1803-004-B633BF50Learn how revolutionary design in early 18th-century gardens affected garden designs at Mount Vernon and Monticello, and how they influenced Henry Knox’s vision for the gardens at Montpelier, right here in Thomaston.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm in Owls Head will describe how that vision is being brought to life today to create uniquely historical fruit and vegetable gardens.

Anne Perkins farms in Owls Head. She has a CSA and provides veggies for Miranda's restaurant in Rockland, ME.

The Winter Program Series is held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


GDN_3A_290_190_80_c1The Cambo Estate’s garden on the eastern coast of Scotland has been called “one of the most engaging summer gardens in all Scotland.” It so enchanted Garden Club members Nan Cobbey and Joan Willey two summers ago that they came home with more than 400 pictures and 30 minutes of video. They will share their images and impressions of the garden while telling a bit of the history of the estate which dates back to the 12th century. The garden fills a two-and-a-half-acre walled site. The wall, an almost golden Georgian brick 10 feet high, is alive with climbing roses and vines. The garden itself offers bowers of clematis, neat beds of herbs and greens, vegetables, flowering shrubs, fruit trees, berry bushes, weeping willows, a profusion of wild flowers that bloom in great swathes of color and texture and all accompanied by song birds and the rushing music of a creek coursing through beneath high-arched cast-iron bridges and a Victorian green house.

Nan Cobbey of Belfast, a retired reporter and editor, trained as a master gardener here in Maine. Her work involved extensive travel and she always added visits to local gardens to her itinerary. Of them all, the best is the walled garden at the Cambo Estate in eastern Scotland. Joan Willey is an herbalist, and volunteer with the Head of the Tide Permaculture Project. Now retired, she was active in the Sierra Club for 45 years and Regional Director, for the Mid-Atlantic.

The meeting 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 program starts at 2:00 p.m. All members of the public are welcome.

Snow ... you've got to love it! It's worth a second look!

winter-landscape-1352711725z63Jim Vickery in his book Winter Sign reminds us that winter is a mistress to reckon with . . . it hunts us with its cold and haunts us with its beauty. Let's embrace the winter season and explore life in the cold. Discover to your surprise and delight that the leafless woods are not lifeless.

Mike Shannon is a lifelong naturalist, storyteller, educator and Registered Maine Guide. Whether in the forest prowling for owls or aboard boats scanning for pelagic birds, he continues to lead outings for local groups. He is retired from Unity College where he taught ornithology and ecological education. A former director of the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine (Hog Island), he has also served as Master Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mike has a long history of sharing his passion and enthusiasm for things natural.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and will be held in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast.