For the third consecutive year, the Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour will feature an outdoor artist. This year, Rockport’s Holly Smith will be painting at one of the tour sites during the July 21 event. Tour participants can purchase raffle tickets to earn this souvenir of their experience. Proceeds will go to the club’s scholarship fund.
Originally from Maine, Holly has always found inspiration in the beauty and ever-changing moods of her surroundings. She strives to show others the meaningful and healing tranquility that the Maine landscape offers through colors, shapes, and compositional relationships. She frequently takes the opportunity to discover her region by traveling to remote island destinations or exploring scenic areas around her home.
Holly’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including First National Bancorp and The Samoset Resort. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and galleries over the years and is currently represented by the Portland Art Gallery and the Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery.
The club’s scholarship fund benefits local high school students who wish to pursue higher education in horticulture or environmental sciences and also supports scholarships to the 4-H camp in Tanglewood.
The house and garden tour will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Four private homes and gardens, plus guided tours of Conway House and Camden Public Library Amphitheater and Harbor Park, are included on the tour. Members of the Mid Coast Sports Car Club will display their prized vehicles at tour stops.
Tickets cost $40 and are available at various outlets in Belfast, Camden and Rockport, and online at camdengardenclub.org. Tickets are also available for purchase July 21 at the tour’s headquarters at Camden Public Landing, or any of the tour’s private houses.
Camden Garden Club 74e The annual house and garden tour is different every year. Only the quality of the residences and private gardens on display, the welcome from the Club’s “hostesses” and the attention to detail that make the event so successful remain unchanged.
Tourist properties include a Victorian house on the High Street, a four-acre property with an orchard and pond, a new post-and-beam house with fabulous views and free-flowing traffic, a beachfront property with extensive sunny gardens and shaded, the Conway House, and the Camden Public Library grounds. The Village Soup food truck will be parked on Atlantic Avenue while the tour is in progress.
According to Camden Garden Club President Lucy Ebbert, many tour participants plan their holidays around this event. “We like to greet old friends who come to the tour every year,” Ebbert said. “We welcome people from all over Maine, New England and many other states, as well as the Midcoast.”
The annual tour provides funding for CGC’s civic projects in Camden, including light wreaths and hanging baskets on streetlights in downtown Camden, flowers in traffic islands, maintenance of the Village Green, l landscaping of Laite Beach, the flower boxes on the Union Street Arch and the Main Street Bridge, street trees and winter horticulture programs.
Tickets can be purchased for $40 online at camdengardenclub.org and picked up after 8:30 a.m. on the day of the tour at tour headquarters on Camden Public Landing. They are also on sale now at outlets such as Brambles and the Left Bank in Belfast, Glendarragh Lavender and Camden Public Library in Camden, Guini Ridge and Plants Unlimited in Rockport, the Green Thumb in Rockland and Moose Crossing in Waldoboro . For more information, contact [email protected]