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Improvements at Pemetic Elementary Greenhouse, Southwest Harbor

Funds for the Gardens by the Sea, Garden Tour 2023, were used to make improvements to the raised beds, water access, greenhouse, and landscaping at the Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor. The enhancements provide an upgraded functional greenhouse, newly constructed raised beds, and landscaped area for the students to gather to learn about horticulture and work together as a team! Many thanks to Bonnie Norwood, Pemetic STEM Leader, and the good work of Jane Sanderson, Pam Bowie, Linda Uberseder, Deb Smith and Barbara Amstutz.


BHGC Outing to Moore Manor Lavender, Newport

Fabulous BHGC outing to Moore Manor Lavender in Newport, Maine — beautiful day, row after row of stunning lavender, and a gift shop full of lavender inspired gifts, lavender sugar, shortbread and sorbet. Growing lavender in ME can be done if you follow a few suggestions from Peggy Moore, owner of Lavender Farm. We are delighted to learn her secrets. We enjoyed a gorgeous property and each other!

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New Wooden Benches at Beech Hill Farm

New wooden benches have been installed in the picnic area in the newly landscaped grounds in front of the main building at Beech Hill Farms. On a recent visit, shoppers were enjoying their coffee and pastries on the benches.  The benches were purchased with funds raised at the BHGC 2023 Gardens by the Sea Garden Tour.  Phyllis Mobratten and Carl Nelson, BHGC members, spearheaded this community project – sourcing and implementing the comfortable, moveable wooden benches at Beech Hill Farm and a stunning granite bench at Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Stone Barn Preserve. The stone and wooden benches will display a plaque that states “Rest, Relax and Restore, Bar Harbor Garden Club 2024”. Kudos and thanks to Phyllis and Carl. Stay tuned, more photos to post!


String Beans are Sprouting at Kelley Farm

String Bean plants are sprouting at Kelley Farm for donation to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. The Bar Harbor Garden Club is growing string beans for donation to the BH Food Pantry upon their request. String beans are the most popular vegetable among their constituents and we are seeking a high yield with multiple plantings to meet demand! This is a community project implemented from the funds raised at the 2023 Garden by the Sea Garden Tour.


Bar Harbor Garden Club Memoria Day Ceremony

Blue Star Marker, Route 3, May 27, 2024

Kudos to the Civic Development Committee who arranged a passionate and patriotic ceremony to honor our veterans on May 27, 2024, at the Blue Star Marker on Route 3. A long standing tradition with the Bar Harbor Garden Club, we honor and remember the many sacrifices of the courageous who served in the armed services.

Many thanks to the Bar Harbor Garden Club members, Larry Mobraaten for setting up and taking down the amplifier; Phyllis Mobraaten for suggestions, photography, and behind the scenes support and encouragement; Eileen Linnane for photography, support, and providing a welcoming table of warm beverages and tasty treats; Jim Linnane for welcoming those attending; and Pam Bowie, Vice President of The Bar Harbor Garden Club, for reading opening remarks on behalf of the Club. Read More

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Kebo Valley Golf Club, Bar Harbor – May 9, 2024, at 11:30 A.M.
“Becoming Part of the Garden Tradition of MDI – My Masterworks”

Photo Courtesy of Dennis Bracale

Local, well-renowned landscape designer, Dennis Bracale, will be the keynote speaker for the annual meeting and luncheon of the Bar Harbor Garden Club. Mr. Bracale earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Atlantic and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. His landscape company, “Gardens By Design,” has created exquisite estate and residential landscapes in addition to public projects including Acadia National Park. Bracale describes his projects and gardens as “seeking a high level of integration with the spectacular natural environment of the island.” His landscape masterworks have been influenced by not only historic garden traditions, but also by the Arts and Crafts movement to British, Italian, and East Asian traditions. Bracale will share his memorable projects and provide time for questions following his presentation.  Read More

Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship Presented

May 23, 2024, St. Croix District Annual Meeting – presentation of the  $3,000 Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship to Lillian Frank, for pursuit of her studies in earth and oceanographic science at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. From right to left: Barbara Amstutz, BHGC President , Tom McIntyre, BHGC Chairperson of Scholarships, Lillian Frank, winner of the Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship, St. Croix District and Dianne McMullan, St. Croix, District Director. Congratulations to Lillian Frank, BHGC’s multi-talented and charming, 2024 Nell Goff scholarship winner!  Read More

Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship Announcement

The winner of the prestigious NELL GOFF SCHOLARSHIP for 2024 is Ms. Lillian Frank. Ms. Frank is a graduate of Ellsworth High School class of 2021, and is entering her senior year as a student of the Earth and Oceanographic Sciences at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. To her credit, Ms. Frank was chosen to sail aboard the research schooner Bowdoin to the Arctic, and in addition performed a semester of ecological study and work in Botswana. Read More


Tummy Peace Nutrition and Cooking Class

Sponsored by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, Chef Steven Boas from Belfast will be returning to the Somesville Union Meeting House for a second nutrition and cooking class on Sunday, April 21, at 4:00 P.M. From the feedback he received after his introductory visit, his class will focus on making bone broth. The menu will include a rich soup made with broth, freshly stone milled whole wheat bread, grass fed butter, legumes, and wild boar.

To register for the class, please contact Pam Bowie (244-3436 or mdi4us@gmail.com) by April 15th. Chef Boas offers the class by donation ($0 to $45). Hope you can join us!


April Meeting and Presentation

“Touched by Nature”

Ever since Sandy Fortin was a child, she has immersed herself in a broad range of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, skiing, sailing, or simply climbing a tree, building a snow
fort, or building a fairy house in the forest. Ms. Fortin has continued her passionate interest in the outdoors by becoming a certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (ANFT),
Certified Alternative Healer in Reiki, Access Consciousness, and Energy Psychology. She has led Mindful Nature Walks and Touched by Nature experiences for veterans, educators,
conservation organizations, Healthy Acadia, Garden Federation conferences and many more. Read More

March Meeting and Presentation

“The Birds of Acadia: Changes in our Avian Population”

Local outdoor adventurer, Richard MacDonald, is a world-class naturalist and life-long birder. His training and experience as an ornithologist is enhanced with his credentials of being a Registered Maine Guide, a Licensed New York Guide and a Wilderness First Responder.

In 2010, MacDonald and Natalie Springuel created The Natural History Center in Bar Harbor to “share their passion for the ecology and people of this region.” Prior to the founding of the Natural History Center, MacDonald and Springuel went on a five-month educational sea kayak journey which followed the 1,500-mile shore of the entire Gulf of Maine.  Read More


2023 Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Award – $1000 SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to Sophia Anderson, MDI High School graduate 2023

Left to right: Tom McIntyre, Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Amy Young (daughter of Peter H. Dolliver) and Sophia Anderson, Scholarship winner

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is pleased to announce the winner of the Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Award to Ms. Sophia Anderson, MDI High School graduate, 2023.

Ms. Anderson is a student at Suffolk University, Boston Massachusetts, majoring in Environmental Studies. Sophia has been active in this area of study both at MDI High School, as a member of the Ecology Team, and as an employee of the Bar Harbor Farm this past summer.     Read More

January Meeting and Presentation

“Tracking the Health of Acadia’s Lakes”

The beautiful freshwater lakes of Maine and especially those in Acadia National Park are
enjoyed by local residents and visitors from around the world. Keeping them pristine for future generations is a concern shared by many of us. Our environment is faced with many challenges that human activities have created in our climate, landscapes and ecosystem.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is offering a presentation on “Tracking the Health of Acadia’s Lakes” by Dr. Rachel  Fowler at their January meeting which is open to both members and the public.    Read More

December Meeting and Presentation

“Growing Gardens and Growing Minds”
Brittany Layman, Board Chair, Maine School Garden Network
Youth in Maine schools are encouraged to develop healthy eating habits and practice

environmental stewardship through the support of the Maine School Garden Network (MSGN).

Educational school gardens are promoted throughout the state with the assistance and guidance of the MSGN. Eleven schools in Hancock County participate in the network. One of the special events offered by the network is the Maine School Garden Day which provides workshops, garden tours, and networking opportunities for teachers, garden volunteers and coordinators.  Read More

The Bar Harbor Garden Club celebrated the Blue Star Memorial Marker ceremony on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2023 at 11:00 am.

Gathering of the BHGC members at the Memorial Blue Star Marker braving the frigid temperatures.

Under the leadershp of the Co- chairs Jim Linnane and Carl Nelson, the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony was held according to the tradition on the 11th month, on the 11th day at the 11th hour at the Memorial Blue Star Marker on route 3in Bar Harbor. A hearty group braved the frigid 39 degree F temperatures and blustery winds blowing at 12 mph. A robust gathering of over 20 members and guests payed their respects to the many men and women who are serving and served in the armed forces.

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November Meeting & Presentation

Chef Steven Boas, courtesy of Steven Boas

Chef Boas’ presentation, “Sprouts and Plants for Better Digestive Health,” sponsored by the
Bar Harbor Garden Club, will focus on the nutritional and digestive benefits of micro-greens. The talk is scheduled for Thursday,
November 9 at 1:00 P.M. at Birch Bay Retirement Village, Bar Harbor.

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A newly completed roof at Beatrix Farrand Society’s Garland Farm with contributions from the Bar Harbor Garden Club.

The Beatrix Farrand Society is ever so grateful to the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s donation for this major restoration.

The back portion of the roof, which was repaired last year, has begun to weather and turn grey, Note that the front portion, which was just repaired, will weather and turn grey over this coming winter. The roof replacement is done! HURRAY!

Thanks for supporting our July 2023 Fundraising Events

The Bar Harbor Garden Club would like to thank our community for their support of two July fundraisers. This was the 34th year for the Club serving pies at the Fourth of July Seafood Festival, and we also offered a ‘Gardens By The Sea’ garden tour mid-July.

The garden tour was made possible because of the people who graciously shared their gardens with us, and the generous help we received from so many volunteers and sponsors. Please contact us (info@barharborgardenclub.org) if you know of a lovely garden in the community, for we’re always on the lookout for upcoming garden tours.

We want to thank the Mount Desert Islander & Ellsworth American Newspapers for including our articles promoting these fundraising events and our monthly programs, in addition to reporting some of the ways the Club supports the Community.

Click here to view photographs of our 2023 garden tour…

Youth Garden “Kids Can Grow” Program 

The Bar Harbor Garden Club Youth Gardening Program is in its second year and keeps evolving. Last year’s program took place solely in Bernard, in cooperation with the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.

This year’s program is in conjunction with the Maine Cooperative Extension Service and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which owns both Kelley Farm and Babson Creek. The program is aimed at middle school students and draws from all of MDI and Trenton.

The gardening classes are run through the Cooperative Extension’s “Kids Can Grow” program, and are taught by local master gardeners.

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Garden Club Visits Downeast Horizons Children and Adult Programs

Jackson Benningfield holding his painted pot he created.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club Youth Activities Committee visited the Downeast Horizons (DEH) Children’s Program in Ellsworth to present a gardening activity for the participants. Each child decorated a pot and selected a flower to plant for someone special in celebration of Mother’s Day.

DEH, a local non-profit agency, supports and assists children and adults with developmental disabilities to live complete and fulfilling lives. The children who participate in the program come from MDI, Ellsworth, and the surrounding communities.

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Garden Club Announces 2023 Youth Contest Winners

The Bar Harbor Garden Club proudly announced the local student winners of the 2023 Smokey Bear Poster Contest and Youth Poetry Contest.

Photography courtesy of the Bar Harbor Garden Club and Ms. Kristen Braun.

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Congratulations to our four Scholarship Winners!!!

Southwest Harbor resident and MDI High School 2023 graduate Susanna Davis 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.

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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.