Winter Horticulture Series Tuesdays through February

CAMDEN — The Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture Series, hosted by the Camden Public Library in the Picker Room, will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 28. The series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served beginning at 10 a.m.

Here is a list of guest speakers, their topics and the dates they will speak:

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Lorie Costigan, owner of Glendarragh Lavender Farm in Appleton, will discuss growing lavender in Maine. From culinary to decorative uses, the Costigans have taught many people how to add lavender to their homes and gardens.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Shelly Johnson, owner of BreatheEasy Farm in Appleton will discuss intensive raised bed gardening.  Her method of growing vegetables, ornamental and woody plants builds healthy soil, suppresses weeds and diseases and requires less maintenance.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, William Cullina will discuss orchids. Cullina is the director of horticulture and plant curator at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Orchids are only one of his many areas of expertise. This presentation should provide everyone with a lovely Valentine’s Day experience.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Katherine Holland will discuss the remaking of the Queset garden. Holland is a landscape designer, owner of Blue Newt Designs and a member of the Camden Garden Club. The Italianate Gardens in the Queset Garden in Massachusetts are a testimony to her restoration work of historic gardens.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Dr. David Handley will discuss growing blueberries and raspberries in Maine. Handley is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist and a Cooperating Professor of Horticulture at the University of Maine. He will provide information on delicious and easy to grow selections for a backyard berry patch.

Photo by Sara Wilmot Photography
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