Container garden talk April 8

Mar 27, 2014

Belfast — Belfast Garden Club’s public monthly meeting and speaker series continues on a special date, Tuesday, April 8.

The meeting will feature a presentation, Successful Container Gardening with Liz Stanley of UMaine Cooperative Extension. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The brief club meeting begins at 1 p.m, refreshments at 1:45 p.m., and the speaker will begin at 2 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.

In a world of limited time and space, containers make a lot of sense. They can put beauty and interest in places where a garden cannot be planted such as porches, patios, under large trees, or on areas of poor soil. Containers can change the entire look of a landscape; well-planted containers can provide for easy seasonal changes or bold statements, and they can be moved around to create different effects. Individual plants can take on an entirely new look when planted in combination with plants of contrasting colors and textures. With appropriate containers and proper handling, anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in a container.

Stanley coordinates adult and youth gardening programs for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. Her main focus is administering the Master Gardener Volunteer program training. 225 active volunteers work in school and community gardens, grow food for the needy, participate in civic beautification, and give time to other environmental projects. During the growing season, Stanley helps clients with their plant pest and disease questions (in 2012, more than 500 in Knox-Lincoln). In her spare time, she lives in Warren with her family on Crawford Lake, growing vegetables, trees, flowers and a large teenager.

For more information, visit belfastgardenclub.org, email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com or call Corliss Davis 930-3562.

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