Gardening Resources

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.
  • Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shephard. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of W.West Frazier.
  • On Garden Style by Bunny Williams. —Donated to the Ellsworth Public Library by BHGC in memory of Donna Singletary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Botanical Painting by Maiella Baldwin, published in 2011. —Donated to the Jesup Library by BHGC in memory of Diane Benson Taliaferro.
  • 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.
  • Listening to Stone by Dan Snow, published in 2008. —Donated by Cam Cary in memory of Ruth Cary.


  • Armitage's Garden Perennials  by Allan M. Armitage.  A color encyclopedia with great pictures and info, and a favorite of Shari Roopenian.
  • Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Michael A. Dirr.  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.
  • Endangered Rare Plants in Maine, —From
  • GO Botany, —From New England Wild Flower Society. Want to know what that plant is? With our Simple Key, you can identify over 1,200 common native and naturalized New England plants!
  • GO Orchid, —From Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is a tool to explore orchids native to the U.S. and Canada.
  • 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?"
  • Master Gardener Educational Materials, Pest Management, Beneficial Organisms, Pesticides, Choosing Resistant Plants, Food Safety, Organic Agriculture, Choosing Insect Repellents, —From
  • The American Rhododendron Society, Need Help Growing Rhododendrons? —From
  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.  —From