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Swan Lake House and Garden Tour

Bangor Daily News on July 25, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Swan Lake, Multiple places, Swanville SWANVILLE, Maine – The Swan Lake House and Garden Tour will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2. This unique event combines a narrated boat ride with light refreshments, as well as five garden walks and four open houses. Proceeds …
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25th annual Maine Open Farm Day on July 27

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: AUGUSTA, Maine — Visit select Maine Farms 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, across Maine. Nearly 90 farms will open their doors to give the public an opportunity to learn about Maine and Maine food producers and for farms to show consumers their …
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Brick House Garden at Frances Perkins homestead.

Tours of Frances Perkins Center offered July 20

Bangor Daily News on July 16, 2014, at 8:16 a.m.
NEWCASTLE, Maine — The Frances Perkins Center is once again offering their popular tours of the Frances Perkins family homestead located on the banks of the Damariscotta River in Newcastle. Tours take place at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20. Come visit the home Perkins cites as her source …
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Belfast ecovillage installs 11 more solar systems

on July 08, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine – Eleven families in Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage are installing solar systems on their homes this summer, in a community purchase initiative. The ultra-energy efficient homes at BC&E were designed for solar systems, thus most homes have enough space for panels to produce all or a majority of the household’s total …
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Garden show to be held in Ellsworth

Bangor Daily News on July 08, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, with sponsorship from NewLand Nursery, Landscaping and Florist, will hold a flower show 2-6 p.m. Friday, August 1, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, 20 Forest Ave. The theme …
Forester Jeff Williams stands on property in North Yarmouth that has been overtaken with honeysuckle, at right, Japanese bayberry, bittersweet, burning bush and multiflora rose, all invasive species. "The homeowner wants to do a commercial harvest, but I have advised him against it," Williams said. "Once harvested, the honeysuckle would make it difficult to regenerate the native trees and plants."

Pandora’s Box: Waging war on invasive plants in Maine is a full-time job

By Terry Karkos on June 29, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — Living next to a cemetery isn’t a great place to be unless you happen to be an invasive plants and trees educator like Patty Cormier. Her yard beside Riverside Cemetery on Route 2 in Farmington is a veritable Pandora’s box of invasive plants and trees. Birds and …
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Historic sea captain's home, lovingly restored, to be featured on tour.

Stonington Library House Tour July 11

By Vicki Zelnick on June 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, July 11, 2014 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Stonington Public Library, 64 Main St., Stonington For more information: 207-367-5926 STONINGTON, Maine –“All Around the Town,” the Stonington Public Library’s 12th annual house tour, will feature five houses on Friday, July 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour …
This 1874 sea captain's Victorian has been purchased for about half its assessed value. "It's a beautiful, beautiful home," said Mike Miller of Coldwell Banker SoundVest Properties. "But these dinosaurs are not for everyone."

Historic sea captain’s house sold in Searsport

By Abigail Curtis on June 13, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — A three-story sea captain’s house in Searsport that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places was expected to be sold Friday afternoon for about a third of its purchase price in 2003, the last time it changed hands. The Captain John McGilvery House, built in 1874 …
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Interior of the Marrett House Barn.

Lecture on ‘The Barns of Maine’

Bangor Daily News on June 11, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Author Don Perkins will talk about his book “The Barns of Maine — Our History, Our Stories” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn, 121 Main St. The entrance is on Federal Street. Barns hold a special place in the lives and memories …
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Plant sale to benefit Wild Gardens of Acadia

Bangor Daily News on June 09, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: St. Saviour's Church, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor , Maine BAR HARBOR, Maine — A plant sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 14, will be held at St. Saviour’s Church, 41 Mount Desert St. Proceeds will benefit Wild Gardens of Acadia. This …
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Summer Exhibition of Beatrix Farrand’s Herbarium: Rhododendrons and Their Relatives

By loisstack on June 09, 2014, at 8:25 a.m.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, July 17, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, July 24, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, July 31, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Aug. …
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Cooperative Extension to give away tomato plants

Bangor Daily News on June 02, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine – University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will give away 300 cherry tomato plants as part of the One Tomato Project to increase the number of people growing food. The One Tomato Project, which originated in Ontario, Canada, encourages people to plant, grow and eat more vegetables, …
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Deer Isle Garden Tour to include seven gardens

Bangor Daily News on June 02, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Old Deer Isle Elementary School, Sunset Region, Deer Isle For more information: 207-348-2493 DEER ISLE, Maine — The Deer Isle Garden Tour will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and will include seven gardens in the Sunset region on …
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Getting an early start! Members and friends of Troop 1046 were eager to work on their site in front of the Maine Discovery Museum.

Downtown Bangor Adopt A Garden Program Big Dig Day May 31

Bangor Daily News on May 30, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Downtown Bangor’s Adopt a Garden program will host a gardening day on Saturday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m. in Norumbega Park. Throughout the month of May, local businesses, non profits, and community members have adopted small plots of public space throughout downtown in an effort to beautify the area. These volunteers have …
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Day lily sale at Hampden

Bangor Daily News on May 29, 2014, at 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Harmony Hall, 24 Kennebec Road, Hampden, Maine For more information: 207-862-3909 HAMPDEN, Maine — Eighth annual Day Lily Sale, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 7, at Harmony Hall, 24 Kennebec Road. Unique day lilies donated by hybridizer Bill Warman of The Maine Garden, …
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Union Farmers Market to open May 23

Bangor Daily News on May 14, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
UNION, Maine — The first Union Farmers’ Market will be held 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 23, on the Union Common. Every week will have a special theme–May 23 is “Birds & Bees: it all starts here!” In addition to the  regular lineup of vendors with meat, dairy, woodenware, produce & baked goods, …
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Farmers Market Opening

By swederolf on May 14, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-973-3976 The Ohio Street Farmers Market will be opening for it’s fourth year on Wednesday, May 21 at the Bangor Grange hall, 1192 Ohio St. in Bangor. Both prior …
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Garden destination offers free Maine Days

Bangor Daily News on May 13, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
BOOTHBAY, Maine —  From Saturday through Monday, May 24-26, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will open its doors to Maine residents at no charge. To receive free admission, adults simply need to show a Maine state ID or driver’s license. This Memorial Day weekend benefit is thanks to a generous gift …
Mixed green salad with hard-boiled eggs and radish pods.

My gardening skill doesn’t live up to my cooking talent

By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times on May 13, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
  One thing I’ve learned for certain since I put vegetable beds in our front yard is that, as a gardener, I’m a pretty good cook. My agricultural shortcomings are not something I’m proud of. I start every growing season with the best of intentions, laying out well-ordered plots that …
This house in Vienna, Virginia, has been sold. So far this year, one in three homebuyers in the U.S. is paying cash.

One in three homebuyers in US paid cash in 2014

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau on May 10, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — One in three buyers of U.S. homes is paying cash, a record high number, according to data made available to McClatchy. The trend is being driven by retiring baby boomers and rich investors, who unlike most first-time buyers can bypass tighter lending requirements to pay cash. They now …
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