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Winter Program Series

Slide talk features native ground covers Jan. 28

Jan 20, 2020
Courtesy of: Belfast Garden Club Canada windflowers used as ground cover.

Belfast — Belfast Free Library and Belfast Garden Club will cosponsor a program on the advantages of using native ground covers to replace “unused” areas of lawn on your property.

Hildy Ellis, program manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, will give the talk and PowerPoint presentation, which will take place at the library, 106 High St., Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all.

Ground covers are plants that spread, crowd out weeds and prevent erosion by holding the soil. They also boost the biodiversity of your landscape, literally from the ground up!

Unlike lawn grasses, native ground covers provide food and habitat for birds, bees, and other pollinators. As a bonus, they offer color and texture throughout the year.

Planting native ground covers won’t take the place of lawn used for recreation, but it can create a fairly low-maintenance alternative to lawn grasses.

Hildy Ellis has lived in Midcoast Maine since the mid-1970s. Before earning a degree in horticulture and doing graduate research on invasive plants at the University of Maine, she worked in a variety of Camden businesses and as a professional gardener. For four years, she was director of education at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Ellis wears many hats at the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, including webmaster, outreach speaker, and plant sale and event organizer.

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. The 2020 Winter Program Series includes topics about conservation and the environment. For more information, visit


Foamflowers as ground cover. (Courtesy of: Belfast Garden Club)
Mixed ground covers. (Courtesy of: Belfast Garden Club)
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