healthy lakes and quality habitat for loon populations today and into the future. Susan Gallo has more than 20 years of experience in wildlife monitoring, conservation policy, and land/forest management.

The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street in Camden. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Guests are always welcome.

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Johnny Appleseed Day

images-2Let’s Celebrate: Johnny Appleseed Day is on the 26th.

Johnny Appleseed, a.k.a. John Chapman, was the American pioneer nurseryman born in Leominster, Massachusetts, who introduced apple trees to large parts of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive. A Johnny Appleseed Museum can be found in Urbana, Ohio.
It is believed the only surviving tree planted by Johnny exists on a farm in Nova, Ohio, and is claimed to be a “Rambo” apple tree. Most nurseries call the fruit from this tree the “Johnny Appleseed” variety, which ripens in September and is a baking/applesauce variety similar to an Albemarle Pippin. Of the approximate 30 varieties of apples commonly found in Maine, the Pippin is not one.
Learn more about Johnny Appleseed here.  Be sure to go apple picking with family and friends and remember to Buy Local.

“An apple a day…..”

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Flower Decorating Workshop

images-5Don’t miss our next meeting!  On September 22, 2016, Molly Foster, a member of the Camden Garden Club and a National Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, will lead a Flower Decorating Workshop. All Camden  Garden Club Programs are free and open to the public.  Mark your calendars and  plan on joining us.

When: SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, Thursday                                                     Where:Congregational Church, Elm Street, Camden                                                           Time: 9:00 AM Coffee & Tea                                                                                                                              9:30 AM Flower Decorating Workshop                                                                                            10:30 AM CGC Business Meeting

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Sleep, Creep, Leap

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Cobb's Rear GardenThe program for the Camden Garden Club’s August  meeting was a field trip to witness a garden transformation in Union,Maine. Sherry Cobb, a past president of the club, showed Before Pictures of the century-old cape and its total lack of landscaping (30 feet of gravel between the house and the road).

After seven years of creating soil (local sheep and horses figure in prominently here), multiplying plants (visiting lots of annual plant sales, dividing clumps, starting perennials and annuals from seed), and endless digging, now the place is wrapped in flower gardens.

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden



A much-weathered line of compost bins showed where a vegetable garden must have been. After repeated tilling, removing tenacious perennial weeds, and more manure to break up the clay, now the garden produces lovely everything: corn, tomatoes, and all the usual peas, beans and squash, plus potatoes, pumpkins, asparagus, rhubarb, raspberries, high-bush blueberries, and strawberries. The sunflowers are to cut for in the house, and for the birds.

After Front

After Front

The house had to change, too. It looks at almost 180 degrees of sky, perched on a ridge with pastures and woods below, and on clear days, a view of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. But much of it had a rubble foundation that had not withstood the northwest winds, so all but the original cape had to come down. The Cobbs recruited Camden architect Chris Glass to design an updated extension that would replicate the old farmhouse as much as possible, while adding amenities like a porch and a deck and a lot more living space inside.   The old barn was saved in the nick of time with new supports below and roofing boards above, and will probably see another hundred years.

Garden in Rear overlooking mountains

Garden in Rear overlooking mountains

Of course, people comment on how much work all that must have been. That’s one way of looking at it, Sherry says. Mostly, it’s been a joy.


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Camden Garden Club’s 2015-2016 schedule of programs concluded with a visit to member Sherry Cobb’s residence in Union on Thursday, August 25th. The 22-acre property, with house and barn built in the 1800s, has evolved over eight years of ownership into a warm and inviting home with a magnificent garden display of perennials, flowering shrubs, specimen trees and a huge vegetable garden. Bruce and Sherry Cobb shared stories and a timeline of photographs to illustrate how they painstakingly completed the amazing transition. Lemonade on the back deck and a final view of Mt. Washington in the distance was the perfect ending to a very enjoyable experience.

Union Garden Visit 8/25/16

Union Garden Visit 8/25/16

The Camden Garden Club is now 101 years old and began its second century with the horticultural series at the Camden Public Library. The topics this year ranged from the skills of the arborist to the recreation of a colonial revival garden. In the spring All About Bluebirds was the subject of Jeff Nims’ talk. The annual Plants for Scholars sale in May was a great success and new members met for tea at the home of President Ann Vanosdol. This year’s annual luncheon in June was well attended, and blue skies and warm temperatures welcomed over 500 ticket holders to the 69th annual House & Garden Tour in July.

The 2016-2017 programs commence on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m. when club member, and National Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, Molly Foster will host a flower decorating workshop at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street in Camden. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Guests are always welcome. More information is available on the website or from

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