The monthly meeting and speaker series of the Belfast Garden Club will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, featuring a talk by Megan Pinette, president of the Belfast Historical Society.

Pinette will discuss the Belfast Village Improvement Socety. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with brief attention to club business, followed by a short talk by garden club member, Ann Mullen on railroad gardens. Pinette will be the featured program speaker at 2 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast. The public is encouraged to attend.

Pinette will give a PowerPoint slide talk about the Belfast Village Improvement Society. In the early 1900s the Belfast Village Improvement Society, a group of very 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 its most important accomplishment was the creation of City Park, its gardens, tree plantings, clambake ovens and the pavilion.

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

The 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 338-4786.