gardens as high-performing resilient systems that mitigate climate change

Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series speaks with Irene Barber

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This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library, will focus on new approaches to garden design for resiliency and conservation.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., Irene Barber, Adult Education and Horticultural Therapy Program Manager at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will give a talk on “Resilient Garden Design”.

The talk will be offered on zoom. To register for the Zoom link please go to and find the link. (Or register here)

“Recently, dramatic, unpredictable seasons have been teaching us that we can’t keep using the same practices from 10 or 20 years ago and expect the same results,” said Belfast Free Library, in a news release.

In this presentation, Irene Barber will share how garden spaces can be high-performing resilient systems that play an active role in the grassroots effort towards mitigating climate change. She’ll address the challenges we experience, including fluctuating temperatures, water conditions, and infestations.

Barber is a seasoned professional gardener, landscape designer, and horticulturist who is always learning and excited to share the lessons with students, fellow plant people, and designers. With an AS degree in plant and soil science and a BA in communications, human behavior, Barber has brought her love of plants and people to her practice in horticultural therapy. As the adult education and horticultural therapy program manager at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, she produces up to 90 annual classes. Irene also runs a side landscape consulting and design business called Greenscapes Design LLC.

The Evening Lecture Series continues on March 26 with Rebecca Goldenthal and a talk titled “In Full Bloom: Container Gardens.”

For more information please call the library at 207-338-3884 ext. 10 or visit

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Tue, 02/27/2024 - 6:30pm

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