2023 Community Events

May 25, St. Croix District Annual Meeting at The Deer Isle Congregation Church, Deer Isle.

May 29, Memorial Day Observance at Blue Star Memorial Marker, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Time: T-B-D.

June 4-10, National Garden Week.

June 17, Wild Gardens of Acadia Plant Sale at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church
41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor; Time:  9:00 – Noon.

June 13, GCFM 91st Annual Convention — “Go Native for Pollinators”, at Newagen Seaside Inn, Southport, Maine. Includes Garden Tour and Speaker, Barbara Murphy. Hosted by the Medomak District.

July 4, BHGC Pie Sale, Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club’s Seafood Festival on the Athletic field. Time:  8:30 AM.

Oct 18-19, New England Regional Garden Club Annual Meeting. Held in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Oct 24, GCFM Fall Conference. Held at the Augusta Convention Center. Speaker is Peter Kukielski who will talk about the “History of the Rose”. Hosted by the Kennebec District.

Nov 11, Veterans Day Observance at Blue Star Memorial Marker, Route 3, Bar Harbor, Time: 11 AM.

Club Awards

During the Garden Club Federation of Maine’s Annual June Conference in Southport, the Bar Harbor Garden Club was awarded the first place 2022 Yearbook Award for the extra-large Club category, as well as the Gladys Harris Certificate Award for the Most Notable Work in Horticulture during a Two-Year Period. Our Club also received a National Garden Club Certificate of Commendation EC-5 for Native Plants and Wildflowers Venue.

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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Bar Harbor Garden Club Gardens with Woodlawn

Photos courtesy of Phyllis Mobraatten


Woodlawn Garden Beds Within the Lilac Hedge Border – weeded and munched for the winter.







Amy Reisman, Master Gardener and Phyllis Mobraaten, member BHGC, working together in October at Woodlawn, also known locally as the Black House, a 180-acre historic estate located in Ellsworth.

A Beekeeping Community at Terramor, Bar Harbor

Omar Amar, operations manager, presents to the Bar Harbor Garden Club on Monday, October 2, 2023, on beekeeping at the Terramor Resort, a unique camping setting in the woods close to nature.  Omar shared his beekeeping experience and its alignment with Terramor’s mission for the environment and to benefit the overall MDI community.  BHGC members and guests enjoyed the late afternoon presentation on bees.  We toured bat houses erected around their property to help control the mosquito population.  Omar is burning sage smudge sticks which calms the bees, himself, and keeps the mosquitos away.

Bar Harbor Garden Club Garden Tours

The Bar Harbor Garden Club offers biennial garden tours on the odd-number years.  Our garden tours serve as fundraisers that support a variety of Club Projects, as well as fund college scholarships for Horticulture and Environmental study students.

A Tour of ‘Gardens By The Sea’: The 2023 garden tour offered six Bar Harbor gardens and stunning borders of colorful perennials and annuals stretching to the water’s edge. This self-guided, garden tour was easy to walk. And for those who needed a ride, we provided a shuttle service.

The 2023 garden tour was a huge success! From all accounts our guests, garden owners and volunteers had a very enjoyable time!! The garden owners worked hard to prepare for this tour and over 100 volunteers took part.

The outpouring of support from our local businesses was outstanding! Our Transportation Sponsors this year were Acadia Gem, Darling’s Auto Group and Stanley Subaru. Thanks for supporting our July 2023 Garden Tour!

Our next BHGC Garden Tour will tentatively be held in  July 2025.

Please view our photograph-collections from past garden tours.

Wild Gardens of Acadia Recognized

The annual meeting of the Friends of Acadia took place at the Bar Harbor Club on July 10, 2019. Several awards were presented that evening including an award for Excellence in Volunteerism that was presented to the Wild Gardens of Acadia volunteers. In presenting this award Geneva Langley, supervising gardener of the Wild Gardens reported on the large amount of volunteer time and energy invested in the recovery of the Garden after the near devastating conditions of the winter of 2018 in which flooding and several feet of ice caused significant damage to the gardens.

Visitors to Wild Gardens recognize these gardens as a special place, but it is only made possible by the efforts of many hands.  We thank our club members who have volunteered their time for the 2019 growing season, and those members who donated plants to their annual plant sale in June.  Proceeds from this plant sale help fund the operations and upkeep of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts Spring, Bar Harbor — These gardens were founded in 1961 by the Bar Harbor Garden Club and Acadia National Park. The Club makes a donation towards the garden support. The Club also provides BHGC Volunteers. Learn more…

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 ( 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…

Regional and National Club Newsletters

Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM)

View recent GCFM Newsletters on the Garden Club Federation of Maine website. You can subscribe to receive this newsletter at the bottom of the ‘GCFM Newsletters’ webpage.

Ongoing GCFM projects: Blue Star Memorial Program, Civic Beautification, Planting and maintain community areas with Garden Club assistance, Conservation, Environmental, Garden Therapy. Clubs offer garden-related activities and programs for persons of all ages who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged, Habitat for Humanity, Horticulture.

Educational workshops are offered on:  native plants, invasive plants, endangered species, pruning, growing, composting and pests.

National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) 

View recent NGC News & Events on the National Garden Clubs website.

NGC Mission Statement:  National Garden Clubs, Inc. provides education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

APRIL IS PLANT AMERICA MONTH. Plant America‘ is a singularly focused initiative on gardens and gardening. Both a call to service and a description of what NGC clubs do, Plant America supports the main reason that people say they join a garden club – to learn about gardening!

Environmental Concerns & Conservation:  We call on all our members to help us identify “Innovations in Conservation” — creative solutions to our environmental problems that could be helpful to our membership in their regions, states, municipalities, and their home gardens.

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