BRUNSWICK — Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s sixth annual Tom Settlemire Community Garden Winter Gardening Workshop Series started in January, but there is still time to catch the remaining four presentations.

The series is appropriate for all kinds of gardeners with all levels of experience.

Experts from across Maine will offer presentations on a wide range of subjects, including soil health, tree crops (fruit and nut), ecological landscape design, medicinal herbs, native plants, and how to grow more food in less space.

Workshops will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A $5 donation is requested.

Remaining events include:

Feb. 11: Why and How to Sow & Grow Native Plants, by Heather McCargo, executive director, Wild Seed Project.
Learn about native plant life cycles and how our practices can support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife.

Feb. 25: Growing, Gathering and Using Plants as Medicine, by Lucretia Woodruff, Milkweed Farm
From gathering what grows abundantly in our region to cultivating and preparing medicinal herbs, Lucretia will share stories and insights from her own experience as mother, herbalist and farmer.

March 11: Beyond the Apple: Tree Crops for Maine, by Aaron Parker, Proprietor of Edgewood Nursery
Tree crops can be amazing sources of nutrition, flavor, and beauty. Uncommon varieties are among the most useful, interesting, and easy-to-grow. Learn about a selection of species and their basic care and maintenance.

For the sixth and final workshop on March 25, the land trust will present Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project and author of the popular “Will Bonsall’s Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening.”

The workshop is a fundraiser for the Community Garden with a $10 ticket charge.

Bonsall’s talk is entitled “Growing More Crops in Less Space.”

Tickets can be purchased online at

For detailed descriptions of topics and presenters and to reserve a space and buy a ticket for the final fundraiser workshop, visit