June 17, 2014toJune 18, 2014

Eastern tiger swallowtail (photo by Carole Sevilla Brown)

Habitat loss is the number one cause of declining wildlife populations. In this Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, conservation biologist Carole Sevilla Brown, will teach you why gardening for wildlife is as important as it is rewarding. She will explain how, by incorporating certain native plants and gardening practices, you can create welcoming habitat in your garden to attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife, conserve natural resources, and encourage biodiversity. In the classroom and in the gardens, Carole will provide examples for creating a lively (and lived-in!) garden habitat.

Carole Sevilla Brown is the author of the Ecosystem Gardening blog and website and founder and managing editor of the team blogs Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. A conservation biologist by training, she has spent more than 20 years as a consultant designing, installing and maintaining wildlife gardens for people who want to share their space with birds, butterflies, frogs and toads, bats, reptiles and amphibians, and yes even insects! She firmly believes that conservation begins in your own backyard and is passionate about teaching people to become stewards of their properties.

This course is part of the Certificate Program of Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, but everyone is welcome to sign up, subject to availability.

Where: Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price: $140 members, $170 non-members (pre-registration required) 

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