CAMDEN — The Camden Garden Club welcomes Master Gardener Jean Vose as their guest speaker Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., at the Camden Public Library. The topic is "From Garbage to Garden - It's Compost Time!"
The weekly Winter Horticulture Series is free and open to the public and will continue on Tuesdays throughout February. Guests and prospective members are always welcome, according to the Club.
“Compost works like a magic-potion for the soil,” said the Club, in a news release. “It is a soil conditioner, mulch and fertilizer all wrapped into one. This program will help one's composting efforts efficient and rewarding.”
Vose will talk about turning one's garbage into the "Black Gold" of compost. Compost is a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling form of decomposing organic matter that is a most practical and convenient way to handle yard wastes. Her slide show presentation will include the how's, why's and what's of making compost. In addition, there will be take-home handouts of not only the slide show but also informational compost bulletins.
Jean Vose is an experienced Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures. The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by more than 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods. The gardens feature vegetables, flowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots. Most of her gardens have been established for more than 20 years.
Vose has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986. She keeps and manages six honeybee hives in her apiary for pollination and honey. She is a co-founder of the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers and was honored as in 2014 as Beekeeper of the Year by the Maine State Beekeepers Association.
Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.