Diana George Chapin of The Heirloom Garden of Maine will present a talk titled Heirloom Plants are for the Birds (Bees and Butterflies, too!) on Tuesday, March 30 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Chapin will present a collection of slides that highlight some of the most colorful and fragrant plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees to the garden. She will discuss the lifecycle of a butterfly and how a gardener may select specific plants that offer shelter and nectar for the insects in various stages of their lives.

Chapin owns and operates her family’s historic 100-acre farm, nursery and greenhouse, The Heirloom Garden of Maine, in Montville with her mother, Sandy George. The two women collect, preserve and propagate more than 300 varieties of flowers, bulbs, vegetables and herbs that were common in early American gardens. Chapin learned appreciation for old-fashioned flowers and working, historic landscapes early in life, gardening alongside her mother and grandmother. She holds a bachelor of science degree in landscape horticulture and design and a master of science in plant, soil and environmental science from the University of Maine. Chapin is also a professional writer, photographer, and speaker on agricultural and horticultural issues.

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.