The Tuesday, April 20, meeting of the Belfast Garden Club will feature a talk by Ken Liberty, president and founder of the Maine Peony Society. The meeting, which the public is encouraged to attend, will begin at 1 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St.

Liberty grows more than 100 varieties of peonies in his Bangor garden. He will present a slide show of the early, mid-season and late-blooming varieties from among the more than 1,000 named peonies that exist today.

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

The club offers public monthly meetings in fall, winter and spring. 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 member Ann Mullen will discuss “Life in a teaspoon of soil” a look at worms, microbes and plant growth. After a break, featuring lovely snacks and finger foods provided by the hospitality committee, Liberty, the featured guest speaker, will give his presentation on peonies.

The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining more than 12 public gardens in the city. This year a $5,000 grant from the Golden Rule Foundation will be used to improve the garden around the chapel at Grove Cemetery. Look for the pink tulips planted in front of the chapel to support breast cancer research, they should be blooming soon!

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

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