69th Annual House and Garden Tour in Camden


Garden 2016 Tour

The garden gates and front doors are just about ready to open on Camden Garden Club’s 69th Annual House & Garden Tour, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Rain or shine, this year’s ticket holders will enjoy a lovely shingle style cottage with private decks affording a peak of Camden Harbor; a remodeled charmer with gardens created to harmonize with nature, and a fabulous residence overlooking a private pond designed with both indoor and outdoor entertaining in mind. A magnificent garden that has been divided by dramatic cedar hedges into large garden rooms full of perennials, specimen trees, a tropical bed and a vegetable garden will inspire all who visit and, finally, a hidden gem reflecting the arts and crafts style and decorated with a touch of whimsy and many unique pieces.
An added bonus this year is Dooryard Farm, a MOFGA-certified organic vegetable farm. Owner Cooper Funk will be on hand to offer advice and tours of the propagation house and growing fields. For the outdoor portion of the tour, on lawns and garden paths and at the farm, sensible footwear is recommended. Shoe covers will be provided for inside the homes.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 on tour day. Advance tickets can be purchased online and at various locations in Camden, Rockport, Belfast, Rockland and Waldoboro. More information can be found at www.camdengardenclub.com on “The Tours” page or contact camdengardenclub100@gmail.com.                                                                                          A special thank you to this year’s Tour sponsors: Maine Home + Design, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, Pen Bay Pilot – Wave, Maine Coast Construction, and The New England Real Estate Company.

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Garden Club History Book Wins Award

Camden Garden Club BookAward

from left to right:Elizabeth Moran,Maureen O’Donnell,Judy McGuirk, Stephanie Mathews

At the 2016 Garden Club Federation of Maine Convention held recently in Bar Harbor, the Camden Garden Club was awarded the first place certificate of merit from National Garden Clubs, Inc. for their publication All Those Flowers – 100 Years of the Camden Garden Club.

The book, which follows the history of the club from 1915 to 2015, was originally conceptualized in 2012 as a group project which would celebrate and commemorate the approaching centennial birthday. Over a period of three years the club’s archives were examined, interviews were conducted, photographs were obtained, dates were verified and information was compiled. A number of individuals volunteered to write articles about specific programs or achievements as their contribution.

Once all the material had been collected, a small, dedicated team began the arduous task of putting it together. Then, working with an online publisher, they accomplished what they set out to do and their book, All Those Flowers, debuted at the club’s annual luncheon in June of 2015 – their centennial year.

A photograph of the garden at Briney Breezes in Camden appears on the book’s cover (inset) and homeowner Judy Wolf graciously agreed to welcome back Elizabeth Moran, centennial year President, Maureen O’Donnell, editor, Judy McGuirk, archivist and Stephanie Mathews, technical support, to celebrate.

Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Their 69th Annual House & Garden Tour is Thursday, July 21, 2016. Questions about the club, the book or the tour should be directed to camdengardenclub100@gmail.com.

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Garden Club Honors Camden’s Tree Warden

001 CGC honors Bart Wood with Certificate of Appreciation


At their annual luncheon on June 9, President Ann Vanosdol, past and present Tree Program Chairs Dale Bruce and Priscilla Granston, and the members of Camden Garden Club honored retiring Camden Tree Warden, Bart Wood, with a Certificate of Appreciation for his 24 years of service. The award acknowledges the dedication, enthusiasm and boundless energy he has demonstrated for almost a quarter century.

In the 1970’s a statewide tree program was launched encouraging homeowners to plant shade trees on their land within 10 feet of highway boundaries. Homeowners were required to care for and maintain the young trees, and these plantings qualified for state and town financing. The town of Camden embraced the program as over 140 Elm trees, blighted by Dutch Elm disease, had to be removed during that time. In 1982 the Town of Camden and the Camden Garden Club agreed to split the cost of new trees equally between the town, the garden club and the homeowner or business. The program has run successfully ever since and over 1,000 trees have been planted throughout Camden.

For the past 24 years, in addition to his regular duties, Bart Wood has been the individual responsible for approving the selected tree varieties, inspecting all proposed planting sites, conferring with Public Works, inspecting every tree before it is planted, attending all tree plantings, and re-inspecting all the trees after they had been planted to make sure they were being properly cared for.

Bart has accomplished all of this with little publicity. Where he has not been silent is in his advocacy for the Camden Garden Club and its role as partner with the Town of Camden in the Tree Program. The club owes him an enormous thank you for a job well done and they have expressed their gratitude by making him a lifetime honorary member.


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Camden Garden Club Installs New Officers

New officers

CGC New Officers

At their annual business meeting on May 26, the Camden Garden Club installed its new officers for 2016-2017. Incoming President Ann Vanosdol will be joined by Vice President Lynn Snider, Recording Secretary Sue Moore, Treasurer Mary Ireland and Assistant Treasurer Pat Skaling. Outgoing President Elizabeth Moran presented each of the retiring board members a flowering plant that represented the unique contribution they had made to the club.

Next up for the Camden Garden Club, now 101 years old, are the annual luncheon on June 9 and the 69th Annual House & Garden Tour on July, 21, 2016. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc. New members are always welcome and information about the club and its activities can be found the club website www.camdengardenclub.com.

Pass the gavel

Elizabeth Moran passes the gavel to Ann Vanosdol

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Perfect timing: Camden Garden Club members on The Chris Wolf Show – PenBay Pilot

The Camden Garden Club is involved in a number of projects involving plants.  But they also have a very important project, Plants for Scholars, which is about plants and people.

Source: Perfect timing: Camden Garden Club members on The Chris Wolf Show – PenBay Pilot

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