For 56 years, members of the Bangor Garden Club have been working publicly, within the community, and privately around their own homes, to help make the Bangor area a more beautiful place to live.
Since it was organized in 1954, according to information provided by the organization, BGC members have been involved with a number of local beautification projects, including spring plantings at the Bangor Pubic Library, the Hose 5 Fire Museum on State Street and the Circle of Senses Garden at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Hospital in Bangor.
But, what I didn’t know that they have been doing, and that I find absolutely delightful, is members of BGC, known as “the Plant Ladies,” visit children who are ill, injured or receiving treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
They plant small pots with those children who, in turn, tend the plants while they are in the hospital, and then take them home when they leave.
BGC also offers scholarships to University of Maine-Orono students who are studying horticulture or related subjects and, since 1998, has sponsored a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker at the entrance to Hogan Road from State Street.
According to information provided through member Caroline Tully, “This is a living memorial and a tribute of a grateful nation to all who have served or will serve in the nation’s armed forces.”
The project was adopted by the Garden Club Federation of Maine in 1946 and “is a part of a ribbon of dedicated highways across the country in every state.”
In case you were unaware, the BGC reports Maine has more than 1,171 miles of this designated highway, which includes Maine State Routes 1, 2, 1A, 201, 3 and 157.
“The Blue Star is the centerpiece of the memorial sign. It was chosen because it symbolized the blue star on the World War II service flag,” according to the release.
In order to help fund all these projects, BGC relies not only on its members but also on contributions from the public through fundraisers such as its spring 2011 trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show.
That coach trip is scheduled for departure at 7 a.m. Thursday, March 17, from Bangor, and includes stops in Newport and Waterville with a coffee-break stop in Kennebunkport.
Your $80 trip fee includes bus fare and gratuities, and admission to the show.
The theme of this year’s show, which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, is “A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden,”
A dinner stop on the return trip (which happens to be St. Patrick’s Day) is scheduled for South Portland, but that meal is not included in the ticket price.
BGC members remind you this trip could be one terrific holiday gift for that someone special who loves flowers and gardens, and that gift certificates and stocking stuffers are available.
Tickets can be ordered by calling Laura Cushing at 415-8971 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Profits from this trip will be directed to university scholarships and the flower boxes and beds sponsored by the BGC located in Bangor.
For those of you who might be new to the area, or think you might want to learn more about the activities offered by BGC, Tully wants you to know that, this spring, the BGC will meet at noon the first Mondays of March, April, May and June at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Brewer.
After lunch and the business meeting, she wrote, “we always have a program about gardening.”
For information about the trip or about the Bangor Garden Club, call or e-mail Laura Cushing or write her at 2337 Union St., Hermon 04401.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; email@example.com ; 990-8288.