Gardening and Horticulture
Gardening and Horticulture

Gardening and Horticulture

Our current selection of Gardening and Horticulture classes and workshops for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

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.

Ina and Lewis Endowed Heafitz Lecture: The Art of Gardening

with Bill Thomas
Thursday, August 31
2 – 4 p.m.

Join Chanticleer's Executive Director and Head Gardener Bill Thomas for a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.” Chanticleer is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture. This is a garden where the staff are the designers, competing with each other and with the horticultural world to make the garden fun, visually exciting, and environmentally responsible. Bill will offer insights on what inspires this special place.

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.