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Pugwash Communities in Bloom focuses on its motto “People, Plants and Pride Growing Together”.

In keeping with this theme, it is offering two free presentations this spring – one focused on gardening and the other on cultural heritage.

Ever wonder about the gardens you see in magazines? Do you feel inspired by others’ beautiful gardens? Pugwash Communities in Bloom presents ‘Public Garden Spaces: Inspiring Ideas for your Community and your Garden’. Horticulturalist Helen Maclean will share how communities all over the world have recognized their love of home by building community gardens. She’ll share how small ideas can lead to creative gardens and a sense of place for communities.

Maclean’s presentation will provide insight into her experiences from her career at Halifax Public Gardens and her research in the fields of horticulture and public gardens. She combines practical labouring skills from cleaning up shrub and flower beds, to experience working for the National Capitol Commission in Ottawa at the Governor General’s Residence, to sitting on the Canadian Garden Council. Hear top tips from Maclean as she draws from these varied experiences and discusses how to build gardens to suit your location. A question and answer period with Maclean and local gardeners will follow.

The presentation will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 10, at Northumberland Curling Club, 49 Pugwash Rd., Pugwash.

A second presentation is ‘Who Lived There? Reminiscences and History of Notable Pugwash Houses’. Members of the Northumberland Historical Society will bring history to life as they share photos and stories of the village’s rich cultural maritime history. The heritage presentation will be held April 24, 7-8:30 p.m., also at the Northumberland Curling Club.

All are welcome and seminars are free. Refreshments served.