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Dover-Foxcroft native Trisha Smith has been named a University of Maine Cooperative Extension home horticultural aide for Piscataquis County. Smith will coordinate the Master Gardener Program and answer horticultural gardeners’ questions in collaboration with Extension educator Donna Coffin.
Smith is a graduate of Foxcroft Academy and the University of Maine. A Maine Master Floral Designer, Smith worked at Riverside Florist in Dover-Foxcroft for 16 years

Pictured in the photo is Trisha Smith, newly named Horticultural Aide for Piscataquis County.
. She also has worked on several farms in the county: Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, and Ripley Farm and Leaves and Blooms Greenhouse in Dover-Foxcroft. Smith volunteers with Dover Cove Farmers’ Market, Dover-Foxcroft Downtowners and Center Theatre.
“I am excited about my new position as Home Horticulture Aide for Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County, and am looking forward to many opportunities to connect with people and learn about their gardening experiences,” Smith said.
Smith will work with trained Master Gardener volunteers to develop and manage their projects throughout the year. She also will present gardening classes on such topics as starting seeds, vegetables and flower gardening techniques. In addition, Smith will respond to gardening questions by phone at 207-564-3301 and 800-287-1491, email or in person at the county Extension office, County Courthouse Complex, Dover-Foxcroft from 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Gardeners can bring samples of their garden pests from insects to diseased weeds to be identified, and to learn what can be done to manage them in vegetable gardens and the home landscape.
“Trisha’s community connections and gardening expertise will be a huge asset to assure great horticulture programming efforts for the people in Piscataquis County,” said Coffin. “We are fortunate to have her join the team.”
University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE) has been a trusted resource for 100 years. The UMCE has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.