Archive for January, 2013

“In the Blood” with Sumner McKane

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
May 31, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Come to the Gardens for an unforgettable multi-media presentation on Maine’s legendary lumbermen and river drivers. Combining film, photography, oral histories, and a live musical soundtrack performed by Sumner McKane and Joshua Robbins, “In the Blood” creates a virtual journey into the 19th century Maine woods and brings the audience into a turn-of-the-century lumber camp, onto a river tangled with logs, and onto a haul road sitting behind a team of horses. By employing various mediums to deliver historical documentary materials, the story of some of Maine’s most notable historical characters is vividly brought to life.

Sumner McKane is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and filmmaker based in mid-coast Maine. He combines film, oral histories, and live music to create live “docu-exhibits.”  He also tours with the Don Campbell Band and teaches at the Midcoast Guitar School and the Buckdancers Choice Music School.  He is the husband of our own much-loved Membership & Database Services Manager, Jen McKane.

Where:        Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:           $12 members, $15 nonmembers (preregistration requested)

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The Botany of Beer with Tim Boland and Julie Jenney

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
July 25, 2013
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

Join Tim Boland and Julie Jenney for an evening of tasting, learning, and talking about beer. They will cover the botanical components of beer – plants from the grass family such as wheat and barley – but also the fruits, spices, and, of course, hops! Unique characteristics of various beers will be covered as well as the best food pairings and glassware to use. Through stories, humor, and a contagious passion for beer, Tim and Julie will discuss the many fascinating facets of one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages – from the controversy over beer styles to the rise of craft beers and ancient brews. Several beers will be featured, including our local Boothbay Craft Brewery’s “633 American Pale Ale” and “Black Rocks Stout.”  Sandwiches and snacks  are included in the program fee.

Tim Boland is the Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Prior to his move to the Vineyard, he was Curator of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.  A plant scientist with wide-ranging interests, he is a nationally recognized plantsman, author, photographer and lecturer. Tim has been fascinated with the craft brew industry history and recent uprising. He is also a home brewer. While travelling the world on plant exploration forays, Tim has also been on a quest to sample beer styles from local brewers whenever possible.

Julie Jenney is the Educational Programs Coordinator for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.  She enjoys combining her passion for horticulture and craft beer by sharing this class with fellow garden and beer enthusiasts. 

Where:        Kitchen Garden Café
Price:           $60 members, $72 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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Sustainable Horticultural Practices, with Irene Brady Barber

Monday, January 28th, 2013
September 25, 2014toSeptember 26, 2014

Our landscape practices affect the balance of our ecosystem above and below the soil surface and the quality of our waters.  In this three-day intensive course at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, you will learn how to apply ecologically safe gardening practices to existing landscapes and garden beds.  Topics covered will include different methods of composting and other eco-friendly soil amendment techniques, alternatives to pesticides and herbicides, responsible acquisition of native plant materials and other techniques that follow low-impact practices to our natural surroundings. 

This course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.

Irene Brady Barber is horticulturist and landscape designer at Irene Brady Barber Greenscape Designs.  She’s also coordinator of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. An experienced educator, Irene has degrees in horticulture and communications along with a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy.  Irene brings her enthusiasm for connecting people with plants to her work at the Gardens.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:         $120 members, $150 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants for Your Maine Garden, with Bill Cullina

Monday, January 28th, 2013
May 9, 2014
July 11, 2014

The use of native herbaceous plants in a horticultural setting will be the topic of this combination classroom and in-garden course for second-year certificate students  at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  On one day in the spring season (Friday, May 9) and one day in summer (Friday, July 11) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, native plant expert Bill Cullina will introduce students to native plants species to use in different horticultural settings based on their habitat preferences in nature.  Native plant selections for different combinations of soil pH, sun and shade, and wet to dry substrate will be considered.  Selecting plants for aesthetic factors such as color and texture, as well as broader ecosystem considerations, will be introduced.  Finally, Bill will explain the use of native plants in niche garden types, such as woodland or meadow gardens, and in ecological restoration.

Although this course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

William Cullina is Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Previously Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator for the Gardens, Cullina has also worked for many years as the native plant Nursery Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.  He was recently awarded the Scott Medal for lifetime achievement in horticulture.  The 2010 winner of the American Horticultural Society’s Communication Award, he is also the winner of numerous American Horticultural Society Book Awards.  A well-known author, photographer, and recognized authority on North American native plants, Cullina 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, published in 2009. He is co-author of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People’s Garden.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:            $140 members; $170 nonmembes

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Shaping a Natural Site into a Landscaped Space with Irene Brady Barber and Lisa Cowan – FULL

Monday, January 28th, 2013
April 24, 2014toApril 26, 2014

Program students learning about the Haney Hillside Garden (Amity Beane photo)

PLEASE NOTE: This class is sold out. We hope you’ll check out our calendar for many other programs of interest. 

In this three-day Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens course from Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, you’ll learn ways to follow environmentally sound landscape design practices using native plant materials that are appropriate for Maine. You’ll learn how to plot and analyze a site, determine priorities the site needs for usage, and create and install an eco-friendly design featuring Maine natives.

We’ll emphasize sustainable design considerations such as understanding and anticipating runoff in Maine’s frequently shallow-to-bedrock soils, minimizing erosion and siltation, and conserving and protecting the site’s natural features (such as existing trees) during construction. We’ll consider low-input designs, such as those incorporating drought-tolerant and nitrogen-fixing native plants.

Instruction will take place both in the classroom and out on the grounds using the ecological designs surrounding the Bosarge Family Education Center as a living example of low-impact landscape design using native plants. This class is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Irene Brady Barber is horticulturist and landscape designer at Irene Brady Barber Greenscape Designs.  She’s also coordinator of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. An experienced educator, Irene has degrees in horticulture and communications along with a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy.  Irene brings her enthusiasm for connecting people with plants to her work at the Gardens.

Lisa Cowan, PLA,  Principal, Studioverde, with offices in Cumberland, Maine and Austin, Texas, is a nationally recognized landscape architect with expertise in ecology-based planning, landscape design and land management.  Lisa teaches and writes on the subject of aesthetics, ecology and sustainable landscapes. Her work exemplifies a lifelong interest in the restoration of natural systems and community engagement in the natural world.  Lisa’s extensive background in ecology-based design informs her work with clients who are committed to a more sustainable approach for their properties, campuses and communities.   Lisa’s work includes the recently completed landscape art feature at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor, a LEED Gold residential landscape in Falmouth, and the scenic overlook using local salvaged granite materials for the community of Trenton. 

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:         $150 members, $180 nonmembers (preregistration required)

 

 

 

Natural Communities of Maine with Ted Elliman

Monday, January 28th, 2013
July 25, 2014toJuly 26, 2014

Cosponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society

A truly comprehensive understanding of native plant materials must necessarily include an understanding of how native plants behave in their natural habitats.  In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ two-day introduction to the natural communities of Maine on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, ecologist Ted Elliman will introduce students to several of Maine’s characteristic assemblages of plants, their defining physical environments, and the natural processes that affect them.  In the classroom and in the field, students will learn the differences between community types such as salt marshes, red maple swamps, northern hardwood forests, bogs, and floodplain forests.  Ted will also cover some of the common plants that occur in each natural community type, and what plant adaptations are a key to competing successfully in the various communities. 

The primary reference for this course will be Natural Landscapes of Maine: a Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems by Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko. Bring a lunch, sturdy shoes that can get wet, and your sense of adventure for this not-to-be missed learning experience.

This course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.

Ecologist Ted Elliman is Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, where for the past six 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 16 years.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and local field destinations
Price:         $120 members, $140 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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FULL – From Seed to Tree: A Propagation Workshop with Michael Dirr

Monday, January 28th, 2013
July 1, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

Please note: This class is full; however, Dr. Dirr will be the keynote speaker at our symposium, “Trees in Your New England Landscape,” on June 29. Please consider joining us for what promises to be a very enjoyable and interesting day.

According to award-winning woody plant expert Michael Dirr, “The art and science of plant propagation should be part of every gardener’s lexicon”. During this morning workshop, Dr. Dirr will lead you through hands-on propagation activities including seed collection and preparation, softwood and hardwood cuttings, along with demonstrations of grafting, budding, layering, stooling, and tissue culture. Come and share the joy of reproducing plants for your garden and for sharing with friends.  Handouts will be provided.

Dr. Dirr is retired professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia and the author of twelve books, including Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, the Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation, and the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the most widely used teaching and reference text in the United States.   He has received the prestigious Scott Medal and numerous other horticultural awards.  He has introduced more than 100 plants into cultivation and received the Inventor of the Year Award from the University of Georgia.  Currently, he and two partners own a plant breeding business, Plant Introductions, Inc., where propagation is practiced on a daily basis.

Where:        Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:           $60 members, $80 nonmembers (pre-registration required)

From Seed to Tree

The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany, with Lauren Stockwell

Friday, January 25th, 2013
June 11, 2014toJune 13, 2014

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In this course with Lauren Stockwell at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Wednesday through Friday, June 11, 12, and 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, you’ll explore the biology of a flowering plant through its life, from seed germination and seedling establishment through fruiting and dispersal.  Along the way, we’ll review the parts of the plant and see how they work together to sustain it through processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake.

In the Gardens and in the classroom, Lauren will give you a whole new perspective on what goes on in the life of a plant! The required textbook will be Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, available for purchase from the Gardens on the first day of class.

While this is a core course in the Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Certificate Program instructor Lauren Stockwell is a botanist and environmental consultant. Her business, Stockwell Environmental Consulting, Inc. provides comprehensive environmental services including natural resource identification, resource evaluation, and related permitting.  She has led many botanical field walks and has taught several prior classes at the Gardens. 

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:
         $150 members, $180 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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Soil Science for Gardeners, with Lois Berg Stack

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
April 15, 2014toApril 16, 2014

Dr. Lois Berg Stack and ‘King Tut’ cyperus

This core course in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16. Dr. Lois Berg Stack will explain the basic properties and functions of soils to the ecologically-minded grower. A fundamental understanding of soil is critical to selecting well-adapted native plants for different situations, or choosing soil amendments that will mimic the natural community conditions needed by suites of native plants.  Lois will explain soil texture, chemistry, water-holding capacity – and why they are important for plants.  Students will get their hands dirty with activities that demonstrate these soil concepts, so please dress casually and be prepared to head outside. 

While this is a Certificate course, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Dr. Lois Berg Stack is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. She conducts applied research and organizes workshops and conferences for nursery, greenhouse, garden center and landscape professionals in Maine and New England. Some of her current projects focus on plants that support native bees and honeybees, and production of chokeberry as a nutraceutical crop. She also works extensively with home gardeners on landscape topics such as management of invasive species and selection and management of Maine landscape plants.

Where:        Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:           $120 members, $150 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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Heafitz Lecture: The Living Landscape and the Richness of Layers, with Rick Darke

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
August 12, 2014
2:00 pmto5:00 pm
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Living Landscape

On Tuesday, August 12, Rick Darke will present the fourth annual Ina and Lewis Heafitz Endowed Lecture, His illustrated talk, ”The Living Landscape and the Richness of Layers,” will be followed by an iced tea reception and book sale and signing  for the timely new book he co-authored with Doug Tallamy,  The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.  

The richness of life in any landscape is linked to the richness of its layers, and this is true for both people and wildlife. Landscape designer, photographer, and author Rick Darke will look at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and will describe how to create and manage them in home gardens that are beautiful, biologically diverse, and joyfully livable. Darke’s presentation will illustrate and describe a practical, ecologically sound approach to layering that he calls “spacemaking with organic architecture.” 

Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His projects include parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments and botanic gardens. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Gardens Illustrated, RHS The Garden, and elsewhere.  Rick’s Pennsylvania home garden, which he and his wife Melinda Zoehrer  have made and maintain together, has served as their living laboratory for a quarter century and has been published in multiple books and magazines. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. This latest book, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with friend and colleague Doug Tallamy, will be published in June this year.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Prices:      Free for Gardens members; $25 for nonmembers
Reserve below, or call 207-633-4333, ext. 101, for reservations and more information.

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