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Horticulture and Environmental Studies

St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine 
Application deadline March 1.

Bar Harbor Garden Club Scholarship
Application deadline May 1.

Bar Harbor Garden Club Scholarship
Application deadline May 1.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club and the St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine are proud to offer these educational scholarships in support of various horticulture and environmental related studies.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the scholarship chairperson (scholarship@barharborgardenclub.org ) if you have any questions.

View scholarship application instructions.

January Program: Impacts of Development & Climate Change

1:00 PM, Thursday, January 12, 2023
Aaron Dority, Executive Director, Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Photograph courtesy of Aaron Dority.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is pleased to present “Impacts of Development and Climate Change” with Aaron Dority, Executive Director of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, January 12, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Birch Bay Retirement Village, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor.

The conservation, stewardship and health of Frenchman Bay are continuously facing challenges due to climate change and shifting development patterns. Aaron will discuss current challenges and opportunities involved in protecting the scenic vistas, sandy beaches, forests, fields, rocky coastlines and mudflats that we all love and enjoy.

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Bar Harbor Garden Club 2023 Garden Tour

The Bar Harbor Garden Club traditionally offers biennial garden tours on the odd-number years.  Our upcoming tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Proceeds from the tour will support a variety of Community Projects, as well as fund college scholarships for Horticulture and Environmental study students.  Please check back here in the spring for more details.

Garden Club Announces Youth Award Winners

Two students win First Place, state-level contest honors…

The Smokey Bear Poster Contest continues to be a favorite activity for Ms. Susan Raven’s third grade class at Pemetic Elementary School. Lanah Rose Baesmann’s (Grade 3) poster won First Place in our local BHGC contest. Her entry also won First Place in the state level contest (Garden Club Federation of Maine).

The Youth Poetry Contest theme was “Sing with the Songbirds-Exploring the Glory of Nature.” We recognize Ms. Kristen Braun, first grade teacher at Trenton Elementary, for her continued encouragement and participation in the poetry contest. Two young poets earned First Place honors and their recognition ceremonies were held in May 2022.

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Congratulations to our three Scholarship Winners!!!

The St. Croix District has awarded the $1,000 Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship to Madison Jones of Lamoine. A graduate of Mount Desert Island High School, Jones is a junior at the University of Maine in Orono where she is majoring in Sustainable Agriculture.  Read more….

MDI High School graduate Zoe Olson has been awarded the $1,000 Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship presented in partnership with the Bar Harbor Garden Club. Olson is a junior at the University of Maine in Orono where she is studying Earth and Climate Science with a minor in Horticulture. Read more…

Mount Desert Island resident and MDI High School graduate Callahan Bryer has been awarded the $1,000 Inge Weber Memorial Scholarship presented in partnership with the Bar Harbor Garden Club. The scholarship honors former garden club president and MDI native Inge Weber and aids college students pursuing horticulture-related studies.   Read more….

Westside Summer Garden Club

Creating Future Gardeners on MDI

This summer the Bar Harbor Garden Club and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library  launched the Westside Summer Garden Club, a first-time program designed to foster a life-long interest in gardening and horticulture among youth between ages 8 and 14. Click here to learn more.

Conservation and Education: Sundial Lupine Project

The Sundial Lupine Project is an undertaking by the BHGC to re-establish the native sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis) in Maine. This native plant is no longer found wild in the state, although it has been re-introduced in a few small areas in southern Maine.  Learn more…

Click on a photograph below to read about a Bar Harbor Garden Club project.