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.
Fireside Book Club
with Melissa Cullina
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Your garden is put to bed – and now is the perfect time to get cozy by the wood fire with books. Director of Education Melissa Cullina has chosen four diverse books that blend the botanical and the literary – specially chosen for plant and garden enthusiasts! Gather around the Gardens’ fireside one Tuesday per month to discuss the book and enjoy coffee and treats. Please sign up, and then simply read and come to the Visitor Center on the discussion date to share what you’ve experienced through reading each book.
November 8, 2016
All the Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell
This book tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with the plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden. Filled with fascinating details about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the red, white, and green.
December 13, 2016
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.
January 10, 2017
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
Andrea Wulf reveals the forgotten life of the visionary German naturalist whose ideas continue to influence how we view ourselves and our relationship with the natural world today. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) was an intrepid explorer, the most famous scientist of his age, and the forgotten father of environmentalism. Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus; with this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book, she makes clear the fundamental ways that Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world.
The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired our Best-loved Authors by Jackie Bennett
Great things happen in gardens. No one can doubt the importance of the garden in Roald Dahl's life, as it was there that he created James and the Giant Peach. And where would Jane Austen have been if she had never seen a 'walk', an ornamental lake, or a wilderness? Gardens hold a special place in many author's lives. In this book of 18 gardens and 20 writers, the author examines how the poet, writer, novelist derived a creative spirit from their private garden, how they tended and enjoyed their gardens, and how they managed their outdoor space.