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Merryspring offers outdoor September events

Sep 04, 2020
Gardener and herbalist Denise DeSpirito will lead a walking tour of the herb garden at Merryspring Sept. 22.

Merryspring Nature Center is highlighting two outdoor nature events in September.

Herb garden walk

Gardener and herbalist Denise DeSpirito will lead a walking tour of the herb garden at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, Sept. 22 at noon.

In this outdoor walk, DeSpirito will lead the group around the herb garden to see what’s blooming, check out recent additions, and speak about how to harvest different plants and their seeds. Guests are welcome to ask questions about the plants on display as well as their home gardens.

Denise DeSpirito is gardener and herbalist. She has grown herbs all over the Northeast, including Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. She currently serves as Garden Manager at Merryspring.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series, Due to 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.

Outdoor worm bin harvesting workshop

Vermiculturist Jock Robie will lead an outdoor worm bin harvesting workshop at Merryspring Nature Center Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

Vermiculture is the process of using earthworms to odorlessly and naturally digest kitchen waste into useful soil amendments for flower and vegetable gardens. The Worm Bin Harvest Party will allow current vermicomposters to meet and harvest the season's castings, as well as provide beginners with a crash course on how to get started. Robie will speak about the basics of vermiculture, including sourcing materials, worm care, bin maintenance, aeration, insect control, making "worm tea,"

and how to use and store castings.

Robie founded Mainely Worm Bins in 2011 after keeping worms for four years. He provides his vermiculture classes as a public service and has presented all over the east coast between Virginia and Maine.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this program will take place outdoors. All guests must wear face masks and dress for weather. In the event of rain or wind, the program will be rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1.

This is a free program for all, but guests are required to preregister. Space is limited, and those who wish to obtain a worm bin must sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Worm bins are offered free of charge, though donations to Merryspring are accepted. To sign up, please contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.

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

Last year's worm bin harvest at Merryspring took place indoors.
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