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.


Making Festive Holiday Greens

with Diane Walden
Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 8
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kulp Horticulture Building

Back by popular demand! After several years’ hiatus, the Gardens’ own Diane Walden will once again gather a diverse assemblage of greens, ribbons and cones for this festive workshop. Make a swag, wreath, centerpiece or garland to take home. All materials needed to create beautiful designs will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring favorite ornaments or supplies from home, too. Beginners and advanced students alike are welcome. Please bring gloves, pruners and old wreath rings if you have them, along with optional cookies or treats to add to the day’s merriment! Please note: this hands-on workshop will be held in the Kulp Horticulture Building.


Winter Gardens Book Club

With Vanessa Nesvig
2-3:30 p.m.
Education Center

Now that the garden is put to bed, it’s a great time to get to those books you’ve been wanting to read. Join the conversation as we discuss four acclaimed books with plants at their core. Please sign up and read the selection, then come on the specified date to discuss the book while enjoying coffee and treats. This year, we will meet in the Education Center.

December 11:
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson
Lauded in the early 1800’s, Dr. David Hosack has been largely forgotten until now. Physician to Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, Hosack was driven by the idea of creating America’s first botanical garden in order to grow and test all the new botanical specimens found in the New World. Living in New York City, his proposed garden would have been right beneath where Rockefeller Center resides today. An irrepressible spirit, Hosack’s passion about plants, medicine and America’s botanical legacy make for entertaining and inspiring reading.

January 8:
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel and How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben

In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: living together, caring for children, communicating and warning others of danger. Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining all the wonders he has observed in his woodland.

February 12:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This book, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, features separate characters whose lives, connected and entangled by trees, are brought together in the end to save the last of a virgin forest in the Northwest. This monumental book, showcasing Powers’ comprehensive research and creativity, combines the most current science and a spirit of innovation that gives hope for our future. Critics are saying that The Overstory “remake[s] the landscape of environmental fiction” and is “a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.”

March 12:
The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species by Carlos Magdalena
Carlos Magdalena talks passionately and humorously about his obsession with plants and how that obsession led him to work with exotic species at Kew Gardens, London. This native of Spain is not your average horticulturist, though, and is on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants. He has travelled to the remotest parts of the globe in search of exotic species to see where and how they grow in the wild. Renowned for his pioneering work, he has committed his life to protecting these plants from manmade ecological destruction and thieves hunting specimens for wealthy collectors.