Camden Garden Club hears from Irene Barber: ecologically conscious landscapes, design, gardening

Tuesday, February 6, at 9:30 a.m., Irene Barber will speak about ecologically conscious landscapes, design, and gardening. She is the designer of the Farnsworth Museum Gardens.

Barber, a registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR) and coordinator of the Horticultural Therapy Program at CMBG, knows about the intimate relationship between people and plants — sun to soil, seed to root, plant to harvest, harvest to human, human to human. It’s that connection that drew her to the practice of horticultural therapy (HT), defined by Barber as “the transformation that happens when we work with the earth to improve well-being,” according to the Camden Garden Club, in a news release.

She adds, “plants, like people, are resilient; they can heal, they can recover, rehabilitate, rejuvenate, and prefer to live in communities. They bounce back. When we think about designing a garden, we so often think about nurturing the plant, it’s also about how that plant is nurturing us.” 

Preregistration is a must for this free talk with Barber. Go to

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The oldest garden club in Maine, the Camden Garden Club cultivates the art of gardening to its fullest sense, develops and preserves beauty in and around Camden, and promotes civic improvements, education, and conservation of natural resources. For more information on the Club and its activities visit

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