The Camden Garden Club’s 55th Annual Winter Horticulture Series will include topics related to conservation and environmental stewardship for home gardeners, as well as botanical art, photography and research.
Events will take place Tuesdays January 31 – February 28 10–11 AM via Zoom and are open to the public.
On January 31, the series begins with a virtual tour of Harvard’s famous Glass Flowers exhibit. Virtual tour guide Carol Carlson of Harvard Museums of Science & Culture will perform a live showcase of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and $11 for members. Tickets are now available through the Camden Garden Club’s website. Deadline for purchasing tickets is January 24 at 11:59 PM.
The following events are free with pre-registration. Pre-registration instructions will be announced on the Club’s website and to newsletter subscribers.
On February 7, Sally Stockwell with Maine Audubon and Allyssa Gregory from the Maine Forest Service present “Forestry for Maine Birds” on ways to steward woodland and provide habitat. Together, they will discuss ways to enhance habitat for a diversity of birds, fish, and other wildlife that live in or visit privately owned forests.
On February 14, Maine State Horticulturist Gary Fish presents “Yardscaping” on how homeowners can create and maintain healthy landscapes through ecologically based practices that minimize reliance on water, fertilizer and pesticides. Topics include low maintenance and native plants, low input yard care, proper plant choice, and managing pests wisely.
On February 21, Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Bill Cullina presents “Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera.” He will discuss how the world of pollen, poisons, pigments, pheromones, sugars and sex translates to sound organic practices from which we can all benefit.
On February 28, gardening journalist Tom Atwell presents “The New Invasive Plants List in Maine” and discusses the new Maine do-not sell list. He plans to explain why plants some people like were put on it, the reasons for the list, and alternatives to undesirable plants for homeowners.
For additional information and to remain informed about upcoming events through Camden Garden Club, visit the Club’s website and sign up for their newsletter at camdengardenclub.org.
Since 1969, the Camden Garden Club has provided the Winter Horticulture Series as a community service.
The oldest garden club in Maine, the Camden Garden Club cultivates the art of gardening to its fullest sense, develops and preserves beauty in and around Camden, and promotes civic improvements, education, and conservation of natural resources.
The Camden Garden Club is a registered nonprofit and is always open to new members, who can join online at camdengardenclub.org.
Photo: Apple blossom glass flower model at the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, credit: Harvard University