June 21, 2013
9:30 amto12:30 pm

vertical gardens

Vertical gardens in our sensory garden

Please note: This class is full. We hope you’ll check the calendar for our many other programs.

Join long-time gardener and staff horticulturist Dick Zieg on Friday, June 21, for an eye-opening presentation about how to create gorgeous vertical gardens like those in our Lerner Garden of the Five Senses – right at home!  Because planting and tending these gardens can be done primarily while standing up, people can avoid lots of uncomfortable bending or weeding on hands and knees.  Participants will learn from Dick just what goes into the planning, planting and caring for the “living walls,” and get ideas for what they might do at home. Dick will share sources for materials and will even bring examples of containers. 

Dick Zieg, who has more than 40 years’ experience as a horticulturist, was hired as the garden’s first full-time grounds employee in 2003 as director of horticulture.  He has been involved in almost every facet of the development of the gardens as you see them today, including planting trees, building walls, and maintaining plantings. While studying for a degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture at the University of Maryland, he worked doing research in the USDA’s Turf and Grass Investigations Department.

This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ therapeutic horticulture coordinator, Irene Brady Barber. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options you can implement in your own garden space, whether small or expansive, so you can continue to garden long into the future.  Dick Zieg and another staff horticulturist, Diane Walden, will each step in to lead one class, with Irene’s help, in their areas of expertise.

Where:       Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:          $30 members, $37 nonmembers – Use “Purchase Tickets” button below