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Below please find a list of past 2022 Events held at McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

March 2022

Our in person Winter Lecture Series & Tea is back and we are also offering an option to zoom in if you are out of the area or are not comfortable in crowds. Please click here to join in on any of our presentations online.

Wednesday, March 2 , Winter Lecture Series #1 Tea served at 3:30pm Lecture starts at 4:00pm- Tools: How to Choose Them, Use Them and Take Care of Them” presented by Tom Atwell freelance garden columnist at the Portland Press Herald.

Wednesday, March 9 , Winter Lecture Series#2- Tea served at 3:30pm Lecture starts at 4:00pm- “Gardening From the Ground Up: the Basics of Soil Science for Gardeners” presented by Rebecca Long of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension- Oxford County.

Wednesday, March 16, Winter Lecture Series#3- Tea served at 3:30pm Lecture starts at 4:00pm “Habitat Garden at Valentine Farm” Presented by Barbara Murphy of Mahoosuc Landtrust.

Wednesday, March 23,Winter Lecture Series#4- Tea served at 3:30pm Lecture starts at 4:00pm-“The Unique Characteristics of Trees” presented by Maine state District Forester Patti Cormier

Wednesday, March 30, Winter Lecture Series #5-Tea served at 3:30pm Lecture starts at 4:00pm-  “Container Gardening” presented by Becky Moening, owner of Swallowtail Gardens.

April 2022

Wednesday, April 6- 2:00pm-5:00pm- Wool Trivet Class- Learn how to recycle your worn or unused wool clothing into a colorful trivet.  This class will cover the history and lost art of manipulating wool fabric into sewn folk art rugs.  Students will make a trivet and in the process will learn three different techniques for sewing wools strips together.  With these techniques, students can make coasters, trivets, and even rugs at home.  Teacher will provide all supplies.

$40 for the class, which includes supplies.


May 2022

McLaughlin Art Gallery exhibit welcomes May Artist of the Month Mary DeLano

Opening Day for plant sales for the general public is Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10am

Friday, May 6- 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Members-Only Plant Sale- Members enjoy first pick from our 2022 perennial plant sale inventory, gift shop, and barn sale. This is a great opportunity to put your 10% member discount to good use. Consult with the Horticulturist and choose just the right plants for your garden and yard. Share ideas, find inspiration and meet other Garden members.

May 7-8 (Saturday & Sunday)-10:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Kick off the gardening season with the McLaughlin Garden at the Wildflower Celebration and Wildflowers and Whimsy Barn Sale.  Stroll the garden on your own with a self guided wildflower tour and find Spring Ephemeral and native wildflowers. Attend our Native Orchid presentation at 11a. Bring your gardening tools and take advantage of on-sight tool sharpening (fee for service) with Complete Sharpening Services on Saturday and Sunday from 10a to 4p. Shop in our Wildflowers and Whimsy Barn Sale for deals on used items for your garden and yard, buy plants in our plant sale, and garden themed gifts and items in our gift shop.
Open to the public. FREE!
Tuesday, May 17- 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Power Propagators-Join Foothills Garden Club members and McLaughlin volunteers in the barn for propagating and potting up plants from the McLaughlin Garden to support our plant sale.

May 27-30 (Friday-Monday/ Memorial Day Weekend)-
McLaughlin Garden Annual Lilac Festival– Become intoxicated by the glorious sight and smell of our lilac collection. You’ll find about 125 different varieties and over 200 lilacs. Take a guided lilac care garden tour offered daily at 11:00am, enjoy iced lilac tea tastings daily from 12p. to 2p. Visit at 1p. on Sunday and listen to a musical performance by Kristin Short’s Sea Siren Duo. All weekend find help choosing just the right plant to take home to your garden and shop the many lilac themed gifts in our gift shop. Open to the public. $5 per person.


June 2022

McLaughlin Art Gallery exhibit welcomes June Artist of the Month Anne Stuer

Sunday, June 5- 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
National Cancer Survivor Celebration
Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine invites you to the McLaughlin barn to join together to honor friends and family members affected by cancer. More details to come.

Saturday, June 11- 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Musubi Stone Wrapping Level 1 with Cynthia Atkinson- When I started teaching this class several years ago, I had no idea there were so many stone lovers! I am happy to guide you to make your own Musubi Stones. Anyone can learn. Musubi stone wrapping employs centuries-old techniques of Japanese basket weaving to make leather-wrapped stones that inspire contemplation. All materials will be supplied, including the leather cord, but please bring 2-3 of your own palm sized roundish stones. It’s so much fun to allow a river or beach stone to choose you for this project! $45 fee. RSVP by calling 207-743-8820 or email

Tuesday, June 14- 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Power Propagators-Join Foothills Garden Club members and McLaughlin volunteers in the barn for propagating and potting up plants from the McLaughlin Garden to support our plant sale.

Monday- Saturday, June 20-26 10:00 am-4:00pm
 National Pollinator Week – McLaughlin Garden will spend the week honoring a diverse group of pollinators and all they do to keep our planet healthy! On Thursday, June 23 at 1p.m Nancy Donovan, a Master Gardener with The University of ME Cooperative Extension will be presenting her lecture titled “Birds, Bees and Butterflies, Oh My!” filled with information on building your own pollinator garden. She will also be sharing pollinator garden certification requirements. State apiarist Jennifer Lund will be talking about native pollinators at 11am on Saturday 6/25 and then, at 3pm, brew honey mead with McLaughlin’s Head Gardener Corey Kotfila (this is an RSVP workshop with a fee. Details on how to sign up will be shared soon). Get involved with our new pollinator garden project or participate in one of the presentations, workshops or activities to celebrate and learn more about what we can do to support the important work of pollinators.

 McLaughlin Garden’s Thursday Night in the Garden Series Presented by Oxford Federal Credit Union starts June 16th

Thursday, June 16- 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thursday Night in the Garden #1-
“Carnivorous Plants” presented by McLaughlin Garden’s Head Gardener Corey Kotfila. : Explore a variety of insectivorous plant species from around the world with McLaughlin Garden’s Horticulturist, Corey Kotfila. Why are these plants carnivorous? Do we have them in Maine? Can I grow them in my own garden? All of your burning questions about these strange plants will be answered.  

Thursday, June 23- 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thursday Night in the Garden #2- “
Clematis and Pollinator Relationship: It’s Complicated!” with Cindy Tibbetts, owner of Hummingbird Farm. Clematis is not the first plant you think of when trying to attract pollinators to your garden. Cindy will introduce you to pollinator friendly clematis and will also have plants available for you to purchase for your garden.

Thursday, June 30- 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thursday Night in the Garden #3- “
So Many Corks! You Want to Use Them but You Just Don’t Know How” This workshop is led by Craftsperson and McLaughlin volunteer Susan Weiler. Now you will finally be able to make use of all of those corks you have saved up in a 5 gallon bucket tucked in the back of your closet. Learn about cutting, gluing and creating with corks and up-cycle some wine corks into drink coasters while your here; and maybe even enjoy a glass of wine while your at it. All materials are provided and have been pre-cut for your safety.