On this page we share with you some of the most memorable moments of past events. We thank our program chairs for their enormous efforts to find speakers for lectures and venues for excursions in our area. Each of our events provides opportunities to learn a lot about gardening and arranging flowers.

To learn more about the Brooklin Garden Club, talk to one of our members. We are always happy to share our love for gardening and the outdoors.

Impressions From Some of Our Events in 2019

Brooklin Garden Club Annual Meeting 2019; June 18th

It was a gray day outside, but everything was cheery inside Julia Boardman’s lovely house, where The Brooklin Garden Club’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting took place on June 18, 2019. Beautiful flower arrangements by Nancy Brown and extraordinary salads and desserts by many members were featured at the luncheon. Liz Erickson of the University of Maine gave a report on the success of Club’s scholarship grants at that school. Club President Barbara Brown Leighton presided over the Annual Meeting, during which the principal action taken was the election of officers.

SI Balch Lecture on Impact on Maine's Environment by Changes in Climate; May 21st

On May 21, 2019, Si Balch gave Brooklin Garden Club members an eye-opening lecture on how warming in Maine and the rest of the world is producing change at an unusually fast pace. Much of his talk focused on forests, which cover 80 percent of the Maine’s land. Mr. Balch is a semi-retired forester, a climate change consultant, and past director of the New England Forestry Foundation.

Presentation by Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing; April 16th

On April 16, 2019, Abe Miller-Rushing, Ph.D., gave Brooklin Garden Club members a fascinating presentation at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library. Titled “Flora, Fauna and Citizen Science in and Around Acadia National Park,” Dr. Miller-Rushing traced the work of gardeners, botanists, birders who have been documenting environmental and other changes to the Park. He noted that these private citizens were following the example of Henry David Thoreau and his nature calendars, some of which were shown. Dr. Miller-Rushing is the Science Coordinator for the Park.

Our February Pot-Luck Dinner; February 19th

This happened in 2018

On February 19, 2019, Diane and Frank Bianco hosted the Brooklin Garden Club’s Winter Potluck Dinner in their lovely home in Brooklin. Twenty BGC members were greeted by a Full Snow Moon, which rose above Blue Hill Bay right outside the large windows in Diane and Frank’s home. The buffet offered many homemade appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, as well as wine, tea, coffee, and the REAL espresso [ristretto]. A few images are posted above and several more may be seen by clicking this link 

Holiday Tea; December 18th

On December 18, Linda and Ron Lesko hosted the Brooklin Garden Club’s Holiday Tea in their lovely house in North Brooklin. Fourteen members attended and enjoyed many homemade treats as well as the tea and coffee. This event is not only a friendly winter get-together, it’s one at which BGC members make cash donations to the Tree of Life program.    

Lecture by Zoe Weil; August 21st

On August 21, the Brooklin Garden Club hosted Zoe Weil, who gave a spectacular multimedia lecture on “Ocean Fauna Along the Shores of Downeast Maine.” Zoe is well known as being President of the Institute for Humane Education and the author of seven books relevant to that subject. However, she also is an excellent underwater photographer who takes magnificent images from her paddleboard and while roaming the local intertidal shores. She presented those images and her related videos to Club members in a very entertaining way, which made her favorite subjects – including jellyfish, anemones, nudibranchs, and brittle and sea stars – almost come to life for the audience.

Open Garden Day in Northeast Harbor; July 28th

Club members toured the grounds of six gorgeous private properties that have remarkable gardens in Northeast Harbor, Maine. It was a day of roaming first class landscaping in spectacular settings. The well-attended event was sponsored by the Garden Club of Mt. Desert for the benefit of various charities.

Some more photos taken during the walk you may find when clicking here.

Julie Wang Lecture and Tour; July 17th

On July 17, the Brooklin Garden Club hosted an in formative lecture an inspiring tour by Club Member Julie Wang at her lush gardens in Brooklin, Maine. Julie is an accomplished landscape designer and consultant who has designed many gardens on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

The subject of the lecture was the history and uses Jardins Potager, special kitchen gardens that, generally, are highly designed combinations of plant food source (e.g. vegetables, fruits, and herbs) and decorative plants (e.g. flowers, bushes, climbing vines). 

Julie described the fascinating development of these gardens from Roman times, through Medieval Europe and revolutionary America Eras (including the gardens of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, up to present trends in such gardening.

For those who were unable to attend, or want to re-live the tour, click here, (and, we suggest, use the slide show function [>] in the upper right of that gallery to get a full-screen view).

Patrick Cullina talks during BGC's meeting; June 26th

The Brooklin Garden Club and nine other environmentally-oriented organizations hosted an inspiring lecture by Patrick Cullina on June 26 in Blue Hill, Maine. Cullina, an award-winning landscape designer, is perhaps best known for his work on the popular New York City High Line project. Yesterday’s lecture, part of the regional Collaborative Speaker Series, was titled “The Dynamic Landscape – Lessons from Regional Ecologies and Strategies for Creating Transformative Landscapes.” The key word there is “Transformative.” Cullina’s goal is to motivate small and large communities to use horticultural design to create public spaces that transform people’s lives for the better. As you can see from the images above, the lecture was a sell-out.

Garden Tour at Midas Well Farm in Hancock; June 24th

Kim and Jim Goff were our gracious hosts for a Brooklin Garden Club tour of their beautiful gardens on June 24. The Goff’s Midas Well Farm in Hancock, Maine, is a gorgeous setting for the impressive gardens, which include extraordinary use of native granite and breath-taking vistas of Taunton Bay. A few photos are attached to this email below. If you want to see more,  click on this link (and, we suggest, use the slide show function [>] in the upper right of that gallery to get a full-screen view):

The Brooklin Garden Club's Annual Meeting; June 19th

The Brooklin Garden Club year got off to a good start at the Club’s June 19th Annual Meeting. Congratulations for the success go to our many attending Members who provided lively discussion (not to mention delicious salads and desserts) and our very hospitable Host, Julie Boardman, in whose lovely home the meeting occurred.  President Barbara Leighton presided over the Meeting and other officers and Committee Chairs presented information. The major action taken by the Membership was the ratification of the BGC Board’s decision to hire an attorney to incorporate the Club into a nonprofit limited liability organization.

Club Endowment Report and Visit to the UMO's Bog Walk; May 30th

We visited the University of Maine at Orono on May 30 for a luncheon and report on the Brooklin Garden Club Scholarship Endowment. The enlightening report was given by Elizabeth H. Erickson, Director of Philanthropy for the University Foundation that administers our Endowment.   After that, we had enchanting guided tours on the famous University-Orono Bog Boardwalk. A few photos are attached to this email below. If you want to see more, click on this link  (and, we suggest, use the slide show function [>] in the upper right of that gallery to get a full-screen view).