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Invasive Plant Workshop at Merryspring

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Invasive bittersweet by Timothy Valentine

Hildy Ellis of the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will conduct a two-hour workshop on identifying invasive plant species at Merryspring Nature Center on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Beware! Many common yard and brush plants are actually alien invaders. Non-native, invasive species have thrived throughout Maine, threatening native vegetation and the wildlife on which it depends. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify key invasive species, the threats they pose to native vegetation and wildlife, and how they can be prevented throughout the landscape. The workshop will include an indoor talk and an outdoor walk on the Merryspring grounds.

Ellis is the District Coordinator for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. She has a degree in horticulture from the University of Maine, where she conducted graduate research on ornamental invasive plants.

The cost of this workshop is free for Merryspring members, with a minimal charge of $5 for non-members. Guests are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for this event.

Pre-registration is required, with a maximum limit of 15 people. Interested parties may sign up by calling Merryspring at 236-2239 or emailing

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Rt. 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at