Learning for Adults
Learning for Adults

Learning for Adults

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is committed to providing educational opportunities that are timely and of interest to many audiences. We hope you find them informative and inspiring.

You can view our current offerings here, click through by category to the right or if you prefer to search by date, go to the Calendar of Events and click on the day(s) when you’ll be visiting.

Growing Your Own Food Series

Featuring the horticulturists of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand! Take any or all of the classes in this season-spanning six-part series at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Step by step, we’ll teach you the basics of growing, harvesting and preserving fresh, organic produce from your own vegetable garden! In six Saturdays between April and September, you’ll receive valuable information and hands-on practice that will help you reap your own harvest this very year. This series is open to any adult interested in vegetable gardening; no prior gardening experience is necessary. Discounted price for registering for whole series: $225 members/$270 non-members.

Ecological Landscape Design

with Lisa Cowan and Irene Brady Barber
Wednesday-Friday, May 3-5
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This course is focused on environmentally sound landscape design practices using plants and materials appropriate for Maine. Landscape architect Lisa Cowan will show you how design principles are effectively applied in an ecological landscape design. Landscape designer Irene B. Barber will train you to plot and analyze a site, determine priorities according to usage, and create and install an eco-friendly design featuring Maine natives and locally sourced materials. 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 will be emphasized. Suggestions for low-input designs, such as how to incorporate drought-tolerant and nitrogen-fixing native plant selections will be offered. 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.

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

Growing Your Own Food: Planning Your Home Vegetable Garden & Starting Seeds

with Will Bridges and Diane Walden
Saturday, May 6
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In this introductory class, staff horticulturists and longtime veggie growers Will Bridges and Diane Walden will help you decide what type of garden would be best for you and your home situation. They will describe different types of home garden approaches such as raised beds, containers, and traditional rows, and will introduce you to important planning considerations such as site exposure and drainage. They will go over essential garden tools and explain how to prepare new areas for planting, assess your soil conditions, and improve your soil for growing vegetables. They’ll discuss some soil amendment methods, including the how and why of composting. The basics of garden design and layout will be covered and students will be given tips and sources on how to develop their own site plans. Will and Diane will suggest favorite vegetable selections that work well for coastal Maine gardens, how to get them, and when to start different kinds of seeds. To wrap up the session, each student will be given a plug tray, 3 inch pots, and a selection of seeds so participants can “get growing.” Weather permitting, the group will assist with early seed sowing in the Burpee Kitchen Garden.

Soil Science for Gardeners

with Dr. Lois Berg Stack
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn the basic properties and functions of soils in this class for the ecologically-minded grower. A fundamental understanding of soil is critical to selecting well-adapted native plants for different situations, or choosing soil amendments that will mimic the natural community conditions needed by suites of native plants. Lois will explain soil texture, chemistry, water-holding capacity and why they are important for plants.

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

Introduction to Bee Lining

with Erin MacGregor-Forbes
Tuesday, May 9
1 – 4 p.m.
at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

“Bee Lining” or bee hunting is an activity older even than beekeeping, with the first written descriptions of the methods for finding the nest of a wild bee colony written by a Roman farmer in the first century A.D. Bee Lining is a delightful outdoor activity in which the “hunter” finds, temporarily captures, feeds, and then releases individual wild bees and follows them back to their residence. This workshop will introduce participants to the basic bee biology and behaviors which allow us to understand how to effectively track individuals as they “make a bee line” back to their nest. We will begin with an illustrated lecture and overview at the Gardens, and then proceed as a group and conduct a hands-on “hunt” on the grounds.

Selecting Native Herbaceous Plants for the Maine Garden

with Bill Cullina
Friday, May 12 and Friday, July 21
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 (May 12) and one day later in the season (July 21) 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.

Making Hypertufa Pots

with Denise Sawyer
Friday, May 12
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Get ready to get messy! Learn how to create your own “hypertufa” pot at the Gardens. Hypertufa is made of a lightweight mix of materials that simulate a natural, porous, limestone rock called “tufa.” The mix is easily molded into durable, textured outdoor planters that look like stone but are deceptively lightweight and portable. Denise will describe what types of plants are best suited to grow in hypertufa, and how best to care for your new pot. Bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves and an old, large t-shirt for a smock.

Birding by Ear

with Bob Duchesne
Saturday, May 13
2 - 5 p.m.

It’s easier than you think. Just six quick tips will demystify how the experts identify birds instantly by their songs. For newcomers, it’s a great chance to learn a new skill. For experienced birders hoping to brush up, it’s a great refresher course. This course will take place out on the Gardens’ grounds and in the classroom, so dress prepared to hit the trails!

Growing Your Own Food: Planting and Tending Your Vegetables

with Will Bridges and Diane Walden
Saturday, May 13
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The “how-to” of creating your vegetable garden continues as Diane and Will explain when to plant each kind of vegetable crop. They will give you a planting time chart, review of average frost dates to be aware of, and discuss the difference in timing between planting a coastal vs. inland garden. Will and Diane will show you how to care for your plants once they’re in with a review of watering techniques, the pros and cons of various mulches, and identifying and managing weeds. Site plans that individuals have worked on will also be reviewed. Participants will then head outdoors to practice various planting techniques for different vegetables.

Certificate in the Botanical Arts Enrollment and Orientation Session

Monday, May 15
10 a.m. - noon
Education Center

Our Certificate in the Botanical Arts program at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offers a broad palette of botanically inspired classes. Enrolled students select courses that suit their artistic interests, and work toward certification through completion of course hours and final project. Learn more about this program and decide if this creative curriculum inspires you!

Photography Club

Every other Thursday
May 18 – September 21
7-9 a.m.
Photo Club is for Gardens members only

If you love photography and enjoy talking with other enthusiasts, this club is for you! This year photo club will include mentoring sessions, discussion groups and critiques as well as the peace of having the gardens to yourself while the eastern light rises over the Great Lawn for two hours each morning. Gates open at 7:00 for members on ten scheduled Thursdays throughout the summer. Benefits include early bird class registration for Photography classes and eligibility to enter the annual juried exhibition.

There are no rain days for Photo Club, please come prepared for the weather.

A Life Well Lived: The Art and Gardens of Monet’s Giverny

with Vanessa Nesvig
Friday, May 19
11 a.m.

Monet’s life at Giverny was full of love for painting, gardening, family, friends and food. Some would say the pillars of a life well lived. But for Monet, this life wasn’t necessarily according to plan. It grew out of unfortunate circumstances, hard work and relentless creative impulses. Part art and garden history lecture, Nesvig will talk about how art and garden informed each other, how he created his world at Giverny and why it continues to be an inspiration for so many.

This class counts toward the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Seedling Rescue!

with Bill Cullina
Monday, May 22
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Countless thousands of seedlings sprout up under our varied plantings each spring. Participants will gather these desirable "volunteers" before they get weeded. Bill will begin with a lecture on seedling care and handling, plus the best potting mixes, containers, and fertilizers. Then he'll lead the class through the Gardens on the great seedling rescue mission! Go home with dozens of new ornamental seedlings to transplant to your own garden.

The Great Tulip Rescue

Members only - $25 per person
Reserve your spot for no charge - no payment due until the date is confirmed. Contact Melissa Cullina to reserve your spot.

Get ready for Tulip mania! Once our 38,000 beauties are past their prime, the bulbs are removed to make way for colorful annual displays. We're offering a hands-on opportunity to work with our horticulture staff to dig up the bulbs in preparation for new plantings. You'll learn about the many varieties of bulbs and leave with a bag of tulip bulbs for you to plant in your own garden in the fall. The date for this even will be determined by Mother Nature and will be confirmed by late May. Reserve your spot now. Everyone on the reservation list will be contacted with the date information. We'll take payment at that time.

Please contact Melissa Cullina at (207) 633-8030 to reserve your spot today.

Container Garden Compositions

with Irene Barber
Friday, June 2
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In this workshop, Irene will cover tried-and-true methods for composing successful and highly productive container gardens. She’ll cover important elements to plan for, including spacing of plants, potting mix ratio, and container type. She’ll also discuss various design strategies for containers, such as using collective groupings to create a garden effect - perfect for porches, patios or front entrances. Under Irene’s careful tutelage, students will compose their own beautiful container garden to take home. All materials included.

Garden Arts Club

First Wednesday of the Month
2 - 4 p.m.

This group will meet every first Wednesday during the summer to paint together in the gardens. Enjoy meeting other painters who are interested in bettering their plein air skills and share your triumphs and trials of working outdoors. Facilitated by staff painter Vanessa Nesvig, each session will include some time for critique. These days are designed to get you out painting with others who share your interests and to get feedback in a nurturing environment.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Shinrin-yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing

with Tracey Hall
Thursday, June 8
9 – 11 a.m.

Discover the health-boosting benefits of moving slowly and mindfully through the forest. This guided walk consists of a series of invitations, in which participants slow down and open their senses, while interacting with the natural world. Enhance your health, wellness, and happiness during this easy walk that covers less than one mile in two hours.

Growing Your Own Food: Getting the Maximum Yield from your Garden Space

with Syretha Brooks and Anna Leavitt
Saturday, June 10
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join staff horticulturists and “locavores” Syretha Brooks and Anna Leavitt for a workshop on how to get the maximum yield from your established garden space. Together they will describe how to water, thin, prune and pinch back your plants to maximize yield. They will explain why it’s important to practice crop rotation, showing examples of possible garden plans and how they could differ each year. They’ll describe how to get the most from a small garden space through companion planting (interplanting) and succession planting, and will take time to explain how to put in support systems used for growing trailing plants, like tomatoes, beans and peas, efficiently. Finally, join them on a walk through the gardens to see how CMBG horticulturists incorporate vegetable plantings among ornamentals.

The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany

with Lauren Stockwell
Tuesday-Thursday, June 13-15
10 am - 3 p.m.

In this course with Lauren Stockwell at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 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 Programs in Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture and Botanical Arts, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Annual Garden Symposium: Designing Your Signature Maine Landscape

with Bill Cullina, Jan Johnsen and Bruce Riddell
Friday, June 16
10 am – 3 p.m.
Education Center

Zealous gardeners take note! This June, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens brings you three acclaimed speakers, landscapers and garden writers to share their passion for sustainability and natural Maine systems. Join us for a day celebrating the beauty of the Maine landscape – and be inspired to add native plants and design to your own garden.

Includes continental breakfast, box lunch, and Gardens admission.

Hydrangeas Demystified: Great Hydrangeas and Tips for Exceptional Flowering

with Kerry Ann Mendez
Saturday, June 17
1 – 3:30 p.m.

Unravel the mystery for having hydrangeas that will be the envy of the neighborhood! This vast genus of shrubs is divided into five groups; learn the differences and how to maximize the show from each. Kerry will also show you top-performing cultivars, and how to care and prune these beauties.

Botanical Pop-Up Books

with Rebecca Goodale
Tuesday, June 20
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Relax and have fun making a pop-up book about your favorite plants. You will learn five pop-up techniques that will each lend themselves to the expression of botanical forms. We will provide an opportunity for you to wander in the garden for inspiration. You will leave with a 10 page paperback book filled with paper flowers and a lifetime of ideas.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Field Identification of Mosses and Liverworts

with Ralph Pope
Wednesday-Friday, June 21-23
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn to identify mosses (including Sphagnum mosses) and liverworts. Sessions will focus on field and laboratory identification using the various habitats of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens as our field site. This course is intended for beginners and intermediates. Some experience with vascular plant identification and the use of keys will be helpful, but is not required. Please bring a hand lens if you have one.

This class is an elective of our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone.

The Art of Flower Photography

with Kathleen Clemons
Saturday, June 24
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If your flower photographs are less than spectacular, this is the workshop for you! Kathleen will show you the equipment and techniques she uses to create her beautiful flower portraits. You’ll learn about the best light for photographing flowers, how to choose and isolate a subject, the best backgrounds, and how to simplify your compositions and see beyond the obvious. Part of the class will be hands on in the gardens.

Drawing and Painting Owls

with Katie Lee
Monday-Friday, June 26-June30
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There are many species of Owls found here in Maine such as the Barred Owl, the Great Horned Owl, each with its own unique character and drawing and painting challenges. Photographs will be used to understand and observe accurately the owl’s structure, pigment patterns, feather textures, and eye detail, the most engaging part of any owl. A variety of techniques will be practiced to render the details of these fascinating birds.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Growing Your Own Food: A Healthy Vegetable Garden - Managing Pests & Diseases Organically

with Irene Barber
Saturday, July 8
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In this summer session, Gardens' educator Irene Barber will show you ways to manage your now-thriving garden and prevent it from falling victim to pests and diseases. At the top of the agenda will be the basic differences between organic and conventional gardening. We will cover concepts and practices that are applied to Integrated Pest Management, such as biodiversity, companion planting, mechanical methods including watering practices, and the use of crop rotation for healthy plants. Finally, we’ll learn which diseases and pests are of most concern in Maine, such as tomato blights, potato beetles and squash borers, with practical advice on how to manage and avoid them without spraying.

Introduction to Writing Nature Poetry: The Haiku

with Kristen Lindquist
Tuesday, July 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The centuries-old Japanese haiku has become one of the most universally popular poetic forms, in part because of its simplicity: in English, usually three, unrhymed lines totaling 17 syllables. In this introductory workshop we will look at the long tradition of haiku as nature poem and spend time in the gardens reading classic haiku and writing our own short poems. This non-critical class is meant to encourage your own writing using the natural surroundings as inspiration.

SCULPTURE at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

with June LaCombe
Wednesday, July 12
3 p.m.

This lively slide lecture by June LaCombe will look at past exhibitions, additional sculptures by the artists in the CMBG collection, and review siting considerations of placing sculpture on the landscape. This is an opportunity to learn more about the artists, sculpture materials, logistics in moving, and considerations for selecting sculpture for your garden. Reception to follow.

From Seed to Tree: A Propagation Workshop

with Michael Dirr
Thursday, July 13
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

According to award-winning woody plant expert Michael Dirr, “The art and science of plant propagation should be part of every gardener’s lexicon.” During this morning workshop, Dr. Dirr will lead you through hands-on propagation activities including seed collection and preparation, softwood and hardwood cuttings, along with demonstrations of grafting, budding, layering, stooling, and tissue culture. Come and share the joy of reproducing plants for your garden and for sharing with friends.

This class is an elective of our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone.

Gone Wild: Maine Wildflowers in Watercolors

with Hillary Parker
Monday and Tuesday, July 17 and 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Be inspired by Maine's bounty of wildflowers and come join award-winning naturalist and botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for her 2- day workshop focusing on nature's "roadside beauties"! This fun and challenging workshop is open to all skill levels for students with previous drawing and watercolor experience. Students will create informative and delicate botanical studies using graphite and watercolors, while also being challenged to develop, build upon, and master skills in observation, drawing, composition and watercolor techniques such as washes and dry brush detail work. Please note that Hillary will be proving all art materials for use in the workshop, and there is a $10 watercolor paper fee.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Tree Identification: Why Make it Difficult?

with Michael Dirr
Friday, July 14
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Woody plant expert Michael Dirr will teach simple approaches for identifying difficult species. He’ll explain how asking the right questions starts the process of elimination, until a logical conclusion is reached. For example, all species in the genus Cercis (redbud) have similar leaf arrangement, leaf shape, flower, fruit and winter bud structure. When the plant in question is recognized as Cercis, then the use of identification keys, local experts, and extension staff can finalize the identity. The workshop will take place in both in the classroom and out in the Gardens.

This class is an elective of our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone.

Introduction to Meditation

with Nancy Kelley
Saturday, July 22
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Explore meditation and mindfulness in a beautiful setting. Join us to learn how daily practice can transform your physical, mental and spiritual health and how to initiate and cultivate your own meditation practice. Please bring a cushion to sit on and a blanket (chairs will also be available if needed). Co-sponsored with MaineGeneral Health Prevention and Healthy Living. To register, call 872-4102 or visit www.mainegeneral.coursestorm.com

Natural Communities of Maine

with Ted Elliman
Thursday and Friday, July 27 and 28
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cosponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society

A truly comprehensive understanding of native plant materials must necessarily include an understanding of how native plants behave in their natural habitats. In Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ two-day introduction to the natural communities of Maine ecologist Ted Elliman will introduce students to several of Maine’s characteristic assemblages of plants, their defining physical environments, and the natural processes that affect them. In the classroom and in the field, students will learn the differences between community types such as salt marshes, red maple swamps, northern hardwood forests, bogs, and floodplain forests. Ted will also cover some of the common plants that occur in each natural community type, and what plant adaptations are a key to competing successfully in the various communities.

The primary reference for this course will be Natural Landscapes of Maine: a Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems by Susan Gawler and Andrew Cutko. Bring a lunch, sturdy shoes that can get wet, and your sense of adventure for this not-to-be missed learning experience.

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

Sumi-e Asian Brush Painting

with Frederica Marshall
Saturday, July 29
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Explore sumi-e with Master Brush Painter Frederica Marshall. Basic brushstrokes, composition, and the philosophy of this ancient art will be taught. Subjects include bamboo (the traditional subject to learn brush loading and value control) and Maine landscape painting. Ink, watercolor and handmade brushes will flow on washi paper. Art materials supplied- the ink does not wash out of clothing! Feel the stream of wind off the tip of the brush!

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

The Playful Colored Pencil

with Carol Ann Morley
Monday and Tuesday, July 31- August 1
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn to color the natural world with this playful medium. Find out how the versatile colored pencil can produce so many different effects. Blend rich colors for velvety petals. Scratch into layers of pigment to create deep textures. Burnish the pencil pigment for glossy leaves. Impress into the paper surface to produce fine engraved delicate lines. Sample papers that are dark, textured and colorful and see how the different toned backgrounds can help illuminate or emphasize the subject you have chosen to portray.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Creating Decorative Sugar Flowers

with Patricia Moroz
Thursday, August 3
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

During this fun and relaxed course, each student will learn to create a variety of beautiful and realistic edible sugar flowers, including hydrangeas, daisies and gardenias. These can be used on cakes, cookies, cupcakes and just about any baked goods! Each student will be provided a fresh cake covered with icing and fondant to decorate with flowers they make during the class. No previous experience is required and all tools and materials will be provided. Please bring an apron and wear comfortable clothes!

Garden Therapy

with Irene Barber
Friday, August 4
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Did you know that gardening can improve well-being and reduce stress? In this guided experience in our Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, Irene will explain what “Garden Therapy” is, and how it can help you! She’ll explain the many health benefits of gardening, and teach you uncomplicated ways to make it a part of your healthy lifestyle. Using all your senses, tour through our glorious summer gardens, and learn how to maximize the enjoyment and benefits of gardening at home!

Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine

with Melissa Cullina
Tuesday-Thursday, August 8-10
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Interested in gardening with Maine’s native plants? First, come and meet them in their wild habitats! During this intensive three-day course with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ staff botanist, Melissa Cullina, students will learn how to recognize 50 (or more!) frequent coastal Maine plant species. Beginning with an introduction to basic plant identification skills, terminology, and botanical names, Melissa will then lead you through the Gardens grounds and on forays around the region. Bring a bag lunch, water, and a hand lens if you have one; and be prepared to walk on trails.

While this is one of the core classes for the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, it is open to everyone.

Butterflies, Caterpillars and the Plants That Feed Them

with Andy Brand
Friday, August 11
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

There are over 110 species of butterflies that call Maine home. Butterflies not only add color and grace to our gardens, they are also valuable pollinators of many plant species. Join Andy and learn which plants will attract butterflies to your yards along with the host plants on which eggs are laid and caterpillars eat. All things butterflies will be discussed from their remarkable lifecycle as well as how to identify some of the commonly encountered species. Following a slide presentation Andy will lead participants on a leisurely walk through the Garden and highlight plants valuable to butterflies and identify any species flying about.

This class is an elective of our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone.

Growing Your Own Food: Getting the Most from Your Vegetable Harvest - Food Preservation Methods

with Patty Watson and Sharmon Provan
Saturday, August 12
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

As harvest-time begins, you won’t want to miss this workshop on how to enjoy your garden’s bounty all through the winter. Staff horticulturists Patty Watson and Sharmon Provan will teach you how to make the most of our well-earned harvest by demonstrating ways to preserve and store our garden vegetables and herbs. They will cover the specifics of root-cellaring and drying in the classroom, and canning, pickling, freezing, and making preserves in the kitchen. Participants will learn cooking and drying techniques and about food safety issues.

Birds and Botany of Hog Island

with Bill Cullina, Melissa Cullina, and Steve Kress
Thursday – Sunday, August 24-27
Prices include all meals, lodging and transportation to Hog Island

Join National Audubon’s Steve Kress and CMBG's Melissa and Bill Cullina for a special workshop featuring the botany and birds of Audubon’s magnificent Hog Island. The cool headwaters of Muscongus Bay and more than 100 years of protection have favored the growth of one of Maine’s most pristine spruce-fir forests. On this 300 acre sanctuary, you will find a dense moss ground cover and towering conifers interspersed by sphagnum bogs, meadows of hay-scented ferns and a rocky shoreline interspersed by sand beaches. The program includes practical methods for improving backyard gardens for birds using native plants, forest ecology and botany walks through the Hog Island forest, and a seabird cruise to Eastern Egg Rock. This class counts towards elective credits for our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture program, but it is open to everyone..

Flora of Indiantown Island

with Melissa Cullina
Wednesday, September 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Co-sponsored with Boothbay Region Land Trust

Explore and “botanize” along the trails and shorelines of Indiantown Island on this excursion with CMBG botanist Melissa Cullina. Melissa will teach you about the plants adapted to life on the island, and will describe how understanding the island’s flora contributes to CMBG’s new collaborative project to document the flora of the Mid-coast region. Please bring a life jacket, hat, and hand lens (if you have one – we will have extras) and pack a lunch. Meet at the Knickerkane Island boat launch on Barter’s Island Road. Boat transportation to island provided by BRLT. Please contact the Boothbay Region Land Trust to register.

Horticultural Ecology

with Bill Cullina
Thursday and Friday, September 7 and 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens class, also part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants & Horticulture, is subtitled “Biological Interactions of Garden Plants and Environment.” In this class you’ll delve into topics of how plants interact with their garden environment. Topics instructor Bill Cullina will cover include specific adaptations to environmental condition and interrelationships between garden plants and their surrounding biotic and abiotic influences. He’ll also discuss concepts such as competition, symbiosis, parasitism, pollination, and dispersal.

While this is a core course in the Certificate program, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Growing Your Own Food: Late-Season Plantings & Putting the Garden to Bed

with Diane Walden and Jen Dunlap
Saturday, September 9
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In the final series workshop, staff horticulturists Diane Walden and Jen Dunlap will explain how to extend the life of your garden with additional late-season plantings, row covers, cold frames and hoop houses. They’ll also explain which crops can be left in the ground to harvest last, and discuss how to save seeds and plan for next year’s garden. They’ll show how the garden may be cleaned up and protected for the winter. Applicable cover crops will be discussed. An overview of local food banks and their community value will be emphasized. We’ll close out the session sowing some late season crops.

Nature to Soul: Plein Air Watercolor Painting

with Jill Hoy
Sunday, September 17
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Every person has a signature set of gestures, instincts and ways of seeing the world. In this is plein air class we will interpret what we see into painting, decisively simplifying first, then adding gestural detail. We will be strengthening our ability to see rhythm, form, composition, light. After demonstrating, Jill will have you choose a vantage point you wish to work from. Be open to working on two paintings. Student may use watercolor or gouache. Supply list will be sent.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Sustainable Horticultural Practices

with Irene Barber and Gary Fish
Thursday and Friday, September 21 and 22
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our landscape practices affect the balance of our ecosystem above and below the soil surface and the quality of our waters. In this two-day intensive course at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens you will learn how to apply ecologically safe gardening practices to existing landscapes and garden beds. Topics covered will include different methods of composting and other eco-friendly soil amendment techniques, alternatives to pesticides and herbicides, responsible acquisition of native plant materials and other techniques that follow low-impact practices to our natural surroundings.

This course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.

Paper Flowers: Dahlias and Double Tulips

with Amity Beane
Saturday, September 30
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Engage your botanical muse with this meditative hand craft. Learn several techniques in paper flower making during this full day studio workshop. Join artist Amity Beane as she teaches how to dip-dye floristic crepe and make paper dahlias and double tulips. Choose from papers from Amity’s collection to learn batch cutting, shaping, and gluing the flowers, and use studio time to work with your own dyed-in-class papers to create a gorgeous bouquet that is everlasting. A complete supply list will be sent when you register.

This course counts towards the Certificate in Botanical Arts.

Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology

with Ted Elliman
Thursday and Friday, October 5 and 6
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What’s all the fuss? Invasive plant species have been getting a lot of bad lip service from botany, ecology, horticulture, and conservation professionals alike. Join Ted Elliman, Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, to find out why. In this two-day course, Ted will introduce you to the basic ecological problems surrounding these aggressive and tenacious plants. He’ll delve into the complicated (and sometimes political) issues surrounding invasive plant species, including the process by which a plant becomes labeled “invasive.” Finally, Ted will introduce you to some of New England’s most common invasive species through images, specimens and short local field visits. Please bring lunch, a hand lens, water, and warm, sturdy clothes to go afield for short forays.
This class is co-sponsored with the New England Wild Flower Society.

While this is a core course in the Certificate program, it is open to everyone, subject to availability.

Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden

with Justin Nichols
Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The use of native woody plants in a horticultural setting will be the topic of this combination classroom and in-garden course for second-year students in Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture. During this, the final class in this two-year program, staff horticulturist Justin Nichols will introduce students to native trees, shrubs, and vines to use in different horticultural settings based on their habitat preferences in nature. Recommended species, cultivars and sources of materials will be covered. To see authentic examples of woody plants in natural and landscaped settings, Justin will take the class on short forays into the Gardens and locally.

This course is part of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture but is open to all, subject to availability.