Camden Garden Club- Director of Botantical Gardens to address Garden Club April 27

Bill Cullina will speak to the Camden Garden Club April 27.

Camden — Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will be the guest speaker at Camden Garden Club’s first meeting of the year Thursday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St. The program is free and open to the public

His talk, entitled “Woodland Wildflowers – Jewels of the Forest,” will explore the nature of these captivating and mysterious beauties, what makes them so special, and how to establish them in a home garden.

Cullina was educated at the University of Connecticut, and Hobart and William Smith College in New York and began his career as a retail greenhouse manager. He moved on to become a research aide, performing experiments and collecting data on sylvicultural practices and forest ecology. He served as a nursery manager of niche gardens in North Carolina and is noted for his 13 years as the nursery director and head propagator at the New England Wildflower Society, where he developed the largest native plant nursery in New England, producing 75,000 woody and herbaceous plants annually for garden and restoration use.

The author of five acclaimed horticultural references, Cullina specializes in the photography of North American native plants and in 2011 he co-authored “Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People’s Garden.” He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Award of Excellence for advancing the goals of National Garden Clubs of America.

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Knox-Lincoln SWCD- Guided spring wildflower walk set for April 28

Courtesy of: Knox Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is one of the spring ephemerals likely to be seen on a walk in Payson Park April 28.

Rockport — Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring an early spring wildflower walk at Payson Park, Route 90, in Warren, Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The woodlands along the river and canal system in this town-owned community park have unusually large displays of early spring ephemerals, including bloodroot, trout lily, wild hellebore, and, of course, skunk cabbage. Join Heather McCargo, founder and executive director of Wild Seed Project, to learn about the life cycle, habitat requirements, and ethnobotany of some of Maine’s woodland herbs, as well as a variety of other native plants typically found along waterways.

McCargo is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation. She was the head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods (Framingham, Mass.) in the ’90s and designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockland. She has a master’s degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design & a bachelor’s degree in plant ecology from Hampshire College.

Meet in the parking lot at Payson Park on Route 90 between the Oyster River Bridge and Lincoln’s Country Store. This is a relatively easy walk, but participants should wear waterproof shoes, as there is often water running on the paths at this time of year.

Cost for the program is $5 for members of Wild Seed Project; $8 for all others. For more information and to register, contact Knox-Lincoln SWCD:, 596-2040; or register online at

MerrySpring- Spring Foraging Workshop with Tom Seymour- April 29