For the third consecutive year, the Camden Garden Club’s House and Garden Tour will feature a plein air artist. This year, Holly Smith of Rockport will paint at one of the tour locations during the July 21 event. Tour participants may purchase raffle tickets to win this remembrance of their experience. The proceeds will benefit the Club’s Scholarship Fund.
As a Maine native, Holly has always found inspiration in the ever–changing beauty and moods of her surroundings. She strives to show others the meaningful, healing tranquility that the Maine landscape offers through colors, shapes, and compositional relationships. She frequently takes the opportunity to experience her locale by traveling to remote island destinations or exploring scenic areas around her home.
Holly’s artwork is in numerous public and private collections, including the First National Bancorp and The Samoset Resort. She has exhibited in numerous shows and galleries through 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 the fields of horticulture or environmental science and also supports scholarships to the Tanglewood 4-H Camp.
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, as well as guided tours of the Conway House and the Camden Public Library’s ampitheater and Harbor Park, are included in the tour. Members of the Mid Coast Sports Car Club will display their prized vehicles at the tour stops.
Tickets are $40 and are available at various retail locations in Belfast, Camden and Rockport, and online at camdengardenclub.org. Tickets are also available for purchase on July 21 at Tour Headquarters at the Camden Public Landing, or at any private home on the tour.
The Camden Garden Club’s 74th Annual House and Garden Tour is different every year. The only things that remain the same are the quality of the private homes and gardens on display, the hospitality of the Club’s “hostesses,” and the careful attention to detail that makes the event a success.
The tour properties include a Victorian home on High Street, a four-acre property with an orchard and pond, a newer post-and-beam home with fabulous views and traffic flow, a seaside property with extensive sun and shade gardens, the Conway House, and the grounds of the Camden Public Library. 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 vacations around this event. “We love to greet old friends who come to the tour every year,” said Ebbert. “We welcome people from all over Maine, New England, and many other states, as well as from the Midcoast.”
The annual Tour provides funding for CGC’s civic projects in Camden, including the lighted wreaths and hanging baskets on Camden’s downtown lampposts, flowers in the traffic islands, maintenance of the Village Green, Laite Beach landscaping, 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 from camdengardenclub.org and picked up after 8:30 a.m. on the day of the tour at Tour Headquarters on the Camden Public Landing. They are also on sale now at retail locations including Brambles and the Left Bank in Belfast, Glendarragh Lavender and the 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@example.com.