Merryspring’s 2010 Tuesday Talk Series will kick off Jan. 12 at noon with author and designer Judy Paolini giving an armchair tour of magnificent private gardens created by accomplished artists throughout New England, particularly in Maine.

Paolini and photographer Nance Trueworthy are the co-authors of “The Inspired Garden: Twenty-Four Artists Share Their Vision” (published by Down East Books), a project that sent them all over New England for five years in search of great artists and their fabulous gardens.

The gardens featured in Paolini’s presentation demonstrate how visual artists’ understanding of form, color, texture and composition inform their personal landscapes, creating spaces of beauty and diversity. Insights into the motives, thoughts and creative processes of the artists, gleaned from Paolini’s extensive interviews, are inspirational and provide lessons on how artistic principles can be applied to the garden.

Paolini is a principal partner in the design firm TPDA, which works with companies worldwide to provide branding, marketing, packaging and product design. Her patio furniture has been sold through retailers across North America. Recently she has turned her attention to writing with a focus on combining her passions of art and gardening. She lives on Long Island in Casco Bay.

Merryspring members and all children attend talks free, and there is a charge of $5 for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.