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Maine Home Garden News was created in response to a continued increase in requests for information on gardening and includes timely and seasonal tips, as well as research-based articles on all aspects of gardening. Articles are written by UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals, as well as Master Gardener Volunteers from around Maine, with Professor Richard Brzozowski serving as editor.
In this issue . . .
Reminder: ~ Save the Date for the Cumberland County Backyard Locavore Day event being held on August 10, 2013 between 10 am-4 pm rain or shine.~
Due to great interest, registration for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s spring 2013 Certified Vegetable Gardening Course is now closed.
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is offering a Master Gardener Training Course to begin February 8, 2013. The 2013 training program will focus on ecological landscaping and herbaceous and take place on 15 consecutive Friday afternoons in Falmouth.
A Master Gardener is a trained volunteer of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners receive approximately 45 hours of practical training in basic horticulture with sessions in soil science, botany, entomology, plant diseases, garden problem solving, pruning and more. After the training, each Master Gardener agrees to “give back” 40 hours of volunteer time over a 12-month period as a participant in any numerous community-based projects around the county. The projects include growing and donating food through the Maine Harvest for Hunger program, establishing school and community gardens, working with immigrants and/or low income families to promote gardening interests, and serving as a Garden Angel to assist elderly or less-able individuals in gardening endeavors.
Participants must be residents of Cumberland County and are selected through an application process. Request a packet by calling the Cumberland County office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1471. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 21, 2012.
July 31, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cost: $10.00 (class is limited to 15 participants)
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, in Falmouth
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County will be offering a unique Ikebana workshop, featuring expert, Lara Chho. “Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging done according to strict guidelines.” Ikebana derives from the Japanese ‘ike’ (arrange), and ‘hana’ (flower). Ms. Chho has been living in Japan for 15 years and is a Ikebana teacher. She says, “Working with the local materials and the gardeners who know so much about the materials is always such a pleasure.” This will be her second workshop for UMaine Cooperative Extension in Maine.
During the workshop, Lara will assemble two or more large Ikebana pieces of her own. Following a short presentation on the history of Ikebana, she will lead a hands-on workshop where participants will make their own take-home piece.
Students should bring the following materials to class: Flat bottomed, shallow but wide container (suiban) and a metal frog (kenzan) OR a tall, cylindrical vase (nageire) no metal frog needed, cutting scissors, bowl for cutting in water, newspaper, 1-2 branch type materials, 3-5 flowers, Several green leaves or hosta leaves. Fresh material from your own garden would be wonderful and personal.
For more information, to register or to request special accommodations, contact (207) 781-6099 or (800) 287-1471 (in Maine), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request for special accommodations, please notify us 10 days in advance.
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