As the growing season winds to a close, it is time to think about bringing out the last bit of color from perennial gardens. Wendy Andresen will teach gardeners how to make the most out of the last month of growth in her demonstration “Autumn Maintenance for the Perennial Garden,” on Tuesday, October 5th at noon at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.

“A garden is a process, not a product,” says Andresen. “A garden isn’t something we put in and then forget about, it is something we work on throughout the growing season.”

This program is part of Andresen’s popular garden demonstration series, which is based on techniques outlined in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s classic garden reference book, “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden.” Participants will learn how to prepare plants for colder weather to maximize plant survival through the fall and winter.

The cost for the program is $5, Merryspring members attend free of charge. This is an outdoor demonstration and participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Copies of DiSabato-Aust’s book will be available for purchase.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Rt. 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at