Ken Liberty will present a talk titled “A Passion for Peonies” on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Liberty will discuss the several floral types of both herbaceous and tree peonies, how to plant and divide them, why they sometimes don’t flower, and how to avoid Botrytis (the most common disease attacking peonies in a cold wet spring). He will be also address individual problems and share stories about peonies.

Liberty was a founding member of the Peony Society of Maine. He served as its president for the first 10 years, during which time the group grew from 10 members to 118 by the end of 2010. He has more than 60 years of experience as a peony grower and is still learning about this “Queen of Flowers.” His peony garden in Bangor will be open to the public on Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a part of the Society’s 10th Annual Peony Garden Tour.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Tuesday Talk Series, which is sponsored in part by The First.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit 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 the website at