plant sale!

Please join us SUNDAY May 23rd 8-2pm at
Lincoln Street Center’s back parking lot in Rockland
(24 Lincoln street, Rockland) for a plant sale

Lots of tomatoes! Veggies, Herbs and Dye plants….

You can see an *incomplete* list on the flyer below

There also will be a yard sale with a bunch of folks selling stuff and
people to see and say hi to!

Spring clean up in the garden

Spring clean up has begun (even though there are whispers of snow this weekend) and if you need someone to rake leaves off your flower beds, cut back last years growth and maybe even move some plants around or think about what other plants would flourish at your place….. be in touch! With years of experience with perennial plants I am happy to help. I love seeing and working in new gardens.

Do you also need some help weeding your soon-to-be vegetable garden or pruning future tomatoes? Reach out at any point in the season! We all know how things that feel like a chore can get away from us in the summer when we want to be spending time swimming and with friends.

My hands-on garden range is the midcoast area. Be in touch and we can set up a time to talk about what your garden needs and visions are and how I can support them. Happy Spring!

Summer 2021 classes

The following classes are part Tuesday Talks – $5 talks for the public and free to members- at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, ME . 12pm in person.

June 8th – Herbs of Antiquity 

July 13th- Dye plants growing In Merryspring’s Garden

August 24th – Annual Herb Garden Tour

September 24th -TBD

Private herb garden tours are available, email me through the contact page for more info.

Check out my new zine How to Learn Plants – practices for botanically curious city dwellers

More 2021 Classes

In the next few weeks I will post more classes I will be teaching in person. You can also contact me for a garden consult or for private classes. But today I’m announcing an online class I am excited to share – Seeding Self Care – a series to learn how to grow your own apothecary. It’s based on in-person classes I have taught at Merryspring Nature Center the past five years.

In these three sessions we will go over the foundations of what you need to know to start growing your own herbs for stocking your medicine cabinet.

Thursdays – 6:30-7:30/8pm EST
March 25th
April 1st
April 8th

Week 1 – Foundations of the garden – In this class we explore our intentions for growing our own apothecary and how we can support ourselves and our communities with the plants we grow. We talk abut the reciprocal relationships we engage in within the garden. We will cover the basics of starting a garden, from observation and assessment of your space to soil, water, sun and layout design.

Week 2 – Welcoming the plants – In this class we delve into a long list of medicinal plant allies and what is needed for each plant’s healthy growth. I’ll give an overview of starting medicinal seeds and give individual tips for growing medicinal plants and how to collect and harvest them when the time is right.

Week 3 – Tending to the Gardener – In this herbal first aid class we address common ailments and issues that arise working outside in the garden. Easy and practical herbal applications will be offered for things like bug bites to ankle sprains. We will talk about seasonal rhythms and how we can stay in sync with the needs of the garden as well as our own.

Questions about your own gardens are encouraged! If you miss the live class you can ask questions via email.

You can sign up here.

More spring and summer classes will be posted soon.

2021 Merryspring Nature Center Garden Internship

  Seven Wednesdays April 28th- June 9th 10am-2:00pm 

Join me for 7 Wednesdays this spring at Merryspring Nature Center for the 2021 Garden Internship*. We will follow the flow and weekly needs of the garden through conversation, observational garden walks and hands on work, covering the themes of Garden Design and Layout, Welcoming The Plants, Reconsidering Invasive Plants and Weeds, Tending to the Gardener, Native and Endangered Plants, Medicine- Beauty-Food, and more. Each week a handout and/or reading resources will be provided. 

This hands on opportunity is designed for the total garden novice or for someone who wants to spend some early season hours helping out at their local non-profit nature center, from students 16 and up to seasoned gardeners in their elder years looking for community. Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed and the program may be adapted for any safety needs. After the internship is over interns can apply to be kept on as an intern-worker for the duration of the season with an hourly stipend. For more information and a brief application please email Applications are accepted until April 14th or all spots are filled.

*This opportunity is offered free of charge funded with a generous donation through Merryspring Nature Center

End of 2020 Season Notes

So this year went in ways many of us never could have expected, and it’s not over yet! I am so grateful for spending time in the garden and being nourished by all my plant allies to get me through it. We postponed the garden internship at Merryspring Nature Center this year to next spring and other events I am involved in like The Maine Herbal Gathering also were put on pause (though we will be printing a zine to keep the herbal community connected, check out the website for more info.)

I miss connecting with folks by working together in the garden but have enjoyed talking to people who are NEW gardeners this year, finding more time and space to start their own, planting seeds and then harvesting and drinking tea from even just a few pots of herbs. Looking towards 2021 I am offering more personal herb garden mentorships that extend further than just one time garden consults. These can be done virtually or on the phone, and having grown medicinal plants in a variety of zones I can really tailor them to wherever people may be. Send me a message and we can talk more about it if you are interested. We can even get started on your planning this fall and winter. We can cover everything from picking the right seeds to how and when to harvest your herbs and then how to dry or prepare them for use.

Classes and updates for next gardening season will be posted in early March but check my instagram for my most up to date offerings.

2020 Events

Merryspring Nature Center Garden Internship – Seven Wednesdays May/June (postponed due to covid)

This hands on opportunity is designed for the total garden novice or for someone who wants to spend some early season hours helping out at their local non-profit nature center, from home school students 16 and up to seasoned gardeners in their elder years looking for community. In our time together we will follow the flow and weekly needs of the garden as well as work through the following topics: Garden Design and Layout, Welcoming The Plants, Reconsidering Invasive Plants and Weeds, Tending to the Gardener, Native and Endangered Plants, Medicine- Beauty-Food, and more. After the internship is over interns can apply to be kept on as an intern-worker for the duration of the season with an hourly stipend for 6 hrs per week. For more information and a brief application please email

June 2, July 28, August 18 – Backyard Herbalism – Merryspring Nature Center $5 or free for members, see Merryspring website for info – Tree Medicine, Creating Herbal Incense, Herb Garden Plant Walk

November 5th, 2020 – Poisonous Plant Medicine – Garden Club of Wiscasset

More info on other events to come soon including classes through the local Adult Education, send your email address through the contact page to be on the email list or contact me for private personal or group plant walks or talks.

Most updated info on instagram @ofthespirit.

2019 Events

This year’s Backyard Herbalism schedule at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden:


April 23 – Common Poisonous Plants Found in Merryspring’s Garden
June 11th – Plants for “Perfect” Skin
August 6th – Growing Chinese Medicinals in Maine
August 27th – Plant Walk, Beyond the Garden
September 10th – Herbal Protocols for Lyme

Garden Internship – Mid-May – Mid-June

End of 2018 Season Notes

It has been a full season of tending plants around the Midcoast and connecting with people around these green friends at classes, consults, in the woods and fields, and at the amazing Maine Herbalist Gathering to cap it all off. As the days get shorter, and gardens are being put to bed, I have more time to reflect and new ideas for next season are already bubbling up! The best way to stay in touch and up to date is on my Instagram page, but keep checking back here too.

I’ve begun planning for a small garden 6-week internship program at Merryspring Nature Center for spring 2019 that’s outlined below, open to a diverse age group of anyone 16 and up. You can email me through the Connect  page here to stay in the loop about it, learn how to apply, and the dates. We are still ironing out some final details… Thanks for your interest and being in touch!

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In our time together in the garden we will begin with the questions below as a jumping off point to explore the days theme. We will do this through conversation, an observational garden walk and then hands on work including, but not limited to, weeding, planting, pruning, digging, wheelbarrowing and tending. Each week a handout and/or reading resource will be provided. The day is from 10am-3:30pm, BYO lunch (we will break for a half hour to eat), water bottle, weather appropriate clothing, and personal garden tools if you’d like.

Week 1. Garden Design and Layout

What elements should be considered when designing and planning a garden? How are these various components considered in a public garden or nature center setting? What makes a space inclusive to not only humans but insects and animals as well?

Week 2. Welcoming The Plants

As perennial plants are emerging in the spring what can we do to support their healthy growth? What needs to be pruned, tended to, or relocated? How do we best care for annual seedlings and when do we begin to transition them from the greenhouse to the garden?


Week 3. Reconsidering Invasive Plants and Weeds

What are these plants trying to tell us about the soil, the environment they are growing in and what can we learn from them? Do they have uses as food or medicine? How many invasives or weeds can we identify on site?


Week 4. Tending to the Gardener  

How can we tend to our health alongside our gardens? What are some remedies that support garden first aid scenarios and overall strength and stamina to work outside in a variety of weather? What does mutual care look like?

Week 5. Native and Endangered Plants  

In what ways can we support the continued growth of native plant populations that are at risk for endangerment? What are some of these plants and their ideal growing conditions? Are there potential risk factors for plants becoming endangered in our area?

Week 6. Medicine, Beauty, Food  

What plants in the garden offer themselves to these different categories? What signals do we look for to know when or if we can collect or harvest a plant? How would we go about collecting or harvesting these plants if we were to use them for these potentials?


looking forward 2018 class schedule

April 20th – Layout and Planning of Your At-Home Herb Garden – 3 hour class for the complete beginner Belfast Breeze Inn

April 24 – Planning your home apothecary garden at Merryspring Nature Center Camden, ME

May 23rd 6-8pm, August 4th 1-3pm, September 15th 1-3pm  – Connect to Plant Spirits at Belfast Breeze Inn, Belfast ME
In this class we will gather and share a medicinal/herbal tincture or tea not knowing what it is and engage in a silent meditation. From there, as a group we will share our experience of the plant, our sensations and impressions. After revealing the plant, Denise will then talk about the more concrete medicinal uses, how the plant likes to grow, and how to harvest and use the plant for medicinal use. We will connect with multiple plants in each session. Part participatory plant journey and part informational! Sign up here:

June 12th –Backyard Herbalism – Plant families and their herbal properties -Roseacea MerrySpring Nature Center, Camden, ME

In this backyard herbalism series we will discuss plants in the Roseacea family. We will go over the distinguishing botanical characteristics that help identify plants in the rose family, as well as attributes such as growing conditions and herbal actions that are similar throughout the plant family. We will discuss a variety of plants in this family, how to plant and care for them and their medicinal uses. This is the first class in a series of classes categorizing the plants by their plant family as a way to discuss their herbal uses. Other classes in this series – July 24th- EricaceaeAugust 14th – Fabaceae

July 28th Connect to Plant Spirits at Wild Vibes Yoga Festival – South Berwick, Maine More info at Wild Vibes website. Message me for promo code


August 10-12th – We Are Still Wild Gathering- Spirit, Camden, ME.

A weekend gathering that will offer time and space in a natural setting to focus on ways to inspire your spirit, tune into your highest self and nourish the path you’re on… or want to be on.  Info can can found on the We Are Still Wild website.

October 16th – The Poison Path Merryspring Nature Center

Date TBD – Sacred Smoke at Daughters, Rockland, ME

Also, join me for a day of herbal community and classes at The Maine Herbalist Gathering.

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*classes at Merryspring are $5 or free to members. For all other classes follow links for pricing info.

more to come!