Calendar of Events

Deer Resistant Plants for the Home Garden, with Dr. Mark Bridgen

June 27, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm

deer resistantDo deer like to visit and eat your garden plants? Worried there’s no possibility for unique and artistic design in your garden because of these four-legged beasts? Then come to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to hear Cornell horticulture professor and avid home gardener Dr. Mark Bridgen, who scientifically studies plants that deer prefer not to eat. Mark’s entertaining lecture will show various annuals and perennials, woody plants, and grasses, and the proper conditions for growing them. Don’t despair; there are many “deer resistant” species and cultivars that offer a variety of novel colors, textures, shapes and sizes for your garden!

Dr. Mark Bridgen is a professor of horticulture at Cornell University and Director of the university’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Riverhead, N.Y. He is a plant breeder who specializes in ornamental plants such as Alstroemeria, Impatiens, and several Chilean bulb species. In addition to plant breeding, Dr. Bridgen’s other areas of expertise include floriculture and ornamental horticulture, plant propagation, herbaceous ornamental plants, and plant tissue culture, and micropropagation. His most recent book, Plants from Test Tubes – An Introduction to Micropropagation, was published last year.

Location:  Education Center
Prices:       $35 members, $42 nonmembers

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Ferns of Coastal Maine, with Melissa Cullina – FULL

June 30, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

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PLEASE NOTE:  This class is full. We hope you’ll check the calendar to find more programs of interest. 

Ferns and other spore-bearing plants are thriving members of ancient plant lineages – all around us! From leathery to lacy ones, large to little, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has many, both growing wild and in our living collections. Spend a morning studying these verdant members of our native flora with staff botanist Melissa Cullina. Class will begin with a lesson on important features of fronds. Then we’ll scour the trails to practice recognizing these ferns and their habitats.

This class is part of the Know Your Coastal Maine series. You may sign up for individual classes or for the entire series. 

Melissa Cullina is Director of Education & Staff Botanist for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Formerly Botanist with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Cullina specializes in aquatic and coastal botany, field identification, and rare species conservation.

Location:  Education Center and grounds
Prices:       $35 members, $42 nonmembers 

DaPonte String Quartet July Concerts

July 3, 2014
7:30 pm
July 24, 2014
7:30 pm
DaPonte at the Gardens-240The DaPonte String Quartet will present two concerts at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in July.
 
On Thursday, July 3, at 7:30, the Quarter will perform the following program entitled “Made in America:” 
-Randall Thompson “Alleluia”
-George Gershwin “Lullaby”
-Samuel Barber ” Adagio”
-Earl Stewart “Blues Fugues”;
-George Crumb “Black Angels”
 
On Thursday, July 24, at 7:30, the program, entitled “Entente Cordiale,” will include the following: 
-Claude Debussy Quartet in G; 
-Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No. 4
-Henry Purcell “Fantasias”
 
 
Tickets: $25 (unless otherwise specified) available at www.DaPonte.org. There is no charge for those under 21. 

Fairy Fridays

July 4, 2014
July 11, 2014
July 18, 2014
July 25, 2014
August 1, 2014
August 8, 2014
August 15, 2014
August 22, 2014
August 29, 2014

Every Friday in July and August is Fairy Friday at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. On these days, the free activities in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden concentrate on the fairy realm. Of course, fairy, elf, gnome, and wizard costumes are welcome!

See below for a schedule of the fun-filled activities that will delight girls and boys. And kids can also build fairy  houses in the Fairy House Villages at the Gardens any day. 

All fairy activities are included in the price of admission. A schedule of the day’s events will also be posted in the Visitor Center.

Fairy Friday Schedule – Sample
(every Friday in July and Aug.)

10:00 a.m.  Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11:00 a.m.  Fairy Garden Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
12:15-12:45 p.m.  Sugar Plum Fairy dancing (on the maze)
12:15-12:45 p.m.  The Great Bubble Machine (on the maze)
2:00 p.m.  Nature Investigations (meet in the Story Barn to start)
All day (self-guided activities in the Children’s Garden)  
        Fairy and Gnome games
        Fairy crafts
        Fairy coloring sheets

For those who forget their fairy wings, a fairy dress-up box will be available in “The Little Fairy Workshop” (the crooked little building between the Story Barn and Keeper’s Cottage.

New! Nature Illustration Camp with Hillary Parker (ages 9-14)

July 7, 2014toJuly 11, 2014

Nature Illustration with Hillary ParkerAt Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, children can learn about plants and wildlife in spectacular settings including the two-acre Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. Nature Illustration Camp is one of many day-camp programs we’re offering in 2014 for children in several age groups. Since numbers are limited, we suggest signing up as soon as possible.

NEW for 2014!!
Monday-Friday, July 7-11
Nature Illustration Camp (ages 9-14)
When:   9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where:  Education Center and grounds (drop-off and pick-up children in the Education Center)
Price:    $225 members, $270 non-members (art supplies included)

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural?  Join us for a week-long Nature Illustration Camp with Hillary Parker, naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist.  Hillary, who was one of our artists-in-residence last summer, will be back this summer to share her knowledge and passion with young artists.  Setting out to work on location in a different part of the Gardens each day, armed with magnifying glasses, nets, and containers, campers will become “botanical art explorers” as they spend the week investigating, discovering, and learning keen observation skills in the field.   Documenting their findings each day through sketches, notes, and selected cuttings, campers will learn and/or improve upon basic art skills while creating a naturalist’s journal using mediums that are easy to work with in the field, like watercolors, colored pencils, graphite, and pen.  On the final day, campers will bind their journals and focus on creating a single study of art.  Family and friends will be invited to an art reception at the end of the week, where our young artists will share their findings, journals, artwork and experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists! 

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: http://www.hillaryparkerwatercolors.com/home.html.

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Kitchen Garden Series Dinner by Wings Hill Inn Farms Chef

July 9, 2014
6:00 pm

The chef from the delightful Wings Hill Inn Farms restaurant will prepare the Kitchen Garden Series Dinner on Wednesday, July 9, at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. All dinners in the series begin at 6 p.m. Prices include wine and gratuities. Seating is limited; for reservations, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101.

Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Prices: $75 members, $90 nonmembers

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Ants in Your Plants, with Elizabeth Farnsworth and Aaron Ellison

July 10, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm
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Carpenter ant on Spirea  latifolia
(photo by William Cullina)
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Carpenter ant on Asclepias incarnata
(photo by William Cullina)

Co-sponsor: New England Wild Flower Society

Ants are the little things that run the world, and are very important to the ecology of plants. Botanic gardens have a variety of native and exotic plants, both of which provide opportunities for learning about interactions between ants and plants. Yet we know little of the distribution of ants or the range of ecological interactions between ants and the wide range of plants grown in botanic gardens. 

Join two of the authors of the new Field Guide to the Ants of New England, Aaron Ellison and Elizabeth Farnsworth, for a morning of learning about ants in the cultivated and wild sections of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. We’ll explore the variety of plants and begin to uncover the diversity of ants in the Gardens. We will also learn how to catch ants using just our hands or with specialized equipment, and how to quickly identify both plants and ants in the field using only a hand lens.

Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth is Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wild Flower Society.  Dr. Aaron Ellison is a Senior Ecologist at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.

This class, an elective in the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center and Grounds
Price:      $35 members, $42 nonmembers

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Trough Gardening, with Irene Barber

July 13, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

trough gardeningTroughs gardens offer dynamic mixed plant designs using abundant varieties that grow in stone, wood, or hypertufa. Learn about miniature rock gardens, lush ground cover plantings for shadier spaces, succulent plantings with rich texture and structure for sunnier spaces, and more 

This class is part of the Gardening for Life series. You may sign up for individual classes or the full 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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Nature Explorers Camp (ages 9-13)

July 14, 2014toJuly 18, 2014
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This activity raises awareness about the need for water conservation – and is fun, too. (photo by Barbara Freeman)

At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, children can learn about plants and wildlife in spectacular settings including the two-acre Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. Nature Explorers Camp is one of many day-camp programs we’re offering in 2014 for children in several age groups. Since numbers are limited, we suggest signing up as soon as possible.

Monday-Friday, July 14-18
Nature Explorers Camp (ages 9-13)
When:   9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Education Center and grounds (drop-off and pick-up children in the Education Center)
Price:    $185 members, $222 non-members

Kids who love exploring the great outdoors, learning new outdoor skills, and geocaching, will LOVE Nature Explorers Camp! Explorers will expand their knowledge of the natural world through an inquiry-based week of outdoor activities utilizing both old and new methods of nature exploration, including the use of technology. We’ll put our newly learned skills to use as we branch out into new areas of the Gardens’ 248 acres, hiking to its more “wild” parts as we investigate the remnants of an old homestead and discover life on the shore of a tidal river and beyond.  We’ll even spend a morning kayaking around the Back River with an experienced guide as we explore life in and around this saltwater habitat. Campers will work together to create a series of geocaches for all visitors of the Gardens to enjoy as a culminating project of a fun-filled, skill-building week!

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Seaweeds of the Maine Coast, with Elaine Jones

July 17, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm
Seaweeds of the Maine Coast

Learn the names and natural histories of the seaweeds commonly seen on the shores of the Boothbay peninsula. Beginning at our newly constructed dock,  Elaine will point out the various common species growing along our waterfront. She’ll also bring collections of other common seaweeds to our classroom.  Wear boots and be prepared for the weather!

Elaine Jones is the Director of Education for the Department of Marine Resources, where she oversees the Maine State Aquarium, the restored Burnt Island Lighthouse station, and its new Education Center.

This class is part of the series, Know Your Coastal Maine, presented at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in 2014. 

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center and grounds, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Road, Boothbay
Prices:     $35 members; $42 nonmembers

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