St. Mary's Garden Club is a wonderfully warm and welcoming group of dedicated gardeners and flower arrangers. But perhaps what sets the group apart from others is the dedication to volunteerism, and the enthusiasm this group brings to all it undertakes. Whether arranging flowers for the elderly, maintaining gardens at the Blue Star Memorial Marker, or fundraising for the local library, this group is ready to do the job with style, energy, and warmth. New members often comment on how quickly they feel welcomed, and how that inspires them to become quickly involved. We welcome members of the public at many of our meetings and events throughout the year, and encourage any and all who are interested to join us. Whether simply as a guest, or as a potential new member, you are welcomed!

Katy Gannon-Janelle, President
11:00 am Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

Marilyn Traiser will lead the program to help us all prepare for next month's Flower Show. So that we can really shine, Marilyn and Linda will talk about what to look for when choosing your specimens for the Horticulture Division and what approach designers should take with their designs. Bring any questions you might have and Marilyn and Linda will share their knowledge with you.

Also, as fun way to share our favorites, please bring a sandwich or two cut into quarters and swap yours with the other offerings. During the meeting, please sign up for one of the three locations for next month's pre-meeting garden tending as you'll be going directly to one of three sites.

Hospitality: Kelly Ash, Betsey Andersen, Margaret Curran

10:00 am Garden Work Day
Lois Murphy Kindness Garden, Falmouth Middle School

SEP 16

5:00 pm Preview Party
St. Mary's Church

Flower Show Preview Party for club members and their families.

10:00 am Standard Flower Show
St. Mary's Church

"Octoberfest," sponsored by St. Mary's Garden Club.

This will be our shining day, the culmination of six months of work! The Flower show is open to the public, free of charge (donations accepted). The is the time for St. Mary's Garden Club to show our talent and creativity. Invite your friends to view this memorable event.

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

10:30 am Meeting
St. Mary's Garden, Blue Star Marker, Lois Murphy Kindess Garden

Wear your gardening clothes today and bring along your tools! We're hoping all hands will be on deck to help put the three gardens to bed: St. Mary's, the Blue Star Memorial Marker, and the Lois Murphy Kindness Garden at the Falmouth Middle School. A slightly earlier meeting time will ensure we have a full hour at each site. We'll meet back at St. Mary's at 11:45am for refreshments and our regular meeting.

Hospitality: Alice Ingraham, Kathleen Bouchard, Mollie Mason

GCFM Fall Conference
Augusta, ME

OCT 21
OCT 30

11:00 am Meeting
Blue Star Marker and Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

As a national program originating in 1945 and sponsored by the Garden Clubs of America, the Blue Star Memorial Marker is a tribute to the men and women who have served or will serve in all branches of the U.S. armed forces in the past, present and future. In July of 1955 St. Mary's Garden Club dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the junction of Rte. 1 and Rte. 88 and agreed to maintain the garden there. This past year the marker was moved closer to the street, the garden was redesigned, and new plant material was installed. In observance of Veteran's Day, we will have a rededication ceremony at the marker. Officers from the Garden Club Federation of Maine, members of Falmouth's Blue Star Mothers, and a Girl Scout Color Guard will participate in this rededication.

Please meet at the church and car-pool down to the site. You may park along Rte. 88 or on the shoulder of Rte. 1. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:15.

Hospitality: Judy Miskell, Nancy Angier, Betty Yancey

NOV 11

10:00 am Workshop
Auditorium, St. Mary's Church

Join us to create small festive holiday arrangements to display during our tea. Please bring a small festive container to the workshop and any special decorations you might want to include. Floral supplies including greens will be provided.

11:00 am Holiday Gathering and Reception
Parish House Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

We will begin with a fun little swap! Bring a holiday decoration from your collection at home that you have had enough of, and swap with someone else. The piece they are tired of will be new to you, and vice versa! We will follow the swap with our traditional celebration, enjoying sweets and savories served in high style. Please remember to bring along a non-perishable food or essential item for the Falmouth Food Pantry.

Hospitality: Elaine Elliott, Layne Gregory, Alison Metsker, Lynne Werner, Holly Williams, Susan McCracken


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

11:00 am Meeting
St. Mary's Church

Author Lisa Colburn of The Maine Garden Journal will share insider secrets from Maine gardeners who love to put their hands in the dirt. Her wonderful book is a compilation of the knowledge and experience of gardeners throughout the state of Maine, from Zone 3b in extreme northern Maine to Zone 6a along our rocky coast. A book signing will follow Lisa's presentation.

Hospitality: Linda Grant, Maggie Stevens, Vail Traina
JAN 13

11:00 am Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

We have such a wealth of gardening knowledge among us that needs to be shared! Today's 'Trouble Day' program is dedicated to just that. Our panel of experienced club members will provide their insight into your most nagging gardening questions so come prepared to be enlightened and inspired.

Hospitality: Jan Wentling, Mary Oliver, Willie Sawyer

11:00 am Workshop
St. Mary's Church

While we've all had some experience in assembling floral arrangements, it's helpful to brush up on the basic tips and techniques in order to make our creations the best they can be and to stay beautiful as long as possible. Carolyn Davis will lead this workshop which will review how to make small flower arrangements in oasis, including guidelines for selecting flowers, tips for designing centerpieces, and a list of essential equipment. Create a lovely arrangement for your Valentine!

2013 Connecticut Flower Show
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
FEB 10
FEB 12
FEB 20-23
Philadelphia International Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

11:00 am Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

Do you love the simplicity and elegance of Ikebana floral designs? Learn more about this ancient art of floral design from Kaye Vosburgh, the owner of Kaye B. Vosburgh School of Ikebana and Creative Design in Boston. Along with being a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Garden Club of the Back Bay, Kaye is a member of Ikebana International and has achieved the highest ranking in The Sogetsu Foundation. During her presentation, Kaye will demonstrate the possibilities of working with flowers to create unexpected and unusual beauty.

Hospitality: Lucy Ellis, Jan Baker, Lynne Shepherd

Boston Flower Show
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

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

MAR 1-9
MAR 11
MAR 12-16
MAR 24

10:00 am Garden Work Day
Lois Murphy Kindness Garden, Falmouth Middle School

3rd Annual Great Gardener Series
Auditorium, St. Mary's Church

We've had two wonderful and inspiring speakers in our series and are poised to welcome a third. Mark your calendars; we expect to sell out again!

Amy Ziffer is our guest speaker this year. Amy is a Master Gardener, a well-known writer, speaker and photographer, and she is the owner of A Shady Lady Garden Design in Connecticut. Her topic is Creating a New England Cottage Garden: Adapting a Classic Garden Style to the Northeast. She will also be introducing her new book on shade gardening, which will be published this spring. Be sure to check out her website at

11:00 am Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

While we often admire the beauty of the trees around us, we're not always familiar with identifying the various indigenous species. The Maine Forest Service's District Forester, Ken Canfield, will present a talk on the forests of Maine. Ken will discuss native tree identification, invasive plant species, and forest management.

Hospitality: Carolyn Davis, Betty Lunt, Hannah Russell

National Garden Club Annual Convention
Norman, OK
APR 14
APR 30

10:00 am Garden Work Day
Lois Murphy Kindness Garden, Falmouth Middle School

9:00 am Plant Sale Set-Up
9:00 am Plant Sale
11:00 am Meeting
Guild Room, St. Mary's Church

Would you like to grow some veggies in your garden, but have limited space? Carolyn Snell from Snell Family Farm in Buxton will help us prepare for a bountiful summer by showing us how to plant a successful vegetable garden in containers. Carolyn will provide tips and techniques for optimal soil preparation, plant selection, and fertilization.

Hospitality: Dale Steffens, Alora Carrier, Joanne McKee
MAY 10
MAY 12

National Garden Week
10:00 am Garden Work Day
Lois Murphy Kindness Garden, Falmouth Middle School

11:00 am Annual Meeting
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay 633-4333

This year's annual meeting will be held at the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens when they're in full spring / early summer bloom. Our VIP bus charter will depart St. Mary's at 9:00am and we'll arrive at CMBG in Boothbay by 10:15am. Our meeting will be held in the new Education building followed by a catered luncheon. At 1pm, two docents will then lead us through an hour-long garden tour after which we'll have time to further explore the grounds and gift shop until the bus departs at 3pm. We expect to arrive back in Falmouth by 4:15pm.

GCFM Annual Convention
Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, ME

Falmouth Library Garden Tour
10:00 am Garden Gaze
JUN 1-7
JUN 10
JUN 17-19
JUN 21
JUN 24


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 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


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 Cultivating Community, The Morrison Center, The McLaughlin Garden Foundation, and Portland Arts and Technology High School. In 2013, an additional scholarship will be gifted to an Armed Services veteran to attend the Master Gardener program.

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