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Harpswell Historical Society

Incorporated 1979

929 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, Maine  04079
harpshistory@gmail.com

The Harpswell Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, identification, collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of materials relating to the history of Harpswell and its people.
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About the Harpswell Historical Society
The Sebascodegan Garden Club

 Sebascodegan Garden Club

  • An informal group of people interested in gardening in a coastal environment, in regional history, and in historic preservation.

  • Formed in the 1960's to restore and maintain the historic East Harpswell Baptist Church, to "promote the beautification of the Town", and to share garden information.

  • Applied for and received listing of the Church on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

  • Oversaw the transfer of deed from the Trustees of the Church to the Harpswell Historical Society in 2009.

 Present Programs

  • Monthly meetings on first Thursdays

  • Speakers, illustrated topics, mostly in private homes

  • Gardening craft workshops and demonstrations

  • Field trips to nurseries, arboretums, museums, usually followed by lunch at a local restaurant

  • Vesper Service at the Historic East Harpswell Baptist Church in December

  • Ice cream social in February

  • Spring plant sale

 Service Programs

  • The Club oversees the lease of the East Harpswell Baptist Church for community functions such as weddings, christenings, memorials. 
    For Reservations call 729-8084.

  • The Club advises the Historical Society on needed maintenance of the Church building and helps defray costs.

  • The Club offers green gardening tips for coastal gardening in cooperation with the Harpswell Conservation Commission's "Save Our Bay" program.

 Membership Information

Dues are $5.00 annually, payable to: 
"Sebascodegan Garden Club"

 Send check to: 

Peg Logan, Treasurer 
166 Neils Point Road
Harpswell, ME  04079

Visitors are welcome at any Club meeting 
with prior notification to a member of the Program Committee:

Anne Perry 729-9755
Madeleine Ashe 725-4242 
Peggy Logan 725-5083

New members will receive the Club Program 
and a free copy of "Gardening Tips for Harpswell"

Available Literature from the Sebascodegan Garden Club

 Fall Garden Tips, from Friends of Casco Bay

 From the Harpswell Conservation Commission

  • Spring Garden Tips 

  • Best Garden Practices 

  • Six Point Program for a Healthy, Self- sustaining Lawn 

  • Reduce Soil Erosion

 

Gardening to Conserve Maine's Native Landscape
from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service

Garden Club Encourages Natives in The Garden

Recommends Two Books

Download here (pdf)

Some websites pertinent to gardening in Harpswell: 

http ://sites.google.com/site/coneducationsite/ 

http://www.cascobay.org/bayscaping/

 

Gardening Philosophy

 Harpswell is surrounded by water. Everyone lives or gardens within a mile of the sea. To protect our marine resources we must reduce our use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides with the goal of being free of them in the future.

Harpswell has very limited fresh ground water. We promote the judicious use of water in the landscape and the use of less thirsty plants and native species.