Archive for February, 2013

Ikebana-Inspired Floral Design Demos and Workshops with Lee LaPointe, Kaye Vosburgh, and Betty McCarthy

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
July 23, 2013
August 17, 2013

Design by Lee LaPointe

Design by Kaye Vosburgh

Design by Betty McCarthy

June, July, and August will bring more to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens than glorious gardens at their peak. A trio of noted floral designers will offer a new series of demonstrations and workshops in Sogetsu Ikebana, a style of Japanese flower arranging that has inspired the life and work of each of them.      

Leontine (“Lee”) LaPointe, a floral-design expert and a member of the Gardens’ board of directors, will host the series. She will be the instructor for the June sessions and has invited Kaye Vosburgh and Betty McCarthy, two of her colleagues from the professional design circle, to teach in July and August. Each will present a morning demonstration and a hands-on workshop the same afternoon. Ample time will be allotted in the workshops for a constructive critique of each design (you’ll find brief bios below the program descriptions).

Novice and experienced flower arrangers alike are welcome to  participate in the three lively days of color and creativity outlined below. The presentations will be in the spacious and elegant Bosarge Family Education Center. Reservations are required; to sign up now, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101. 

The Demos and Workshops


Monday, June 17, with Lee LaPointe

Do You See What I See?  A Floral Design Demonstration
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Lee will create interpretive floral arrangements using a variety of beautiful fresh and dried plant materials, with an emphasis on the use of natural mechanics. In this entertaining and enthusiastic presentation, she’ll demonstrate the all-important principles and elements of design as they pertain to floral art.

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FULL – Design FUNdamentals – Free-Style Flower Arranging Workshop
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Lee will begin with a brief demonstration and instruction emphasizing the pertinent principles and elements of design. Each participant will receive a container, wire, cutting bowl and all the plant materials required to create a design to take home. Participants must bring a pair of flower-stem clippers (preferably not pruning shears) and a pair of (fine) wire clippers.  An apron and camera are also recommended.

Tuesday, July 23, with Kaye Vosburgh

Create with Flowers – Summer Ikebana
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Explore the possibilities of working with summer flowers to create unexpected and unusual beauty.  Kaye will introduce the use of Japanese flower arranging insights and techniques and make contemporary designs.

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Designing an Ikebana Table Arrangement
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Use combined branches and flowers to create a refreshing, useful Ikebana design.  A black container, kenzan, and plant materials will be provided. Bring flower stem clippers/scissors and garden pruners.  

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Saturday August 17, with Betty McCarthy

Moving from Traditional to Modern Floral Design Demonstration
When:   9:30-11:30 a.m.
Price:    $35 members, $42 nonmembers
Betty’s demonstration will feature the basic styles of Sogetsu Ikebana: Moribana designs in low containers, showing the water and Nagiere designs, tall designs in high containers. These will demonstrate both the basic styles and free-style that are the hallmark of Sogetsu, using fresh as well as dried and unconventional materials.

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Design an Unusual Table Arrangement Using Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers
When:   1-4 p.m.
Price:    $80 members, $95 nonmembers
Betty will begin by creating examples of this fun design concept. A variety of baskets will be provided, or bring your own favorite low-sided basket to use as a container. Participants will choose from a wide variety of materials to create a design. Each participant must bring clippers (preferably not pruning shears).

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Meet the Instructors

June 17: Leontine LaPointe
Lee became a third-generation member of the Garden Club of Nashville in 1986. Growing up with strong maternal conservation and horticultural influences, combined with a Parsons School of Design education and creative work experiences, equipped her well to enter The Garden Club of America Judging program in 1991. She became an Approved Floral Design Judge in 1998. Over the years, Lee has had the opportunity to learn from many world-renowned floral artists.  However, the ongoing study of Sogetsu Ikebana has been the most instrumental in influencing her free-style flower arranging. Lee’s floral design work has won many awards and  appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and DVDs.  She continues to judge, exhibit, perform demonstrations and conduct workshop throughout the country. 

July 23: Kaye Vosburgh
Most of Kaye’s formal training in Japanese flower arranging is in the Sogetsu School. Kaye has attained the highest rank, Riji, in that school and teaches seven classes a month in Boston, the Cape, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden and in Schenectady, N.Y. As President of Ikebana International, Boston Chapter, Kaye did the welcome arrangement at the New England Flower Show in 2010.  Garden Club work followed her Sogetsu training.  She became a Judge and is now a Master Judge and a provisional instructor, teaching National Garden Clubs judges. She is also a member of a GCA Garden Club. She has entered the New England Flower Show in Boston for many years, winning numerous awards including the Creativity Award, the GCA Zone I Bowl, and the Fenwick medal. Kaye received a Mention in the World Flower Show in 2011.

August 17, with Betty McCarthy
Betty has studied Sogetsu Ikebana for 15 years with master teacher Chieko Mihori. Sogetsu Ikebana stresses individual creativity, which is based on the Sogetsu principles of personal development. Betty has participated in numerous exhibits and workshops, in both America and Japan, and has achieved the third highest rank of teacher. Betty continues her advancement through regular participation in Sogetsu classes, exhibits, workshops and teaching Ikebana in Miami. A member of the National Garden Clubs for 20 years, Betty has won numerous blue ribbons in flower shows. She won her first blue ribbon for floral design at an International Exhibit in New York City when she was only 11 years old!

Understanding Trilliums with William Cullina

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
May 30, 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Trillium grandiflorum (William Cullina photo)

Trillium erectum (William Cullina photo)

It is difficult to explain the allure of trilliums, but they are one of our most beloved and cherished groups of wildflowers. Trilliums are an ancient tribe, tracing their linage back to the great temperate forests that stretched around the globe 60 million years ago, and they possess a certain grace and refinement coupled with a patient, unhurried way of life that comes only with age. There are 48 species in the world, and of these a full 75% occur only in the forests of eastern North America and especially in the southeastern US.  

During this fascinating program on Thursday evening, May 30, Bill will take you on a tour of the genus Trillium, focusing first on the evolution, distribution, and ecology of the plants and then delving into the eastern species with all their individual wants and eccentricities. He’ll illustrate his presentation with beautiful images of these highly photogenic woodlanders.

Bill Cullina is Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Previously Director of Horticulture for the Gardens, Cullina also worked for many years as the Nursery Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.   Bill 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:      $10 members, $12 nonmembers (preregistration requested)

FULL – Making Rustic Garden Trellises with Expert-in-Residence Susan Perrine

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
June 15, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

Please note: This class is full. We hope you’ll check our schedule to find other programs you’d enjoy, including several more by Susan Perrine.

Learn to create a rustic garden trellis through the time-honored method of using local twigs and branches.  Folk artist Susan Perrine will show you how to weave and fix sturdy maple, birch, ash, beech or birch twigs together to create a unique, beautiful, and practical structure for your garden. Plan to drive home with your one-of-a-kind creation. 

During her time as Expert-in-Residence from June 11-15, Susan will present several workshops and create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. In addition to her classes, while at the Gardens Susan and our visitors will weave a twig tunnel in the traditional-arts area of the Children’s Garden.  To help Susan with this project, visit the Gardens between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.  To watch her at work, simply come anytime during her residence, except during class times.

Where:  Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:    $40 members, $50 nonmembers (includes all materials)

 

Reception for Twig Tunnel with Expert-in-Residence Susan Perrine

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
June 15, 2013
3:00 pmto4:30 pm

Celebrate the newly created twig tunnel in the children’s garden – and try it out! – during this iced tea and lemonade reception with Susan Perrine. 

Susan Perrine, Expert-in-Residence at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Tuesday-Saturday, June 11-15, is a contemporary fiber artist interested in exploring ancient techniques. During her Gardens residency as part of our celebration of “Trees, Timbers and Traditions,” Susan will create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. In addition to the offerings listed below, while at the Gardens Susan and our visitors will weave a twig tunnel in the traditional-arts area of the Children’s Garden.  To help Susan with this project, visit the Gardens between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.  To watch her at work, simply come anytime during her residence, except during class times.

Where:    Children’s Garden (Traditional-Arts Area)
Price:       Free with admission

Susan Perrine’s Workshops:
June 12: Making Garden Tuteurs
June 13: Create Twig Jewelry
June 14: Make a Twig Tunnel
June 15: Making Rustic Garden Trellises

 

 

Make a Twig Tunnel in the Children’s Garden with Expert-in-Residence Susan Perrine

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
June 14, 2013

Join Susan Perrine from 9 a.m.-noon and/or 1-4 p.m. on Friday, June 14, for a group art project in the traditional-arts area in the Children’s Garden. She’ll show us how to weave twigs together to form a tunnel children will enjoy all summer, and you and your family are invited to participate. No reservations are necessary, but we encourage you to dress casually and be prepared to get grubby. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Then return on the 15th for a reception from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to “unveil” the tunnel.

Susan Perrine, Expert-in-Residence at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Tuesday-Saturday, June 11-15, is a contemporary fiber artist interested in exploring ancient techniques. During her Gardens residency as part of our celebration of “Trees, Timbers and Traditions,” Susan will teach several classes and will create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. You’ll find the programs on the calendar. To watch her at work, simply come any time while she’s in residence, except during class times.

Where:  Children’s Garden
Price:     Free with admission (no sign-up necessary)

FULL: Making Garden Tuteurs with Expert-in-Residence Susan Perrine

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
June 12, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This class is full, but we hope you’ll check our schedule for other programs that may be of interest to you.

Tuteurs” from the ancient French word meaning “to train,” are lovely, pyramidal garden structures that have been used through the centuries to train garden vines.  While learning traditional folk-art skills from weaver Susan Perrine using methods that have been handed down from generation to generation, you can create a structure from native twigs that will become a visual and functional centerpiece for your climbing annuals and/or vegetables. 

Often seen in ornamental or knot gardens in pairs, in season they become covered with green leaves – and, if trimmed, resemble topiaries.  Simple materials and skills are all that are needed to create these useful and attractive garden structures.

Susan Perrine, Expert-in-Residence at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Tuesday-Saturday, June 11-15, is a contemporary fiber artist interested in exploring ancient techniques. During her Gardens residency as part of our celebration of “Trees, Timbers and Traditions,” Susan will create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. In addition to offering several classes while at the Gardens, Susan and our visitors will weave a twig tunnel in the traditional-arts area of the Children’s Garden.  To help Susan with this project, visit the Gardens between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.  To watch her at work, simply come anytime during her residence, except during class times.

Where:    Education Center
Price:       $40 members, $50 nonmembers (includes all materials)

 

 

Baxter State Park Flora Inventory: Slide Presentation by Glen Mittelhauser

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
April 25, 2013
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Hamlin Peak at Baxter State Park

Kalmia polifolia (Glen Mittelhauser photo)

 

Join Maine biologist Glen Mittelhauser at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, April 25, as he describes the Baxter State Park Flora Inventory, a collaborative endeavor to study and document the flora of Katahdin and Baxter State park. Get an insider’s look at this ambitious project, which has attracted many volunteers, and enjoy Glen’s many stunning images of the wild landscapes, natural communities and unique plants of this untamed region of interior Maine.

Glen Mittelhauser is the Executive Director for Maine Natural History Observatory, a non-profit research organization dedicated to improving the understanding of natural resources in Maine through research and publications.  Glen is also the managing editor for Northeastern Naturalist and Southeastern Naturalist, two scientific research journals.  He is lead author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, a photographic field guide to the plants of the Park region, and one of the primary authors for Sedges of Maine: A Field Guide to Cyperaceae.

Where:  Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:    $10 members, $12 nonmembers

FULL Celebrate National Arbor Day: A Tree-Planting Demonstration with Tim Lindsay and Kyle Rosenberg

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
April 26, 2013
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

This program is full. Thank you for your interest. Please check our calendar for many more programs and events, for all ages in all seasons.

Co-sponsored by the Maine Arborist Association

On this day dedicated to planting and celebrating trees, come to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to learn proper tree-planting techniques from Tim Lindsay of Bartlett Tree Experts, president of the Maine Arborist Association, and Kyle Rosenberg, also of the Maine Arborist Association. During an informal demonstration, with questions encouraged, they’ll  plant a tree with a traditional root ball and also show a bare-root planting. You’ll learn from Tim how to plant for success, based on research conducted in Bartlett’s North Carolina research lab – and his own years of experience, of course!

The planting demonstration will be followed by a walk with the two instructors and Director of Horticulture Rodney Eason to look at examples of tree plantings in the gardens.    In the spirit of National Arbor Day, the first 25 participants to register will go home with a small paper-birch seedling to plant at home. 

Where:    Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:       Free for members, $15 nonmembers (reservations for all, please)

Lunaform – a 20th Anniversary Exhibit Reception

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
July 11, 2013
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate Lunaform, the West Sullivan, Maine, studio famed for its one-of-kind planters and urns of all sizes and in a variety of finishes. You’ll enjoy the horticulture staff’s unique plantings in many of the vessels. Use your smartphone to take the self-guided, interactive tour and learn about the fine craftsmanship of these works of art.

Admission to the reception is free, and refreshments will be available. The exhibit is on view through September 2.

“Branching Out” Student Art Show Reception

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
May 25, 2013
10:00 amto12:00 pm

We invite you to stop by the Children’s Garden Story Barn on Saturday, May 25, between 10 a.m. and noon to help us showcase artwork by talented and creative local students.  In the “Branching Out” exhibit that will continue from May 25 through mid-October, young artists from all five schools on the Boothbay peninsula are helping us celebrate our 2013 theme, Trees, Timbers and Traditions.    

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free with Gardens admission. Please note that May 25-27 are Maine Days at the Gardens, when there is no  Gardens admission charge for Maine Residents. We’re also presenting a plant sale on the 25th and 26th, with a members-only sale on the morning of the 25th.

“Branching Out” includes artwork from students in the Boothbay Region Elementary School (5th graders), the Center for Teaching and Learning (3rd & 4th graders), Southport School (all grades), Boothbay Region High School (11th and 12th grade intermediate/ advanced art classes), and Edgecomb Eddy School (all grades, K-6).