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
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
Our February Pot-Luck Dinner; February 19th
This happened in 2018
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
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.