Gardener John Fromer will lead the second in a series of four perennial gardening demonstrations at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, July 19, at noon.

Fromer's demonstration will be all about managing and enjoying the summer garden. The program will cover everything from how and when to cut flowers, how to read your weeds, and staking and deadheading techniques. The talk will also cover basic maintenance, from irrigation to insect and disease control, to what tools to use. Fromer will speak about the importance and use of design, including color combinations, structure, and even when and how to best photograph your summer blooms.

This is an outdoor program, so guests should dress appropriately for weather and wear sturdy shoes. After the presentation, copies of the recommended texts “Perennial Combinations” by C. Colston Burrell and “The Well Tended Perennial Garden” by Tracy DiSabato-Aust will be for sale, along with a selection of gardening tools, books, and plants.

Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. They grow flowers, vegetables and herbs in a sustainable and authentic fashion.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring. For more information on this program, please contact or call 236-2239.