Archive for May, 2013

The Giving Tree: Wildlife and Trees, with Tracey Hall

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
August 26, 2013
9:00 amto10:30 am

Co-sponsored by Boothbay Region Land Trust and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Trees provide so many things for wildlife. From resting to nesting, shelter, and food, animals take advantage of all stages of a tree’s life cycle. Join Tracey Hall of the Boothbay Region Land Trust for a walk around the gardens at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens as she investigates the complex relationship between wildlife and trees.

Tracey Hall is Environmental Educator at the Boothbay Region Land Trust.  A graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, Tracey, along with her husband, Nick, was a caretaker on Damariscove Island for many summers.  She teaches about wildlife and ecology through all the seasons.

Where:   Meet in Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:      Free for members of CMBG or BRLT; $15 for non-members

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Maine’s Biggest Timbers: The Eastern White Pine and the Mast Trade with Dick Gilbane, Tom Thomson, John Robinson and Norm Nelson.

Monday, May 20th, 2013
August 23, 2013
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
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The King’s Broad Arrow
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Travel back in time to Colonial days in the District of Maine and learn about its largest export: the towering white pine.  In this illustrated lecture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, you’ll hear how Maine’s first lumbermen supplied the British Royal Navy fleet, learn about the King’s “Broad Arrow Policy,” and discover which coastal Maine towns grew up around this early Maine commerce.

Dick Gilbane is a member of the board of directors of the Tate House Museum in Portland, home of Captain George Tate (1700-1794) who served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy.  Tom Thomson is a Portland-based builder and historical map and document collector who has worked for decades restoring historic properties.  John Robinson is the author of “A Concise History of Portland.”  Norm Nelson is a retired forest industry executive.

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

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Field Trip to the Viles Arboretum – For All Ages

Monday, May 20th, 2013
July 6, 2013
10:00 amto11:30 am

Chestnut tree in flower

This is a great chance to see the rejuvenated Viles Arboretum in Augusta and celebrate the rarest native tree species, the American Chestnut, when it’s in bloom.  Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens invites you to bring the family for a guided walk with Executive Director, Mark DesMeules. He’ll help you discover the arboretum’s amazing 224-acre preserve and its extensive botanical collection from around the world.

You’ll see the largest Maine-sourced collection of American chestnut trees and, because this trip coincides with the American Chestnut Celebration, you will see this species in flower and hear Eric Evans of the Chestnut Foundation discuss conservation restoration efforts. Seedlings will also be available for sale (pre-order seedlings at 207-626-7989).

Viles Arboretum logoWhere: Viles Arboretum, Augusta (meet at the Arboretum’s Visitor Center)
Price:   $5/person

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Trunk Show – Ann Prescott Wood Bowls – August 23-29

Monday, May 20th, 2013
August 23, 2013toAugust 29, 2013

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A variety of Ann Prescott's fine wooden bowls

A week-long trunk show in the Gardens Gift Shop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, from August 23-29, will feature the fine products of Ann Prescott Wood Bowls in Bath. The unique turnings and intricate embellishments will surprise and delight customers.

Our spacious and bright Gardens Gift Shop itself offers a wonderful shopping experience. There’s something for many interests and all ages. The quality is high, and the prices are reasonable. Members receive a discount, too.

Trunk Show – Black Dinah Chocolatiers – August 15-21

Monday, May 20th, 2013
August 15, 2013toAugust 21, 2013

Boxes full of Black Dinah’s delectable chocolates

Luscious chocolates of many types will be available to our guests when Black Dinah Chocolatiers of Isle au Haut is the featured Maine business for a week-long trunk show in the Gardens Gift Shop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from August 15-21. You’ll find beautifully boxed assortments, ready for gift-giving, to take home and enjoy, or to open on the spot!

The spacious and bright Gardens Gift Shop itself offers a wonderful shopping experience. There’s something for many interests and all ages. The quality is high, and the prices are reasonable. Members receive a discount, too.

Trunk Show – Mystic Woodworks – August 1-7

Monday, May 20th, 2013
August 1, 2013toAugust 7, 2013

Mystic Woodworks’ leaf-shaped cutting boards in two wood combinations

During this week-long event, from August 1-7, the Gardens Gift Shop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will offer an expanded selection of handsome Maine-made cutting boards in many shapes and sizes. The exceptionally beautiful and well-crafted boards are by Mystic Woodworks in Warren.

The spacious and bright Gardens Gift Shop itself offers a wonderful shopping experience. There’s something for many interests and all ages. The quality is high, and the prices are reasonable. Members receive a discount, too.

Trunk Show – Azul Chocolates – July 18-24

Monday, May 20th, 2013
July 18, 2013toJuly 24, 2013

Fabulous flavors of Azul Chocolates

During this week-long trunk show, the Gardens Gift Shop will present a delectable array of artisan-made chocolates in unusual combinations by Azul Chocolates in Berwick. Stop by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from July 18-24 for a great selection of delicious treats for yourself or for gift-giving.

The spacious and bright Gardens Gift Shop itself offers a wonderful shopping experience. There’s something for many interests and all ages. The quality is high, and the prices are reasonable. Members receive a discount, too.

Trunk Show – Leslie Evans Balsam – July 3-10

Monday, May 20th, 2013
July 3, 2013toJuly 10, 2013

Balsam-filled pillows by Leslie Evans

The Gardens Gift Shop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will present a colorful – and scent-sational – array of balsam products using original Maine-inspired graphics by Leslie Evans of Cape Elizabeth. Stop by throughout the week for an expanded selection of these delightful products that are among the most popular items in the shop.

The spacious and bright Gardens Gift Shop itself offers a wonderful shopping experience. There’s something for many interests and all ages. The quality is high, and the prices are reasonable. Members receive a discount, too.

FULL – Mastering Manual Mode – Photography Class with Jessica Archer

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
June 25, 2013
8:00 amto2:00 pm

Please note: This class is full. Please scroll through our calendar on the homepage to find an array of exciting programs coming up this year.

"Fishing off the Hooter" by Jessica Archer

Intimidated by manual mode?  This course is designed for a small group to explore the manual settings of DSLR cameras, including exposure and metering, composition, basic macro shooting, and adjusting for different lighting conditions and effects.  This course is ideal for those who are newer to the world of digital photography and who want to learn to use manual mode to create finely composed digital photographs of greater technical quality.  Instructor Jessica Archer will lecture and then bring participants to different areas of the Gardens to practice specific skills. Materials to bring: DSLR cameras, memory card, spare batteries, tripod, and notebook.

Jessica Archer is a fine art photographer and book artist based in Rhode Island. She has an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Iowa. Her photography has been exhibited nationally.  She owns and operates Jessica Archer Studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Find her on the Web at http://www.jbarcher.com.

Flickr A-Z with Amity Beane

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
July 9, 2013
8:00 amto2:00 pm

“Crabular” by Rob Smith

Photographing the Gardens is one of the joys of visiting.  What do you do with all those photos that may be languishing on your hard drive?  Join Photography Club facilitator Amity Beane as she shares how to use the popular on-line photo management system known as Flickr.  From creating a pro account to uploading, tagging, and organizing, to sharing, printing, and copyright – this class will help you make the most of a very good tool and  bring a sense of order to your hard-won shots.  Bring your laptop, full of pictures, of course, and learn step-by-step as Amity demonstrates on the big screen the various functions of Flickr. This class is designed for the person new to Flickr and social media sharing. It will be indoors, using your computer.

Amity Beane, a member of the Education Department staff at the Gardens, coordinates a state-wide learning initiative for seventh grade teachers and learners, as well as managing the photo club.  She has a Master of Science degree with a focus on educational technology and has been using Flickr to manage more than  20,000 photos for the past several years.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $60 members, $75 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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