CAMDEN — Gardener and herbalist Denise DeSpirito will lead a presentation on creating herbal incense Tuesday, July 28, at 12 p.m., at Merryspring Nature Center.
The burning of plants in ceremony and for health has been a practice for centuries, according to Merryspring, in a news release. In this talk DeSpirito will discuss the history of incense and how it can be made from plants that can be grown, or are already growing, in the Maine backyard. Some of the plants discussed will be eucalyptus, bay, sweet Annie, rue, among others.
The program will cover how to grow certain plants from seed, how to correctly dry plants, and how to form them into incense cones for home use.
Denise DeSpirito is gardener and herbalist. She has grown herbs all over the Northeast, including Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. She currently serves as Garden Manager at Merryspring.
This event is part of the Summer Talk series, sponsored by First National Bank. Please note that due to the on-going pandemic guests must take safety seriously during this program, and are advised to wear face masks. Seating for this event will be outdoors in chairs set-up a safe distance apart. This event is subject to change due to state and local regulations. In the event of rain this program will be canceled.
The cost of this program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions.
Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact email@example.com or call 207-236-2239.