Ellsworth Garden Club wins awards at state convention



Judy McGeorge (left), immediate past president of the Ellsworth Garden Club, receives awards from Suzanne Bushnell (right), president of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor during the organization’s annual convention June 16. MARY BLACKSTONE PHOTO

Judy McGeorge (left), immediate past president of the Ellsworth Garden Club, receives awards from Suzanne Bushnell (right), president of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor during the organization’s annual convention June 16.
MARY BLACKSTONE PHOTO

BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth Garden Club was recognized with several awards and a cash prize for its work during 2015 at the annual convention of the Garden Club Federation of Maine.

The convention was held June 14-16 at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor.

The Ellsworth club was recognized for its work in various areas relating to Garden Club Federation of Maine objectives.

For the club’s Food for Life and Learning Program, which involves volunteer and financial commitments, in support of youth garden clubs and school gardens in all three Ellsworth Schools (Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center), it received a certificate for Outstanding Work with School Gardening Projects.

In particular, the club won the Gloria Bryson Burrill Tree Planting Award and cash prize for the Most Outstanding Tree Planting Project in 2015. This was in recognition of the club’s ongoing Arbor Day and Teacher Appreciation tree planting project at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Through that project, a former teacher in the Ellsworth School system is recognized when a specific grade of students takes responsibility for not only choosing and planting a tree on the campus but also for its long-term care and health.

The club’s Conservation, Habitat and the Environment Committee also was recognized for doing outstanding work relating to the environment through its 2015 Pollinator Project and its ongoing Yardkeeper and Journaling projects.

The club also was commended for taking in 11 new members during the 2015-2016 fiscal year through the Norine Veal Membership Award.

It also received recognition for its work on Ellsworth’s Blue Star Memorial Marker, which was reinstalled and recently dedicated in a ceremony at the intersections of routes 1A and 180 in Ellsworth Falls.

Finally, the club received the Club of Distinction Award (in the highest category, scoring over 300 points) for accomplishments in all areas of garden club activities.

The Ellsworth Garden Club is an active and diverse organization of men and women involved in a wide range of activities from horticultural projects, workshops and public programming to efforts relating to conservation and the environment, community beautification and improvement, school gardening and floral and landscape design. It welcomes new members.

For more information contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878.