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Contributors | Garden Maine

August 6, 2020


Say hello to Garden Maine’s contributors who bring many talents and years of experience.

• Janine Pineo was found in the cabbage patch in Machias, if one believes what her grandfather told her. It might explain her fascination with cabbages and other leafy greens. Janine was born in Maine and has gardened — not completely willingly as a teen — all her life. She has been writing about gardening since 1994, when she offered to write a column for the Bangor Daily News, titled The Occasional Gardener. That column ended December 2012. She also writes the occasional blog post at janinepineo.com. Janine is the nut who came up with Garden Maine, writing stories and gardening essays for the site, along with figuring out the intricacies of building a full-blown website that delivers.

• John F. Chisholm farms in Levant. He’s been at it since 1983. He’s been writing for a while, too. “Frost Heaves,” creative nonfiction, came out in 2002. “Progress” and “Creation Minus One” are his more recent novels. John contributes weekly farming essays to Garden Maine.

• George Danby is the longtime editorial cartoonist at the Bangor Daily News. With his unique style and uncanny sense for the absurd, he is the perfect match for illustrating John’s farming essays.

• Glen Mittelhauser attended College of the Atlantic and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology, with a focus in the sciences.  From 1989 to 1997, he worked closely with Acadia National Park, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working primarily on inventories of flora and fauna along the coast of Maine.  He graduated from the University of Maine in 2000 with a Master of Science degree in Zoology, with a focus in marine ornithology and statistics.  Since 2000, Glen is the Executive Director of Maine Natural History Observatory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the inventory and monitoring of species and habitats in Maine, where he oversees numerous long-term inventory and monitoring projects and database design and maintenance projects.  Glen is also the managing editor, since 2004, for both the Northeastern Naturalist and Southeastern Naturalist journals, two natural history science journals covering the Eastern half of North America.

  • MNHO is a nonprofit organization and its mission is to advance the scientific knowledge of Maine’s flora and fauna through long-term research and monitoring of habitats, to compile and publish educational guides on Maine’s natural history, and to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information among organizations, agencies, and individuals regarding species and habitats in Maine.  Current projects include a biogeographical study of plants on coastal islands, research on the winter ecology of rare coastal birds, and publishing an atlas of Maine’s nesting seabirds.  We recently completed a field guide titled The Plants of Acadia National Park (2010), a joint publishing effort, and are in the process of publishing another field guide on the sedges of Maine (in press).

• Diana George Chapin lives and works on her family’s 90-acre farm in Montville, Maine. Diana learned to garden alongside her mother, grandmother and great-grandfather, and she developed an appreciation of old-fashioned flowers and working, historic landscapes early in life.  When she is not tending her collection of heirloom plants, she spends time teaching others about gardening through hands-on projects, writing and public speaking. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture and Design, and a Master of Science Degree in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science from the University of Maine.

• Nathan Fennelly, who has an English degree from the University of Maine, owns and operates Forest’s Edge Garden LLC in Hampden with his wife, Gretchen. Gretchen has always been a plant fanatic and has a horticulture degree, also from UMaine. She has been the driving force in starting their business. Between the two of them, they produce all the plants needed to fill a greenhouse, do contract growing for a few clients, produce plants to take to several farmers markets a week and take care of their flock of 100 hand-raised — and named — organic, free-range laying hens. While this may sound a bit hectic, plants are their passion, and the chicken flock is more than just a source of eggs; they have become like pets.

• Kathy Sherretts is a fantastic graphic artist who has lived in many places, including Maine, and currently resides in Spain. Kathy makes Janine jealous every winter when she starts writing in February about getting fresh strawberries at the farmers market. Kathy designed the logo for Garden Maine.

• Alison Wherrett is from Tasmania, the island state of Australia. She has always loved spending time in nature and was surrounded by a family of avid gardeners. Alison’s love of gardening grew from the age of 12 when she developed a chronic illness. Filling her home with organic produce and flowers from the backyard and spending time with her hands in the soil has been very fulfilling, with the added benefit of gardening being great therapy.

• Mark Uchneat, a contributor to The Daily Plant, is a University of Maine graduate (Class of 1992), who now lives in Hadley, Mass., with his wife, Becky, and their two boys, 8-year-old Kyle and 5-year-old Nick. Mark’s degree is in landscape horticulture, and he is the assistant supervisor of grounds at Amherst College. In his own garden, he has more than 300 plants in his collection. Plus Mark will be your garden coach if you need one. What’s a garden coach? Here’s his site: www.gardencoachmark.com.

• Anna Paton, a contributor to The Daily Plant, is a proud Kiwi who took on the crazy task of photographing plants from Middle Earth, that is New Zealand, because Janine has a fascination with the place. Here is how that came about, and a bit more about Anna, the accidental photographer. You can read features from Anna here.

• Pamela Rogers, a contributor to The Daily Plant and other features, is another enthusiastic Kiwi who went tripping around Middle Earth, er, New Zealand, to take pictures of plants while Garden Maine (that is, Janine) celebrated the rolling release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ around the world. You can read how that happened here, and read features from Pamela here.

• Nikki Schroeher is a Bangor web designer who is showing great patience in helping to build Garden Maine. She has no idea what she has gotten herself into. Nikki also claims that she kills every plant in her vicinity. Janine has promised to change that. And teach her how to knit.