Archive for February, 2014

“Wings of Life” Film Showing and Butterfly Release

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
June 21, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm


Wings of Life
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Join us on Saturday, June 21, for a showing of “Wings of Life,” a Disneynature film that explores the intimate relationship between flowers and pollinators through stunning footage of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. This 2013 film is narrated by Meryl Streep and is suitable for all ages.  After the film, take part in a Monarch butterfly release in our Children’s Garden and pick up a pollinator plant for your home garden.  

Where: Education Center
Prices:    (include Gardens admission)
$4/child member; $9/adult member; $5/child nonmember; $14 adult nonmember; ages 2 and under admitted free

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What Do Bees Want? Plants for a Bee Garden, with Dr. Alison Dibble

Monday, February 24th, 2014
May 8, 2014
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

What Do Bees Want-300wLearn to create a colorful “bee garden” that attracts and helps sustain these important pollinators.  Alison will share new discoveries from the University of Maine’s trial gardens on the types of flowering plants most favored by our native bees.   This lecture will be immediately followed by an opening reception for two educational art exhibits: “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” featuring the works of many Maine artists, including Alison, and “Flower Foraging: Native Bees in Maine Gardens” featuring the photography of Amy Campbell.

Conservation biologist and botanist Alison Dibble, PhD. is assistant research professor at the University of Maine and runs a consulting firm, Stewards LLC, that prepares conservation plans for agencies, farmers, and land trusts.  Her research interests include measures of forest biodiversity, bee pollinators, impacts of exotic plants and insects on native ecosystems, and mosses, liverworts, and lichens as indicators of forest continuity.  She is also a singer-songwriter, painter, novelist, and gardener.

Location:  Bosarge Family Education Center
Prices:       $10 members; $12 nonmembers

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“Growing for Pollinators:” 10th Annual Garden Symposium, with Carole Sevilla Brown, William Cullina, and Dr. Frank Drummond

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
June 20, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm
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Photo courtesy of Russell Caron Photography

Maine’s bird and insect pollinators are crucial to the life cycle of most flowering plants – in the wild, in our home gardens, and in agriculture. In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ 10th annual symposium, you’ll discover the intricate interdependencies between flowers and their butterfly, beetle, moth, bee, wasp and hummingbird pollinators.

You’ll learn the challenges facing them – and how you can help by making ecologically sound choices in your garden selections and tending methods.  You’ll hear about the scientific research striving to better understand Maine pollinators and their needs. Fascinating presentations by expert conservation and research biologists and horticulturists make this timely and information-packed symposium a must for all thoughtful gardeners.

  • First, Executive Director, horticulturist, and author William Cullina will unveil amazing ecological partnerships in his lecture and images of “Conjugal Partners: The Co-evolution of Flowers and their Pollinators.” 
  • Next, conservation biologist and author of “Ecosystem Gardening” Carole Sevilla Brown will describe issues facing pollinators and suggest practical ways to help in her lecture “Attracting Pollinators to Your Maine Garden.” 
  • Finally, Dr. Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology at the University of Maine, will share his research on sustaining and encouraging native bees, which have been declining due to parasites, pesticides, and habitat loss, in “The Bees of Maine: Getting to Know Them and Their Habits.”

Location:   Bosarge Family 
Education Center
Prices:        $85 members; $100 nonmembers (includes continental breakfast and box lunch from the Kitchen Garden Café)

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Tulip Tour of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, with Dick Zieg

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
May 9, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm
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Cultivated in Persia as early as the 10th century, tulips have beguiled gardeners through the centuries. In 1637, “tulip mania” gripped Europe.  Here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, extravagant spring displays carry on the tradition.  Horticulturist Dick Zieg will give you a tour through this year’s Tulipa collection, with emphasis on the fun cultivars we’ve selected, such as ‘Queen of Night’, ‘Miss Confection’ and ‘Pillow Talk’.  He’ll explain how tens of thousands of these perennial bulbs are planted each fall – and how you could be the lucky recipient of a few.

Horticulturist Dick Zieg was hired as the Gardens’ first full-time grounds employee  in 2003.  One of his current specialties is planning the Gardens’ selection and plantings of spring bulbs each year. He has a degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture from the University of Maryland.

Location: Education Center and Grounds
$20 members;  $34 nonmembers

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Reception for Juried Botanical Art Exhibit

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
August 9, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm
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Asclepias L., milkweed” watercolor and
white gouache by Susan Bull Reilly

“From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England,” the New England Society of Botanical Artists’ juried exhibition of native New England plant portraits, will be in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Education Center from August 1 through September 30. Please join us for a reception on Saturday, August 9, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served.

This exhibit is designed to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration and to celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. The New England Society of Botanical Artists is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA).

This exhibit and the free, public reception are in the Bosarge Family Education Center. 

Reception for “Pollinators” Sculpture Exhibit

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
June 19, 2014
5:00 pmto6:30 pm
“Malus with Bees” ceramic
by Christopher Russell
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Beetle Bug” bronze by Judy O’Donnell

The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from June 19 through September 30. Please join us for an opening reception at the Gardens on Thursday, June 19, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  to celebrate the artists, their work, and the Gardens’ theme for 2014.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region. Her exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website. 

Reception for “Flower Foraging: Native Bees in Maine Gardens” – Amy Campbell Photos

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
May 8, 2014
7:30 amto7:00 pm
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Bee on goldenrod
photo by Amy Campbell

The exhibit of Amy Campbell’s photographs, “Flower Foragers:  Native Bees in Maine Gardens, will grace the Resource Room in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Visitor Center from April 15 to August 3.  Please join us for the reception on Thursday, May 8, in the Visitor Center. from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Did you know that Maine is home to more than 260 species of native bees?  Digger Bees, Sweat Bees, Squash Bees, Leaf Cutter Bees, Bumblebees and more!  Large or small, they all have their own way of acquiring the floral rewards of nectar and pollen.   Come to the Resource Room to learn about these wild bees and see the photos that beautifully capture their search.

This reception in the Visitor Center is free and open to the public; refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served.  At the same time, we’ll host a reception in the Bosarge Family Education Center for “Pollination: Evolving Miracles,” which will be preceded by a 4 p.m. lecture by Alison Dibble. 

Thinking about “the Way Life Ought to Be”

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Lunch at the Berkley Garden Center.
Margaret's Garden
Margaret's Window
Photos  by Dick Zieg

Help!  My desk is covered with catalogues from every seed and plant company that I ever bought anything from!!!  New tools, new vegetables, new flowers, new ideas to take the cold out of winter and get me thinking about the “way life ought to be”…the reasons why I came to Maine in the first place.   Winter is planning time here in the Horticulture Department at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens…planning to make our dreams and your expectations come true.  We all need to create a vision for what we see as the perfect garden.the one that will inspire and energize those who see it to want to do something similar.  My vision, my dream for our visitors and especially for those who have homes or properties nearby is that they are inspired to plant more flowers and vegetables. 

Where did this idea come from, you may ask?   I am happy to say that my wife is British, which gives me the opportunity to visit England on a fairly regular basis.  Yes, I have seen some of the gardens you may have heard about like Kew Gardens, Wisley, and Hampton Court; these are not totally the source of my vision for our neighbors in the Boothbay area and beyond.  What really got my attention was that it seemed that people in England valued gardening in general and went “all out” to beautify their properties with flowers and/ or, make the most of their property to grow vegetables. 

Lunch at the Berkley Garden Center

The garden center my wife’s parents often visited has its own 125 seat restaurant that attracts diners there with a full menu for lunches and dinners. As you can well imagine most, if not all, diners make purchases of vegetable and flower plants on their way through the sales area.  This may well explain why many English gardens seem to have a “one of these and one of those” design.  It is difficult to resist buying a beautiful new plant you have seen!  This is a photo of my wife’s aunt’s house in Derbyshire just to give you an idea of what I mean.

This sort of garden is a result of many years of planning, planting and tending as most gardens are.   The garden dream you make come true will be unique but no less a fulfilling accomplishment.  One doesn’t have to immediately take on a project of the proportions in the photo but it is prudent to do some planning this winter surrounded by the catalogues that are piling up on your desk.  I suggest starting out with a small bed of annual flowers, bulbs or hanging baskets and expanding your creation from there.   I really hope that you will take up the challenge and promise me and yourself to do a little “beautification” this year.  Spring will be here before you know it.

~ Dick Zieg (February 18, 2014)

Drawing and Painting Butterflies and Moths, a 5-day course with Katie Lee

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
August 25, 2014toAugust 29, 2014

Katie Lee courseAn insect, such as a butterfly or a moth alone, can create an exquisite painting; but when added to a botanical work it not only enhances the image, it can also inform the viewer of the role insects play in some of the intricate interdependencies of nature. Katie Lee’s five-day workshop – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day – will include a discussion of how to take good research photographs, create sketches and record study notes. Students will learn how to spread a butterfly and a moth. They’ll watch demonstrations of, and practice, painting techniques required to render the detailed patterns and iridescence of these incredible insects. 

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. 

Location:   Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Prices:        $510 members; $600 nonmembers

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Reception for “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” Exhibit, Plus Alison Dibble Lecture

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
May 8, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
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Sanguinaria canadensis, Helleborus by Fred Michel-72dpi

Sanguinaria canadensis,
Helleborus photo by Fred Michel

Join us at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 8, as we celebrate artistic interpretations of the lively intersection between flowering plants and their pollinators – bees, wasps, moths, butterflies and others! The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served. 

Interpretive labels were created with editorial assistance from botanist and ecologist Alison Dibble, PhD.  The 5:30-7:00 p.m. opening reception will be preceded by a 4:00 p.m. lecture by Alison entitled “What do Bees Want?  Plants for a Bee Garden.” 

The “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” exhibit, featuring many Maine artists, was originally organized in 2013 by Robyn Holman, curator for the Atrium Art Gallery on the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus.  The dates for this exhibit in the Bosarge Family Education Center at the Gardens are April 30 through July 6. 

This exhibit is presented in partnership with USM’s Atrium Art Gallery. 

This reception coincides with another reception in the Visitor Center for “Flower Forages: Native Bees in Maine Gardens.”