Wendy Andresen will present the fifth talk in a series on Tending the Perennial Garden on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

As the growing season winds to a close, it is time to think about bringing out the last bit of color from perennial gardens. Andresen will teach gardeners how to make the most out of the last month of growth in her demonstration.

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

These presentations are based on techniques outlined in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s classic garden reference book “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden.” Participants need not have attended prior demonstrations in order to attend Part Five. Participants will be able to see how the gardens have progressed through the month of September and how the cooler temperatures and change in daylight have affected growth. In addition, participants will also learn how to prepare their gardens for the fall.

Wendy and her husband, Ray, moved to Camden in 2006 from Connecticut, where they owned and managed a garden design and maintenance business. Wendy currently serves as a volunteer at Merryspring, where she maintains the park’s perennial beds.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, which is co-sponsored by The First and Jaret and Cohn.

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 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.