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  • 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

  • Avoid spring plants pre-treated with pesticides

    Avoid spring plants pre-treated with pesticides

    ELLSWORTH — With the 2015 growing season on the horizon, the Ellsworth Garden Club encourages gardeners to inform themselves about neonicotinoid (“neonic”) use in plants. Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. They were developed by Shell and Bayer in 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over

  • Window treatments require many considerations

    Window treatments require many considerations gallery

    Does your head spin when you consider window treatments? A bit of thought about what it is you’re covering will help. Is the home traditional or contemporary? Is it seasonal or year-round? What are the sizes of the rooms and the windows themselves? What’s the room’s function? Are there rooms with mismatched window sizes? Window