The Garden Club of Mount Desert, Northeast Harbor, Maine
  • Monitoring boreal blueberry

  • 1-meter square grid; Swamp Pink (Arethusa bulbosa)

  • Recording plant occurrences; Boreal blueberry

  • Baked-Apple Berry (Rubus chamaemorus); Partners for Plants volunteers in Sphagnum Bog, Tremont, Maine

  • Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia); Sally Rooney and Jill Weber, lead botanists for Partners for Plants and authors of The Plants of Acadia National Park

Partners for Plants

GCA clubs can cooperate with Federal, State and Local entities to remove invasive plants and inventory rare plants on state and other significant city and county lands. Most projects involve working with professional botanists, and funds are available from GCA to help cover expenses.

  • Requirements of a Partners for Plants project include:
  • Involve federal, state, county or city parks larger than 150 acres
  • Include a Garden Club of America coordinator
  • Other volunteers can be GCA members or not
  • Projects can take from 1–4 days to several weeks
  • Most projects do not require funding, but funding is available to hire botanists
  • Volunteers pay their own expenses

  • Benefits for participating garden clubs:
  • Experience being part of a research project by helping to remove invasive plants or…
  • Spend time on public lands while participating in a valuable project
  • Experience a sense of achievement while addressing an environmental threat
  • Address the cuts in funding for projects like these

The Garden Club of Mount Desert initiated a Partners For Plants project in 2004 monitoring rare plants and eradicating non-native invasive species in Acadia National Park. Club members Elise Felton and Elly Andrews have coordinated these efforts in conjunction with Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia and an outside professional botanist. This work has continued through the present, and Acadia National Park values the data provided. The research has not only monitored existing rare plant sites, but has uncovered new sites as well. It has both prevented the spread of invasives, and tested various techniques of accomplishing this. Additionally, as members of our club and other volunteers have continued this Partners for Plants project, they have become vested in the project, and share their knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation with others.

  • Rare Plants We Monitor:
  • Blinks
  • Boreal Blueberry
  • Canada Mountain Ricegrass
  • Mountain Firmoss
  • Mountain Sandwort
  • Nantucket Shadbush
  • New England Northern Reedgrass
  • Northeastern Sea-Blite
  • Seaside Lungwort
  • Wiegand’s Sedge
  • Non-native Invasive Species We Seek to Eradicate:
  • Bittersweet
  • Bull Thistle
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Japanese Barberry
  • Multiflora Roses
  • Morrow’s Honeysuckle
  • Purple Loosestrife
  • Purple Nightshade
northern pitcher plant