The Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library will once again collaborate to bring an evening lecture series to the library. The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. with an illustrated talk by author Letitia Baldwin, "Two Island Gardens:  Asticou and Thuya," in the library's Abbott Room at 106 High St.

All are invited to join Baldwin for her talk about the two gardens, which are located in Northeast Harbor and are owned and operated by the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island. Learn how they were created, thanks to the passion of lifelong Northeast Harbor resident Charles K. Savage, funding from John D. Rockefeller, and the azaleas and rhododendrons rescued from renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand’s gardens in Bar Harbor.

Letitia Baldwin is the author of the book, “Two Island Gardens: Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden.” Before making Maine her permanent home in 1988, she worked in Mexico City, broadcasting in CBS News and writing for Time Magazine. In Maine, she worked for the Bar Harbor Times and the Bangor Daily News and has contributed numerous articles to major Maine publications and the Boston Globe. She is currently the arts/special sections editor at the Ellsworth American.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. The evening lecture series at the library will continue Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a presentation by artist John Moore on “The Beautiful Commonplace: Pocket Parks, Roadside Memorials, Community Gardens,” and Tuesday, March 27, with  a presentation by Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals on “Creating a Medicinal Herb Garden.”

For more information, the library at 338-3884, ext. 10. For more information about Belfast Garden Club, visit