Heirloom gardening topic of Owls Head talk
Owls Head — The Owls Head Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6, at noon at the Community Building on Ash Point Drive. Following the business meeting, Diana George Chapin will speak on Heirloom Gardening at 1 p.m.
Chapin lives and works on her family’s 90-acre farm in Montville. She holds a bachelor of science degree in landscape horticulture and design, and a master of science degree in plant, soil and environmental science from the University of Maine.
Chapin’s family has farmed in New England since 1628. She learned to garden alongside her mother and grandmother on a circa 1800s Maine farmstead. Four generations of her family farmed various historic properties in the Montville area, and she developed an appreciation of old-fashioned flowers and working, historic landscapes early in life.
Chapin owns and operates The Heirloom Garden of Maine with her mother, Sandy George. Their nursery and greenhouse is located on a farm that was originally settled by a soldier of the American Revolution around 1800.
The two women collect, preserve and propagate more than 300 varieties of flowers, bulbs, vegetables and herbs that were common in Early American gardens. They offer plants and Early American-style decorations through their Farm, Autumn and Holiday Annuals. The farm’s collection of heirloom plants as well as an heirloom vegetable and edible flower tasting draw gardeners and food enthusiasts from throughout the state and New England to the farm each summer. Chapin is also a professional writer, photographer and speaker on agricultural and horticultural issues.
The meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome.