Merryspring to share examples of common poisonous garden plants

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CAMDEN — Merryspring gardener Denise DeSpirito will speak about common poisonous garden plants at Merryspring Nature Center, Tuesday, April 23, at 12 p.m.

If consumed, many garden plants may be toxic to humans. But they also can bring beauty, pollinators, myth, and magic to outdoor spaces, according to Merryspring, in a news release.

DeSpirito will speak about a few of these plants, including foxglove, aconite, castor, and datura, among other examples, that grow at Merryspring and in many backyard gardens. Along with providing photo examples, the presentation will include historical uses of these plants and how to grow them.

DeSpirito is both 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 lecture is part of the Spring Talk series at Merryspring.

Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is a 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, contact or call 207-236-2239.

Event Date: 

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Merryspring Nature Center


30 Conway Road
Camden  Maine
United States