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Staff Favorite Flowering Plants – early September

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Norweb Main Entrance Garden:
Clematis ‘Zorero’ (I am Red Robin Clematis)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (Panicle Hydrangea)

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Aconitum uncinatum (Blue Monkshood)
*Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ (Garden Phlox)
Pycnanthemum muticum (Mountain-mint)

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and Great Lawn Gardens:
Echinacea spp. (Coneflowers)
Helenium hybrida ‘Helbro’ (Mardi Gras Sneezeweed)
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’ (Rose Mallow)
Hylotelephium ‘Vera Jameson’ (Stonecrop)
Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’ (Bigleaf Ligularia)
*Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’ and P. ‘David’ (Garden Phlox)
Oryza sativa ‘Black Madras’ (Ornamental Rice)
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-eyed Susan)

Rose & Perennial Garden:
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’ (Larkspur)
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (Sunflower)
Hylotelephium ‘T. Rex’ (Stonecrop)
Rosa ‘BAImas’ (Pinktopia Rose)
Rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne’ (Autumn Sun Coneflower)
Silphium terebinthinaceum var. pinnatifidum (Cut-leaf Prairie Dock)

Haney Hillside Garden:
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ (Sunflower)
*Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)

Cleaver Event Lawn Garden:
Helenium ‘Red Jewel’ (Sneezeweed)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Interhydia’ (Pink Diamond Panicle Hydrangea)
Hydrangea ‘Dvppinky’ (Pinky Winky Hydrangea)
Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Schubert’ (Garden Phlox)
Solidago ‘Dansolitlem’ (Little Lemon Goldenrod)

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Allium tuberosum (Chinese Chives)
Helianthus spp. (Sunflowers)
Ipomoea spp. (Sweat-peas, especially ‘Almost Black’)
Lactuca spp. (Lettuces)
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’ (Pincushion Flower)
Sorghum (Broomcorn)

Alfond Children’s Garden and Terrace Loop Garden:
Agastache spp. (Hummingbird-mints, Hyssops)
Coreopsis tripteris (Tall tickseed)
Gentiana clausa (Bottle Gentian)
Helenium ‘Red Jewel’ (Sneezeweed)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ (Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea)
Liatris ligulistylis (Blazing Star)

*Shown above, Giles Rhododendron Garden

Drawing Butterflies and Moths with Katie Lee

Learning to Render Butterflies and Moths with Katie Lee

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Renowned botanical and wildlife artist Katie Lee spent a week here in August at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens teaching participants how to study and render butterflies and moths with pencil, ink and watercolors. Lee teaches in New York City at NYBG and worldwide and has illustrated award-winning children’s books.

Here are a few images of the class’ intricate, beautiful work from the week. Give us a call in Education if you’d be interested in taking a class like this with Lee in the future, (207) 633-4333.

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What's in Bloom

What’s in Bloom this Week

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Entry Walk:
xDigiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’
Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed
Cestrum sp.
Begonia boliviensis
Chamanthium latifolium – Northern Sea Oats

Great Lawn:
Echinacea cultivars
Anigozanthos flavidus – Kangaroo Paws
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’
Salvia confertiflora
Oriza sativa ‘Black Madras’

Lerner Garden of The 5 Senses:
Ligularia ‘Othello’
Phlox ‘David’ and Phlox ‘Danielle’
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ – Sneezeweed
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ – Black Eyed Susan
Sedum ‘Vera Jameson’
Lobelia cardinalis and siphilitica – “red and blue cardinal flower”

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden:
Gentiana clausa
Helenium ‘Red Jewel’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodthree’
Rosa ‘Balshue’ – Roses
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Alstromeria ‘Sweet Laura’
Acanthus spinosus
Hydrangea macrophylla cvs. (shown above)

Haney Hillside:
Heliopsis ‘Lemon Queen’
Lobelia cardinalis “cardinal flower”
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart

Rose & Perennial Garden:
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Hylotelephium ‘T. Rex’
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’
Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Rhododendron x ‘Cunningham’s White’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne Cranesbill
Hosta ‘Catherine Lewis’
Allium ‘Millennium’

Daily Garden Activities for Children

A Garden for Children

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

There it is, as you approach the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. A chalkboard easel beckons from the entrance with its list of handwritten daily events, ones that take place each summer day in and among lush plantings, winding stone paths, a frog and fish-filled pond, neat vegetable garden rows, and the watery hiss of somnolent-looking whales. Children and their grown-ups pour in and out of this garden every and all day, tearing through the pathways, smiles wide, touching and clambering over stones and a small wooden bridge, taking inventory of the new or familiar, twirling zestfully in this spirited place at their scale. The energy of discovery and delight is palpable; it’s around each corner and curve and just out of sight. Parents stroll and rest and smile with gratitude that this garden is built with their children and grandchildren (and them) in mind. It’s inventive, thought-filled, natural and brimming with fun. The never-go-hungry pair of chickens know this is the place to be!

Make your own Botanical Art

Make your own Botanical Art

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Botanical artists carefully observe the plants they illustrate. As part of our current exhibit by the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) we have this interactive exhibit activity by The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont located in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Look closely at a leaf as you make your own drawing – and you can try this at home with a light box, tracing paper and a pencil. A loupe or magnifying glass is very helpful to find the more intricate details of a leaf or flower.

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MilkweedAsclepias sp. Milkweed, watercolor, by Ruth Ann Wetherby Frattasio of NESBA, on display in the Bosarge Family Education Center until September 30, 2014.

What's in Bloom

What’s in Bloom This Week

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Entry Walk
Begonia cucullata var. cucullata ‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’
Coleus ‘Wasabi’
Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’
Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’
Cynara cardunculus ‘Florist Candy’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

Great Lawn
Echinacea cultivars – Coneflower
Salvia confertiflora
Eupatorium purpureum – Joe pye weed
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’
Anigozanthos – Kangaroo Paw

Rose and Perennial Garden
Agastache cana ‘Rosita’
Agastache ‘Black Adder’
Coreopsis tripteris
Salvia ‘Rasberry Delight’ – Sage
Duranta erecta ‘Sapphire Showers’

Lerner Garden of The Five Senses
Begonia boliviensis in baskets
Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ – Black Eyed Susan
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ – Shasta Daisy
Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’
Lobelia siphilitica and L. cardinalis – Blue Cardinal Flower and Red Cardinal Flower
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ – Sneezeweed
Rainbow Knock Out roses
Phlox ‘David’

Cleaver Event Lawn
Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ – Grape-Leaf Anemone
Stenanthium gramineum – “eastern featherbells”
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ – Coneflower
Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Shubert’
Hydrangea ‘Sweet Summer’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’
Clethra acuminata – Cinnamon Clethra

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Allium senescens var. glaucum
Daphne x transatlantica ‘Blafra’
Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’
Alstroemeria ‘Sweet Laura’
Allium tuberosum

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne cranesbill
Hosta ‘Katherine Lewis’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

shown above: Calendula – French Marigold

Echinacea - coneflower

What’s in Bloom this Week

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Entry Walk:
Digiplexis
Asclepias currassavica – tropical milkweed
Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’
Chasmanthium latifolium – northern sea oats
Begonia ‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’

Great Lawn and Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Hemerocallis – daylilies
Phlox
Helenium – sneeze weed
Rudbeckia – black-eyed Susan
Lobelia cardinalis – cardinal flower
Lobelia siphilitica – blue Lobelia
Echinacea – coneflower – shown above, with two pollinators!
Coreopsis – tickseed
Anigozanthos – kangaroo paw

Haney Hillside:
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ – sunflower
Viburnum Iantanoides
Lobelia cardinalis

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden:
Liatris pycnostachya
Allium ‘Pink Planet’
Buddleia Davidii ‘Adokeep’ – butterfly bush
Lobelia Cardinalis
Gentiana ‘True Blue’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Calendula officinalis
Helianthus ‘Earthwalker’ – sunflower
Agastache ‘Tutti Frutti’
Zinnia elegans ‘Lilac Emperor’
Gomphrena haageana ‘Qis Orange’

Rose & Perennial Gardens:
Verbena bonariensis
Rosa ‘Balmas’
Calicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’
Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘Katherine Lewis’
Benthmedia Japonica ‘Wolf Eyes’ Dogwood, not blooming, but looks gorgeous!
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ – rozanne cranesbill

Pollinators in the Gardens

Pollinators in the Gardens: CMBG Photo Club exhibit 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The spectacular display of the flowers at the Gardens is really all for the pollinators (in the biological sense!). Revel in the intricate relationship between flower and pollinator in this engaging presentation by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Photo Club members. This photography exhibit “Pollinators in the Gardens” is on display in the Resource Room of the Visitor Center until September 30, 2014. Here are some images of this lively exhibit.

Pollinators in the Gardens: Photo Club

Asclepias curassavica

What’s in Bloom this Week

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Entry Walk:
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’
Osteospermum – African Daisies
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed (shown above)

Great Lawn:
Echinacea – Coneflower
Coreopsis – Tickseed
Anigozanthos – Kangaroo Paw

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Anemonopsis macrophylla
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisies
Gentiana ‘True Blue’
Monarda – Bee Balm
Lillium ‘Golden Stargazer’, ‘Stargazer’ and ‘Silk Road’

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ – Sunflower
Angelica gigas
Echinacea ‘Balsomed’ – Coneflower
Echinacea ‘Magnus’ – Coneflower
Astillbe chinensis var taquetii ‘Superba’

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Spigelia marilandica
Geranium ‘Sue Craig’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Inula magnifica ‘Gold in Spring’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’

Kitchen Garden:
Potato and Lettuce flowering, several cultivars
Calendula – Pot Marigold, several cultivars
Amaranthus several cultivars
Helianthus – Sunflowers, several cultivars
Ipomoea purpurea – Morning Glory; several cultivars
Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica – ‘Irish Poet’ Tasssel Flower
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden:
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Gentian ‘True Blue’
Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’ Cone-fections Coneflower
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisy
Hibiscus – Blue Chiffon Rose-of-Sharon
Ligularia Japonica – Japanese Ligularia
Allium – Ornamental Onion
Lonicera sempervirens – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Tunica saxifraga – Tunic Flower
Liatris ‘Prairie Blazing Star’ – Gayfeather

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ plantain lily
Lobelia cardensis ‘cardinal flower’
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A. G. Annabelle’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ Rozanne Cranesbill

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Aconitum uncinatum
Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’

NESBA

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA: AN EXHIBIT OF NATIVE NEW ENGLAND PLANT PORTRAITS by NESBA

Monday, August 4th, 2014

We are very fortunate to have the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) “From the Mountains to the Sea” exhibit open here this week at its 6th and final venue, the Bosarge Family Education Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay ME. Everyone is invited to the reception Saturday August 9, 5-7 pm. There will be a live botanical artist demonstration by NESBA and Maine artist Kate MacGillivary at 2 p.m. The exhibit will be on view from August 1 through September 30.

NESBA works to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England. The Society educates individuals and organizations about botanical art and illustration through exhibits, lectures, workshops, and outreach programs.

Through its art, NESBA emphasizes New England plant diversity and its preservation, provides a community for artists and illustrators engaged in this challenging discipline, designs forums for meetings and discussions, as well as for camaraderie among other botanical artists, illustrators, scientists and historians.

NESBA - Bosarge Family Education Center
 

Images courtesy: NESBA, New England Society of Botanical Artists
Top image: Asclepius syriaca, Milkweed, Susan Pettee, Massachusetts

View From the Mountains to the Sea NESBA catalog (PDF)
For more information about the art and artists, click here