Herbalist Betsy-Ann Golon will lead a presentation on growing, preserving, and cooking with lavender at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, May 21, at noon.

Lavender is among the most popular flowering herbs, renowned for its aromatic and culinary uses. Golon will teach guests the best cultivation methods for this herb, including which varieties fit Midcoast gardens. She will also expand upon ways to dry and preserve lavender, as well as the herb’s many uses in the kitchen. From baking and jellies to Sunday roasts, lavender is a versatile, beautiful, and delicious ingredient to home cooking.

Golon operates Common Folk Farm with her family in Naples. In addition to growing herbs, teas, and flowers, she also works with Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. She has taught gardening and herbalism classes all over New England and has presented at the Common Ground Fair, Fryeberg Fair, and many flower shows across the state.

This lecture is part of the Spring Talk Series at Merryspring, sponsored 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 of Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at merryspring.org.






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