Winter Moth

A native of Europe and Western Asia, the Winter Moth was introduced to North America via Nova Scotia, and in the past decade has exploded in population in coastal New England. Adult moths hatch from their cocoons in late November. The flightless females crawl up trees to lay their eggs; one female can lay up…

Prairie Smoke and Harebells

I am always looking for attractive combinations of short, fill-in plants to grow among the larger perennials and shrubs in my coastal Maine garden. These plants function as a kind of living mulch, and add another layer of habitat to the garden. Mother Nature doesn’t separate her plants with bark mulch, so why should I?…

Practice IPM to Control Moths, and Spray as Little as Possible

As an arborist, forester, and the former Tree Warden for the Town of Cape Elizabeth, homeowners and others often ask for my thoughts about spraying pesticides to control Winter Moth and Browntail Moth. The question is timely once again, because the Spring spraying season is almost here. It is important to keep the big picture…

Adopt-a-Plot volunteers needed

The Fort Williams Foundation depends on volunteers to help maintain the gardens in the Arboretum. And we would like you to join us. We are holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Cape Elizabeth Community Center, 345 Ocean House Road, to assign plots and begin getting organized for the coming season….

CEHPS Presents: Civil War & Major General Seth Williams

The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society will meet Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Community Services building, 345 Ocean House Rd. The guest presenter will be Jim Dufresne, founder and director of the Maine Masonic Civil War Library and Museum located at 8 Chestnut St. in Portland. The topic will be Maine and…

Arnold Promise

While Fort Williams Park is beautiful year-round, the winter beauty is mostly black and white, featuring snow, stone and tree bark, with the ocean ranging from gray to green to blue in the background. The first bright color in the park begins now – late February to early March – when the ‘Arnold Promise’ witch…

Beautiful Parasite

With a garden full of North American plants, I often dig up the ones that reproduce enthusiastically, and donate them to Fort Williams Park Foundation. A very appropriate species is Seaside Goldenrod, a well-behaved version that, as its name implies, does well near salt water. I first saw Seaside Goldenrod as a tiny little plant…

Garden Tour 2016

6th Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour The 2016 Garden Tour will feature 12 spectacular properties and private gardens in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough. All proceeds from tickets, program advertising, and sponsorships will benefit the Arboretum projects in Fort Williams Park. Tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: Broadway Gardens Greenhouses 1640 Broadway, South Portland…

10 Tips For Creating Habitats for Birds & Pollinators

You can “bring nature home” and provide a link in the chain of  habitat and migration corridors throughout our community by incorporating some of the following suggestions into your own landscape: Reduce lawn & increase biodiversity. Plant a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, groundcovers and grasses to enhance the structure, beauty and sustainability of…

Feel Good About Giving Back

Consider Fort Williams Park for an altruistic boost! The Fort Williams Park Foundation is an organization that relies heavily on individuals and groups in the community, and our volunteer programs have been an amazing success. It’s because of our volunteers that we’ve made such impressive progress toward the suppression of invasive plants in the Park….

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