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The Portland Winter Farmers Market expands into a new location this year.

Winter farmers markets expand across Maine

By Kathleen Pierce on Nov. 29, 2015, at 7:50 a.m.
Frost may be glittering in the grass, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh and healthy during the coldest months of the year.
L-R): Alvin Chase, former Board President of Georges River Land Trust; Annette Naegel, Conservation Program Manager; Gail Presley former Executive Director of Georges River Land Trust and Jim Robbins, President of the Board of Directors give a high-five to one of Bernard Langlais’s larger-than-life sculptures to celebrate the transfer of ownership of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve to Georges River Land Trust.

Langlais property in Cushing donated to Georges River Land Trust

By Georges River Land Trust on Nov. 18, 2015, at 12:07 p.m.
CUSHING, Maine — The Georges River Land Trust announced the donation of the studio and home of nationally renowned artist Bernard Langlais to the land trust by the Wisconsin-based Kohler Foundation. The Nov. 18 transfer of the 90-acre property to the land trust represents the culmination of three years of …
Lisa Colburn (left), chairperson of the Orono Beautification Committee, presents the 2015 Garden Trowel Award to Tracey Whitten, owner of the University Inn for its winning entry in the Window Box and Container Contest.

University Inn named winner of Window Box and Container Contest

on Nov. 03, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The Orono Beautification Committee has announced the winner of its Window Box and Container Contest is The University Inn on College Avenue, which was presented with the 2015 Garden Trowel Award. Large containers filled with a mix of annuals lined the entryway parking lot. Huge, red dragon wing begonias were the primary focus. …

Program on floral design at Brewer Garden and Bird Club

on Oct. 23, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Garden & Bird Club will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 18, at Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St. Bill Sheehan from Lougee & Fredericks will present a program on floral design for the holidays. Guests are always welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please call Carol at 989-1083 …

Balsam Fir Wreath Workshop at Hermon

By James Reynolds on Oct. 22, 2015, at 8:19 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Ecotat Gardens, 2699 Route 2, Hermon, ME For more information: 207-848-5946 All supplies (frame, freshly gathered boughs, pine cones and ribbons)Story continues below advertisement. and instruction will be provided. You are asked to pre-register and to park in the Annis …

Hydrangea Wreath Workshop set for Sept. 26 at Ecotat Gardens

on Sept. 21, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Ecotat Gardens, 2699 Route 2, Hermon, Maine For more information: 848-5946 HERMON, Maine — A Hydrangea Wreath Workshop will take place 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Ecotat Gardens, 2699 Route 2. To register in advance, call 848-5946 or email …
Heather Omand and her husband, Tyler Omand, work with the patterns in the ecosystem around their Omand's Organics farmstead in Greenbush. They shaped their land, grow vegetables and raise ducks, chickens and guinea fowl following permaculture standards. The method is conscious design and maintenance of agricultural ecosystems in a sustainable way.

Greenbush homestead flourishes with help of permaculture

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 31, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.
Heather Omand, wearing a straw hat to protect against the hot summer sun, crouched down to pick up a handful of rich soil from the long raised-bed gardens behind her house. “It smells so sweet,” she said of the black, crumbly earth. A few years ago, if …
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Rodney Eason named CEO of Mt. Desert Land and Garden Preserve

By Julie Harris on Aug. 27, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
SEAL HARBOR, Maine – The Mt. Desert Land & Garden Preserve announced today that Rodney Eason has been named Chief Executive Officer. Stephen Milliken and Kate Baxter, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, said he will begin his duties on October 19, 2015. Eason will succeed Carole Plenty who is retiring after …
Carol J. Smith

Carol Smith Maine’s newest accredited flower show judge

on July 13, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
Carol J. Smith of the Brewer Garden Club recently completed all of the requirements of National Garden Clubs, Inc. and was named Maine’s newest NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →
A woman attends the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence hosted by the Holyoke, Massachusetts,-based Nuestras Raices.

How to plan a scalable permaculture garden in Maine

By Seth Koenig on June 28, 2015, at 7:46 a.m.
The Portland-based permaculture and sustainable living organization Resilience Hub holds more than 60 events every year, ranging from small workshops to expert lectures to full classes, and has twice played host to the popular Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence events — most recently in 2014. More than 250 people have graduated …

Garden tour in Rockland

By Katharine Farrell on June 10, 2015, at 8:17 a.m.
Sunday, June 28, 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-594-0310; rocklandlibrary.org Our Neighbors’ Gardens annual garden tour sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Public Library will be held on Sunday, June 28, from 10:00 to 2:00 and features …

Can you eat that mushroom or plant? A Maine forager’s quiz

By Seth Koenig on June 08, 2015, at 2:54 p.m.
Take our quiz and test your knowledge.

Can you identify these Maine wild flowers?

By Seth Koenig on June 05, 2015, at 4:15 p.m.

Maine Harvest Festival

By news001 on May 29, 2015, at 8:59 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207- 561-8300; maineharvestfestival.com 5th Annual Maine Harvest FestivalStory continues below advertisement. Celebrate Farm Fresh on November 14 & 15, 2015, Saturday …

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Offers Free ‘Maine Days’

By Tory Paxson on May 20, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
This Memorial Day Weekend, from Saturday through Monday, May 23, 24, and 24, 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. During Maine Days, thousands of plants will …

Spring plant sale at Winterport Fire Station

on May 15, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Winterport Fire Station, Main Street, Winterport, Maine WINTERPORT, Maine — The Winterport Woman’s Club GFWC’s spring plant sale will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Winterport Fire Station, Main Street. There will be a selection of perennials …

Brewer Garden and Bird Club’s annual plant sale

on May 15, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Garden & Bird Club’s annual plant sale will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Brewer Historical Society, 199 Wilson St., across from Gold Star Cleaners. Plants are dug from members’ gardens, and are clean and healthy. Members will be on hand to give …

Peony Society of Maine’s annual garden tour

on May 14, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturday, June 20, 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Ken Liberty, 23 Ohio St., Bangor, Maine BANGOR, Maine — The Peony Society of Maine’s 14th annual garden tour will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, June 13 and 20, starting from …
Rachel Katz of the Terranian Farm in Troy Maine sets out produce for the Orono Famers Market which meets on the side of the Stillwater River in Orono.

3 Maine farmers markets to visit this spring, summer

By Kathleen Pierce on May 03, 2015, at 6 a.m.
As the ground thaws and green shoots thrust through the earth, another rite of spring commences: farmers market season. In Maine, we are awash with a panoply of markets from which to shop for local foods, eat seasonal and support the myriad farmers in our midst. So grab your cash …
Tom Roberts, owner of Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield, shared tips about starting and keeping a garden recently.

Plant this with that: The science and folklore of companion planting

By Natalie Feulner on April 19, 2015, at 5:25 a.m.
PITTSFIELD | In Iroquois legend, three sisters — namely corn, beans and squash — are inseparable, growing and thriving together. But more than a legend, this hints at something important for growing: Science shows that planting certain crops together can yield more bountiful results and potentially keep pests at …