IEM Garden Workshops and Tours

Families are welcome!  All workshops are FREE, but registration is required. Register below or leave a message at 546-7677.


Start Your Own Backyard Garden

May 29th, 10:00 – noon at the Milbridge Commons.
Taught by Janis Lesbines.

Everything you need to know to grow vegetables in your yard–
choosing the best spot, making healthy soil, planting seeds,
transplanting, garden maintenance and harvesting. We’ll also
talk about companion planting–which vegetables like to be
planted together to keep pests down and increase production,
and succession planting–how you can use the same garden bed
to grow a succession of vegetables to get the most out
of your garden space. Rain Date: May 30th, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Presenter Bio: Janis is the lead gardener at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park and has extensive experience in gardening and landscape design.



Attracting beneficials to your garden with the herbs they love.

Mid-July, Location TBA. Taught by Jen Raineville.
Have your garden pull double duty with a selection of culinary and medicinal herbs that attract the good guys to your space. Pollinators and predatory bugs will love these plants, and you will love harvesting and using them in your home.


Presenter Bio: Jen planted her first garden, a sunflower patch, when she was 6 years old. That garden led to educational pursuits in high school agriculture, and college horticulture, as well as years of employment in greenhouses. Having moved to Maine 10 years ago, she is realizing her dream of creating beautiful foodscapes on her property in Columbia Falls, and helping local community members through gardening.



Arrive Early, Stay Late: Season Extension Strategies for Zone 5b

Coming late summer/early fall!
Taught by Matt Walsh at the PYO Garden next to the Red Barn.

Participants will learn how to jump start and extend their growing season by understanding the value, usage, and practicality of grow lights, greenhouses, bed warming, early/late season fertility applications, row cover, and overwintering.  Additionally, there will be a demonstration on row cover fundamentals with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on bed covering activity. 

Presenter Bio: Having gardened and farmed in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Maine, Matt is hunkering down on his homestead in Milbridge and looks to share his love of food with the community.  He believes in the power of food as medicine, focuses his gardening practices on soil and plant conditioning, and aligns his gardening efforts with the movement of the cosmos.  


Milbridge Commons Garden

Seeding Reading Story Hour

August 17th, 9:00 – 10:00am at the Children’s Garden at the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park.
Led by Zabet NeuCollins

This “workshop” is a fun activity for young kids. Zabet will read a children’s book with a gardening theme, and then lead the kids in a sensory scavenger hunt at the children’s garden. The garden will be in full bloom, and Zabet will teach youth participants how to harvest ripe vegetables.

Presenter Bio: A few of Zabet’s favorite activities  are reading, gardening, and hanging out with children. Zabet currently serves as the assistant director of WHRL and is the gardener at the Children’s Garden at the Milbridge Commons. She also works with 4-H in Hancock County. When she’s not gardening, hanging out with children, or reading, she’s probably asleep.


Golden Beet

How to Plant Garlic

 Coming late fall at the Red Barn Garden.
Taught by Matt Wash & Zabet NeuCollins

More information to come!


 Register for Start Your Own Backyard Garden Workshop


This workshop is is free and limited to fifteen participants. Registration closes at noon on Thursday, May 27th.

  • Write n/a if you will be coming alone!