Archive for February, 2013
|June 12, 2013|
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“Tuteurs” from the ancient French word meaning “to train,” are lovely, pyramidal garden structures that have been used through the centuries to train garden vines. While learning traditional folk-art skills from weaver Susan Perrine using methods that have been handed down from generation to generation, you can create a structure from native twigs that will become a visual and functional centerpiece for your climbing annuals and/or vegetables.
Often seen in ornamental or knot gardens in pairs, in season they become covered with green leaves – and, if trimmed, resemble topiaries. Simple materials and skills are all that are needed to create these useful and attractive garden structures.
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 offering several 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: Education Center
Price: $40 members, $50 nonmembers (includes all materials)
|March 9, 2013|
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|June 14, 2013|
|9:00 am||to||1:00 pm|
Please note that both sessions of this program are full. There are still spaces in the Climate Change program on July 9.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is teaming up with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant to participate in “Signs of the Seasons,” a citizen science program that aims to achieve meaningful science and education outcomes that benefit Maine communities. Training sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on either Saturday, March 9, or Friday, June 14. Participants should bring a bag lunch and be prepared to walk outdoors.
Both sessions will be presented by UMaine Cooperative Extension educators Esperanza Stancioff and Beth Bisson. Lois Berg Stack, who’s also affiliated with the extension service, will co-present with them on March 9.
There is no charge to join in this valuable effort, but we ask you to sign up via the button below or at 207-633-4333, ext. 101.
Read more about the Signs of the Seasons program and the instructors below. Please note, too, that on July 9 Esperanza Stancioff will join George Jacobson for an evening program about climate change. Learn more.
The program engages volunteers in observing plant and animal phenology, which is the study of seasonal life events, such as when birds make their nests in the spring, when berries ripen in the summer, and when leaves change color in the autumn. Scientists study phenology to understand how plants and animals are affected over time by changes in climate and weather at a certain place. Observations made by volunteers in their backyards, here at the Gardens, or at local natural areas help scientists and managers answer questions that affect Maine’s forests, crops, and our day-to-day lives.
Phenology changes are easy for volunteers of any age to observe and record. Observations may include the timing of budburst, emerging leaves, and flowering of plants; first and last sightings (in spring and fall) of migrating birds, changing plumage, and observations of nesting activity in birds; and changing leaf color and withering foliage of plants in autumn. In the marine environment, volunteers may choose to observe loons and look for the presence of reproductive organs on our indicator species of seaweed.
Each participant will choose as many indicator species as they wish, and identify and mark a site(s) where they will observe these species throughout most of the year. The group will register as Signs of the Seasons participants on the USA National Phenology Network website’s Nature’s Notebook, where they can record their observations as often as they make them. For more information about this research program, visit http://umaine.edu/signs-of-the-seasons Questions about this volunteer opportunity may be directed to Esperanza Stancioff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-832-0343.
As an educator with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, Esperanza’s current work focuses on climate change education and adaptation planning. Since joining the UMaine Extension in 1988, she has designed and implemented educational programs in coastal ecosystem health, specifically in marine environmental monitoring and watershed assessment and management.
Beth Bisson is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Education at Maine Sea Grant and helps deliver education and extension programming that promotes environmental literacy and sustainable use, conservation, and stewardship of Maine’s ocean and coastal resources. She has worked in the fields of water quality, conservations, and environmental education in Maine and elsewhere. She holds a master’s degree in water science, policy, and management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Dr. Lois Berg Stack is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. She conducts applied research and organizes workshops and conferences for nursery, greenhouse, garden center and landscape professionals in Maine and New England. Some of her current projects focus on plants that support native bees and honeybees, and production of chokeberry as a nutraceutical crop. She also works extensively with home gardeners on landscape topics such as management of invasive species and selection and management of Maine landscape plants.
|June 3, 2013||to||June 7, 2013|
Leaves: flat, curly, shiny, hairy, textured, pigment patterned. Green: are they really all the same green? These are just a few of the many challenges that occur when painting leaves. Flowers tend to become so much the focus of many botanical artists that the leaves tend to be somewhat ignored. During this workshop there will be no flowers in the room! Katie will review techniques for drawing well-observed and accurately rendered leaves. Capturing just the ‘right’ green and surface texture, be it shiny, matt or velvety can be intimidating; but through a series of simple exercises, students will find these mysteries less daunting. Everyone will be encouraged to keep a ‘leaf journal’ for future reference.
This class is ideal for everyone; beginner, more experienced artist and professional wishing to review technique. Lunch is included in tuition.
Katie Lee earned a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden, where she has taught for the past 20 years. An award-winning botanical and wildlife artist, she has illustrated several books; and her work is featured in museum collections and exhibitions around the world. Katie has recently joined the ranks of Mainers – she resides with her husband in an antique farmhouse in Nobleboro.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price: $495 members, $550 nonmembers (includes lunch daily, registration required)
|June 24, 2013||to||June 26, 2013|
From Monday through Wednesday, June 24-26, 9-2 each day, we’ll present the first class for beginning students in the Certificate in Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture. With instructor Lauren Stockwell, you’ll explore the biology of a flowering plant through its life, from seed germination and seedling establishment through fruiting and dispersal. Along the way, we’ll review the parts of the plant and see how they work together to sustain it through processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake.
In the Gardens and in the classroom, Lauren will give you a whole new perspective on what goes on in the life of a plant! The required textbook will be Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, available for purchase from the Gardens on the first day of class.
Certificate Program instructor Lauren Stockwell is a botanist and environmental consultant. Her business, Stockwell Environmental Consulting, Inc. provides comprehensive environmental services including natural resource identification, resource evaluation, and related permitting. She has led many botanical field walks and has taught several prior classes at the Gardens.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price: $120 members, $150 nonmembers (preregistration required)
|June 27, 2013|
|5:00 pm||to||7:00 pm|
|Carved Green Man by Benjamin Thompson|
|Alewives by John Bowdren|
|“Not One, Not Two” by Herb Ferris|
Please join us on Thursday evening, June 27, for a reception celebrating the opening of Living Wood, an exhibit that will be on view at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens through September 22. The show, curated by June LaCombe, features sculpture and benches created in wood by many of Maine’s finest artists and artisans.
Admission to the reception is free, and refreshments will be available. All sales of artwork benefit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
|June 6, 2013|
Please note: Every seat is full for our June Kitchen Garden Series Dinner. Please check our calendar for additional dinners at the Gardens.
You’ll want to be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, June 6, when Chef Josh Hixson of the 40 Paper Italian Bistro in Camden, Maine, creates a delectable multi-course Kitchen Garden Series Dinner. Wine and gratuities are included. Numbers are limited; for reservations and to check availability, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101.
Please visit the calendar for dates and information about additional Kitchen Garden Series Dinners.
Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price: $75 members, $90 non-members
|June 29, 2013|
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Trees can be the greatest – and most rewarding – investment you make in your gardens, adding structure, shade, color, and even fruits! If selected and cared for properly, trees will add elegance and enjoyment to your landscape for generations to come. We’ll gather at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 29, to experience inspiration and learning from noted experts.
Our keynote speaker, renowned woody-plant author and expert Dr. Michael Dirr, will inspire you with his lecture and images of ornamental “Noble Trees.”
Next, you’ll meet the Gardens’ new Director of Horticulture, previously of Longwood Gardens, Rodney Eason. Since so much can go wrong when selecting and installing trees, Rodney will present practical “Essential Details for Buying and Planting the Best Trees” to help you choose and cultivate healthy trees.
Finally, Maine’s own fruit tree expert, Renae Moran of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, will delight you with ideas for how to “Incorporate Fruit Trees into your Edible Landscape.” She’ll introduce the surprising array of fruit trees that can be grown in northern landscapes – and right in your own yard. Books will be available for sale.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price: $80 members, $100 nonmembers – includes continental breakfast and box lunch from the Kitchen Garden Café and Gardens admission (preregistration required)