Archive for April, 2013

Fairy Fridays

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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July 25, 2014
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August 8, 2014
August 15, 2014
August 22, 2014
August 29, 2014

Every Friday in July and August is Fairy Friday at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. On these days, the free activities in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden concentrate on the fairy realm. Of course, fairy, elf, gnome, and wizard costumes are welcome!

See below for a schedule of the fun-filled activities that will delight girls and boys. And kids can also build fairy  houses in the Fairy House Villages at the Gardens any day. 

All fairy activities are included in the price of admission. A schedule of the day’s events will also be posted in the Visitor Center.

Fairy Friday Schedule – Sample
(every Friday in July and Aug.)

10:00 a.m.  Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11:00 a.m.  Fairy Garden Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
12:15-12:45 p.m.  Sugar Plum Fairy dancing (on the maze)
12:15-12:45 p.m.  The Great Bubble Machine (on the maze)
2:00 p.m.  Nature Investigations (meet in the Story Barn to start)
All day (self-guided activities in the Children’s Garden)  
        Fairy and Gnome games
        Fairy crafts
        Fairy coloring sheets

For those who forget their fairy wings, a fairy dress-up box will be available in “The Little Fairy Workshop” (the crooked little building between the Story Barn and Keeper’s Cottage.

Raffle Drawing for “Tulipa”

Monday, April 15th, 2013
May 27, 2013
3:00 pm

"Tulipa" by Linda Heppes Funk

Stop by the Visitor Center now to purchase your raffle tickets for Linda Heppes Funk’s glorious watercolor “Tulipa,” valued at $5,800.  Tickets are $10 each or $90 for 10. Then, join us in the Visitor Center on Monday, May 27, for the drawing. You may be the lucky winner!

The raffle proceeds benefit the Expert-in-Residence program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Learn more about this exciting raffle and “Tulipa.”

We hope you won’t miss this chance to take home an exceptional, framed original botanical painting by a highly regarded artist with 38 years’ experience in design and illustration. In her Maine studio, working only with live plant specimens, she specializes in pencil, drybrush watercolour, gouache, and metalpointe drawing. She also tutors private students there. For many years she has taught at various venues, including The New York Botanical Garden; College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine; The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine; and in Massachusetts, at the Creative Arts Center, Chatham; South Shore Art Center, Cohasset; and Wellesley College, Wellesley.  Her work is exhibited widely and appears in many publications.  In addition to work as a fine artist and decorative painter, Linda designs furnishings, fabrics, and ceramic dinnerware.  She was the recipient of the coveted Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, presented in October, 2001, by the American Society of Botanical Artists.  She served as a Director of the ASBA for six years, and in 2006 served as a juror for the Scholastic National Awards.

We Are Busy Mulching!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

mulching blog post

Spring Mulching

It’s that time of year between when the ground thaws and the plants emerge. Our team has been busy the past couple of weeks mulching the gardens. We started by going around and taking soil tests from all of our areas. The two major things we saw were that the soils needed more nitrogen and that they had a high pH. Our soil needs a pH lower than 7 for most of the plants to adequately take up the nutrients. The Nutrimulch that we have used for the past several years was wonderful in supplying organic nutrients, but the compost was causing our soil to become more alkaline. We are working with the manufacturer of Nutrimulch, Casella Organics, to remedy the pH issue; but for now we have decided to use their regular, aged-hardwood mulch, sans compost. 

We did add organic nitrogen to all our plant beds before we did any mulching. If you were here after we applied the organic fertilizer, you definitely smelled it. Let’s just say that it has a very “earthy” aroma. After we applied the fertilizer, we started mulching all the plant beds. Thus far, we have spread approximately 230 yards of mulch. Our team applies it with big shovels, so spring is our big workout. We have a couple more garden areas to spread mulch on, and then we will move on to our other spring tasks.

On the horizon, we need to apply fresh stone to the pathways, renovate the Great Lawn and Rose & Perennial Garden, and go through all our gardens to make sure the signage is correct. We have a lot to do before summer, but we love working together as a team! Especially when we are mulching because we can see the results of our work immediately.

- Rodney Eason, Director of Horticulture

Sale in the Gardens Gift Shop

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
May 23, 2013
May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 26, 2013
May 27, 2013

Look for discounts of 40 percent and more on a wide variety of Gardens Gift Shop merchandise. The sale begins on Thursday, May 23, and continues throughout the Memorial Day weekend.  Hours are 9-5 each day.

Please note, too, that Saturday through Monday, May 25, 26, and 27, are Maine Days, when all state residents (with ID) are admitted free to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

In addition, May 25 and 26 are the days of our plant sale, with a members-only sale on Saturday morning.

Fundamentals of Garden and Planting Design with Rodney Eason

Monday, April 8th, 2013
August 28, 2013
8:45 amto4:00 pm

Flower Garden Drive,
Longwood Gardens

Court of the Orangerie, Versailles
Garden-design history will be
one aspect of this workshop.

One of the best parts of making a garden is coming up with the design and picking plants, but sometimes design can be overwhelming, especially if you are staring at a blank canvas. At other times, you might want to make a change to a landscape but just don’t know which direction to take.  In this day-long session at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Director of Horticulture Rodney Eason will combine instruction with hands-on design. He’ll walk you through the design process to overcome any hesitations you might have.

Instruction time will cover the fundamentals of garden design, a brief overview of the history of garden design, and ways to apply these elements to a modern landscape.  Rodney will illustrate many of his points with stunning slides. Hands-on activities will include site analysis, developing a design program statement, and plant selection. After each participant works on several designs, there will be an in-class critique.

Rodney Eason joined the Gardens staff in 2012 as director of horticulture and plant curator. He spent the previous eight years at Longwood Gardens, overseeing their display gardens. He holds a master’s degree in public horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware and a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from North Carolina State University.

Where:    Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $70 members, $85 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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Build a Woodland Fairy House with Amanda Russell – for Ages 13-Adult

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
August 23, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

In this Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens workshop for everyone from ages 12 to adult, you’ll learn how to build an amazing fairy house from start to near-finish. Then you can put on the final touches at home. Gardens staff members have collected beautiful bases that spark the imagination and natural materials to inspire you to create your own unique and magical fairy home. 

Teaching the workshop will be staff member Amanda Russell, who is justly famous for the amazing fairy houses she’s created over the years. Amanda, who has a teaching background, also has a loyal following from the fairy-house classes she has taught in at the Gardens in the past. While materials are provided, you should feel free to bring in any non-living, natural materials to use in the workshop.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $35 members, $42 nonmembers (preregistration requested)  (For adults and children 12 and up who can work independently)

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