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

Attracting beneficials to your garden with the herbs they love

July 23, 4- 5:30PM at the Milbridge Commons.
Led 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.


"Stopping to See" Photography Workshop

Aug 7, 9AM – Noon at Milbridge Commons Wellness Park
Led by Ken Carlson

WHRL and Harrington photographer Ken Carlson will offer a three-hour photo workshop at Milbridge Commons on August 7, 2021 (rain date August 14) beginning at 9:00 am.  The title of the workshop is “Stopping to See” and will be an adjunct to Ken’s collection of the same name at the Schooner Galley from July 30 through Labor Day. This workshop will be about getting beyond first impressions or just making pretty pictures but finding something else in the scene that has meaning for you. The only requirements are a camera with a LCD screen (phone cameras OK), a small notebook, pencil and desire to explore.

Ken Carlson has been and continues to be a photographic teacher, judge, portfolio assessor. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, primarily for landscape and nature photography.  He, his wife Cotton and labrador retriever Chase have been long-time summer residents of Harrington and since his retirement two years ago, are full-time residents of Ripley Neck.


Seeding Reading Story Hour

August 21st, 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.


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

Aug 28, 9 – 11AM at the garden next to the Red Barn Motel
Led by Matt Walsh

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.


How to Repel Vampires: Garlic Planting for the Whole Family

October 30, 10 – 11:30AM at the Red Barn Motel
Led by Matt Wash & Zabet NeuCollins

Have you ever wanted to grow your own garlic? Well, now’s the chance! Join gardeners Matt and Zabet at the garden next to the Red Barn Motel to learn how to plant garlic. It’s HALLOWEEN weekend, so you know families and costumes are encouraged! We’ll teach you all the tricks to grow healthy garlic and repel vampires for seasons to come.


Start Your Own Backyard Garden

May 29, 10AM – noon at Milbridge Commons Wellness Park
Led 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.


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