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Introduction to Native Flora of Maine

August 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday-Friday, August 14-16, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The first step to gardening with Maine’s native plants is meeting them in their wild habitats. Over this three-day in-person class, Melissa Cullina, the Gardens’ Director of Plant Science & Collections, will help students recognize around fifty frequent coastal species. As a staff botanist, Melissa will cover plant identification skills, terminology, and botanical etymology. Through guided walks, both at the Gardens and a Boothbay Region Land Trust property, students will practice skills and collect samples for identification and botanizing native species. 

Level: Intermediate-Advanced 

Students should come with a packed lunch and water, Hand lenses will be available, but we encourage students to have their own.


Suggested reference: The Plants of Acadia National Park, by Glen Mittelhauser, Gregory, Rooney, and Weber,


Instructor Bio:

Melissa Cullina is the Director of Plant Science & Collections for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Formerly a botanist with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, Cullina specializes in aquatic and coastal botany, field identification, and rare species conservation.



August 14
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
$175 – $205
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States


Melissa Cullina