Archive for June, 2013
The Beginning of My Summer at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens!
My name is Kristin Neill. I’m originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and just completed my freshman year at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where I’m double majoring in plant biology and horticulture. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work at the Gardens this summer; it’s going to help me greatly in my continuing horticulture studies.
I’m an avid horse person, and until college was very competitive in the eventing discipline. I’ve ridden horses for 10 years and love it immensely. Now, in college, I have taken up a new sport: I’m on the sailing club at NC State and am very involved with the team. Living in Maine this summer is going to be perfect, and I am super excited to be here.
Monday, May 20: My very first day started by going to Hammond Lumber and getting a rain suit, which came in handy, as I spent the rest of the day planting in the Rose & Perennial Garden. It took me a little while to become used to the bright yellow rain attire, but as with anything else I adapted: I tried to cover the suit in mud!
After getting my rain suit and gas with Justin Nichols [a staff horticulturist], I helped him lay out plants for the cottage garden, all while he was gushing information about the plants. He put in cardinal flowers and Meconopsis. After that we joined Rodney Eason [Director of Horticulture] in the Rose & Perennial Garden, where I planted a whole bed of lupin plugs using the “staggering” method. I was reminded to stagger the plants and meticulously spread out the root system of a poorly rooted plant. I was most proud of placing and planting Polemonium ‘heavens scent’, or Jacob’s ladder, by the post of the rose arbor. Being able to place and plant meant a lot to me. I can’t wait for the plants to grow and smell wonderful. Then I can tell everyone that I planted those! Overall, my first day was amazing, I have learned so much already in this internship.
Tuesday, May 21: Today started off with rain again! Instead of going out and planting in the rain, I helped horticulturist Dick Zieg plant his “lobster-trap” wire planters in the greenhouse. We worked on a 3-D version, which he had never done before. For the “Thyme Warp” box, we planted a dark thyme and a variegated thyme as well as begonia plugs on one side. I really enjoyed working on the wire planters because the combination of artistry and gardening really appeals to me. I love the ability to create art trhough not only planters, but also plants themselves. I did eventually buy my own “Garden in a Cube” planter, and I love how it turned out after I planted it! After that I worked with Justin and a volunteer on planting a rush in the ditch by the entrance to the gardens.
Wednesday, May 22: I worked with gardener Megan Deveau and planted a couple of trees in the Rose & Perennial Garden. One, a weeping Katsura, also called Cercidiphyllum, was really quite interesting! This tree is unique because in the fall its leaves will turn a pinkish color and smell like cotton candy. That’s so neat – I can’t wait to see it happen! When we planted the Katsura, it was the first time I learned how to plant a tree. Since The lesson Rodney gave us was invaluable. We also planted a bunch of tropical plants in the garden. I really like the idea of a classic, calm rose garden being transformed into a unique garden of misfit plants.
Tuesday, May 28: In the beginning of the day, I worked with Justin, planting and weeding in the Children’s Garden. We had to pull out tulips in the Rainbow Terrace to make room for new annuals. That was loads of fun! Normally tulips are simple to pull up, but these tulips had been planted six inches into the ground and would break anytime you tried to yank them up! All of the volunteers were a little agitated by Justin’s bulb planting techniques. Although it was annoying, I think that planting them that low served its purpose because the tulips were gorgeous and very few died or were eaten over the winter.
I was then asked to pull out seven peach cobbler Buddleia. Boy was that fun! These butterfly bushes had been in there for a while and had definitely established a good root system. It took me an hour to pull them out, and I was exhausted by the end of it.
Wednesday, May 29: The day was cloudy and raining again! I started by helping Rodney fill in a spreadsheet for the Bigelow Project. Apparently the spreadsheet was very helpful, so I was very happy to have helped out. After that, I got my first lesson on the Dingo. I was terrified! All went well, though. I tested it first around the hort. building, and then we put two junipers on it. I drove the junipers to the Rose & Perennial Garden and dropped them off so I could go get the third one. I spent some of the day in my awesome yellow rain pants planting veronica in the Children’s Garden. Its always fun to work with the hort crew; there’s always a stream of jokes that accompany our conversations!
Next we had to move junipers into the area where I had ripped out the Buddleia. Although it didn’t take long, it took a lot of muscle to get them into the correct area. Rodney and I then dug a hole that would be the same depth as the root ball and a little larger across. We moved the juniper into the hole and cut off the twine and the top part of the metal cage, and then cut back the burlap. Rodney showed me how to look for the girdling root and knock down the shoulders of the root ball to the first sign of roots. We planted one tree and staked it using three stakes. The other two were left out for me to complete in the morning.
Thursday, May 30: The day started off hot and ended just as hot. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but since the day before was cold and rainy the dramatic weather change shocked my system. I spent the day with Justin and Megan planting the entrance of the Children’s Garden with Lobularia and other annuals and then planted several beds inside. At the end of the day, I finished planting the junipers with Dick’s help.
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Montana Williams, and I am the Pearson Horticulture Intern here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. I recently received my bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University in beautiful Fort Collins, Col., where I interned with several local public gardens. Hoping to expand my experience working with public gardens and desiring a new adventure, I packed up my things and moved more than 2,000 miles from my hometown, which is also in Fort Collins. Fortunately, the paralyzing fear of moving away from my extraordinary life in Colorado was calmed by the picturesque landscape of Boothbay and its incredible summer climate.
During my orientation at the gardens I was blown away by its extensive collection of plants and themed displays, but above all I was love-struck by the endless variety of Rhododendron on the property. For those unfamiliar with the genus, Rhododendron is a genus characterized by shrubs and small trees that may be evergreen or deciduous. They prefer well-drained slightly acidic soil in a cool location with adequate water, but most importantly they are loved for their gorgeous flowers and dense rounded growth habit.
This week, the other interns and I were assigned ten conifers to learn by the end of the week in order to familiarize ourselves with some exceptional species found in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. The list included one of my favorite species of trees, Pinus strobus or Eastern white pine, a conifer native to Maine and a tree you almost never see in Colorado. This tree has unusually soft needles and is an excellent choice for connecting people with the “touch” aspect of the garden and creating an interactive and memorable experience.
|June 25, 2013|
|8:00 am||to||2:00 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.
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.
|May 30, 2013|
|May 31, 2013|
|June 1, 2013|
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.
|June 26, 2013|
|July 19, 2013|
|August 10, 2013|
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
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.
|June 21, 2013|
|9:30 am||to||12:30 pm|
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 – Creating a New England Cottage Garden: Adapting a Classic Garden Style to the Northeast with Amy ZifferWednesday, March 6th, 2013
|June 18, 2013|
|1:00 pm||to||3:00 pm|
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)
|June 15, 2013|
|9:00 am||to||12:00 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)
|June 15, 2013|
|3:00 pm||to||4:30 pm|
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
|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)