Monthly Archives: February 2018

Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto

The February meeting of the Belfast Garden Club will be held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. The business meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. and the talk starts at 2:00 p.m. It is free and members of the public are welcome.

We welcome back Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto for the perfect winter respite; their scintillating power point presentation focused on the major themes of their first book woven into their newest book, Gardening in Tune with Nature. Their philosophy includes that the garden "should be viewed as an ecosystem in which native plants predominate and all forms of life contribute to the gardener's success." (R Manley).  Practical aspects of gardening will be covered including composting, pruning and cover cropping.  Signed books will be available for purchase.

Reeser has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state, Massachusetts and Maine. His Ph.D. Is in Horticultural Science.  He taught horticulture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and University of Maine, Orono. In 2013 he retired from teaching chemistry and physics at a small high school on the coast of Maine. Along with his column for the Bangor Daily News, he now devotes all his work time to writing about the garden.

Marjorie, a Professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been teaching courses in pruning, food production and ecological landscaping in Hancock and Washington Counties for 22 years. She is a statewide resource on native and invasive plants of the Northeast.  She facilitates the work of the Hancock County Food Security Network which includes 17 food pantries and food kitchens which work together to address food insecurity issues.

Marjorie and Reeser live and garden in Ellsworth, ME along with Sophie, their black lab, Berry the Cat and a worm bin in the corner of the living room.