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All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact us directly at rockportgardenclubmaine@gmail.com.  Kindly respect the privacy of our venue, do not call The West Rockport Baptist Church.  

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of Wendy Reinemann 

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of The Peony Society of Maine

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Louisa Crane

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Katharine Garland

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of Amanda Affleck

Container Gardening;
Bringing Spring Inside

Thursday, April 6 at 1:00 pm

Rockport Garden Club welcomes passionate gardener and teacher, Wendy Reinemann, for the club’s first meeting on April 6th. Wendy will be presenting ideas on how to bring a bit of spring inside by creating container arrangements.

Lead Hostess:  Jacquie Ferrara & Patti Peace

Hostesses:  Elizabeth Berry, Nan Bow, Ann Robison & Bevery Shejen

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.

Peonies in Maine Gardens

Thursday, May 4  at 1:00 pm

Roger Lycette, a master gardener, will be speaking about the challenges and rewards of growing peonies in our Maine climate. Join Rockport Garden Club for Roger Lycette’s presentation, Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m.

An inveterate gardener, Lycette enjoys sharing the beauty of growing his beloved flower and seeing the undeniable awe and pleasure every visitor experiences when they see the blooms up close.

“It can be argued that growing peonies are less advantageous because of their short growing season, but peonies are unrivaled when they are in flower,” said the Garden Club, in a news release.

Lycette’s active part in The Peony Society of Maine combined with creating his own beautiful garden are an inspiration. For over a decade, he and his wife, Sally, also a master gardener, have been inviting the public to their home in Bangor to see the 250 peonies on their property.

The Peony Society of Maine seeks to serve amateur gardeners who would like to expand their awareness of the wide variety of peonies available to them, both modern and antique and promote the cultivation of peonies to ensure their longevity for many decades to come.
 
“.... we spend a lot of time and resources to make it what it is,” said Lycette, “but God makes it beautiful, and he just lets me take care of it.” 

All are welcome to Rockport Garden Club events and presentations.

Lead Hostess: Liona Burdulis

Hostesses:  Barbara Bausch, Colleen Lowe, Denise Munger & Cindy Rocknak

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.  

Country Flower Arranging

Thursday, July 6th at 1:00 pm

John Fromer, the new Program Director at Merryspring Nature Center, talks about how garden flowers can be used to make stunning arrangements for your table.

John has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife, Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. Together they grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs in a sustainable and authentic fashion. He currently serves on the Merryspring board of trustees.

Lead Hostess: Mary Miller

Hostesses:  Susan Burtnett, Debra Incera, Kimberly Kubik & Patty Witt

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.

Invasive Plants of the Midcoast

Thursday, August 3rd at 1:00 pm

Louisa Crane will discuss how to identify invasive plants that have crept into the garden and how to remove and prevent them from coming back. When over 300 of Maine’s native plants are now rare, we want to be especially aware of the conditions we can change.  An invasive plant is defined as a plant that is not native to a particular ecosystem, whose introduction can cause economic or environmental harm.  Approximately one third of the 2100 plant species recorded in Maine are not native. With an Environmental Studies degree, Louisa's presentation has never been more timely.

Louisa is the Program Coordinator at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District (KLSWCD). She spearheaded the efforts in 2021 in the phase two invasive plant management project at Merryspring.

Lead Hostess: Vivian Edfors

Hostesses: Teddy Butts, Marion Grant, Kris Mikkelsen & Sally Ann Williamson

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.

Planting for Pollinators

Thursday, September 7th at 1:00 pm

Katharine Garland, from UMaine extension, will show the group the best plants to place in your garden to attract and provide food for pollinators.

Kate helps gardeners improve and build horticultural skills through a number of educational avenues including workshops, newsletters, social media posts, and one-on-one support. Kate works with school and community gardens to develop plans that will build and train young gardeners to plant with sustainable impact in mind. In her Master Gardener Volunteer program, participants receive over 50 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture and, in return, they volunteer their time and expertise towards educational or food security projects.

Her work also involves supporting and coordinating a team of Maine Harvest for Hunger volunteers who are growing, gleaning and distributing thousands of pounds of food annually to shelters, pantries, and individuals struggling with food insecurity in and around Penobscot County. 

Kate studied at the University of Maine and holds a B.A. in Botany and an M.S. in Horticulture.

Lead Hostess: Marilyn McWilliams

Hostesses:  Helen Kuhl, Cayla Mahi-Pitman Carolyn Moore & Kay Wendt

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.

Colors From Plants

Thursday, November 2nd at 1:00 pm

Join us to hear Amanda Affleck as she shares her life’s work as a fiber artist and natural dyer. She is a weaver, gardener, dyer, and teacher. She offers workshops “in a beautiful little valley at the end of a dirt road in Midcoast Maine."

She will be sharing her passion by demonstrating how to ease colors from wild and cultivated plants, found in the garden.

For Amanda, it was love at first touch. Her interest in fibers and textiles, working with a drop spindle in her hands created a life long love for fiber arts. Reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs, she discovered that her affinity for her art comes from a long standing family tradition of carpet making. She has spent over twelve years working with textiles in various traditions, including wet felting, spinning, knitting, sewing, shibori, paste resist, botanical printing, and most recently, weaving. 

Lead Hostess:  Karyl Brown

Hostesses: Louise Duffy Betz, Maureen O'Connell, Haunani Wallace & Trink Wilder

All are welcome to come to this presentation. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend.

 

Last Meeting of the Year

Thursday, December 7th at 1:00 pm

Last meeting of the year. No presentation.

Hostesses:  All Committee Members

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