CAMDEN — The Camden Garden Club will hold its April meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street. David T. Handley, vegetable and small fruit specialist and cooperating professor of horticulture for the University of Maine will give a talk “Growing Strawberries and Raspberries,” at 9:30 a.m. and will cover the variety of plants that are available, how to select the best planting site and how to prepare the soil to ensure a bountiful and delicious crop.
Handley has been based at Highmoor Farm, the Maine Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Monmouth, Maine since 1983, where he carries out applied research regarding berry and vegetable variety evaluation, production techniques and pest management strategies. He coordinates statewide integrated pest management (IPM) programs for strawberries and sweet corn. Dr. Handley is the author of numerous Extension fact sheets, articles and newsletters and co-editor of two regional small fruit production guides.
Camden Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month, April through October, and the organization will be hosting its 72nd annual Garden & Home Tour on July 18. The annual plant sale, previously held in May to raise funds for the Scholarship Program, is being replaced this year by a raffle for an original painting by local artist Colin Page. The Scholarship Program was established in 1984 and to date over 125 scholarships have been awarded to students majoring in horticulture related subjects.
Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. For more information about the club and its activities visit www.camdengardenclub.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .