Seed Starting: flowers, vegetables and herbs - Saturday, April 4th

Do you want to grow plants from seed but don’t know where to start? Come to this 2 hour hands on seed starting class taught by long time gardener, John Fromer, and learn how.
You will also learn why growing from seed is a valuable skill and get tips to help you succeed.
Each student will take home two flats of plants to continue growing for spring planting.
Choose from popular flowers, vegetables and herbs plus some experimental seed saving options!
Class is limited to 10 people so everyone gets a personal learning experience.

1-3 pm
Cost of supplies: $20

*IMPORTANT* Call Ahead to reserve your spot and make payment

Perennial Propagating Class - Saturday, May 2nd

Have you wanted to propagate your perennials but were not sure how to do it? If so, this class is for you!

This hands on, two hour class (with gardener, John Fromer) will teach you the basics of dividing perennials, rooting dahlias, rosemary and lilies. Learn which types of perennials are safe to divide, when and how to grow them on successfully.

Then in the spring, you will be able to divide your own perennials at home. Each student will take home a selection of the plants they root in the class.

Class is limited to 10 people so each gardener gets a personal learning experience. 

1-3 pm

$20.00 investment 

*IMPORTANT* Call ahead to reserve your spot and make payment


John Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener for over twenty years. He was trained in perennial garden design by Frederick McGourty of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Gardening since he was little, John was inspired to learn about perennials in the ‘80s by his future wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. Together, they have owned and operated Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable farm since ’98 growing for restaurants, caterers, specialty shops and doing flower arranging, perennial garden design and consultations.
At the farm, which has been featured in national gardening magazines and on the Georges River Garden tour twice, they have held many workshops for MOFGA and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service.
John has taught the perennial garden portion of the Master Gardener program and given talks to most of the garden clubs and libraries in the Midcoast. For the last 3 years and this year, John has taught a summer perennial series at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden in addition to leading spring gardening workshops.
With 46 years hands on experience, and having read countless books and attended many classes, John finds there is still much to learn about gardening, ways to improve methods and efficiencies and so many more new plants to grow!