The excitement was building at the April 26th meeting as the Camden Garden Club revealed plans for the 2012 summer season. As always, much activity centers around preparations for the renowned Camden House and Garden Tour, on Thursday, July 19th. The theme in this the 65th year will be “Maine Cottages” in their wide variety, houses that wrap their arms around you and feel like home , all set amidst lovely gardens, many with long views. The Tour pays for Camden’s hanging baskets and flower boxes and beds in summer and the lamppost wreaths in December. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.camdengardenclub.com. Local businesses will offer tickets for sale beginning June 1st.
New this year is a much expanded Camden Garden Club Plant Sale, open to the public for the first time. All the plants will be divisions from members’ own gardens. Everyone will be digging and potting through May so that plants are straight and healthy on Thursday, May 24th, 9 a.m. – 1p.m. , in the Congregational Church parking lot in Camden, across from the Stop n Go. All proceeds go the garden club’s Scholarship Fund for area students majoring in horticulture-related studies.
On May 21st about 30 of the members are taking a day off from gardening to get inspired. First will be a visit to Hope Angier’s lovely house in Hope, to see her murals and other painting. Then off to lunch in Belfast and afterwards a visit to Carol Yee’s wonderful landscape nursery in Swanville.
The Camden Garden Club, now with about 150 members, was established in 1915 and so is fast approaching the Centennial Year. Eleven new members will be hosted at the annual New Members Coffee on May 9th. The next general meeting will be the day of the Plant Sale, May 24th, 9 a.m. at the Congregational Church. The public is always welcome. For more information, check the website: www.camdengardenclub.com.