• Belfast Garden Club’s Annual Open Garden Days Begin, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. See the Japanese-inspired gardens of Karen Young and Paul Robie, 220 Upper Bluff Road, Northport, across from Mt. Percival Preserve. $5 admission at the garden; $30 for a nine-garden pass at Aubuchon Hardware, Left Bank Books and The Good Table, all in Belfast. Details are at
  • Program on Managing Woodlands with Birds in Mind, 2 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library. Sally Stockwell will introduce Forestry for Maine Birds, an approach that integrates bird conservation into forest managment and planning. After the talk, she’ll lead a walk in the woods at Cameron Mountain, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville. Learn more about Forestry for Maine Birds at
  • Bird Talk in Damariscotta, 3 p.m. at Schooner Cove Retirement Community’s library, 35 Schooner Street. Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox will describe Maine’s constantly changing bird populations Free and open to all.
  • Series for Lakeside Homeowners, offered by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District. “Love Our Lakes” sessions run 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays. June 14: Lakes 101 (optional in-depth session extends to 6:30 p.m.), Kermit S. Nickerson School, Swanville; June 28: Septic System Care and Maintenance, and a Bit About Soils, Kermit S. Nickerson School; July 12: Keeping Up Those Camp Roads, North Searsport United Methodist Church; July 26: Best Homeowner Practices to be LakeSmart, and Intro to LoonSmart, North Searsport United Methodist Church and at Swan Lake. For more information, visit


  • “Making of an Arboretum,” 10 a.m. at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Arborists Nancy Caudle-Johnson and Douglas Johnson of Treekeepers LLC give a presentation, then lead a walk to the Kitty Todd Arboretum Enhancement Project.
  • “Sharing and Creating Habitat” Tour, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenwood, in Searsmont, with 172 acres, 12 of them dedicated to human habitation. Take in permaculture practices, garden irrigation, tree leaf fodder, forest pigs, pollinator gardens, and a moldering gap composting toilet. Sign up at
  • Tour John T. Beverage Homestead, 1 to 4 p.m. Thomaston Historical Society offers the self-guided tour of the 1885 Italianate-style house at 33 Hyler Street, where docents will point out architectural details inside and outside. Refreshments will be offered. $10 admission; $8 THS members; free for kids 12 and under.


  • Program on Practical Perennial Garden Design, noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Maine Master Gardener John Fromer teaches how to work through the design process to create the right garden for a variety of settings. He’ll cover soil and environmental conditions and how to select and organizae plants in the outdoor program. $5.


  • Four-Day Timber Framing Course, Friday to Monday, July 5 to 8, at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Eight students will complete a timber frame, taking part in every step, from harvesting trees to banging in the last nail. $500 ($450 for Midcaost Conservancy and MOFGA members). Learn more at