March 28, 2020
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Gardening with woodland plants

Event organizer: Brenda Harrington
Event Date & Time: March 24, 2020 6:30 pm until March 24, 2020 8:00 pm
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Belfast Free Library | Contributed
Belfast Free Library | Contributed
Rick Sawyer

BELFAST — Rick Sawyer of Fernwood Nursery and Gardens in Montville will give a talk titled, “Woodland Plants: Natives and Rarities from Around the Globe,” on Tuesday, March 24, at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The program, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is co-sponsored by the library and the Belfast Garden Club and is free and open to the public.

Sawyer will talk about his experience as a specialty nursery owner and propagator at Fernwood Nursery, which he runs with his wife, Denise. He will also share his passion for woodland plants, including hostas, ferns and wildflowers that grow well in this area without extraordinary care.

A Maine native and lifelong plant enthusiast, Sawyer has owned Fernwood Nursery for 30 years and has been in the nursery trade for 40 years. Established on ravaged land that was used for logging, Fernwood Nursery now is home to one of the largest collections of shade-tolerant plants in New England. It is particularly well-known for its extensive collection of hostas, including more than 20 new cultivars.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted the creation and care of public gardens and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening for more than 90 years. For more information, visit or call the library at 207-338-3884 ext 10.