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Merryspring offers talk on plants from away

May 22, 2020
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is one of many invasive plants in Maine.

Camden — Rebecca Jacobs of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will speak about invasive plant species at Merryspring, and also around Maine, at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road in Camden, Tuesday, June 9 at noon.

Visitors will learn about invasive species — the plants "from away" — that are disturbing natural ecosystems and replacing the native vegetation that defines our region and on which wildlife depends. They will learn to recognize key invasives in the area and explore control and prevention strategies. Jacobs will speak about these plants as well as her development of an invasive plant management plan for Merryspring in 2019. Guests will find out what she discovered and how Merryspring will engage the five-year plan to thwart these invaders. Optional walk to follow the seated discussion.

Jacobs is the program manager of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District. She also operates her own gardening business, Gabriella’s Gardens in Camden.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series. Because of the ongoing pandemic, guests must take safety seriously during this program, and are advised to wear face masks. Seating for this event will be outdoors in chairs set up a safe distance apart. This event is subject to change due to state and local regulations.

The cost of this program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions.

For more information, contact or call 236-2239.

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