AUGUSTA — School gardens around Maine will hold open house events this weekend to showcase their students’ hard work and highlight the many benefits of educational gardening programs.

Participating school systems include Windham, Islesboro, Dexter, Phippsburg and Waldoboro. The events are being coordinated through the Maine School Garden Network, according to Kat Coriell, chair of the MSGN board of directors. A full listing of Open House sites, as well as a directory of school gardens in Maine, is available at the MSGN website. Note that two schools are holding their events earlier in the week.

Events will be free and open to the public. Visitors can expect a variety of garden-related activities, including garden tours, gardening demonstrations, games, cider pressing, food tasting and garden-themed artwork.

The Maine School Garden Network is a volunteer nonprofit that believes in the value of teaching children to garden. MSGN’s mission is to promote and support educational gardening programs in Maine schools. It holds educational workshops for teachers, maintains a website with resources on gardening, and provides support for school gardening projects.

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