Archive for August, 2012
|September 29, 2012|
|9:00 am||to||12:00 pm|
Irene will teach you what tasks need doing in the fall and winter ornamental garden. Topics include what plants to cut back in winter versus in the spring, and which materials to leave for fertility and protection and which to clean up to reduce diseases and pests. You’ll learn about winter protection mechanisms to combat snow, ice, salt, and wind damage. She will introduce bulb orders and planting, and finally will help you assess your ornamental gardens’ needs for the coming spring. Don’t miss this information-packed class, perfectly timed for buttoning up your cherished garden.
Irene Brady Barber is currently both a landscape designer for Cosmic Stone & Garden Supply and a seasonal horticultural educator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. She is presently working to complete a professional certification in the field of horticultural therapy, which is the focus of much of her teaching at the Gardens.
Where: Bosarge Familiy Education Center
Price: $35 members, $42 non-members
|October 3, 2014||to||October 4, 2014|
This class at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, is co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society. It is part of the curriculum for the Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.
What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, to find out why. In this two-day course, Ted will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits. Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.
Ecologist Ted Elliman is currently Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, where for the past five years he and his dedicated corps of volunteers have located, documented, and controlled invasive species in natural areas for land trusts, conservation organizations, and state agencies across the New England landscape. In his present position, he also conducts botanical inventories, rare-plant and natural-community documentation. Previously, Ted worked as a contract ecologist for the National Park Service and several other agencies doing rare-plant and natural-community surveys and invasive-management projects on the Appalachian Trail (from Maine to Pennsylvania) and the Boston Harbor Islands. He has been a natural history tour guide to western China for the last 15 years.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center and local field destinations
Price: $120 members, $150 non-members (preregistration required)
|September 11, 2014||to||September 12, 2014|
This Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class, part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants & Horticulture, is subtitled “Biological Interactions of Garden Plants and Environment.” In this class, which meets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12, you’ll delve into topics of how plants interact with their garden environment. Topics instructor Bill Cullina will cover include specific adaptations to environmental condition and interrelationships between garden plants and their surrounding biotic and abiotic influences. He’ll also discuss concepts such as competition, symbiosis, parasitism, pollination, and dispersal.
While this is a core course in the Certificate program, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.
Executive Director Bill Cullina previously served as Director of Horticulture for the Gardens and before that was Nursery Director for the New England Wild Flower Society. He is a well-known author and recognized authority on North American native plants. He lectures on a variety of subjects to garden and professional groups and writes for popular and technical journals. His books include Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; Understanding Orchids; Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses; and most recently, Understanding Perennials.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price: $140 members, $170 non-members (preregistration required)