Belfast Garden Club Presents “Orchard Trees for the Backyard; Cultivating Fruit Trees for Eating and Landscaping Enjoyment” with MOFGA Orchardist C.J. Walke

Posted April 11, 2012, at 9:06 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Rectory, 95 Court Street, Belfast, ME

For more information: Dana Carey; 207-338-4786;

The April meeting and presentation of The Belfast Garden Club will take place Tuesday, April 17, featuring a talk by C.J. Walke, orchardist for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

The program, which the public is encouraged to attend, will begin at 2 p.m. following a brief public club business meeting, which starts at 1 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.

C.J. Walke is the Organic Orchardist for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) located in Unity, ME. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Park Management with a focus on Environmental Education from Unity College. C.J. will offer suggestions for backyard fruit tree cultivation using certified organic methods for home fruit production and enhancement. His discussion will including soil management and tree care tips, as well as techniques for managing common insect pests and diseases. Additional resources will be provided and there will be plenty of time for questions.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. It offers monthly public meetings in winter, spring and fall. The meetings begin with brief attention to club business, followed by a short presentation by a Garden Club member on an environmental or conservation topic. This month Edie Buron and Karen Misenheimer will give a short slide presentation, “Civic Beautification Gardens Around the City” describing the work they are doing in the 12 Belfast City gardens the Civic Beautification Committee plants and maintains.

After a break, featuring snacks and finger foods provided by the Hospitality Committee, C.J. Walke will lead the discussion about orchards.

The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining more than 12 public gardens in the city. In 2010 a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation was used to improve the garden around the Chapel at the Grove Cemetery.

The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and an annual education scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.

For more information, visit or email or call Dana Carey at 338-4786.