Lee Schneller Sligh will offer a gardening workshop titled “Designing Continuously Blooming Perennial Gardens” on Friday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

What gardener doesn’t dream of blooms from frost to frost? Schneller Sligh has used her fun and easy blueprint system to design hundreds of gardens that begin blooming in spring and don’t quit until the last days of autumn. This four-hour workshop has been popular at Merryspring for many years. The workshop is based on her book “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden,” and it features a PowerPoint slide show of gardens she designed using this method, overview of design tips and considerations, and an opportunity to try the system to design a flower bed.

Schneller Sligh has designed and built 200 gardens in Maine since 1995 as owner of Lee Schneller Fine Gardens. Her revolutionary perennial garden design system is the subject of her new book, “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color” (Storey Publishing, March 2009). She lectures frequently across the United States and offers workshops teaching her design method. In addition to continuously blooming gardens, she specializes in Japanese-inspired and naturalistic gardens. She lived in Japan for four years, earned degrees in Chinese language and literature and in Asian history, and worked for 10 years as a Japanese technical translator before starting her gardening business.

Pre-registration for this workshop is required. The cost for the program is $40; Merryspring members pay $30. Participants should bring dimensions of a flowerbed to design and a bag lunch. Copies of the required text, Schneller Sligh’s “The Ever Blooming Flower Garden,” will be available for purchase at Merryspring. Participants may pre-order a book when they register for the workshop to receive a $5 discount. To register call 236-2239 or e-mail info@merryspring.org.