Archive for March, 2013

Wine and Watercolors with Artist-in-Residence Hillary Parker

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
July 19, 2013
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

Parker - Wine and WatercolorsEnjoy an evening of sophisticated play with some “liquid courage” to tempt the palate while exploring the world of watercolors through creating small successful paintings on watercolor note cards to take home. No prior art experience is necessary.  Bring a friend or two, and enjoy this lovely and quiet time of day at the Gardens!

Hillary Parker is the Gardens’ Artist-in-Residence from July 16-19. She is a naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist with paintings exhibited and sold worldwide.  As a former resident of Camden, Maine, she now works from her studio on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, returning to Maine to spend time with family in Boothbay whenever time permits. She has enjoyed a dual career of teaching and painting for more than 20 years and enjoys keeping up with the demands of private and public commissions, juried exhibitions, lectures, international workshops, and solo and group shows with galleries that represent her. Her paintings can be found in Singapore, El Salvador, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, South Africa, Bahamas, and throughout the U.S.

Visit Hillary Parker’s website.

Where:  Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:     $45 members, $55 nonmembers, preregistration required

Painting Poetry in Nature with Artist-in-Residence Hillary Parker

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
July 16, 2013
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Parker - Poetry in Nature

Combining a passion for nature, art, and the written word, instructor Hillary Parker will highlight Maine poets as students are inspired to create artwork from what they have gathered and discovered at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Wear comfortable walking shoes to meander the grounds, and dress for the weather with lots of pockets or a bag to collect objects from Nature’s floor.  Painting will be indoors in a studio setting.

A keen interest in nature, art and poetry is the prerequisite for this full-day workshop on Tuesday, July 16. Some prior drawing/painting experience will be helpful but is not necessary. Bring along some of your favorite poems to share and inspire!

At 4:30 the same day, we will celebrate Hillary Parker and her watercolors at a reception in the Education Center lobby. Please stay after the class to spend more time with Hillary, admire her work, and enjoy refreshments.

Hillary Parker is the Gardens’ Artist-in-Residence from July 16-19. She is a naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist with paintings exhibited and sold worldwide.  As a former resident of Camden, Maine, she now works from her studio on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, returning to Maine to spend time with family in Boothbay whenever time permits. She has enjoyed a dual career of teaching and painting for more than 20 years and enjoys keeping up with the demands of private and public commissions, juried exhibitions, lectures, international workshops, and solo and group shows with galleries that represent her. Her paintings can be found in Singapore, El Salvador, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, South Africa, Bahamas, and throughout the U.S.

Visit Hillary Parker’s website.

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

 

 

FULL – Creating a New England Cottage Garden: Adapting a Classic Garden Style to the Northeast with Amy Ziffer

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
June 18, 2013
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Cottage garden plantings by Amy Ziffer

Cottage garden by Amy Ziffer

Please note: This program is sold out. We hope you’ll check the calendar for other programs you might want to attend. 

Exuberant, colorful and adaptable, the cottage garden style is suitable for almost any property.  But how do you make and maintain one?  In this richly illustrated presentation, Amy shares practical advice on everything from planning and design to ongoing care.  She focuses on what makes a cottage garden and how to adapt a style we associate with the English gardening tradition to our more challenging climate and environment.

Amy Ziffer has been helping clients in western Connecticut achieve beautiful gardens since 1998.  She has created many kinds of gardens for sun and shade and has a wide-ranging knowledge of woody, perennial and annual plants.  Formerly a staff editor for Fine Gardening magazine, she has also worked as a freelance writer and photographer.  Her gardening articles and photographs have appeared in Reader’s Digest books and magazines such as Yankee, Fine Gardening and Horticulture.  She frequently lectures and teaches about garden subjects in New England and the lower Hudson Valley.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $35 members, $42 nonmembers (pre-registration requested)

 

 

 

 

“The Secret Garden” Free Film

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
May 24, 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

In collaboration with the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s  “Books to Screen” program for children, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will present the 1993 film “The Secret Garden” starring Kate Maberly and the inimitable Maggie Smith. Based on the beloved classic book of the same title by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story is a celebration of the magical and healing qualities of gardens. See this wonderful family movie on the big screen in our Education Center. Rated G.

Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:    Free – but please let us know you’ll be attending.

 

 

Identifying and Scouting for Invasive Pests and Diseases with Justin Nichols

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
May 18, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

The invasion has begun!  Hemlock wooly adelgid, winter moth, potato blight and a slew of others are already here.  On the horizon loom other dreaded pathogens such as the Asian longhorned beetle, sudden oak death and the brown marmorated stinkbug!  In this class, we’ll learn about these and many other pests and diseases that are current or potential threats to our agriculture, forests, and landscapes here in Maine.  We’ll discuss how to scout for and identify possible threats and outline resources for diagnosing and managing pests and pathogens.If the weather cooperates, we will venture outside for a portion of this class, so please bring appropriate clothing. 

The Gardens is presenting this class as a member of the Sentinel Plant Network (SPN), a partnership between the American Public Garden Association and the federal National Plant Diagnostic Network designed to quickly detect and diagnose pests and pathogens that have been introduced into agricultural and natural ecosystems. 

Staff Horticulturist Justin Nichols has been professionally maintaining gardens for 20 years, the last five at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  In addition to various horticultural certifications, he holds a master’s degree in education and enjoys teaching horticultural topics to people of all ages.

Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:  $20 members, $25 nonmembers (preregistration requested)

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Awake My Soul

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Here in Boothbay, spring is definitely in the air! Snow is still on the ground, and what ground is visible is muddy, but the days are oh so much longer and the air is warmer. Everybody seems to be in an upbeat mood in town. You can just sense that spring is going to be here soon. The buds are swollen on the trees and more and more cars roll into town on the weekends with license plates “from away.” On top of this, our Boothbay Region High School boy’s basketball team is playing for the Maine state championship tomorrow night. Go Seahawks!

Here in the horticulture department, we just received our first truckloads of mulch and are ready to hit the ground running. We also thought it would be a good reminder that below the snow lie all of our quiescent spring bulbs, just waiting to wake up with a colorful shout. We do not know exactly when, but soon there will be about 15,000 annual and perennial bulbs in full flower for your enjoyment. Here is a peek at a spring of the past to get you ready. – Rodney

spring

Free Musical Fun for Babies, Toddlers, Tots

Friday, March 1st, 2013
April 11, 2013
10:00 amto11:00 am
May 9, 2013
10:00 amto11:00 am

Music and kids and gardens are a great combination! On two spring Thursdays, April 11 and May 9, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will offer “A Chickadee Sings,” a new parent-child music experience presented by Victoria Hamilton. This program that’s perfect for children from babies through five-year-olds is free with Gardens admission.  The sessions will be in the open-air Seagull Pavilion in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden or, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, in the Bosarge Family Education Center. 

In “A Chickadee Sings,”  Victoria Hamilton will play her guitar and lead an interactive music class for you and your child.  We’ll play instruments, sing, dance, and more!  Mrs. Hamilton has more than 10 years’ experience teaching music and welcomes children from “0 to 5″ and their parents or caregivers.

These programs are free with regular Gardens admission, and reservations are not necessary. To learn more, call 207-633-4333, ext, 101. Learn more about Victoria Hamilton and “A Chickadee Sings” on her Facebook page.