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A Dinner and Talk by Reeser Manley, Author of THE LIFE IN YOUR GARDEN

  • First Congregational Church of South Paris, ME 17 East Main Street South Paris, ME, 04281 United States (map)

Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Beetles, Oh My!

We all have heard about the plight of the pollinators.  It is easy to become discouraged and feel nothing can be done.  Not so!  Come join Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities and learn about the fascinating world of pollinators and what you can do to protect these important insects.

Cost: $10; please pre-register by emailing: 


The Life in Your Garden is a must-read call to action for gardeners concerned about Earth’s biodiversity crisis.  Horticulturists Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto describe how to create gardens that will help stem the tide of species extinctions among insects, birds, amphibians, and other endangered creatures.  The authors recommend ecologically-functional plants - native trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals - that will nurture a wide variety of garden wildlife.  And they present numerous examples of insect-garden interactions to demonstrate that a garden can and should be a stable, self-regulated ecosystem in which insect herbivores are held in check by their predators.

REESER MANLEY has gardened in South Carolina, Washington state (while earning a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science), Massachusetts, and, for the last 15 years, in Maine. From 2007 through 2015, he wrote about the garden in a weekly column for the Bangor Daily News. He taught courses in horticulture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Maine, Orono. In 2013 he retired from teaching chemistry and physics at a small high school on the coast of Maine to devote his time to gardening and garden writing.

MARJORIE PERONTO, a professor for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been teaching courses in fruit and vegetable gardening, ecological landscaping, and pruning for 26 years. She is a resource among her colleagues on native and invasive plants of the Northeast. Marjorie oversees Downeast Maines Master Gardener Volunteers Program, training individuals to conduct community outreach projects that promote sustainable gardening and food security. She has developed nationally recognized school gardening courses for teachers.