March 20, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join us for the annual Tom Settlemire Community Garden Winter Workshop Series:
Our annual Winter Garden Workshop Fundraiser:
Get Your Maine Garden On!
with Tom Atwell, Mr. Maine Garden Himself
$10 – tickets available online until March 18 – THEN AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Tom is the author of the Portland Press Herald’s Maine garden column since 2004.
He will discuss what is new and exciting for the garden in 2016: new vegetable varieties, perennial and annual flower introductions as well as new and tried and true plants.
Atwell has been writing the Maine Gardener column for the Maine Sunday Telegram since 2004. He will be discussing plants that are newly available this year, including vegetables, shrubs and perennial and annual flowers. Some of the new varieties were developed in Maine, and he will describe the people who developed them as well as how they do their work.
Atwell is a native Mainer, born in Skowhegan, reared in Farmington and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in journalism. He worked full-time at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram until retiring from full-time work in 2011.
Atwell considers his wife, Nancy, the better gardener and by a wide margin the better weeder in the family, although Tom takes the nod in the pruning category. She trained him carefully from the time they started gardening together, so 30 years later he was competent enough to write a column. He emphasizes that he is not a gardening expert. He is a writer who gardens and knows how to interview gardening experts.
In a recent PPH article, Atwell wrote, “Cultivating your mind can be as rewarding and productive as cultivating your garden. Plus, what you learn at lectures and programs during the cold dark days ahead can make you a better gardener when the long, hot days of summer arrive.”
Venue: St Paul's Episcopal Church