May 9, 2014
July 11, 2014

The use of native herbaceous plants in a horticultural setting will be the topic of this combination classroom and in-garden course for second-year certificate students  at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  On one day in the spring season (Friday, May 9) and one day in summer (Friday, July 11) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, native plant expert Bill Cullina will introduce students to native plants species to use in different horticultural settings based on their habitat preferences in nature.  Native plant selections for different combinations of soil pH, sun and shade, and wet to dry substrate will be considered.  Selecting plants for aesthetic factors such as color and texture, as well as broader ecosystem considerations, will be introduced.  Finally, Bill will explain the use of native plants in niche garden types, such as woodland or meadow gardens, and in ecological restoration.

Although this course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

William Cullina is Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Previously Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator for the Gardens, Cullina has also worked for many years as the native plant Nursery Director for the New England Wild Flower Society.  He was recently awarded the Scott Medal for lifetime achievement in horticulture.  The 2010 winner of the American Horticultural Society’s Communication Award, he is also the winner of numerous American Horticultural Society Book Awards.  A well-known author, photographer, and recognized authority on North American native plants, Cullina lectures on a variety of subjects to garden and professional groups and writes for popular and technical journals. His books include Wildflowers, Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines, Understanding Orchids, Native Ferns, Mosses, and Grasses, and most recently, Understanding Perennials, published in 2009. He is co-author of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People’s Garden.

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:            $140 members; $170 nonmembes

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