2014 Theme: Pollinators!
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learning-pollinators
learning-pollinators
learning-pollinators
2014 Theme: Pollinators!

2014 Theme: Pollinators!

From butterflies to bees, birds to beetles, the dynamic relationship of flowering plants and their animal pollinators is the subject of this year’s new interpretive theme. Visit us this season to see and learn about Maine’s fascinating diversity of wild pollinators – and of course the various beautiful blooms that sustain them!

In the Gardens, learn to design a butterfly garden or accompany a biologist to observe pollinating insects in the day – or night! In the Story Barn, discover tales and activities about bugs – then creep, crawl or fly out and through the nearby Pollinator Learning Garden, including Monarch caterpillars and butterflies in our created “habitat” in the Children’s Garden Greenhouse. In the Education Center, contemplate art and photography inspired by pollination or attend a lecture on hummingbird ecology. Whatever your age or interest, you’ll find numerous ways to explore the interconnectedness of plants and these charismatic and critical members of our fauna.


Growing a Butterfly Garden with Rodney Eason

Friday, August 15
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Would you love a garden filled with Swallowtails, Coppers, Azures, Mourning cloaks, Painted Ladies Admirals, Fritillaries? Learn how to attract these beautiful creatures with plantings designed to supply butterflies with nectar and larval food. Rodney will explain which plants to select and why, with advice on recommended plant sources. He'll then lead a walk through the Gardens to demonstrate which plants he selected to attract butterflies to our Gardens this year.

Rodney Eason is Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Formerly of Longwood Gardens, he oversaw their numerous display gardens for eight years. He holds a master's degree in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware and a bachelor of landscape architecture from North Carolina State University.


Butterfly Garden Walk with Andy Brand

Friday, August 15
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

By mid-August, the Gardens should be alive with butterflies! Meander through the summertime blooms in search of these lovely pollinators with Andy Brand, a founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Learn their names, observe their behavior, see their favorite plants - and even get a peek at some in the caterpillar stage! Please bring a hat and water.

Andy Brand is an avid naturalist. He is a cofounder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association. For the past 24 years Andy has been employed at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, Connecticut, where he is currently the nursery manager. He is also past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association. Andy has spoken to groups throughout the northeast on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamentals, butterfly gardening, and butterflies of Connecticut and their life histories.


Beekeeping - An Ancient Art Facing Modern Problems with Phil and Meghan Gaven

Saturday, August 16
10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Learn about the special relationship between humankind and honeybees, sample different varieties of local honey, and see live bees in an observational hive! Phil and Meghan will discuss the history of honey and beekeeping, the bees' role in traditional agriculture, and the way modern agriculture has changed that role. They will also address Colony Collapse Disorder - a complicated problem with no simple solution.

Phil and Meghan Gaven are the owners of The Honey Exchange at 494 Stevens Avenue in Portland, Maine. They have been keeping bees for the last 7 years, during which time the hobby turned into a passion, and the passion became a business. Phil and Meghan currently maintain nearly 20 colonies in various locations give dozens of talks about beekeeping every year. They are active members of the Cumberland County Beekeeping Club, and the Maine State Beekeeping Association. Phil Gaven has been certified as a Master Beekeeper by the Eastern Apicultural Society and has mentored scores of new beekeepers.