Gardening Resources

Conservation and Education

BHGC ‘s 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…

2021 Earth Day Project  

Spring invasive species and why we want to remove them. This slideshow was prepared by the Town of Bar Harbor Conservation Commission in collaboration with the Bar Harbor Garden Club. We have developed a log so you can document your efforts to remove these unwanted plants.  And to thank you, we will send the first 50 participants a package of seeds of NATIVE lupines (Lupine perennis).

Links to Conservation Websites

The Beatrix Farrand Society is located at Garland Farm on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a land trust in Hancock, Maine, USA. The region FBC serves is eastern Hancock County, focusing on the Frenchman Bay and Union River watersheds.

The Garden Conservancy has done more than any other national institution to save and preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Recommended Reading

There have been some wonderful books donated to local Libraries in memory of deceased Club members. These are beautiful and informative books that gardeners, artists and people in general will enjoy.

  • 300 Step by Step Cooking and Gardening Projects For Kids  by Nancy McDougall and Jenny Hendy, published in 2012.  —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Ginny Blaney.
  • All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, published in 2006. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Hazel La Bonte.
  • Botanical Painting by Maiella Baldwin, published in 2011. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Diane Benson Taliaferro.
  • Listening to Stone by Dan Snow, published in 2008. —Donated by Cam Cary in memory of Ruth Cary.
  • On Garden Style by Bunny Williams. —Donated to the Ellsworth Public Library by BHGC in memory of Donna Singletary.
  • Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shephard. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of W.West Frazier.
  • Rock Gardening: Re-imagining a classic style by Joseph Tyehonievich.  —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Esther Mun.
  • Square Foot Gardening Answer Book by Mel Bartholomew, published in 2013. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Hazel La Bonte.
  • The Art of the Garden: Collecting Antique Botanical Prints by Denise DeLaurentis, published in 2006. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Ruth Soper.
  • The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People’s Garden by William Cullina, Dorothy Freeman, and Barbara Freeman, published in 2012. —Donated by BHGC to the Jesup Library in memory of Madge Garrett.
  • The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips.  —Donated by BHGC to the Jesup Library in memory of  Lois Frazier.
  • The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik.  —Donated by BHGC to the Jesup Library in memory of Mel Shaw.
  • The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom.  —Donated by BHGC to the Southwest Harbor Public Library in memory of Margaret Delahanty.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Rocks, Patios… —Donated by BHGC to the Jesup Library in memory of Helmut Weber.
  • Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno by Uchida Shigeru.  —Donated by BHGC to the Jesup Library in memory of Anne Smith.


  • American Daffodil Society: Find answers to your frequently asked questions concerning our favorite cultivar ‘The Daffodil”, the descriptive divisions of daffodils, and the classifications for daffodils.  —From daffodilusa
  • Armitage’s Garden Perennials by Allan M. Armitage.  A color encyclopedia with great pictures and info, and a favorite of Shari Roopenian.
  • Crockett’s Victory Garden by James Underwood Crockett, ” I have a very old copy but it is great for veggies and a quick resource”, says Shari Roopenian.
  • Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Michael A. Dirr.  A favorite of Shari Roopenian.
  • Maine natural communities, plants, and animals —From
  • Forest Health Protection —From  USDA U.S. Forest Service
  • Gardening Tips —From  University of Maine
  • Gardening to Conserve Maine’s Native Landscape—From University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Language of Flowers,by Kate Greenaway is FREE and is also available in several eBook formats from Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks. “Flowers are one of the most popular and well-received gifts, given to express love and affection. But did you know the type of flowers you give can speak volumes?”
  • The American Rhododendron Society, Need Help Growing Rhododendrons? —From
  • Wild Seed Project, Returning native plants to the Maine landscape. —From

Plant Identification

Plant Finder

  • Find Native Plants or Butterflies —From Native Plant Finder, lists flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs, butterflies & moths per zip-code.
  • Perfect native Maine plant finder —From Maine Audubon, Choose the perfect plant based upon bloom-month, amount of sunlight, height, or wildlife benefited.
  • New England garden plant finder —From New England Native Plant Trust
  • Selecting plants for pollinators —From Polinator Partnership and NAPPC a regional guide for the eastern broadleaf forest states.