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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.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering two Ikebana classes, featuring Ikebana Expert, Lara Chho. The classes will be held Tuesday, July 17, 6:oo – 8:30 PM and Thursday, July 19, 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Cumberland Extension Office at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive in Falmouth. Registration is $10. Students should bring the following materials to class: Flat bottom shallow wide container (suiban) and a metal frog (kenzan) OR a tall 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.
“Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging done according to strict guidelines.” Ikebana derives from the Japanese ‘ike’ (arrange), and ‘hana’ (flower). Lara lives in Japan. We are happy that she is making herself available to teach this class while she is visiting Maine. In class Lara will assemble two or more large Ikebana pieces. 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.
For more information, to register or to request special accommodations, contact (207) 781-6099 or (800) 287-1471 (inMaine), or e-mail email@example.com . You can also visit the events calendar at extension.umaine.edu . UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request, please provide as much notice as possible.