Calendar of Events

Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Spring Series for Ages 3-5

April 1, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
April 9, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
April 23, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
May 7, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
May 21, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
June 4, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
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PLEASE NOTE: The first session has been rescheduled to April 1. For details, please call 207-633-4333, ext. 151. 

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts and planting activities in our Learning Garden.  We’ll even get a head start on the season by growing plants in our little greenhouse!  Children will experience nature close-up as we take time each session to explore the habitat of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden and surrounding gardens and forests, searching high and low for springtime residents.  Each class will include a project to take home. 

Parents, please be prepared to join in the fun!   Dress for the weather and be ready to get a little dirty.

Using the button below, you can sign up for the whole series or register for classes individually. The first session is on Wednesday, March 26, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The series runs for 6 sessions, every other week, as follows: 

Tuesday, April 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location:  Meet in the Bosarge Family Education Center
Prices:  $70 per series members/$95 per series non-members               
OR
sign up for individual classes: $13 for members, $17 for non-members. 
Price includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult.

For information about the Gardens’ varied day camps, please click here.

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Shaping a Natural Site into a Landscaped Space with Irene Brady Barber and Lisa Cowan – FULL

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)

 

 

 

Growing Berries and Fruits in Small Spaces, with Dick Brzozowzski

May 2, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

berriesGrowing Fruits does not require an orchard or a vast field; anyone with a back yard can grow some kind of fruitful plant! Limited growing spaces can yield bountiful and easily-collected harvests. Learn to grow tree fruit and small fruit in Maine with success.  Participants will learn how to select a proper site, prepare the site, select appropriate varieties for Maine conditions as well as how and when to plant and maintain the plants and harvest fruit.

This class is part of the Gardening for Life series. You may attend one class or sign up for the full series.

Dick Brzozowzski is the county agriculture educator in Cumberland County, Maine for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  His Extension work includes a wide range of programming from consumer horticulture to sustainable agriculture.

Location: Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay
Prices: $35 members $42 nonmembers; series prices $160 members, $185 nonmembers 

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Flower Fairies of Springtime

May 3, 2014
11:00 am
May 10, 2014
11:00 am
May 17, 2014
11:00 am
May 24, 2014
11:00 am
May 31, 2014
11:00 am

flower fairiesAt 11 a.m. on every Saturday in May, come to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and help us celebrate the arrival of the spring season and the return of the flower fairies during a guided stroll for children and their families. 

On our search for new life in the garden, we’ll sprinkle fairy dust on our garden beds to lovingly wake up flowers from their winter slumber, learn the names of a few spring blossoms and read stories about flower fairies.  There’s no need for reservations. Fairy attire is optional.

Location: Meet at the Story Barn in the Children’s Garden
Price:        Free with admission. 

Reception for “Flower Foraging: Native Bees in Maine Gardens” – Amy Campbell Photos

May 8, 2014
7:30 amto7:00 pm
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The exhibit of Amy Campbell’s photographs, “Flower Foragers:  Native Bees in Maine Gardens, will grace the Resource Room in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Visitor Center from April 15 to August 3.  Please join us for the reception on Thursday, May 8, in the Visitor Center. from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Did you know that Maine is home to more than 260 species of native bees?  Digger Bees, Sweat Bees, Squash Bees, Leaf Cutter Bees, Bumblebees and more!  Large or small, they all have their own way of acquiring the floral rewards of nectar and pollen.   Come to the Resource Room to learn about these wild bees and see the photos that beautifully capture their search.

This reception in the Visitor Center is free and open to the public; refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served.  At the same time, we’ll host a reception in the Bosarge Family Education Center for “Pollination: Evolving Miracles,” which will be preceded by a 4 p.m. lecture by Alison Dibble. 

What Do Bees Want? Plants for a Bee Garden, with Dr. Alison Dibble

May 8, 2014
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

What Do Bees Want-300wLearn to create a colorful “bee garden” that attracts and helps sustain these important pollinators.  Alison will share new discoveries from the University of Maine’s trial gardens on the types of flowering plants most favored by our native bees.   This lecture will be immediately followed by an opening reception for two educational art exhibits: “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” featuring the works of many Maine artists, including Alison, and “Flower Foraging: Native Bees in Maine Gardens” featuring the photography of Amy Campbell.

Conservation biologist and botanist Alison Dibble, PhD. is assistant research professor at the University of Maine and runs a consulting firm, Stewards LLC, that prepares conservation plans for agencies, farmers, and land trusts.  Her research interests include measures of forest biodiversity, bee pollinators, impacts of exotic plants and insects on native ecosystems, and mosses, liverworts, and lichens as indicators of forest continuity.  She is also a singer-songwriter, painter, novelist, and gardener.

Location:  Bosarge Family Education Center
Prices:       $10 members; $12 nonmembers

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Reception for “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” Exhibit, Plus Alison Dibble Lecture

May 8, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
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Helleborus photo by Fred Michel

Join us at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 8, as we celebrate artistic interpretations of the lively intersection between flowering plants and their pollinators – bees, wasps, moths, butterflies and others! The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served. 

Interpretive labels were created with editorial assistance from botanist and ecologist Alison Dibble, PhD.  The 5:30-7:00 p.m. opening reception will be preceded by a 4:00 p.m. lecture by Alison entitled “What do Bees Want?  Plants for a Bee Garden.” 

The “Pollination: Evolving Miracles” exhibit, featuring many Maine artists, was originally organized in 2013 by Robyn Holman, curator for the Atrium Art Gallery on the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus.  The dates for this exhibit in the Bosarge Family Education Center at the Gardens are April 30 through July 6. 

This exhibit is presented in partnership with USM’s Atrium Art Gallery. 

This reception coincides with another reception in the Visitor Center for “Flower Forages: Native Bees in Maine Gardens.” 

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Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants for Your Maine Garden, with Bill Cullina

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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Tulip Tour of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, with Dick Zieg

May 9, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm
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Cultivated in Persia as early as the 10th century, tulips have beguiled gardeners through the centuries. In 1637, “tulip mania” gripped Europe.  Here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, extravagant spring displays carry on the tradition.  Horticulturist Dick Zieg will give you a tour through this year’s Tulipa collection, with emphasis on the fun cultivars we’ve selected, such as ‘Queen of Night’, ‘Miss Confection’ and ‘Pillow Talk’.  He’ll explain how tens of thousands of these perennial bulbs are planted each fall – and how you could be the lucky recipient of a few.

Horticulturist Dick Zieg was hired as the Gardens’ first full-time grounds employee  in 2003.  One of his current specialties is planning the Gardens’ selection and plantings of spring bulbs each year. He has a degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture from the University of Maryland.

Location: Education Center and Grounds
$20 members;  $34 nonmembers

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Kitchen Garden Series Dinner with Chef Esau Crosby of Grey Havens Inn

May 18, 2014
6:00 pm

Join us for another fine-dining experience in our very special Kitchen Garden Dinner Series. On Sunday, May 18, we’ll welcome Chef Esau Crosby of Grey Havens Inn in Georgetown to the Kitchen Garden Cafe, where he’ll prepare a delectable meal for our guests! Wine and gratuities are included. Numbers are limited; for reservations and to check availability, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101.  Check the calendar for additional Kitchen Garden Series Dinners at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Where:   Kitchen Garden Cafe, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price:      $75 members, $90 non-members