April 24, 2014toApril 26, 2014

Program students learning about the Haney Hillside Garden (Amity Beane photo)

PLEASE NOTE: This class is sold out. We hope you’ll check out our calendar for many other programs of interest. 

In this three-day Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens course from Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, you’ll learn ways to follow environmentally sound landscape design practices using native plant materials that are appropriate for Maine. You’ll learn how to plot and analyze a site, determine priorities the site needs for usage, and create and install an eco-friendly design featuring Maine natives.

We’ll emphasize sustainable design considerations such as understanding and anticipating runoff in Maine’s frequently shallow-to-bedrock soils, minimizing erosion and siltation, and conserving and protecting the site’s natural features (such as existing trees) during construction. We’ll consider low-input designs, such as those incorporating drought-tolerant and nitrogen-fixing native plants.

Instruction will take place both in the classroom and out on the grounds using the ecological designs surrounding the Bosarge Family Education Center as a living example of low-impact landscape design using native plants. This class is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Irene Brady Barber is horticulturist and landscape designer at Irene Brady Barber Greenscape Designs.  She’s also coordinator of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. An experienced educator, Irene has degrees in horticulture and communications along with a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy.  Irene brings her enthusiasm for connecting people with plants to her work at the Gardens.

Lisa Cowan, PLA,  Principal, Studioverde, with offices in Cumberland, Maine and Austin, Texas, is a nationally recognized landscape architect with expertise in ecology-based planning, landscape design and land management.  Lisa teaches and writes on the subject of aesthetics, ecology and sustainable landscapes. Her work exemplifies a lifelong interest in the restoration of natural systems and community engagement in the natural world.  Lisa’s extensive background in ecology-based design informs her work with clients who are committed to a more sustainable approach for their properties, campuses and communities.   Lisa’s work includes the recently completed landscape art feature at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor, a LEED Gold residential landscape in Falmouth, and the scenic overlook using local salvaged granite materials for the community of Trenton. 

Where:      Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:         $150 members, $180 nonmembers (preregistration required)