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Fall Bulb Sale Going on Now!

By Amy Polyot on Sept. 08, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine –The Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District is having it’s annual fall bulb sale fundraiser. We are offering high quality double peony tulips, crocus, allium, lilies, and much more. We will take orders up until October 3rd and the bulb pick up will be on October 7th. …
The crew that planted The Triangle Garden.

Purple Iris Foundation, Brewer Garden Club build ‘The Triangle Garden’ in Brewer

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.
By Carol Smith, Brewer Garden & Bird Club BREWER, Maine — The Purple Iris Foundation teamed up with Brewer Garden & Bird Club in July to plant “The Triangle Garden” in Brewer.  The Purple Iris Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that plants for pancreatic cancer awareness. Founder, Christina Parrish started with simply planting …

See where you can grow desert plants in Maine

By Micky Bedell on Aug. 15, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
Hannah Todd of Brickhouse Succulents in Etna says she found her “soulmate” when she discovered succulents, and now runs a year-round greenhouse containing over 90 species of the plant. Everything is a potential planter to Todd, who enjoys potting the hardy plants in unusual objects. (Micky Bedell | BDN )

Daylily sale to benefit assisted living home for senior citizens

on July 15, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: 63 Washington Street, 63 Washington St., Camden, Maine CAMDEN, Maine — A daylily sale to benefit programs at 63 Washington Street, which is an assisted living home for active senior citizens, will be held 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at …
One of the houses and gardens on the pontoon boat tour on Swan Lake.

Pontoon boat house and garden tour on Swan Lake to benefit boat inspections

on July 13, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Swanville boat launch, Route 141, Swanville, Maine SWANVILLE, Maine — A pontoon boat house and garden tour on Swan Lake will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, from the boat launch on Route 141 in Swanville. The guided …
BDN reporter Abigail Curtis and her partner, Jim Clark, put in their garden in Belfast on May 21.

Always hoping for a better season in the garden

By Abigail Curtis on May 29, 2016, at 7:29 a.m.
Perhaps it is an act of faith to plant and trust that the sun, soil and water will work their magic, that the seeds will germinate and grow, that the plants will flower, that the fruits and vegetables will ripen and grow.
Jeanne McLeod's waterfront property has been her family since she was in eighth grade.

Last summer at the lake? How to pass your camp or cottage into new hands

By Meg Haskell on May 20, 2016, at 7:04 a.m.
Many Maine families find themselves facing difficult decisions about the future of these cherished vacation properties, many of which have been in the family for generations.
Among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, dandelions are important food sources for Maine's pollinators, including honey bees.

‘Everything tastes better with lard’ — even this weed

By Julia Bayly on May 12, 2016, at 7:45 a.m.
The humble yellow flower is starting to make a comeback, with people familiarizing themselves with the plant’s medicinal and culinary characteristics.

Brewer Garden and Bird Club to meet May 18

on May 03, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St., Brewer, Maine For more information: 207-989-1083 BREWER, Maine — The next meeting of the Brewer Garden & Bird Club will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Brewer Auditorium, 203 State St.  Ellen S. Gibson …

Winterport Woman’s Club spring plant sale May 21

on May 03, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Winterport Fire Station, Main Street, Winterport, Maine WINTERPORT, Maine — Winterport Woman’s Club, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will hold its spring plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Winterport Fire Station on Main Street. There will …
Iwanagra Apple Blossom Golden Beauty offers grace and elegance.

Advice for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day this Saturday

By Kathleen Pierce on May 02, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Good news, gardeners: World Naked Gardening Day is happening on May 7. That means that all you horticultural exhibitionists have a few days to get in shape for the big day of planting and pruning.

Hampden Garden Club to hear talk by pesticides expert

on April 15, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
HAMPDEN — Mary E. Tomlinson, pesticide registrar and water quality specialist with the Maine Bureau of Pesticides Control, will speak to the Hampden Garden Club at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Harmony Hall, 24 Kennebec Road. Her talk will cover yardscaping, what is and is not a pesticide, and …
Floating row covers and lettuce transplants at Orono Community Garden.

What you need to know to garden organic

By Kathleen Pierce on April 03, 2016, at 7:47 a.m.
Gardening is not simple. There are charts and graphs, and all kinds of instructions on what to plant, where to plant it and when. But you don’t need a Ph.D. to pull it off.

Why you should prepare a seafood dinner for your soil

By Barbara Damrosch, The Washington Post on March 24, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
The longer I live, the more I appreciate food that is simple and knowable. It might seem easier to make soup from an envelope of dehydrated mix. But filling the pot with real potatoes, leeks and thyme is easy, too, and results in a tastier soup. I want the same …

With garden transplants, don’t crowd the roots

By Barbara Damrosch, The Washington Post on March 17, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree” is a good maxim, as relevant to raising children as it is to training a tree’s upper scaffold. But in spring, when many of the plants in our lives are seedlings, it pays to look downward. As the roots are nurtured, …

UMaine Extension horticulturist to speak at Hampden Garden Club meeting

on March 11, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hampden Town Office, Meeting Room, Hampden, Maine For more information: 207-862-3909 HAMPDEN, Maine — The Hampden Garden Club will present a talk by Kate Garland, horticulturist at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, on this year’s All America flower selections at …

Peony Society of Maine to host past president of American Peony Society

By christine mainella on Feb. 05, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Peony Society of Maine to host past president of American Peony Society, Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Rd., Bangor, Maine The Peony Society of Maine will be hosting a dinner buffet and welcome for Steve Johnson on Tuesday, March 15th, …
This is the install of  a single pole-mount solar collector for water pumping at Tom Settlemire Community Garden in Brunswick, Maine, a project of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust,

Winter Gardening Workshop series slated in Brunswick

on Jan. 04, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden does not let winter in Maine stand in the way of conversations about gardening. The fifth annual Winter Gardening Workshop series will be held 2-3:30 p.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Pleasant and Union Streets …
Crassulas include the familiar jade plants as well as stacked varieties, or the fuschia-colored C. pubescens.

Growing succulents: Expert shares tips for cultivating these trendy plants

By Teresa Woodard, Chicago Tribune (TNS) on Dec. 25, 2015, at 2:47 p.m.
Take a look around Bill Hendricks’ collection of 4,000 succulents, and it’s easy to understand the recent craze for these high-style, easy-care plants. One with rosette shapes are taking center stage in container designs and bridal bouquets. More architectural forms are becoming the go-to accessory for today’s mantels and tabletops. …
Johnny's Selected Seeds employees hard at work on one of the lettuce trials they did prior to figuring out which types of seeds to include in this year's catalog.

‘Armchair gardening': Seed catalog season tantalizes gardeners

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 06, 2015, at 7:09 a.m.
Short, gloomy days, colder weather and long nights can mean just one thing for the garden enthusiast or farmer — seed catalog season is here again.