Upcoming Events & Meetings for 2021

Programs are subject to change due to pandemic and availability of speakers.



Plant sale: Buy the flowers and vegies that will make your garden a winner this summer! Held this year in our own Mariners Park.

Saturday, May 22, 10-12 at the old Deer Isle Elementary School

Rain date May 23rd.


Composting 101: Everything you've wanted to know about composting, what items you need, where to find them, how to do it, and more!  Presented by our own Toni Griskivich and Bonita Poitras. 

Wednesday, June 18, 4 pm

Rain date June 19, 4pm at Toni's home



Visit an Artist's Garden

Join us to see Jill Hoy's wonderful island garden. See some of the paintings inspired by her garden, and hear how it has changed over the years.  Bring your own sketchbook/watercolors to capture a garden memory. Details to come.

Saturday July 10, 2-4 pm



Celebrate 60 years of Mariners Park

Details to come



How to Winterize Your Garden

 What do you need to do? How? Why? When? Bring your winterizing questions.

Wednesday, September 15th, 4 pm at the  Deer Isle Town Hall



Native Gardens & Book Signing

Cathy Rees will talk about her new book "Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden for Every Season" and sign books. Learn how to include native plants in your gardens and in the woods on your property.

Wednesday, October 20, 4 pm at the Deer Isle Town Hall



 Decorating for the Holidays

Learn how to make wreaths, garlands and other holiday decorations using items from your own yard. 

Wednesday, November 17, 4pm at the Deer Isle Town Hall



Holiday Party

Details, date and time to come

Past Events & Meetings


Mariners Park Fence Post Repairs

August 27, 2021 will mark the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Mariners Memorial Park. In preparation for this occasion, as part of our park improvement efforts, we plan to replace the split rail fence that marks Memorial Lane.

While cleaning up around the fence, we found that it was in greater disrepair than we thought. We are starting a fund drive to replace the fence in 2021. Please consider donating $25, representing a fence post, and spread the word to other lovers of the park.


Use the PayPal donate button below, or mail checks to:

Evergreen Garden Club 

P.O. Box 732, Deer Isle

ME 04627


The club is a 501c3 organization, so your donation is tax deductible. Because of COVID, even if you do not itemize, you can claim up to $300 in total for any contributions you make to qualifying organizations this year.

Thank you for your support!


Bees of Maine

These Bees of Maine Fact Sheets are provided by Jennifer Lund, State Apiarist of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. In Maine, there are over 270 species of bees!

The Maine Apiary program website also includes Bulletin #7153, Understanding Native Bees, the Great Pollinators: Enhancing Their Habitat in Maine.


In Memory of Diane Walker

Diane Walker Evergreen Garden Club President 2007-2017

Pollinator Garden Dedication September 14, 2020, 11 am, Mariners Park

The Evergreen Garden Club, EGGC, became owners of land that was part of what was known as The Morey Farm just off the Sunshine Road in Deer Isle Maine on April 24, 1961, now known as Mariners Park. The twenty-one charter members worked hard to develop a plan and clean up the land to establish the first park in Deer Isle.

Today we are honoring one of the members, who went on to become president for 10 years, Diane Walker.  With the help of her husband, Ian Walker, they worked hard to maintain the tradition of caring for the Park and the other two gardens that the EGGC care for. Diana was able to negotiate a boundary agreement to firmly establish the area of the Park and establish a needed parking area near the shore for people who launched boats. 

Mariners Park and the gardens in front of the Deer Isle Town Hall and the gardens in front of The Community Center in Stonington are maintained and cared for by the members of the Club. Diane organized work parties, for one hour, to keep up moral and get things done. Her energy and determination over the years has helped to hold the club together and enriched the lives of the members, residents and visitors to the Park.

We worked, laughed and weeded together, sharing our love for gardens, trees, birds and bees. Her enthusiasm and leadership has been missed and we feel grateful to have had her vision as president for ten years. She left us with a legacy and today we honor her by dedicating this newly designed garden to her. 

Thanks to Joan Schlosstein who designed and oversaw this creative garden and the stone wall. Thanks to the Mariners Park Committee, Toni Griskivich and Phelps Brown and their team, Judy Curtis, Connie Carroll and many other volunteers. Thanks to Kendall Eaton who helped with the stone moving and parking area. 

Thanks to Ian Walker who has helped in so many ways over the years with all of Diane’s projects and who has improved the Park in so many ways. Thank you all for coming today, 

 Kathie Keane, President Evergreen Garden Club


2019 Annual Meeting & Presentation

Despite rain and sleet, there was a good turnout for the 2019 ANNUAL MEETING on Friday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Deer Isle Town Hall. President Kathie Keane oversaw the agenda, updates, nominations, and welcomed new members.


Brighid Doherty, founder of The Solidago School of Herbalismgave a presentation titled  “Winter's Wild Harvest: Pine & Usnea" and Ken Crowell gave a presentation about the recent infestations of the Browntail Moth.


Suzanne Carmichael volunteered to be Program Chair and presented some ideas for future programs and asked for suggestions from the group. Toni Griskivich brought gluten free peanut butter cookies and Kathie Keane brought apple cider.

Annual Mariner's Park Clean-up


October 2018 ~ Three was the magic number for two cleanups at the park this month.


EGC Events Coordinator Toni Griskivich, along with Lynn and Jon Braff cleared up around the apple trees by the shore in advance of cleanup day because Lynn and Jon would be gone to Maryland by then. They spent 2 hours clearing brush, alders and bittersweet from the area.


On cleanup day Toni, Joan Schlosstein and Katy Allgeyer worked on the Pollinator Garden, pulling up small trees, grass, and weeding. In one hour they got half the job done and it is lovely on the side facing the parking area. They enjoyed the hard word and a picnic afterwards, as well as the hot cider Toni brought on that cold, raw day.


The bittersweet is rampant in the park and the poison ivy has spread quite a bit. Toni sprayed the poison ivy with a vinegar/salt/dish detergent recipe and it has killed the ivies closest to the path and she also put a new sign up to replace the one that was there years ago.

Well done, and many thanks to Toni, Lynn, Jon, Joan and Katy for all their hard work!


Still Needed:

A project for anyone with clippers would be to clean up along the entrance since the brush rubs against your car as you drive in.  Also, there is a lot of overhang over the walking paths that could be taken care of.



On August 16th, Evergreen Garden Club members gathered to hear Julie Wang give her presentation, “POTAGERS NEAR AND FAR” at her beautiful home in Brooklin.


After the slideshow and presentation Julie answered further questions as members had refreshments and wandered the gardens.


Many thanks to Julie Wang for her hospitality and for sharing her knowledge with us!


A Word Of Warning About Browntail Moths

"We had an oak tree near our clothesline which was infested in the early summer of 2017 and I had no idea how lethal the little brown hairs can be. It is like a bad case of poison ivy if they get on you or on the clothes you have hung out near them. You will be miserable for about ten days. Very uncomfortable! Be alert!"

If you have hardwoods on your property –especially oaks, apples, hawthorns, roses, or cherries, you will want to inspect them for Browntail Moth winter webs ASAP, before the leaf buds open and the caterpillars become active.

Click below to download the PDF from Ken and Marnie Crowell

Removing Browntail Caterpillar Nests