Garden Club Federation of Maine  

WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR THE
GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION OF MAINE

  
We are in the process of redesigning and updating all the information on our site. Please excuse any inconvenience! We are hoping our new site will be online 
February 1,2015. 


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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR THE
GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION OF MAINE

  
We are in the process of redesigning and updating all the information on our site. Please excuse any inconvenience! We are hoping our new site will be online
February 1,2015. 


Use the navigation bar at the top of the page to
find the section or topic of interest to you and click on the tab.

Your comments and ideas are always welcome. Please send your suggestions to
webmaster@mainegardenclubs.org

 Visit us on Facebook

GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION OF  MAINE
PORTLAND FLOWER SHOW 
MARCH 4 - 8, 2015 

        2015 Flower Show Theme is      
         
"A Taste of Spring" 

GCFM will have an Exhibit Booth at the show and members will be distributing information on Garden Tours, Plant Sales, Club Membership, and other Garden Club information.  




GARDENERS ADDING POLLINATORS 

                          (BeeGAP Program) 

The partnership between NGC and Crown Bees is coming to Maine.  GCFM is  supporting this partnership by increasing awareness of adding native bees to our gardens by adding Mason Bees.  Mason bees are SOLITARY, gentle, rarely stinging, and are hard working pollinators.  Honey Bee population levels have dropped by 50% in the past 25 years.  The addition of Mason bees will be appreciated by backyard gardening enthusiasts as well as commercial growers.    

You can check out their website at www.crownbees.com/

How can you get involved?  Raise Mason Bees in your own garden and provide habitats for our native solitary nesting bees by adding nesting materials. 

GCFM will be offering Crown Bees Products through the generous folks at Crown Bees Fundraising opportunity. These products and bees will be available at upcoming District Meetings, Convention and Fall Conference. 

More information on Mason Bees can be found on the NGC website, in The National Gardener, (Fall 2013 Issue). 


Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Dedication

It was a cold drizzly day in Augusta for the rededication of the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker. A bagpiper played each of the services military hymns, a trumpeter played the Star Spangled Banner, a Vietnam veteran shared his experiences of coming home and his love of his community, and an aging and proud American Legion Honor Guard stood through the entire dedication, while city officials graciously accepted the marker. The Superintendent of the Veteran’s Cemetery gave a brief history of the Blue Star Avenue, the Blue Star Circle where the marker is located, and some wonderful veterans’ and family stories. First Lady Ann LePage attended the ceremony and spoke warmly and supportively of all veterans. It was a ceremony steeped in patriotism and pride by all.

Appreciation and gratitude to Deb Burnham, Kennebec District Director, Karen Foster, President of the Kennebec Valley Garden Club, and Coral Garrison, Kennebec Valley Garden Club Blue Star Chair for organizing the purchase of a new Blue Star Marker and planning a very special dedication Ceremony. A special and heartfelt thanks to the Garden Club members who stood in raingear and gloves through the cold sprinkles and drizzles and to the ladies who graciously served warm cider and donuts after the dedication.

If you travel to August, stop by the Veteran’s Cemetery and view the marker. Thank you Kennebec District for your fine work. 

 
 
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