May 30, 2014
10:00 amto12:30 pm
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Photo by William Cullina

In nature, pollination rates of Pink Lady’s Slippers are very low. Luring bees into their flowers, they offer no nectar or other reward, and the bees quickly catch on and look elsewhere for food! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens members are invited to join Executive Director Bill Cullina on a special foray to hand-pollinate our Lady’s Slippers to increase the population at our botanical garden.  Each mature seed capsule is estimated to contain more than 10,000 seeds.  If we can successfully pollinate 250 plants, that would be an additional 2.5 million seeds released here this fall!

William Cullina is Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. He was formerly the Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at the Gardens, and also worked for many years as Nursery Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.  He is a well-known author and recognized authority on North American native plants.

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Location: Education Center and Grounds
Price:        Members Only – $10