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St. Mary's Garden Club is a talented and welcoming group of dedicated gardeners and floral designers. The club - founded more than eighty-five years ago in 1930 - was once affiliated with The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary but within a few years, it opened its doors to the wider community. The club is fortunate, however, to meet on church property, host functions on site and maintain two gardens as required by club bylaws.



Saint Mary’s Garden Club is dedicated to education and volunteerism. Monthly meetings are held from September to June and the meetings feature guest speakers on various topics related to horticulture, floral design and all aspects of gardening. Workshops are held and talented members share their expertise and bring energy and enthusiasm to all we undertake.



Whether educating our members and the community, maintaining gardens at the Blue Star Memorial Marker in Falmouth, or fundraising for our horticulture scholarships and community outreach, the group is eager and operates with style, energy, and warmth. New members feel welcomed and inspired to be actively involved.



Mary’s Garden Club welcomes members of the public at many meetings and program events throughout the year. We encourage any and all who are interested to join us. Whether as a guest, or as a potential new member, you are welcome!

Marianne Dodge, President
September
11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Churchbr />Public Welcome $5
“Great Gardens of England and Wales”

Take the trip we never got to take last year, vicariously joining Carolyn Davis and Marianne Dodge for their beautiful trip to the gardens of England and Wales with Charlie Nardozzi. Highclere Castle is a highlight for all the diehard Downton Abby fans among us!

Show off this year’s flower garden gems! Bring a flower arrangement featuring home grown garden flowers to the Monthly Meeting.

Hospitality: Julie Pew, Mollie Mason, Kelly Orzel, Christy Altman
SEP 11

October
9:00-11:00 am Closing the Gardens
St. Mary's Church
Wear your jeans, boots and bring your tools. Today we put the St. Mary’s Gardens and the Blue Star Memorial Garden to bed. Wicked Sharp will be on hand to sharpen your tools starting at 10:30 am.

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
“Summer Shrubs and More”

Hydrangeas are such staples in our New England gardens, and expert Jim Masse from Estabrooks will teach us all more about them and how to grow them! Jim is knowledgeable about everything regarding trees and shrubs and always shares his knowledge with great style and humor.

Hospitality: Susan McCracken, Katy Gannon-Janelle, Kerry Tietjen, Betty Yancey
OCT 16
OCT 16

November
Landscape Design School Course 3
Auditorium, St. Mary's Church
For more information contact Harriet Robinson(harrietlewisrobinson@gmail.com)

10:00 am Board Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

9am - 10:30 am Workshop
St. Mary's Church
"Pressed Flowers"

Help make new Garden Club name tags using pressed flowers. Marianne will show us how the name tags are made and photographed, and then we can use the pressed flowers to make something for ourselves. Check the newsletter for ideas.

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
"Floral Arrangements"
Public Welcome - $5

Linda Ladd is a talented floral designer who will share her talents with us! After we learn her best tips, we will auction off her beautiful arrangements! Bring your checkbook, you will want to take one home!

Hospitality: Joanne McKee, Jessica LaPlante, Marilyn Traiser, Ellen Thayer

9am - 11am Workshop
St. Mary's Church
"Holiday Greens"

Wreath, swag and greens workshop in conjunction with the Horticulture Committee.
NOV 1-2
NOV 6
NOV 13
NOV 13
NOV 15

December
9:30 am Workshop
St. Mary's Church
"Creating Centerpieces"

This workshop will be used to create centerpieces for our Silver Tea - immediately following - and for you to bring home for the holidays! This will harken back to our Greens Sale work sessions!

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
"History of America’s Garden Clubs”"

Aurelia Scott will take us on a journey through the history of garden clubs in America and look at how they’re adapting to changing times. We are all members of a wide and active network stretching back in time. Learn more about it!

12:00 pm Holiday Gathering and Reception
with Silver Service
St. Mary's Church

Join us following the program for our traditional Silver Tea celebration: sweets and savories served in high style! Keep the spirit of giving going by bringing along some non-perishable food/or other essentials for the Falmouth Food Pantry.

Hospitality: Layne Gregory, Jamie Morin, Norma Jean Brilliant, Durinda Chace, Alora Carrier, Jenifer Stewart, Yvonne Jumper
DEC 11
DEC 11
DEC 11
 

January
10:00 am Board Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
"Create a Masterpiece"

Remember those great ideas that Linda Ladd taught us in November? Good, because now is your chance to try them out yourself! We will divide into groups for support, but each of us will create our own masterpiece. Bring your own flowers, and share ideas!

Hospitality: Linda Grant, Carolyn Davis, Nancy Angier, Nina Comiskey
JAN 8
JAN 8
February
10:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
"Secrets of Seed Starting"i
Public Welcome - $10

Unlock the secrets of seed starting and join Kelly Orzel as she teaches all about plant propagation. She’ll cover everything you need to know to about successful sowing as well as how to become an expert in taking an array of cuttings and getting them to root!.

Hospitality: Lynne Werner, Holly Williams, Elaine Elliot, Alison Metsker
FEB 12

March
11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
“Using Herbs to Heal”

Dr. Elizabeth Yori is a primary care physician who knows all about the healing powers of herbs, and their multiple ways of supporting a healthy life. Find out what you can grow at home, that can improve your life!

Hospitality: Mary Oliver, Val Babcock, Anna Noyes-Benoit, Ann Mohnkern
MAR 12

April
10:00 am Board Meeting
St. Mary's Church

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
“Supermarket Hacks in Floral Design”
Public Welcome - $5

Jason Parent will share his expertise as a talented florist, and will teach us all the secrets to creating professional, artistic floral arrangements using bouquets and supplies from the supermarket, sure to please any audience!

Hospitality: Aurelia Scott, Susan Carter, Jan Wentling, Margaret Curran

Stroudwater District Annual Meeting
Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth,

9:30am -11am Workshop
St. Mary's Church
“Leaf Designs”

A fun workshop on leaf manipulation. We will then make floral designs using our creations!

APR 9
APR 9
APR 18
APR 20

May
9:00 am-11:00 pm Opening the Gardens
11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church
"Organic Pest Control"

We all need help managing the pests and disease in our gardens and Eric Sideman from MOFGA is going to help us to identify and organically treat them. Eric is known as ‘the nation’s first Organic Extension Agent," providing technical support for both farmers and home gardeners.

Hospitality: Lynne Shepherd, Lucy Ellis, Donna Wilhelm, Hannah Russell

Field Trip
Trade Secrets in Sharon, Connecticut

Kick off the spring season and arrange to meet-up with your garden club friends at this incredible garden club event in Connecticut! • Garden Tour tickets are typically $75, while the Plant and Antique sale has a staggered pricing fee dpending on when you enter the sale: Early Buying $125 (includes breakfast) and begins at 8am; Regular buying $50 and begins at 10am; and the Late Bloomer $25 begins at 1pm and are usually only sold the day of the event. • Tickets are usually sold out, so purchase yours early on their website (http://tradesecretsct.com/tickets) and make arrangements to stay at a nearby motel, hotel or B&B—these go fast! • This event supports, Women’s Support Services (WSS), which is a non-profit organization that has provided critical services to victims of domestic violence and abuse in the towns of Salisbury, Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon and nearby New York and Massachusetts since 1981. Services include: a 24-hour crisis hotline; short term emergency shelter; individual support counseling for adults and children; legal, medical and social service advocacy; support groups; and community education and prevention programs. All WSS services are free of charge and totally confidential.

MAY 14
MAY 14
MAY 19-20

June
9am - 12pm Plant Sale Set-up
9 am - 12pm Plant Sale
11:00 am Annual Meeting
Saltwater Grille, Cape Elizabeth
Celebrate a fantastic Garden Club Year, and tour the children’s garden after out luncheon.
Hospitality: Judy Knupp, Diana Hibbard

10:00 am Board Meeting
St. Mary's Church

8:00 am Field Trip
Stevens-Coolidge Place

Join us for a road trip to The Stevens-Coolidge Place in No. Andover MA where we will enjoy a guided tour of the historic house and 91 impeccably groomed acres including a rose garden, greenhouse, vegetable beds, perennial borders, and more. If we have 20 or more members sign up in advance we will then have lunch at The Andover Country Club and tour their historic garden as well...Fewer, and we will head to Burton’s Grill; either way a beautiful outing!

GCFM Annual Convention
Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg ME

10:00 am-2:00 pm Garden Gaze
Garden Gaze

Informally tour the beautiful gardens of your fellow members. Putting one’s garden on the tour is voluntary; owner members do not have to be home.

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JUN 5
JUN 11
JUN 18-20
JUN 25

Membership

Meetings are held the second Monday of the month, September through June, in the auditorium of Saint Mary's Parish House. (While Saint Mary's Church has provided the club with meeting space throughout the years, the club is not affiliated with the church.) Members are asked to be in attendance at a majority of meetings during the year, to help beautify and maintain designated garden areas, and to assist with fundraising projects. Currently the Club has a Great Gardener Series and a Spring Plant Sale. The Club has minimal dues.


Membership meetings include a time for socializing, a short business meeting, and an educational program and/or participatory workshop. There usually is a brief discussion of an environmental concern, horticultural topics, flower arranging and/or gardening tips.



Interested in joining? Contact a member of the club via email at stmarysgardenclub@gmail.com

History

Organized in June 1930, Saint Mary's Garden Club was a charter member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, Inc. Through the years, the Club's objectives have been to promote garden fellowship and to cultivate a spirit of good gardening in the community. Club members share a strong interest in gardening, environmental awareness, floral design, and in educating others in these areas whenever possible.

St. Mary's Coffee Sale Group

Involvement throughout the past eighty-plus years has included advocating at the Maine legislature to prevent billboard signs on Maine highways, landscaping at many civic sites in local towns and Portland, aiding in purchasing land for conservation and participating in "Keep Maine Beautiful," a part of the Keep America Beautiful project.


Donations over the years have been provided to libraries, botanical projects, the McLaughlin Garden, Friends of Casco Bay, Friends of the Royal River and the Morrison Center. Recent scholarships have been provided to Southern Maine Community College, Portland Arts & Science High School, the University of Maine, and Mast Landing Camp.



St. Mary's Coffee Sale Group, 1946 (left to right): Mrs. GUIDO J. Arzonico, Mrs. F. Margaret Burnham, mrs. l.m. thorndike, mrs. fred b. webster, mrs. richard e. pettingill, mrs. rolland e. irish and mrs. richard p. knight.

Community Outreach

Proceeds from St. Mary's Garden Club's Great Gardener Series and Spring Plant Sale are used to fund a yearly scholarship to a horticulture student at Southern Maine Community College, and for donations to local nonprofits, including the Portland Housing Authority for Seniors and the Disabled for individual gardens, The Morrison Center, The McLaughlin Garden Foundation and Wolfe's Neck Farm Teen Ag Program. In 2013, an additional scholarship was added for an Armed Services veteran to attend the Master Gardener program.

In 2015 a one-time pollinator grant was awarded to the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension Service for Cumberland County.

The club also designed and provided the funds to plant the landscape for the Freeport Habitat for Humanity's eight unit residential community.

Memberships

National Garden Club, Inc. (NGC)
Garden Club Federation of Maine, Inc. (GCFM)
Stroudwater District


2015 Great Gardener Series Champions

Gnome Landscaping

Portside Real Estate Group

Residential Mortgage Services


2015 Great Gardener Series Benefactors

Broadway Gardens

Couleur Collection

Dwellings

The Flower Box

Lucas Tree Service

Maine Line Fence

Mainely Tubs

Skillins

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners

2015 Great Gardener Series Supporters

Anonymous

Estabrook's

Gannon-Janelle Interiors

Maine Turf and Landscaping


Contributors

Kelly Orzel

Kerry Mendez

Bill Cullina

Amy Ziffer

Charlie Nardozzi


Upcoming Events

2016 Flower Show Schedule

St. Mary's Church
43 Foreside Rd.
Falmouth, ME 04105