Open Greenhouse & Nursery Days at O'Donal's

Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014

Rain or shine under our covered marketplace.

It's time! We are ready for spring!

Our Nursery is stocked with new trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals with more arriving daily.

Spring at O'Donal's We have a large selection of vegetable seedlings including organic and heirloom varieties. For the budding home orchardist, we carry a large variety of fruit trees and small fruits. We have a wide assortmant of organic fertilizers, potting soils, and best management products.

Come check it all out! We are ready to help you get going in your garden!

Did you know we have 60 acres of growing fields?

Our field crew has been busy digging trees and shrubs from our fields. They will display some of the equipment they use along with a selection of the plants they grow - ready to make the trip to your home.

Fun for Kids

Face Painting, Scavenger Hunt, and Bird Spotting

Sat. & Sun anytime from 10:00-3:00

Have your face painted, then pick up a map and have fun with our family scavenger hunt! Finish the scavenger hunt and receive a prize. (For safety's sake, we do ask that parents accompany their children.)

Some Cool Spring Promos for You

  • Free Drawings
  • Benson Organic Compost
  • $100 O'Donal's Gift Card
  • Three Exclusive Barth Daylilies
  • Super Floral Arrangement
Earn O'Dollars with your purchase. For every $10 you spend you will receive one O'Dollar (up to ten O'Dollars). Full details at the Garden Center.

Free Classes

SATURDAY

Yardscaping 10:00-11:00

About 3 million pounds of yard care pesticides are brought into Maine for sale each year. BayScaping (aka "Yardscaping") is an approach that helps you (and your neighbors) reduce your reliance on pesticides, fertilizers and water and minimize runoff. Not only will you have a lawn and garden that require less maintenance, lower costs, and is safer for kids and pets, you'll be helping the protect our environment as well.

How and When to Prune 11:00-1:00

Not only will Jeff O'Donal tell you when to prune and where to make the proper cuts, he will actually show how it's done, all accompanied by his entertaining commentary!

Landscape Design 1:00-3:00

For a city-dweller or anyone choosing to downsize, smaller yards present special challenges. Lauren Lehman, Landscape Designer, will address how to make an impact in a small space. We'll discuss how to be selective in choosing plants that are the right scale and provide threeseason interest. Other design elements include use of color, texture and focal points to create a feeling of space.

SUNDAY

Vegetable Gardening 11:00-1:00

New to veggie gardening or have some questions? This workshop will help you get started.

New Plants for 2014 1:00-2:00

Jeff O'Donal presents the newest plants to be offered in our 2014 season. This is always an extremely popular seminar in which you get a first-hand look at the newst arrivals.

Do You Know About...

Garbage to Garden

Reduce your waste with Garbage to Garden weekly curbside compost pickup service. Program volunteers will be here to explain the program and show you their compost.

How to attract important pollinators

Pollinators do have their favorite plants. We will have displays honoring (primarily) native plants that attract and support bees and butterflies. This is a hot topic that will be an on-going theme in 2014.

Spring Workshops at O'Donal's

Growing and Pruning the Home Orchard

Saturday, May 10 10:00-12:00

Howard and Ann Stevens have down-sized from growing fruit commercially at Butternut Farm in NH and are now are growing fruit at their new home Foxes Ridge Farm in Acton, Maine. They will relay their expertise in growing peaches, apples, plums and pears.

Pruning Small Fruits in Maine

Saturday, May 17 10:00-12:00

David Handley, Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist of the Maine Cooperative Extension will explain how to prune your blueberries, raspberries, and other small fruits to increase vigor and enhance yield.

Spring into Health:

Planting Good Habits for Gardening and Outdoor Projects

Saturday, May 17 1:00-3:00

Pull weeds, not muscles with easy-to-remember tips and techniques from Dr. Vance that you can apply to all aspects of your life. Before digging into outdoor projects, learn how to avoid common injuries associated with spring and summer tasks. Complimentary reference guide for attendees. Dr. Mitchell Vance is the owner of HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab & Wellness Center located at 949 Brighton Avenue in Portland.

Growing Fruit Trees

Sunday May 18 11:00-1:00

Growing tree fruit is fun and rewarding. Join Master Gardener, Joel Leak, as he provides basic information on how to grow tree fruit (including apples, pears, peaches, and plums). He will discuss site selection, varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. Joel Leak has been a Master Gardener in Cumberland County since 2001. He has been gardening for over 40 years. He has over 40 fruit trees, dozens of berry bushes, and a large vegetable garden.

Small Fruits, session I

Growing Blueberries, Raspberries, & Blackberries

Saturday, May 24 10:00-12:00

Berries are delicious, nutritious and easy to grow. Join Master Gardener, Joel Leak, as he provides basic information on how to grow berries (including raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries). He will discuss site selection, varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. See Joel Leak's bio above.

Small Fruits, session 2

Growing Strawberries and Grapes

Saturday, May 31 10:00-12:00

Berries are delicious, nutritious and easy to grow. Join Master Gardener, Joel Leak, as he provides basic information on how to grow berries (including strawberries, and grapes). He will discuss site selection, varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. See Joel Leak's bio above.

Container Workshop

Thursday, May 22 5:00-6:30

We will talk about the elements of creating a fabulous container garden and then put those theories to the test. We will supply all the elements for your success: a container, soil, and plants. You choose plants from our selection of annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs. A very reasonable fee will cover the basics, stay tuned.

April Nursery & Garden Shop Hours

Monday-Friday 8-6
Saturday 8-5
Sunday 9-5