• for 2019. Fishermen and coastal dwellers who wish to start a shellfish or seaweed aquaculture business can apply to Island Institute’s free program by March 14: 594-9209, IslandInstitute.org/aquaculture.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

  • “New Foundation Gardens,” 10 a.m. at Camden Public Library. Irene Brady Barber of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens gives the talk in Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture Series. She is a horticulture therapist and landscape designer known for her ability to create successful plant combinations in difficult landscape environments.
  • Update on Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, noon, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington Street in Bath. Learn what the trust has been doing to protect the land and engage citizen scientists in bird and bee monitoring in a talk by its executive director, Carrie Kinne. Hosted by Bath Garden Club and open to all.
  • Selecting Flowers and Vegetables for Different Environments, 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Learn how to select the right plant for any location from Matt Wallhead, an ornamental horticulture specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension. The free public presentation is hosted by Belfast Garden Club.

COMING UP:

  • Free Wild Blueberry Conference, hosted by UMaine Cooperative Extension on Thurs., Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive in Orono. Get updates on diseases, pollinators, weeds, precision agriculture, post-harvest quality, blueberry fertility and food safety requirements. Pesticide credits will be available. Register online. Snow date: March 4.
  • Seven Weeks of Bee School in Thomaston, at the American Legion Hall, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26 to April 9. Backyard beekeepers will get the basic buzz on keeping bees to enrich the garden and make honey. $60 includes a textbook and prorated membership in Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers. FMI: 586-6800, rmllamas1@gmail.com.
  • Build a Nesting-Bird Box, at Merry-spring Nature Center, Camden, on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Eric Evans will lead the popular program on how to build, site and mount a box for your choice of bluebirds, swallows, wrens, saw-whet owls, barred owls, red-bellied woodpeckers, flickers or kestrels. $25 ($20 Merryspring members) includes cut lumber. Register by Friday, Feb. 22: info@merryspring.org.