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  • How does your garden grow?

    How does your garden grow?

    ELLSWORTH — From retirees to 10-year-old Alida Hodgkins of Marlboro, gardeners and citizens of all ages took time to “smell the roses” during the 2015 growing season. The garden and backyard journalists recorded in words and visually their plantings, bird activity and other goings-on in during the growing season. Their diaries are now available for

  • Journal celebrates Maine’s native plants

    Journal celebrates Maine’s native plants

    Gardeners and other citizens who treasure Maine’s native flora will delight in Wild Seed: Returning Native Plants to the Maine Landscape. The Wild Seed Project, a Blue Hill-based, nonprofit group, publishes the newly launched annual journal. The 80-page publication’s contents include an in-depth piece about coastal Maine forests’ past and future by The Chewonki Foundation’s

  • Nature journal deadline approaching

    Nature journal deadline approaching

    ELLSWORTH — Earlier in the summer, the Ellsworth Garden Club launched a program to encourage “citizen scientists and gardeners” to keep a Backyard Kingdom Nature Journal over the 2015 growing season. The program’s purpose is to emphasize that everyone —whether they are caring for their own backyard, pots and hanging baskets or public plantings in

  • Blue Hill garden a beautiful refuge for birds and bees

    Blue Hill garden a beautiful refuge for birds and bees gallery

    BLUE HILL — Walking into Leslie Clapp and Blaise de Sibour’s backyard is like listening to a nature sounds app. Birds chirp, squawk and coo while bees and other winged things zoom about to gather nectar from endless varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes and ornamental grasses. The 10-acre property consumes Clapp, who is president

  • Ellsworth Garden Club celebrating National Gardening Week

    Ellsworth Garden Club celebrating National Gardening Week

    ELLSWORTH — For National Gardening Week (June 7-13), the Ellsworth Garden Club is celebrating the completion of the first of several community gardening projects it has scheduled for the 2015 growing season. Although the club is based in Ellsworth, it has members from several communities in Hancock County — including Lamoine. Five members from the

  • Plant Sale and Pink Tulip Festival is May 30

    Plant Sale and Pink Tulip Festival is May 30

    Donald Little Park is a sea of pink right now. The annual tulip display signals the Ellsworth Garden Club’s Plant Sale and Pink Tulip Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Donald Little Park on State Street in Ellsworth. All proceeds benefit the Donald Little Park Endowment Fund and

  • The rise of “green” modular homes

    The rise of “green” modular homes

    Lynne Birlem could have afforded just about any house she wanted when she decided to return home to Southwest Harbor. Retired as head of school libraries in Wellesley, Mass., Birlem sold two homes in Massachusetts then bought a more-than-one-acre lot on Freeman Ridge Road in Southwest Harbor. Instead of a stick-built home, Birlem, 75, settled