August 19, 2014toAugust 21, 2014

Viburnum lantanoides (William Cullina photo)

Interested in gardening with Maine’s native plants? First, come and meet them in their wild habitats!  During this intensive three-day course with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ staff botanist, Melissa Cullina, students will learn how to recognize 50 (or more!) frequent coastal Maine plant species.  Beginning with an introduction to basic plant identification skills, terminology, and botanical names, Melissa will then lead you through the Gardens grounds and on forays around the region.  Bring a bag lunch, water, and a hand lens if you have one; and be prepared to walk on trails.

The class, which meets in the Bosarge Family Education Center,  is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 19-21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. While it is one of the core classes for the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone.

Melissa Cullina is Director of Education & Staff Botanist for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Formerly Botanist with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Cullina specializes in aquatic and coastal botany, field identification, and rare species conservation.

Where:    Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $180 members, $220 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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