Calendar of Events

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series with Chef Chris Bassett from Azure Cafe

June 9, 2014
6:00 pm

Join us for another fine-dining experience in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ very special Kitchen Garden Dinner Series. On Monday, June 9, we’ll welcome Chef Chris Bassett from Azure Café in Freeport 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.

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

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The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany, with Lauren Stockwell

June 11, 2014toJune 13, 2014

Caltha palustris

In this course with Lauren Stockwell at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Wednesday through Friday, June 11, 12, and 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, you’ll explore the biology of a flowering plant through its life, from seed germination and seedling establishment through fruiting and dispersal.  Along the way, we’ll review the parts of the plant and see how they work together to sustain it through processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and water and mineral uptake.

In the Gardens and in the classroom, Lauren will give you a whole new perspective on what goes on in the life of a plant! The required textbook will be Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, available for purchase from the Gardens on the first day of class.

While this is a core course in the Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Certificate Program instructor Lauren Stockwell is a botanist and environmental consultant. Her business, Stockwell Environmental Consulting, Inc. provides comprehensive environmental services including natural resource identification, resource evaluation, and related permitting.  She has led many botanical field walks and has taught several prior classes at the Gardens. 

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

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Insider Tour for Members: Garden Magic II, with Dick Zieg

June 12, 2014
8:00 amto9:30 am

On this tour you’ll join Dick Zieg, one of the Gardens’ first employees and a horticulturalist with more than 40 years of experience. Dick will explore the transformation that has occurred on the Gardens property in the last 20 years. Did you know that Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was once slated to be a housing development? Dick will guide you through how CMBG evolved into the garden you know and love today.

This tour is on one of the days with an early opening and late closing time for members. While there is no charge for the tour, which is available only to members, numbers are limited. Please make reservations. 


Plants for People and Pollinators, with Irene Barber

June 13, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

plants for people+ pollinatorsDiscover plants that attract and nourish pollinators – and people! Thinking outside the box, we’ll examine the integration of edibles with ornamentals for healthy and highly productive garden spaces.

This class is part of the Gardening for Life series. You may purchase tickets for individual classes or the entire series. 

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.

Location: Education Center
Prices: $35 members, $42 nonmembers; series prices $160 members; $185 nonmembers

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Gardening for Wildlife: Ecosystem Gardening, with Carole Sevilla Brown

June 17, 2014toJune 18, 2014

Eastern tiger swallowtail (photo by Carole Sevilla Brown)

Habitat loss is the number one cause of declining wildlife populations. In this Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, conservation biologist Carole Sevilla Brown, will teach you why gardening for wildlife is as important as it is rewarding. She will explain how, by incorporating certain native plants and gardening practices, you can create welcoming habitat in your garden to attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife, conserve natural resources, and encourage biodiversity. In the classroom and in the gardens, Carole will provide examples for creating a lively (and lived-in!) garden habitat.

Carole Sevilla Brown is the author of the Ecosystem Gardening blog and website and founder and managing editor of the team blogs Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. A conservation biologist by training, she has spent more than 20 years as a consultant designing, installing and maintaining wildlife gardens for people who want to share their space with birds, butterflies, frogs and toads, bats, reptiles and amphibians, and yes even insects! She firmly believes that conservation begins in your own backyard and is passionate about teaching people to become stewards of their properties.

This course is part of the Certificate Program of Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, but everyone is welcome to sign up, subject to availability.

Where: Bosarge Family Education Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Price: $140 members, $170 non-members (pre-registration required) 

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Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Summer Series – Ages 3-5

June 19, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
July 3, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
July 17, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
July 31, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
August 14, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am
August 28, 2014
9:30 amto11:30 am

Beginning on Thursday, June 19, and continuing every other week through August 28, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will present the Summer programs in our wonderful Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Series.

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. They’ll 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.

Where: Meets in the Seagull Pavilion, Children’s Garden
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.

Reception for “Pollinators” Sculpture Exhibit

June 19, 2014
5:00 pmto6:30 pm
“Malus with Bees” ceramic
by Christopher Russell
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Beetle Bug” bronze by Judy O’Donnell

The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from June 19 through September 30. Please join us for an opening reception at the Gardens on Thursday, June 19, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  to celebrate the artists, their work, and the Gardens’ theme for 2014.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region. Her exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website. 

“Growing for Pollinators:” 10th Annual Garden Symposium, with Carole Sevilla Brown, William Cullina, and Dr. Frank Drummond

June 20, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm
symposium - bee on purple coneflower
Photo courtesy of Russell Caron Photography

Maine’s bird and insect pollinators are crucial to the life cycle of most flowering plants – in the wild, in our home gardens, and in agriculture. In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ 10th annual symposium, you’ll discover the intricate interdependencies between flowers and their butterfly, beetle, moth, bee, wasp and hummingbird pollinators.

You’ll learn the challenges facing them – and how you can help by making ecologically sound choices in your garden selections and tending methods.  You’ll hear about the scientific research striving to better understand Maine pollinators and their needs. Fascinating presentations by expert conservation and research biologists and horticulturists make this timely and information-packed symposium a must for all thoughtful gardeners.

  • First, Executive Director, horticulturist, and author William Cullina will unveil amazing ecological partnerships in his lecture and images of “Conjugal Partners: The Co-evolution of Flowers and their Pollinators.” 
  • Next, conservation biologist and author of “Ecosystem Gardening” Carole Sevilla Brown will describe issues facing pollinators and suggest practical ways to help in her lecture “Attracting Pollinators to Your Maine Garden.” 
  • Finally, Dr. Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology at the University of Maine, will share his research on sustaining and encouraging native bees, which have been declining due to parasites, pesticides, and habitat loss, in “The Bees of Maine: Getting to Know Them and Their Habits.”

Location:   Bosarge Family 
Education Center
Prices:        $85 members; $100 nonmembers (includes continental breakfast and box lunch from the Kitchen Garden Café)

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“Wings of Life” Film Showing and Butterfly Release

June 21, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm


Wings of Life
© Walt Disney Pictures

Join us on Saturday, June 21, for a showing of “Wings of Life,” a Disneynature film that explores the intimate relationship between flowers and pollinators through stunning footage of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. This 2013 film is narrated by Meryl Streep and is suitable for all ages.  After the film, take part in a Monarch butterfly release in our Children’s Garden and pick up a pollinator plant for your home garden.  

Where: Education Center
Prices:    (include Gardens admission)
$4/child member; $9/adult member; $5/child nonmember; $14 adult nonmember; ages 2 and under admitted free

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Kitchen Garden Series Dinner with Chef Justin Oliver of Fuel in Lewiston

June 24, 2014
6:00 pm

Join us for another fine-dining experience in our very special Kitchen Garden Dinner Series at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. On Tuesday, June 24, we’ll welcome the chef from Fuel, a superb modern French bistro in Lewiston, to 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.

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

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