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BRGC President's News

Boothbay Region Garden Club September Events


The Summer sure has flown by, don't know where it went, but it's just about September.  Here's the Garden Club Calendar for September.  Or at least, what I think is current.  Let me know any changes. New members are always welcome at these events.  Hope to see you at some of these events. 

 Irene Fowle


 Tuesday September 5th:  Garden Therapy at St Andrews.  This month is flower arranging.  Jane asks us to bring flowers, greens, etc from our gardens for this meeting.  Just leave them at St Andrews Village by the front doors in the buckets that Jane conveniently provides.  All flowers, greens. welcome.  New members are also welcome.  Contact Jane  Homer 


**Wednesday September 6th:  Weeding team #1.  Date is Changed from the Monday Holiday.  Contact Bridgette Smith 


September 9th.  Social evening at the Southport Yacht Club was cancelled this year. Ida's Wonderful Boathouse Party last June was well attended by family and friends.


***September 12th:  Tour of Veggies to Table in Newcastle.  We still have a few openings for this tour, which Linda Redman says is fabulous.  The tour is from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.  If interested contact Irene Fowle 


September 13th.  Board Meeting at 11:30 (not 11:00 as the Yearbook says).  St Columba's Episcopal Church.


***September 13:  Members meeting:  Program is Denny Dennison from Barter's Island Bees  ( he is great)

                                                         12:30:  Social Time and Tea

                                                          1:00 Business meeting starts, followed by program around 1:30'


Don't forget to go through your attic, basement, closet or storage unit and bring gently used Christmas ornaments, decorations, trees, dinnerware, jewelry, scarves.  Whatever you think may sell at the Christmas Market in December.  Also any items we can use when crafting.  Your item might be someone's treasure and brighten their cold, dreary December day.  


Also:  In a cooking mood.  Save four servings, put them in a quart zip lock bag and bring those to the meeting for "Meals to Go"  Linda will put them in her freezer to save for the Holiday Festival.


Monday September 18th:  Weeding Team # 2.  Help weed and care for the Armillary Garden and other gardens we manage.



****All this and more can be found on our wonderful website:         



All Club member emails are available in the Directory component in our Year Book. 


Boothbay Region Garden Club August Events


Finally summer is here.  I am so glad to see the sun today.  


Congratulations to the Home and Garden Tour Co-Chairs, Ida Lancaster, Ann Marie Mahoney and Julie Krug for a very successful event.  As fabulous as they are, they couldn't have done it without you, the members of this wonderful club.  So, a big thank you to all the hostesses, car parkers, cookie bakers, ticket sellers and everyone who participated. 




August 1, Tuesday:  Garden Therapy - contact Jane Homer if interested.  


August 7, Monday:  Weeding Team #1  - Contact Bridgette Smith if interested.

August 9th, Wednesday:  Members Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting

                                         St. Columba's Episcopal Church


                            Board of Directors Meeting - 11:30


               Members Meeting:  Tea and Social Time at 12:30


                              Business Meeting Starts at 1:00 pm. Guest speaker Stan Wakefield - "Birds in the Garden" follows.

                    Stan Wakefield has been an enthusiastic birder and gardener for the past 25 years.  


A light summer tea will be provided by the club.  We always welcome members' donations to the tea.


Also, Bring Items for the Holiday Festival: 


Planning for the Holiday Festival has begun.  ( I know we just finished the Home and Garden Tour).  We know many of our members are not able to be with us for the Holiday Festival and would love to contribute to this spectacular event.  Consider letting go of some of your "gently" used holiday and home decor.  Also, any jewelry, scarves, notepads, journals, decorative pillows, home or kitchen items.  If you loved it, someone else might too.  Bring your donations to any meeting.  Thank You


August 21, Monday ......Weeding Team #2 - Contact Becky Singer if interested-  




           I'm hoping to have our BRGC cookbook ready for sale at our Holiday Festival.  It would be wonderful to have at least one recipe from each member, so if you haven't sent me one.  Now is the time.  We could use more main dish recipes, but anything you send is good.  We can't use recipes published in a copyrighted book, but if you've made adjustments that made it your own, those we can use.  A photo of the finished product is the best.  Please send your recipes to Linda Bonin 



We have been asked to participate in a Brown Tail Moth Survey by the University of Maine:  


Greetings from the University of Maine. You may have read it in the news, or worse, experienced it, but browntail moth has been the bane of Maine for the past few years. From its itchy toxic hairs to eating a buffet of Maine’s beautiful trees, wanting to control this pest is on many Mainers’ minds. Graduate students McK Mollner (School of Economics) and Devin Rowe (School of Biology and Ecology) invite you to take this short research survey to hear your views about browntail moth. To take part, you must be at least 18 years old.


The survey is confidential and will take 20 minutes. Once you reach the end of the survey, you can enter a raffle for a $75 LL Bean gift card. The survey will be open until the first week of August 2023. If you have already submitted this survey via postal invitation, thank you for doing so. Please do not respond to the survey again.  If you have any questions about this research, you may contact the research team at or (207)-814-8505.


Please use your computer to respond to the survey.


            **Please participate by using the following link:



McK Mollner

Advisor: Dr. Mario Teisl

Devin Rowe

Advisor: Dr. Angela Mech"

Boothbay Region Garden Club July Events


July sure is going to be a fun and busy month for our club with many opportunities to participate and be engaged.  So you don’t miss out, here’s a reminder.


*Monday July 3:  Weeding Team: FMI: Brigitte Smith - 


*Tuesday July 11:  Garden Therapy at St Andrew’s Village FMI:

                        Contact Jane Homer 


*Wednesday July 12:  Meetings at St Columba’s Episcopal Church


        Board Meeting:  11:00 to 12:15


*Membership Meeting starting at 12:30 with a PotLuck Summer Tea

        The February Pot Luck is always fun, so the Tea Committee thought we’d try it again when our Summer members are here too.  A true Potluck, no assignments, just bring something to share.  A favorite recipe, a family tradition or something from Hannaford’s are all welcome for this Garden Club Summer Tea.


1:00: Membership meeting:  highlight will be a short presentation by our current scholarship students, Della Hahn and Grace Campbell


1:30:  Flower Design - Summer Inspirations

Bring a small to medium size vase or fun container along with any extra  flowers from your garden to be included with club purchased flowers to create an arrangement that brings Summer to mind.


*Monday July 17:  Weeding Team:  FMI: contact Becky Singer


*Friday July 21:  The Fabulous Home and Garden Tour

        This is going to be another wonderful tour.  Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Home and Garden Tour.  Thank you David Applegate for all the wonderful publicity.  

Here’s how you can participate and join the fun:


  1.  Don’t forget to bring a check or cash to purchase a ticket at the General Meeting on Wednesday July 12.

  2. Sign up to be a hostess at one of the fabulous homes.  Hostess duties this year are for two hours, giving you plenty of time to visit all the homes.

  3. MAKE COOKIES:  Our Home and Garden Tour guests traditionally receive a small bag with a few homemade cookies.  Kevin Bowler has made a challenge to the club.  She will make 200 cookies.  She challenges the rest of the club to make another 300 cookies.  These are small cookies.  Just a taste, a pick-me-up.  Please bring them on July 12 to the members meeting at St Columbas.



So: for the July 12th meeting bring (if you can):

Potluck dish to share

Vase or container for a flower arrangement (We will have extra vases there)

Any Extra flowers in your garden to compliment the store bought ones

Small Cookies for the Home and Garden Tour


But, mostly just bring yourself.  That is the most important thing. We’re so glad you are a member of this vibrant Garden Club and happy to have you participate in any way you can.  

Irene Fowle, President

Dear Presidents (please share this information with your members)


Bath Garden Club member Pam Allen’s Oak Hill Lodge in Nobleboro will be the setting of the first GCFM open garden for 2023.  It will be open from 10am until 3 pm on May 8.


The early May date was chosen to highlight the garden’s daffodils. There are thousands of flowers with new bulbs added every fall. Those who visited the very first open garden in 2021 know that fanciful outbuildings Pam and her husband Eric made of recycled architectural material add charm to the garden. This year they are also opening their home to visitors. The unique space includes an authentic looking English pub in the basement. 


Pam’s garden has been in Downeast’s Maine Homes magazine. Pam was recognized by GCFM with the Stella Dearborn award as the best all around member gardener and by New England Garden Club with an award for the best perennial garden. PRESS HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


The 11 am gardening program will be by Brent McHale, a CMBG horticulturist. He will talk about bulbs. Brent is also in charge of Gardens Aglow at CMBG and may be willing to answer questions about it. The 1 pm floral design program will be led by Sabrina Warner of St Mary’s Garden Club. Please bring your own lawn chair for seating.
If you would like to come for the day, you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. This is a perfect opportunity to visit with other gardeners.  It’s also a chance to get inspired and to learn from the presentations.


A suggested donation of $10 payable at the garden pays for the program.


Directions to 41 Bayview Road, Nobleboro:
For clubs south of Pam's:
On Rt. 1 North, go past the exit for Damariscotta/Pemaquid.   About 1.5 miles further on Rt. 1 there will be a yellow flashing light. Make a left at the light onto Belvedere Rd., following it about 2 miles until it ends, intersecting with Bayview Rd. Make a right onto Bayview and Oak Hill Lodge is about 1/4 mile on the left (41 Bayview) on the crest of the hill, with a small “Oak Hill Lodge” sign by the driveway.
For clubs coming from the north:
Coming down Route 1 South, you will come to where it intersects with Business Rt. 1 at Hunt Brothers Lumber Co. Stay on Rt. 1 and you will come to a yellow flashing light. At the light make a right onto Belvedere Rd., following it about 2 miles until it ends, intersecting with Bayview Rd. Make a right onto Bayview and Oak Hill Lodge is about
1/4 mile on the left (41 Bayview) on the crest of the hill, with a small “Oak Hill Lodge” sign by the drive.



Harriet B. L. Robinson, PhD
107 Bow St.
Otisfield, ME 04270

Dear Members,

Happy Spring!! So glad to be able to say that.  I wish you all a wonderful Easter/Spring celebration. 


Next week St. Columba’s will become a classroom for the 4th graders to finish their school year. We have to reschedule April and move our May meetings.  April is rescheduled for the 19th (spring break for the kids) at St Columba’s.  


To meet the Medomak meeting registration deadline of April 14th, Sandy Abernathy has asked that if you’re going to the Medomak District Meeting,  please send your checks, by April 12th, to Sandy’s home address: 53 Annable Road, Boothbay 04537.  Thank you.


Our tea service and social time will begin at 12:30p and this month,  Abbie Shaw, our Hospitality committee chair has a special treat... she will be serving pizza.  If you would like to participate in our tea service, we would very much appreciate if you would bring a salad or a dessert to compliment our pizza. Please let Abbie know if you plan to bring a salad or dessert. Thank you!!


Our business meeting will begin at 1:00pm and our program will follow.  Our program will be a speaker from the new management of Conley’s nursery to share future plans for how they will be serving our community.


Our garden season has begun and we have many fun activities to share with you.

Upcoming Events:

April 20th: GCFM Floral Design workshop 10a-12p -St. Mary’s Church, Falmouth, ME (we will car pool)

May 1st: Medomak District Annual Meeting-Topsham (we will carpool)

May 4th:  Tea Cup flower design workshop- Rotary Club house (cups will be sold at GCFM annual convention)

Other Opportunities:

April 22: CMBG opportunity to volunteer for Earth Day at the Boothbay Library……4 volunteers that can cover the CMBG table at the Boothbay Harbor library for Earth Day on 4/22. (Outside). Either a 2 hour shift or a 4 hour shift. 9:30-11:30 or 11:30-1:30. Call Kelly Hamilton

Gloria Wakefield, President

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