Rebecca Jacobs, owner and proprietor of Gabriella’s Gardens, will present a talk titled “Pesky Plants” on Tuesday, July 27 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

There are a small number of plant species that were introduced in the United States (or other countries as this is a global problem) that came without their natural predators to help regulate their population. Jacobs will discuss Maine’s peskiest plants, including the science and agencies backing this list, and some potential new invaders. Jacobs will give attendees some hope as to how to manage and/or eradicate these plants.

Jacobs’ business specializes in design and consultation services focused on gourmet gardens, native plants and non-native invasive species. She has spent years documenting these pesky plants, as she likes to call them, for the Invasives Plant Atlas of New England (, in addition to countless hours on the ground in an attempt to remove them from the landscape. She would be happy to see these plants in their native landscape where they might be appreciated.

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