Introduction to Sustainable Gardening
April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesdays, April 25 & May 2, 3-5 p.m.
Growing plants can be truly fulfilling, yet at times a bit overwhelming. Both new and seasoned gardeners constantly experience successes and challenges and realize learning curves along the way. In an effort to reduce some costly or aggravating trial-and-error, join us for some guidance and insight into horticulture. This class will provide practical information about sustainable gardening and will include an overview of plant biology, adaptation, habit, and cultivation. We’ll discuss soils, pesky problems, environmental and ecological factors, low-input management, and much more. The goal of this two-part online class is to help all plant lovers feel more confident in growing plants successfully, sustainably, and in abundance. While this class is a part of our adult education offerings, it is open to advanced younger students, ages 14 and older.
Dr. Sonja Birthisel is an educator, community organizer, and environmental scientist based in Orono, ME. She has taught numerous courses in the Sustainable Agriculture and Ecology and Environmental Sciences programs at the University of Maine, including Plant Science, Cropping Systems, and Environmental Horticulture Capstone. Her areas of research expertise include non-chemical weed management and climate change impacts to agricultural systems. She is passionate about education and greatly enjoys facilitating workshops for beginning gardeners.