SKOWHEGAN — A Harvest Tea is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center, 66 Elm St. This free public event is co-sponsored by the museum and the Bloomfield Garden Club, according to a news release from the center.

Speaker Paul Johnson, a retired fishery biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the Moosehead Lake Region, will give a presentation about Maine wildflowers. Johnson was intrigued by the diversity of plant and animal life found in the Maine Woods and over the years he attempted to capture in photographs the things he saw to share them with others. His program will highlight some common, as well as some not so common wildflowers found in Maine’s woodlands, wetlands, and open lands. Many of these plants were observed and recorded by Thoreau, a very competent amateur botanist, on his three trips to Maine more than 160 years ago.

The afternoon will include hot tea and fresh cold cider, homemade treats, and music provided by Allan Foxwell & Co.

The History House will be open for browsing and the Heirloom Gardens will be in fall bloom.

For more information, call the museum at 474-6632, email [email protected] or visit

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