February 10, 2013

Maine Gardener: Progress (or not) on pest front


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Impatiens downy mildew was another topic, but I covered that two weeks ago.


ROBERT BANGS of Windswept Gardens in Bangor won the Al Black Award for 2013, given by the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association for outstanding contributions to the horticulture industry.

Bangs started his company in 1972 as Robert Bangs Landscaping, and has expanded to include a full garden center as well as full landscaping. He has a regular television segment on WABI-TV in Bangor, and has been active in MELNA operations and committees.

Jake Pierson, nursery manager at Pierson Landscaping, a wholesale nursery in Dayton, won MELNA's young horticulturist award. He lives in Portland and is the son of Dale Pierson, the nursery founder.

Sara Tryzelaar of Greenbush won the Donglin Zhang Scholarship for students studying horticulture at the University of Maine, and Paul Bronder won the scholarship for students at Southern Maine Community College.

THE PORTLAND FLOWER SHOW, which will be held March 6-10 at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St., is looking for volunteers.

Some are needed to put up posters before the show, but most volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts March 7-10. The shifts start as early as 9 a.m. and run as late as 7 p.m.

If interested, contact Kerry Ratigan at 615-6271 or ratigankerry@gmail.com.

Tom Atwell has been writing the Maine Gardener column since 2004. He is a freelance writer gardening in Cape Elizabeth and can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:


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