Club president will speak on Belfast City Park

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The monthly meeting and speaker series of the Belfast Garden Club will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St. Featured speaker will be Megan Pinette, president of the Belfast Historical Society. Pinette will discuss the Belfast Village Improvement Society. Garden club member Ann Mullen will give a brief talk on Railroad Gardens. Pinette will speak at 2 p.m.The public is encouraged to attend.

According to Pinette, in the early 1900s the Belfast Village Improvement Society, a group of dedicated ladies, was the moving spirit in the creation of Belfast’s municipal park, in making the city’s streets and public places more attractive, and inspiring many civic improvements. In 1904 their most important accomplishment was the creation of City Park, its gardens, tree plantings, clambake ovens and the pavilion.

The club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929.

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, email or call Dana Carey at 338-1573.