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Register Early for Maine Garden Day

Contact: Frank S. Wertheim, 207-324-2814

AUBURN, Me.–University of Maine Cooperative Extension has scheduled the 14th annual Maine Garden Day on Saturday, April 14 at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The event will feature more than 30 dynamic workshops from renowned horticulturists. In addition, there will be educational displays and a gardening trade show. Check-in will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the last event will end at 3:15 p.m. As seating is limited, attendees will need to register in advance by calling UMaine Extension at 800-287-1482 or 207-743-6329–or by following the registration instructions on the Maine Garden Day Web page, available at www.umext.maine.edu.

“Many workshops fill up early,” says UMaine Extension Prof. Frank Wertheim, who advises early registration. “Where else can you get 450 enthusiastic gardeners together on a Saturday with over 30 workshops to choose from? The energy of the day is unbelievable.”

New workshops this year include: “Orchids Made Easy;” “Build a Bird Abode;” ” Gardening Like the Forest: Ecosystem Agriculture for Home and Farm;” “Ornamental Grasses for Maine Landscapes;” “How to Make Gardens Weed-Free (Almost); ” “An Exploration of Medicinal Herbs;” and “Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine.” Other workshops will cover topics such as starting plants from seed, dealing with diseases and pests, and selling the products of small gardens. Workshop durations are either quarter-day or half-day, so people can register for between two and four workshops, with lunch and the trade show in the middle of the day.

The first 450 registrations will be accepted. The cost is $40, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a choice of workshops. Workshop slots are filled through registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.

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