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: or email 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

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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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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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