The Artist in the Garden – February 14

images-1Noted local artist Susan Van Campen will be the third presenter in Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture Series at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. In her talk entitled The Artist in the Garden, she will describe the relation between her art and her garden.

A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine imagesArts, Ms. Van Campen has been living in the midcoast area for over 36 years. She is represented locally by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, and also by Hirschi & Adler Modern in New York and Haynes Gallery in Nashville. Her stunning floral watercolors are inspired by her own gardens in Thomaston as well as the gardens of others.

The Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  For more information: https://camdengardenclub.wordpress.com or email camdengardenclub100@gmail.com. New members are imgresalways welcome; the Horticulture Series is free and open to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series – The Collector in the Garden – Feb 7

Craig OlsonCamden Garden Club will welcome Craig Olson of Artisan Books & Bindery, Islesboro, to the next presentation of the Winter Horticulture Series at Camden Public Library on Tuesday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. Olson became a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) in 2011 and specializes in rare books and associated materials including architecture, design, gardens and fine press editions. His talk entitled The Collector in the Garden will enlighten the audience on some of the more collectible garden books and their availability.

Mr. Olson grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and completed his M.A. in history museum studies at the prestigious Cooperstown Graduate Program. He moved with his wife, Melissa, and three daughters to Midcoast Maine in 2001 and to Islesboro shortly thereafter.

The Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public. Camden is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  For more information: https://camdengardenclub.wordpress.com or email camdengardenclub100@gmail.com. New members are always welcome.

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Camden Garden Club Winter Horticulture Series – The Architect in the Garden

Version 2The much-anticipated return of Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture Series at the Camden Public Library kicks off on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Picker Room. Inaugural speaker Joshua Tompkins will describe his philosophy and experience from the point of view of The Architect in the Garden and share some of his significant garden design projects with the audience.

Tompkins holds a BS in Zoology from Miami University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He recently established a small practice, Joshua Tompkins Landscape Architecture LLC, in Yarmouth, Maine. His work aims to uncover and celebrate the spirit of place through collaborations with clients, architects, builders, and artisans. He enjoys art history, photography, travel, collecting primitive and modern interior furnishings, coaching basketball, and spending time with his wife and eight-year-old twin daughters.

The Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public. Camden is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  For more information: https://camdengardenclub.wordpress.com or email camdengardenclub100@gmail.com. New members are always welcome.

 

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Camden Garden Club Lights Up the Town

WreathsThe rainy weather outside the American Legion Hall in Camden could not dampen the spirits of Camden Garden Club members, spouses, and friends on November 16. Gathering as they have for over 30 years, the group was there to create the magic that gives downtown Camden its storybook appeal during the holiday season.

OrganizerInside the hall, there were 98 fresh Balsam wreaths delivered that morning by Evergreen Farms in Damariscotta, 98 strings of twinkling white lights, 98 velvety red bows that the group hand-made in October, and the large contingent of willing volunteers ready to go to work. First, the lights were tested and passed to the stringers who wound them round wreath sized templates to form a perfect circle. The lights were then passed to the group who would wire them onto the wreaths before handing them over to the final team who attached the bows. Cheerleading the effort was organizer Karen Cease whose shouts of encouragement as each wreath was completed added to the group’s overall camaraderie.

The task was finished in record time and the assemblage stood back to admire their work and enjoy some well-deserved coffee and pastries before cleaning up and heading out. The finished wreaths were collected by Camden’s Public Works department who completed the transformation of the lampposts – and the town – just in time for Thanksgiving. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc. New members are always welcome. For more information and photos visit http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/camden-garden-club-readies-wreaths-for-holiday-decoration/1596186

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Camden Garden Club Receives Preservation Award from GCFM

Cornelia Williamson Watson Award for Historic PrservationAt the Annual Fall Conference of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, the Camden Garden Club was thrilled to receive the Cornelia Williamson Watson Award for Historic Preservation in recognition of their renovation of the Camden Village Green planting beds. All member garden clubs in New England are eligible for the award, so it was quite an honor according to club president Ann Vanosdol.

As their centennial gift to the town, the club collaborated with Kath Holland of Blue Newt Landscape Designs on a Village Green refurbishment project. The resulting plan was reviewed and approved by Camden Historical Resources Commission and the town’s Board of Selectmen. The work began in October 2015 with the removal of a number of Chinese Junipers that had been distorted over the years by heavy snow, and some small rhododendrons that were declining due to stress and infestation. Replacements included shrubs that would flower at different times of the season and also require less maintenance. The final phase of planting was completed this spring.

The plot of land at the corner of Elm and Chestnut Streets in Camden, known as the Village Green, was purchased by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, Cyrus K. Curtis, John Gribbel and Chauncy Keep and given to the town in 1927. Since that date it has been treasured by hundreds of people and dozens of organizations and the border beds have been cared for primarily by the Camden Garden Club. The preservation award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of the group’s dedication. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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