BELFAST — The monthly meeting and speaker series of The Belfast Garden Club will take place Tuesday, March 15, featuring a talk by Liz Stanley, Horticulture Program coordinator for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Stanley will discuss the basics of raised-bed and lasagna gardening. The talk, which the public is encouraged to attend, will begin at 2 p.m., after a brief public club business meeting, which starts at 1 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program will take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St.
Stanley coordinates home and youth gardening programs in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. She will talk about how to build and care for a garden that is manageable, expandable and perfect for beginning or advanced gardeners of any age. In addition, she will explore some of the advantages of growing intensively in a small space such as warmer soil in the spring and fall (extending Maine’s short growing season), easier management of weeds, water and fertility, simpler succession planting and better ergonomics.
The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. The club offers monthly public meetings in fall, winter and spring. The meetings begin with brief attention to club business, followed by a short presentation by a garden club member on an environmental or conservation topic. This month member Martha Laitin will discuss “Poison Ivy: An Allergic Gardener’s Nightmare.” After a break, featuring snacks and finger foods will be provided by the hospitality committee, Stanley will give her presentation.
The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining more than 12 public gardens in the city. In 2010 a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation was used to improve the garden around the chapel at Grove Cemetery. The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project and an annual education scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.