The Farnsworth Art Museum will host a presentation by landscape designer Irene Brady Barber titled A Pollinators’ Green Way Station Thursday afternoon, March 21. The talk will take place at 2 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

This presentation, featuring the Farnsworth Art Museum’s new native gardens, will explore the mission of the pollinator garden design, which extends to design opportunities for home and professional gardeners, urban-streetscape planners and native plant enthusiasts.

Barber is principal landscape designer of the ecological landscape horticulture firm Greenscapes Design in Durham. Her sense of place and belonging lies within nature, especially within vegetated systems, whether in the Maine woods, a tropical rainforest or an alpine tundra — wherever there are plants that lead to diversity of many living organisms.

This deep connection to plants has led her to become a practicing and registered horticultural therapist, a trained professional who customizes plant-based activities that stimulate and support personal wellbeing to individuals who live with developmental, intellectual, emotional or physical challenges. At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Irene works full-time as an HTR, landscape design instructor and horticulture education coordinator for gardeners and professional landscape practitioners.

The fee for this program is $15, $10 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or