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Selecting Native Woody Plants

August 30 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Online, Friday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
In-Person, Friday, September 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn about native woody plants that contribute so much to our landscapes and local biodiversity in this two-day hybrid class. Andy Brand, Director of Horticulture at the Gardens, will discuss identification, habitat, and the role woody plants play in plant reproduction and management as hosts for insects, birds, and other wildlife. You’ll leave with recommendations for native species and cultivars and some guidance for cultivation, landscape uses, and soil and light considerations.

Class begins with an online lecture, discussion, and slideshow that is followed by a field-study class at the Gardens a week later.

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced


Suggested Reference: Northeast Native Plant Primer 235 Plants for Earth Friendly Garden, Lorimer, Uli


Instructor Bio:

Andy Brand is the Director of Horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Prior to joining the staff in 2018, he was the nursery manager at Broken Arrow Nursery for over 20 years, where he and his colleagues specialized in growing rare and unusual plants. Andy is an avid naturalist and has focused on the interaction of the insects and native plants of New England. He is a co-founder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.  



August 30
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$140 – $175
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Online / at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537 United States


Andy Brand