With music and seedlings, Harpswell celebrates a decade of community gardening

Harpswell Community Garden’s 10th anniversary celebration revolved around a simple idea: showcasing the garden itself. After considering outdoor venues for the event, Peg Newberg said, organizers decided they wanted “people to be able to see and experience the garden”.

Newberg said she and other members of the volunteer committee who run the garden also saw the July 30 event as an opportunity to showcase like-minded community organizations. “I invited community organizations that I thought might like to join, and slowly other groups asked to join in the celebration,” she said.

Local organizations present at the celebration included Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell Garden Club, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership.

In addition to information on their missions, the organizations offered activities for children, such as a treasure hunt and a cornhole game. Live music from Matt Newberg and the Hearts of Gold added to the atmosphere on this beautiful summer day.

The community garden provided refreshments for the celebration, many of which featured fresh herbs from the organic garden. Visitors could refresh themselves with a glass of sumac and elderflower lemon balm or munch on fresh chimichurri garlic bread.