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The last of five talks in the Camden Garden Club‘s annual five-part Winter Horticulture Series is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, with Liz Stanley who will present “Lasagna Gardening.”

The series is presented online in partnership with the Camden Public Library.

Lasagna gardening, or sheet mulching, is a technique that has been used around the world for generations, according to a news release from the library. It is an easy way to transform part of a lawn or waste space into a new vegetable or perennial bed by layering and recycling readily available materials. After letting the area rest, the layers break down, building a growing medium of organic matter that improves the soil substrate’s quality.

In this presentation, viewers will see some examples of lasagna gardens, what kinds of “recipes” were used, and which plants thrive in this environment.

Stanley coordinates adult and youth gardening programs, and answers gardening calls, for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. Her main focus is the Master Gardener Volunteer program, where participants receive more than 50 hours of training in the art and science of horticulture. In return, volunteers support school and community gardens, food security initiatives and environmental projects.

The club is a nonprofit and member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, with a mission to cultivate the art of gardening to its fullest sense, develop and preserve beauty in and around Camden, and promote civic improvements, education and conservation of natural resources.

The free horticultural talks are open to everyone. To register for the Zoom link to attend, visit librarycamden.org. Each talk will also be available to view after the event date on the library programs YouTube channel.