Sustainable Gardening Event Cancelled Due To Rain. It Never Rained In Sustainable Garden Class

Due to the torrential rain expected through the time of the event, it has been decided to cancel the planned ribbon-cutting ceremony and garden tour and reschedule them for early next spring. However, it should be emphasized that the gardens are complete and open to the public for beautiful fall viewing. The informational kiosk and educational signage are fully installed and ready to aid visitors walking through the gardens.

WHO: Maine YardScaping Partnership

WHAT: Official Opening/Ribbon-Cutting, Press Conference, Garden Tour

WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Portland—YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove (adjacent to Preble Street soccer fields)

DETAILS: The Maine YardScaping Partnership will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the completion and official opening of the YardScaping Gardens at Back Cove—an intensive landscaping project designed to be a showcase for trees, shrubs, and perennials that can be used to make Maine gardens more sustainable and help gardeners and landscapers reduce their reliance on fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation water.

Over the past five years, Portlanders and others visitors who use the trails around Back Cove have witnessed the total transformation of two-and-a-half acres of unused field, made available by the City of Portland, where several thousand specially chosen plants have been installed. The gardens have been made possible by grants from the USEPA—Region 1 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, the Davis Conservation Foundation, and generous donations from local businesses and garden clubs, plus the herculean efforts of many local volunteers, including Master Gardeners and dedicated members of the more than 30 YardScaping partners.

Even before completion, the gardens have already been recognized, with the “Friend of Casco Bay” award from Friends of Casco Bay, and, most recently, with the “Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities” from the International Society of Arboriculture.

All are invited to help celebrate the culmination of this project, first conceived more than 10 years ago.

October 18, 2011