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July 1970, Illustrated by Ruth Soper, BHGC Member

July 1970, Illustrated by Ruth Soper, BHGC Member

The Wild Gardens Early History

For the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s contribution to the 2016 Centennial Celebration of Acadia National Park, the Garden Club conducted interviews with Club and community members who had been involved in the early development of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

The Wild Gardens began as a project initiated in the early 1960’s by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, spearheaded by garden club members Betty Thorndike, past president of the Garden Club (1956 – 1959), Janet TenBroeck, and Betty Owens. Although George Dorr was the ideological founder of the Wild Gardens, it was the women in the Garden Club who brought these gardens to fruition.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club, an approved Acadia Centennial Partner, is pleased to now offer the “Wild Gardens Memories“, a selection of excerpts from interviews with individuals who shared their love and recollections of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Volunteers Repair Blue Star Marker

Blue Star Memorial Marker

Ozzie Watterson, shown on the left, shakes hands with Tom McIntyre.

The VFW and Bar Harbor Garden Club thanked Club member Tom McIntyre and Ozzie Watterson, husband of Club member Alana Watterson, at their Veteran’s Day wreath-laying ceremony on November 11th. The men were responsible for resetting the pole for the Blue Star Memorial Marker, located on Rt. 3 near the head of the Island, which had badly shifted in winters past.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a project of the National Garden Club honoring all veterans. The Bar Harbor Marker is maintained by the BHGC and honors Bar Harbor native Capt. Ernest Joy, USNMC.

Learn about the “Blue Star Memorial Program”.


fall-leavesAll Club Program meetings are open to the community, unless indicated otherwise.

Check out our 2016-2017 Program schedule.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM at BIRCH BAY VILLAGE. “Shade Gardening” .

Please join us for our “Shade Gardening” program presented by Cassie Banning. Cassie is the Manager of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and McAlpin Farm. She has a degree in Horticulture from Cornell University and the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture. She moved here in 2013, from Indiana, where for nine years she managed the horticulture operation at a Museum.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to email rsvp@barharborgardenclub.com to reserve a seat. Refreshments will be served.


Garden Club Youth Award Winners

The National Garden Clubs (NGC) and their affiliate organizations offer various educational contests for children at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels. Winners of the local Bar Harbor Garden Club competitions went on to compete within the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM), and the New England Region (NER).

Two of these children continued on to compete for the national awards: Azaria Long received a NGC Certificate of Commendation for her sculpture entry, and Elizabeth Ward was the First Place NGC winner for her poetry entry. Congratulations to all of our Youth Award Winners!


Pie Sale Fundraiser Supports Community Projects


Michaeleen Ward and Jan McIntyre had fun selling pies at the Bar Harbor Rotary Club’s Fourth of July Celebration.

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is truly grateful to our MDI community for their support of the club’s Fourth of July Pie Sale held at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field. People told us that they look forward to eating our homemade pies every year.

Money from this fundraiser supports our student scholarships, and community projects like this year’s Student Conservation project in Acadia National Park. We’d like to acknowledge the donation of ice cream by the Acadia Corporation, and the loaning of tables by the Beatrix Farrand Society.


The Winners of the Inge C.B. Weber Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship winners Peter Kennell, Ezra Hallett with Helmut Weber who is shown seated.

Scholarship winners Peter Kennell, Ezra Hallett with Helmut Weber who is shown seated.

The first two recipients of the Inge C.B. Weber Memorial Scholarship were announced at a small gathering on April 18th. Both students are juniors attending the College of the Atlantic. Members of the Weber Family and Bar Harbor Garden Club, as well as the College of the Atlantic were represented.

The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial aid to those who are interested in majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design or botany. Applicants must be graduates of MDI High School, or be attending a 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university. Read more…