Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden

master gardener demonstration gardens
Photo by Ivonne Vazquez

The demonstration garden at Rogers Farm is a showcase for creative theme gardens, unique plant varieties, innovative designs, and prolific vegetable gardens. Planned, planted, and maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers since 1994, the intent is to demonstrate proper gardening practices and inspire both the novice and seasoned gardener. The gardens are located at 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town and are open to the public between dawn and dusk, 7 days a week.

Educational programs are hosted in the garden throughout the growing season and groups are encouraged to schedule tours. For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Kate Garland by calling 207.942.7396 or email katherine.garland@maine.edu.

Upcoming Programs – 2022

Open House – every Tuesday July-August, 5:30pm-7pm

Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens while volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions. 

These free in-person open house events will be held outside, drizzle or shine. No registration required. In the event of inclement weather, visitors are encouraged to come back the following Tuesday. Additionally, people may drop in anytime during daylight hours for a self-guided visit. Staff or volunteers may not be available for questions on times other than Tuesday evening.

Garden-to-Table Workshop: harvest, plant, eat, repeat – July 18, 5-7pm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and food team and Chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, are pleased to announce a Garden-to-Table workshop happening July 18 5-7pm.

July is when gardens are in full swing. Many crops are ready to harvest and there’s plenty that can still be planted for a late season harvest. This unique workshop will literally bring you into the garden to see what’s ready to harvest and learn what’s on our list for the next round of planting. We’ll discuss and demonstrate planting timelines, spacing, pest management, and strategies for harvesting. Then, participants will take a short drive to the UMaine campus to UMaine’s teaching kitchen where you will work together to prepare some seasonal dishes with the freshly harvested produce. The kitchen portion of the workshop will be led by Chef Rob Dumas CEC, Food Science Innovation Coordinator, and Laurie Bowen, Extension Food Systems Program Assistant. Bowen will introduce basic tools and resources for those interested in home canning and Dumas will walk participants through basic food preparation techniques and highlight food science principles while preparing a few exciting seasonal recipes.

This workshop will start at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town. The workshop fee is on a sliding scale where you can select the payment amount that works best for your budget. All materials and a light meal will be provided. Register online no later than July 14th. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.942.7396; katherine.garland@maine.edu.

Future Garden-to-Table workshops will be held on August 15 and September 19, 2022 all 5-7pm

More information coming soon!

Field Day – Saturday, September 10th, 2022youth group touring the garden
10am-1pm

We’re busy planning workshops, informational displays and youth activities. Gardening questions and plant samples are always welcome. More information coming soon!


Prior programs and those that have closed already

Spring Garden Gathering – May 24, 6-7pm

Area gardeners are invited to drop in during this family-friendly open-house event to learn more about plans for the various plots and upcoming programs in the demonstration garden. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer gardening questions. There will be live music and light refreshments. Free plants and seedlings will be available first come, first served. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.942.7396; katherine.garland@maine.edu.

Farm-to-Table Camp – August 1-5, 2022colorful collection of harvested dahlias 7:45-noon Registration closed

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and 4-H staff, along with chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, are pleased to announce a Farm to Table Summer Camp at Rogers Farm the week of Aug. 1, 2022.

Youth ages 9-12 will be involved in all aspects of growing, harvesting and preparing food and flowers. Our new farmers will sow seeds, care for crops, harvest cut flowers, save seeds, pick produce, and learn how to manage pests and diseases in the garden. Additionally, the group will help create a collaborative art installation at the farm. The week of gardening will culminate in a morning focused on developing culinary skills with chef Dumas, who previously served as a chef in the White House for four years. Developing basic food preparation skills, an understanding of food safety and fostering a love of healthy and delicious foods are the goals for the culinary portion of this summer camp.

The half-day camp will be held from 7:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-4 at Rogers Farm in Stillwater and 7:45 a.m. to noon on the UMaine campus in Orono on Aug. 5. The $50 camp fee includes all materials and a mid-morning snack. Limited financial assistance is available upon request. Registration has closed. For more information or to ask to be on a wait list contact 207.942.7396; katherine.garland@maine.edu.

Garden-to-Table Workshop: celebrating the early summer harvest – June 27, 5-7pm

Chef Rob Dumas, UMaine’s food science innovation coordinator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and UMaine Food Systems Program Assistant Laurie Bowen are pleased to announce a Garden-to-Table workshop happening on June 27, 5-7 p.m.

Seasonal gardening experiences will be paired with culinary instruction in this unique hands-on workshop. The workshop will begin at Rogers Farm where participants will learn how to grow and harvest early season produce. In addition to broadening horticultural horizons beyond standard spinach, lettuce and radish varieties, we’ll discuss and demonstrate planting timelines, spacing, pest management, when to harvest and strategies for harvesting. Then, participants will take a short drive to the UMaine campus to develop culinary skills with chef Dumas, who previously served as a chef in the White House for four years. Dumas will introduce the science of making emulsions and guide participants in making delicious creations using scapes and chives. Rhubarb, our beloved perennial Maine favorite, will be on the dessert menu.

This workshop will start at Rogers Farm, 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town. The workshop fee is on a sliding scale where you can select the payment amount that works best for your budget. All materials and a light meal will be provided. Online registration coming soon! For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.942.7396; katherine.garland@maine.edu. Register Online.

 

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For more information on visiting, learning, or volunteering at the garden, please contact Kate Garland katherine.garland@maine.edu. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience required.