Maine Master Gardener John Fromer will lead a presentation on perennial botany and identification for gardeners at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, July 27 at noon.

Learning basic botany can give gardeners the knowledge needed to solve problems and make informed decisions in the garden. An understanding of botany can help in garden design, growing, maintenance, and propagation. While modern smartphone apps are useful, they may not always correctly identify plants or may provide too many results to choose from. In this program, John Fromer will speak about how a grasp of perennial botany can be used to better care for, identify, and maintain a healthy garden. The talk will be followed by a short walk through the perennial beds at Merryspring, now in full bloom.

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. He currently serves on the Merryspring board of trustees.

This talk is part of Merryspring’s Outdoor Summer Talk series. Outdoor Talks are held in a distanced manner in the Hexagon at Merryspring. The cost of this program is $5 for the general public, with a free admission for Merryspring members. No preregistration is necessary for this event.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact or call 236-2239.