Again this year Camden’s lamp posts are dressed for the holidays, an annual gift to the community from the Camden Garden Club. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, members took delivery of the ninety-nine 24-inch wreaths of mixed fir and spruce – ordered every year from New England Traditions Evergreen Nursery in Waldoboro. Club members made 99 all-new red velvet bows a couple of weeks before and ordered new strings of lights. Then they wired lights and bows in place and hauled the finished wreaths outside. The wreaths were loaded into a truck and hung by the Camden road crew, two wreaths per post, so they shine from either direction. The finishing touch is draping the railing on the bridge with garland and more bows.
Decorating the town for the season is a long tradition with the garden club. In 1950, baskets on the posts were filled with evergreen boughs and red berries, then in later years by small decorated trees. In 1971 the switch was made to natural wreaths decorated with colored lights. Now the lights are white.
The Camden Garden Club, founded in 1915, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, and is known throughout New England for its annual House and Garden Tour in July, now in its 66th year. Our Tour pays for the holiday wreaths, as well as the summer baskets of hanging red geraniums, and flower beds and boxes all over town.