April 15, 2014toApril 16, 2014

Dr. Lois Berg Stack and ‘King Tut’ cyperus

This core course in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16. Dr. Lois Berg Stack will explain the basic properties and functions of soils to the ecologically-minded grower. A fundamental understanding of soil is critical to selecting well-adapted native plants for different situations, or choosing soil amendments that will mimic the natural community conditions needed by suites of native plants.  Lois will explain soil texture, chemistry, water-holding capacity – and why they are important for plants.  Students will get their hands dirty with activities that demonstrate these soil concepts, so please dress casually and be prepared to head outside. 

While this is a Certificate course, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Dr. Lois Berg Stack is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. She conducts applied research and organizes workshops and conferences for nursery, greenhouse, garden center and landscape professionals in Maine and New England. Some of her current projects focus on plants that support native bees and honeybees, and production of chokeberry as a nutraceutical crop. She also works extensively with home gardeners on landscape topics such as management of invasive species and selection and management of Maine landscape plants.

Where:        Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:           $120 members, $150 nonmembers (preregistration required)

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