Introduction to Native Flora of Maine
August 5 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Online
Friday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bosarge Family Education Center
Saturday, August 13 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bosarge Family Education Center
The first step to gardening with Maine’s native plants is meeting them in their wild habitats. Over this three-day class, CMBG’s Research Botanist, Melissa Cullina, will help students recognize 50 or more frequent coastal species. After an online introduction covering basic plant identification skills, terminology, and botanical etymology, Melissa will take students on guided walks, both at the Gardens and a Boothbay Region Land Trust property, to practice skills and collect samples for identification and botanizing native species. Students should come with a packed lunch, water, and hand lens, if available, for days two and three of class.
The suggested reference for this course is The Plants of Acadia National Park by Glen H. Mittelhauser, Linda L. Gregory, Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Weber, available for purchase onsite at the Gardens’ Gardenshop.
Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.
Melissa Cullina is the Director of Botanical Research & Herbarium 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.