Midcoast garden designer Lee Schneller Sligh will present a talk titled “Creating Japanese-Inspired Gardens in Maine” on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

Schneller Sligh uses native New England plants and materials according to Japanese design principles and aesthetics to create tranquil gardens that blend harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. She speaks and reads Japanese and has designed and built more than 200 gardens in Maine since 1995 as owner of Lee Schneller Fine Gardens.

A graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and Design’s Intensive Seminar on Japanese Gardens, Schneller Sligh has traveled extensively in Japan on her own, researching and photographing out-of-the-way gardens of historical and aesthetic interest. 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.

Photos of her gardens can be seen at leeschneller.com, in the August 2010 issue of Down East magazine and in the books “Gardens Maine Style, Act II” and “The Nonstop Garden.” In addition to her specialty in Japanese gardens, Schneller Sligh has written a bestselling book, “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color.”

Merryspring members and all children attend talks free, and there is a charge of $5 for non-members. This is an outdoor demonstration and attendees should dress for the weather.

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.