Archive for March, 2013

Fantastic Flowers – for Ages 7 & Up

Friday, March 29th, 2013
August 6, 2013
10:00 amto11:30 am

Photo by William Cullina

Please note that the July 13 session is cancelled.Sign-ups for the August 6 session have been brisk, so we encourage you to register soon!

Daisies, cosmos, zinnias, dahlias, oh my!  Children will immerse their senses in the wonderful world of flowers here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and get the inside scoop on these colorful beauties through discovery-oriented activities.  We’ll take a walk through the Gardens to learn about some of the awesome adaptions of flowers, dissect a few to see how they work, and make a beautiful work of art using flowers as our medium.

Where:  Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Price:     $10 members, $12 nonmembers (Preregister, please, or use your Gardens Activity Passport for a 10% discount and no preregistration)*

*This is one of our Gardens Activity Passport programs for kids. While you do not need the passport to attend, if you use your passport, you’ll receive discounts and other benefits. Learn more and sign up now.

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Bug Safari for Ages 4-7

Friday, March 29th, 2013
August 5, 2013
10:00 amto11:30 am

Variable spotted ladybug
(photo by William Cullina)

Monarch caterpillar
(photo by William Cullina)

Venture with us into Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for an eye-opening view into the incredible world of insects. Children will become “bugologists” for the day as we scour the vegetable patch, turn over rocks and logs in the woods, and dip nets into the pond to discover what insects might be living there.  Through games and observations, they’ll experience first-hand some of the unique adaptations of insects and will make a special bug collector to study their subjects up close.  

Where:  Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Price:     $10 members, $12 nonmembers (preregister, please, or use your Gardens Activity Passport for a 10% discount and no preregistration)*

*This is one of our Gardens Activity Passport programs for kids. While you can sign up and pay for individual programs, with the passport, you’ll receive discounts and other benefits, and passport holders need not preregister. Learn more and sign up now.

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TREEmendous Trees – for ages 4-6 and 7 & Up

Friday, March 29th, 2013
August 10, 2013

Photo by Amity Beane

In celebration of this year’s “Trees, Timbers and Traditions” theme at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we’ll hit the trails and explore our forests in this two-part series.  Children should wear proper footwear for an easy hike in the woods and be prepared to get a little dirty during this fun-filled, exploration-based series. Sessions for both age groups will meet on both dates at the times shown below. Children may participate on one or both dates.

TREEmendous Trees II * (August 10) 
Please note: The August 10 afternoon session is canceled. However, older children may sign up for the early session. 

Who lives here? What creatures depend on the forest for their survival? What does a forest look like over time?  Investigate a tree’s “neighborhood” and discover who might be living among its branches and leaf litter.  Age-appropriate stories, puppet shows and hands-on activities in the woods will demonstrate the intricate web of life that exists in this magical, ever-changing environment. 

Join us this fall for more TREEmendous Trees classes.

Times:   Ages 4-6 – 10:00-11:30 a.m.; ages 7 & up – 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where:  Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden (pick-up and drop-off in the Education Center)
Price:     $10 members, $12 nonmembers (Preregister, please, or use your Gardens Activity Passport for a 10% discount and no preregistration)*

*This is one of our Gardens Activity Passport programs for kids. While you do not need the passport to attend, if you use your passport, you’ll receive discounts and other benefits. Learn more and sign up now.

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Plein Air Painting Days – May 30-June 1

Friday, March 29th, 2013
May 30, 2013
May 31, 2013
June 1, 2013

Painting en plein air at the Slater Forest Pond

All artists are invited to bring their easels to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and paint outdoors with free admissions  during Plein Air Painting Days at the Gardens. 

Plein Air Days are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 30 and 31 and June 1, from 9-5 each day. No sign-up is necessary; artists should simply check in at the admissions desk in the Visitor Center.

For more information, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101.

FULL – New! Meet the Experts: Members-Only Insider Tours

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
June 26, 2013
8:00 am
July 19, 2013
8:00 am
August 10, 2013
3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: All of our Insider Tours are full to capacity. Please check with our Membership Department next year to learn about any upcoming tours. 

We encourage Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens members to reserve now for fascinating – and free – tours presented just for you. The sessions last from 1 to 1½ hours, rain or shine, and each is limited to 20 participants. All require some walking, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes or boots. If you require mobility assistance, call Jen McKane at 207-633-4333, ext. 109.

See below for the descriptions of the members-only “insider tours.” Due to limited availability and because we’d like as many members as possible to experience these special tours, we ask that each member sign up for only one tour per year. To register, call us at 207-633-4333,  ext. 109 or 112, or reserve via the Purchase Tickets button below. Please check in at the Visitor Center upon arrival.

 

FULL – Wednesday, June 26
Garden Magic…Creating Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from the Forest

Tour begins in the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

Dick Zieg, one of the Gardens’ first employees and a horticulturalist with more than 40 years of experience, will talk about the transformation of the property in the last 20 years.  Did you know, for example, that Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was once slated to be a housing development? Do you know which stone walls are very old, and which ones are new? Dick will guide you through the land’s evolution into the garden you know and love today.

FULL – Friday, July 19
How Do We Make This Garden Grow?

Tour begins in the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

This is a rare opportunity to see our greenhouse, which is not open to the general public.  Horticulturalists Sharmon Provan and Will Bridges and Director of Horticulture Rodney Eason will demonstrate how they propagate plants and show you what they have in the greenhouse at the moment.  They’ll also take you on a garden tour to explain the various cultural practices we use to keep our gardens lush and beautiful. 

Saturday, August 10
What’s New?

Tour begins at the Rose Arbor at 3 p.m.

Big garden improvements in 2013 include a redesign of the Rose & Perennial Garden, Great Lawn renovation, and fantastical stone construction at the shoreland Fairy House Village. We’re also busy at work on numerous smaller horticultural additions and subtractions throughout the gardens, some subtle, some bold.  Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of what’s new in 2013, and a sneak peak at what we have up our sleeve for 2014.

AMONG THE TOURS TO BE OFFERED IN 2014:

Water Features at the Gardens

From complex irrigation to magnificent waterfalls and tranquil ponds, the Gardens’ water features create picture-perfect ambience and beauty.  A member of the horticulture staff will present a true insider’s view of how water works at the Gardens. This tour will be fascinating for anyone interested in the nitty-gritty of Gardens operations.
 

Design a Home Landscape for Today and Tomorrow with Irene Brady Barber

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
August 9, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

today and tomorrowCustomize a garden or landscaped space that takes into account your gardening abilities today and for the future. Forward-thinking design will support your independence as a gardener for a long time!  Implementing features that encourage accessibility and relaxation will provide years of enjoyment to come. In this class on Friday, August 9, Irene will show how with practical suggestions for your own home garden design.

Irene Brady Barber is therapeutic horticulture coordinator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. With an academic and professional background in communications, human behavior, and horticulture, 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.  She plans,tends and teaches in the accessible edible gardens in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Irene. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future. 

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $30 members, $37 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below

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Gardening with Ease with Irene Brady Barber

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
July 12, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

Gardening can be enjoyable and provide healthy exercise for all ages! Did you know there are garden tricks and ergonomic tools that can minimize strenuous activity and fatigue?   In this workshop on Friday, July 12, Irene Brady Barber will share tips and equipment to help gardeners maximize enjoyment, extend their mobility and support their general well-being. She will help you consider your abilities and limitations and how you can take them into account to modify your gardening technique to create a positive gardening experience for you and/or a loved one.

Irene Brady Barber is therapeutic horticulture coordinator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. With an academic and professional background in communications, human behavior, and horticulture, 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.  She plans,tends and teaches in the accessible edible gardens in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Irene. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future. 

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $30 members, $37 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below

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FULL – Vertical Gardening: Growing at Eye Level with Dick Zieg

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
June 21, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

vertical gardens

Vertical gardens in our sensory garden

Please note: This class is full. We hope you’ll check the calendar for our many other programs.

Join long-time gardener and staff horticulturist Dick Zieg on Friday, June 21, for an eye-opening presentation about how to create gorgeous vertical gardens like those in our Lerner Garden of the Five Senses – right at home!  Because planting and tending these gardens can be done primarily while standing up, people can avoid lots of uncomfortable bending or weeding on hands and knees.  Participants will learn from Dick just what goes into the planning, planting and caring for the “living walls,” and get ideas for what they might do at home. Dick will share sources for materials and will even bring examples of containers. 

Dick Zieg, who has more than 40 years’ experience as a horticulturist, was hired as the garden’s first full-time grounds employee in 2003 as director of horticulture.  He has been involved in almost every facet of the development of the gardens as you see them today, including planting trees, building walls, and maintaining plantings. While studying for a degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture at the University of Maryland, he worked doing research in the USDA’s Turf and Grass Investigations Department.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ therapeutic horticulture coordinator, Irene Brady Barber. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future.  Dick Zieg and another staff horticulturist, Diane Walden, will each step in to lead one class, with Irene’s help, in their areas of expertise.

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $30 members, $37 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below

FULL – Container Gardening: Lots of Pots! with Diane Walden

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
May 10, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This program is full. We hope you’ll check our schedule for additional programs that may interest you.

Planting pots is a heck of a lot easier than preparing garden beds. And a whole lot more fun! Explore this infinite world of mini Edens with staff horticulturalist Diane Walden and jump start your potted garden. Diane will share lots of her favorite container-garden combinations, designs, and planting tips. She will also offer individual design solutions as needed by participants. Container gardening is a great niche for, ahem, Golden Gardeners (of which tribe Diane is a proud member!), but she urges folks of all ages to sign up. The class will consist of a slide presentation followed by a hands-on planting activity so participants can go home with a planted pot.  Diane will also treat the class to a sneak peek at the Gardens’ 2013 containers.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ therapeutic horticulture coordinator, Irene Brady Barber. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future.  Diane Walden and another staff horticulturist, Dick Zieg, will each step in to lead one class, with Irene’s help, in their areas of expertise.

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $35 members, $42 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below
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Accessible Edible Gardens with Irene Brady Barber

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
April 12, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying and healthful gardening activities.  In this workshop on Friday, April 12, Irene will show you how to create or find garden beds to accommodate those with diminishing upper-body strength or mobility.  She will show the advantages of raised gardens, made of different materials, with different dimensions based on individual spaces. The class will also help you make vegetable and herb selection based on water needs, root depths, maintenance, harvest time and more.  Irene will lead the group through the raised beds of the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses for ideas and inspiration.

With an academic and professional background in communications, human behavior, and horticulture, Irene 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.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ therapeutic horticulture coordinator, Irene Brady Barber. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future.  Staff horticulturists Diane Walden and Dick Zieg will each step in to lead a class, with Irene’s help, in their areas of expertise.

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $30 members, $37 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below
                   (Use “Sign Up Now” button for discounted series price $195 members/$235 nonmembers)

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