Time: Sat, May 25, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Midcoast Conservancy Office
Get your hands dirty with some gorgeous native plants from Rebel Hill Farm! Organic perennials to help you create inviting habitat for the natural community on your land. Growers will be on hand to help you pick the right plants.
Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) will have an observation hive of honey bees along with information about beekeeping and how to get started. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions about bees.
Download a list of available plants; pre-order if you know what you want!
Why choose native plants? Here’s a great article on the subject.
Julie and Peter Beckford of Rebel Hill Farm in Liberty raise field-grown perennials, with a focus on native plants and medicinal herbs. Their plants are certified organic and necessarily hardy. The Beckfords believe the plants gardeners choose to grow matter a lot to wildlife and the surrounding natural areas. Of particular interest to them this year is the recent addition of the rusty patch bumblebee to the endangered species list. They encourage gardeners to plant many of the beautiful flowers used by our local pollinators, caterpillars and birds. Native, as they use the term, means: growing in Central or Eastern North America prior to European settlement.
The Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers is a chapter of the Maine State Beekeeping Association, founded in 2003. Their goal is to encourage and support beekeeping as a hobby in the Knox Lincoln County area. Honey bees are vital to the pollination of all of our flowers, fruits and vegetables. In recent years Varroa mites and Tracheal mites have invaded the United States. These mites have killed nearly all wild honey bee hives across the country. The need for managed bee hives has never been greater then it is right now.