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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

Details on Walks, Talks and Workshops will be added as they are available.

Register this spring for Heather’s Summer Workshop series

Summer 2017, Brooksville, Maine
Collecting and Sowing Native Seeds, a five-session workshop with Heather McCargo

This five part hands-on workshop with Heather McCargo will bring you into the native garden and wild landscapes of Brooksville Maine to learn about native seed propagation, including seed ripening, collection, cleaning, storage and seed sowing. Over the summer and early fall we will sow seeds of the hydrophilic species that must be sown fresh as they ripen, learn about fern propagation, how to set up a native nursery and discuss reading assignments. Be prepared to get your hands deep into a diverse selection of native seeds.

All 5 classes, including materials, are $375.00
Sessions run from 10:00am -1:30pm
Saturday June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21
Please email heather@wildseedproject.net to register.

 

Monday, April 24, Maine Lakes Science Center, Bridgton, Maine

Native Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Details: Maine Lakes

 

Friday, April 28, Payson Park, Rt 90 in Warren, Maine

Early Spring Wildflowers with Heather McCargo
10 am – 12 pm, $5 Wild Seed Project members; $8 non-members
Details and Registration: Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

Explore the woodlands along the river and canal system in Payson Park, a town-owned community park in Warren, Maine. This rich woodland has unusually large displays of early spring ephemerals such as bloodroot, trout
lily, wild hellebore, and, of course, skunk cabbage.

 

Monday, May 1, Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick, Maine

The Topsham Garden Club hosts Heather McCargo for their annual meeting with the theme, “Seed of Success”
For information and reservations, please contact avmarr@tidewater.net, or call (207) 563-1993.

 

Wednesday, May 17, Darmascotta River Preserve

Native plant walk with Heather McCargo
5:30 – 6:45 pm, $8
Details: Damariscotta River Association

 

Friday, May 19, Robinson Woods, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Spring native plant walk in Robinson Woods with Heather McCargo cosponsored with Fort Williams
9:30-11:00 am, $5

The Robinson Woods is a beautiful mature forest with a variety of interesting native plants. This walk will highlight the surprising diversity of native species, including delicate spring wildflowers, ferns, and a variety of native shrubs and trees. Learn which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, as well as the threats to their survival and native plants’ unusual reproductive strategies. Recognizing the native species in our area is the first step to advocating for their preservation. Meet at the gate.

 

Saturday, June 3, Rines Wetlands & Wildlife Preserve, Unity, Maine

Join Heather McCargo for Walk on the Wild Side: Exploring Wild Plants at the Rines Wetlands & Wildlife Preserve
9 am-12:00 pm
Details: Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

 

Sunday, June 4, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine

Native Plant Walk with Heather McCargo
9:30 – 11:00 am
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, June 10, Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Looking for native and invasive plants at Fort Williams with Kelly Corbin of WSP cosponsored with Fort Williams
9:30 -11:00 am, $5

Fort Williams is a fascinating example of how non-native invasive plants take advantage of landscapes disturbed by human actions, and how people can restore those landscapes to better ecological health. We will learn to ID some of these invaders and see how they impact ecosystems, and tour some of the newly established native plantings to see how they are positively impacting the environment.

 

Thursday, July 20, Maine Audubon

Heather McCargo will be speaking at Maine Audubon
Details to follow.

 

Wednesday, June 21, Tom Wessels speaks in Blue Hill, Maine

“Co-evolution: Nature’s Model for Sustainability”
Details: Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. He is the author of numerous books including Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England.

 

Tuesday, June 27, Topsham Public Library, Topsham, Maine

Heather McCargo will be speaking in this series sponsored by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and Cathance River Education Alliance
6-8 pm

 

Tuesday, July 11, Portland Greendrinks event

 

Thursday, July 13, Medicinal Herbs and Pollinators

A tour of Avena Botanicals with Heather McCargo and Deb Soule
9:30-11:30 am, $15 members/$25 non-members

Avena Botanicals’ beautiful garden is both a visual feast and sensory experience. A mixture of native and exotic medicinal herbs from all over the world inhabit this expansive garden which continually buzzes with pollinating bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds. To register, please email info@wildseedproject.net and send via the mail a check with your name, address, telephone, and email address to Wild Seed Project, PO Box 4301, Portland, ME 04101.

 

Tuesday, July 18, Maine Lakes Resource Center, Belgrade Lakes, Maine

 

Thursday, July 20, Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Maine

Native plant walk at Fields Pond Sanctuary cosponsored by Wild Seed Project and Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, July 22, Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary, Alfred, Maine

Join Heather McCargo as she leads a NEWFS field trip to Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Details: New England Wild Flower Society

 

Wednesday, August 9, Snow’s Cove, Sedgwick, Maine

Join Heather McCargo on a field trip to Snow’s Cove. Co-sponsored by WSP and Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

 

Previous Talks and Walks


Tuesday, April 4, Merrysprings Nature Center, Camden, Maine

Join Heather McCargo for a talk about native plants
12:00-1:00 pm
Details: Merrysprings Nature Center

 

Saturday, April 1, Going Native Conference, Harpswell, Maine

Heather McCargo will be presenting at this conference sponsored by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
9:00 am-12:30 pm
Details: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

 

February 13-16, 2017, National Native Seed Conference, Washington D.C.

WSP founder and executive director Heather McCargo will present Wild Seed Project: Grassroots Seed Propagation of New England native plants
Details: Native Seed Conference

 

Tuesday, January 17, Portland Pollinator Partnership, 409 Cumberland Ave, Portland

Going Native in Portland: Using native perennials, shrubs and trees in urban and suburban Portland
5:00-6:00 pm
Free or $5 Suggested Donation
Please RSVP portlandpollinators@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Heather McCargo will give a slide presentation on tough natives plants that can be used in Portland gardens and urban landscapes. These natives are beautiful, resilient and will support many species of pollinating insects and birds. We will look at a variety of recommended plants for different growing conditions from sunny, hot and dry, to wet or shady. She will also discuss issues in the nursery trade with native plants and loss of genetic diversity, and explain easy methods for sowing native seeds.

 

Wednesday, January 25, Maine Audubon in Falmouth

Teacher-training workshop on sowing native seeds
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $25
Details and Registration: Maine Audubon

Sowing native seeds, making seed bombs and studying local wildlife food webs are excellent tools for engaging students and communities in stewardship, citizen science and advocacy, and promoting social and environmental responsibility. Join master propagator and educator, Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project, along with Maine Audubon professional development trainers for a 3-hour workshop (CEUs available) for teachers and community leaders. Workshop participants will learn to sow several varieties of native seeds for no-maintenance winter propagation, make seed bombs and get a sense of what’s available. We’ll also enable further exploration of aligning classroom activities and student products that this work can inspire and support. CEU certificates and scholarships are available.

2016


Thursday, December 8, Resilience Hub

Native Seed Bomb-Making Workshop with Heather McCargo
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Details: Portland Maine Permaculture

 

Tuesday, November 15, Belfast Public Library

Join Heather McCargo for Going Natives: using Maine trees, shrubs and perennials in the landscape, with a simple primer on how to grow native plants from seed. Presented by the Belfast Garden Club.
2:00 pm
Details: Belfast Garden Club

 

Saturday, November 12, Maine Audubon, Falmouth

Seedling sowing workshop with Heather McCargo
9:30 – 11:30 am
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Tuesday, October 25

The Gorham Garden Club hosts an evening with Heather McCargo
7:00 pm

 

Saturday, October 1st, Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick

Native plant walk with Heather McCargo, Presented by Wild Seed Project and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
10:00 – 11:30 am
Details: Crystal Spring Farm

The forest trails at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick is a beautiful piece of woodland with a variety of interesting native plants. In this fall native plant walk, we will learn about some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. Heather will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, the threats to their survival, and inspire you with their unusual reproductive strategies and edible and medicinal properties. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step to advocating for their preservation.

 

September 23rd, 24th, 25th, Common Ground Fair, Unity, Maine

Come find us in the Environmental Concerns tent for seeds, demonstrations, and native fruit and nut samples!
Details: Common Ground Country Fair

 

Wednesday, September 14th, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

Collecting and Sowing Wild Seeds with Heather McCargo
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Details: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

 

Saturday, September 10th, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Wild Seed Project and Maine Audubon present Edible Wild Plants with Russ Cohen
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Details: Maine Audubon

Southern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, wild edibles expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known . . . and Eaten to learn about at least two dozen species of native edible plants to non-native weeds and invasive species. Depending on the weather, several edible mushrooms may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species, preparations methods, and safe guidelines for use and ecologically-responsible foraging will be covered. More details coming soon.

 

Friday, August 5th, Gordon’s Wharf, Sullivan, Maine

Friends of Taunton Bay / Frenchman Bay 2016 Evening Lecture Series present Heather McCargo
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Join Heather McCargo director of Wild Seed Project for a talk on grass root seed propagation of native plants. Gordon’s Wharf in Sullivan is on Wharf Road off Taunton Drive; Taunton Drive is the first road off US Route 1 East of the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge. Wharf Road is the second left off Taunton Drive (across from Track Road on the right). For more information, contact http://friendsoftauntonbay.org

 

Wednesday, August 3rd, Patten Stream Trail, Surry

Native Plant Walk with Heather McCargo
BHHT & WSP Members-Only Event
9:30 am

Join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project for a walk to identify and discuss the native plant species on BHHT’s Patten Stream Trail in Surry. This is a members-only event. If you would like to become a WSP member you may do so in our shop! Reservations for this event are limited, so please reserve your spot by contacting the Blue Hill Heritage Trust office at (207) 374-5118 or info@bluehillheritagetrust.org.

 

Saturday, June 11, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells

Native Plant Walk
9:30 – 11 am
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Thursday, June 16, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Brown bag lunch presentation with Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project
12:00 – 1 pm
Details: Schoodic Institute

 

Wednesday, June 22, Eastern Promenade, Portland

Flowers, Pollinators and the Sex Lives of Plants at Portland’s Eastern Promenade
5:30 – 6:30 pm

The undeveloped parkland at the Eastern Promenade has a variety of native species intertwined with many exotic plants from other parts of the world. In this walk around the wilder edges of the Prom, we will explore the sex lives of plants and learn about the many ways to support pollinators in an urban environment. Meet at the Loring Memorial garden at the northwestern end of the park on Eastern Promenade street near the East End Community School

Details: Portland Trails, Facebook

 

Thursday, June 30, Emlen Hall, Blue Hill

Creating Living Landscapes with Doug Tallamy, renowned entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Suggested donation of $10, $5 seniors and students – all are welcome!

Because our yards and gardens are essential parts of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the environmental, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.

Dr. Tallamy will be speaking at two locations in southern Maine. On Monday, June 27, at the Ogunquit Playhouse (see Wells Reserve for details) and Wednesday, June 29, at Maine Audubon in Falmouth (see Maine Audubon for details).

 

Tuesday, May 24, Robinson Woods, Cape Elizabeth

Native Plant Walk
9:30 – 11 am
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Wednesday, May 18, Cathance River Preserve, Topsham

Native Plant Walk
9:30 – 11 am
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, May 14, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Spring Seed Sowing Workshop and Audubon native plant sale
1 – 2 pm
Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project; Non-members: $15
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, May 14, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Spring Seed Sowing Workshop and Audubon native plant sale
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Members: $10 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project; Non-members: $15
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, April 23, Portland Public Library at Longfellow Square

Makers@PPL 2016: Portland’s Second Maker’s Fair
Details: Portland Public Library

 

Tuesday, April 12, Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library hosted by the Belfast Co-op

Grassroots seed propagation of native plants
6:30 – 8 pm
Free, illustrated presentation about our work and native seed sowing.
Details: Facebook, Penobscot Bay Pilot, Village Soup

 

Thursday, April 7, The Resilience Hub, 224 Anderson Street, Portland

Native Seed Bombs
6:30 pm
Details: Portland Maine Permaculture

Small balls of clay, compost and seeds are a fun and easy way to disperse the seed of some of Maine’ s native plants. In this evening workshop you will make seed bombs with wildflowers for sunny, shady and wet habitats. Learn which wildflower species are likely to be successful with this kind of guerrilla planting and go home with some seed bombs of these beautiful native plants that support pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.

 

The 22nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-MarketplaceMarch 9-10, UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA

Sustaining the Living Landscape: The 22nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes! Early registration discounts available through 2/28. See the ELA Conference Brochure.

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016, The Resilience Hub, 222 and 224 Anderson Street, Portland

Winter seed sowing workshop
6:30– 8:30 pm
Cost: $12 per person
Details and sign up

The seeds of Maine native plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. Many species need a winter cold period for the seeds to germinate and can be sown in pots and left out of doors in the late fall or winter for germination in the spring. In this workshop, Heather will show you how to sow a variety of different seeds and talk about her vision of grass roots native seed propagation. Information on sowing seeds of wildflowers, ferns, grasses, vines, trees and shrubs will be discussed.

2015


Saturday, October 24, 2015, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

Native Seed Sowing Workshop
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gilsland Farm
Members: $20 for members of Maine Audubon or Wild Seed Project; non-members: $30
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Evergreen Cemetery

Native Plant Walk at Evergreen Cemetery
9:30 – 11:00 am
Evergreen Cemetery
Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members; non-members: $8
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday, October 10, 2015, Carlton House, Blue Hill, Maine

Growing Maine Native Plants from Seed
10 am – 2 pm
Carlton House in Blue Hill. Bring a lunch.
For more information, contact Blue Hill Heritage Trust

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Fore River

Native Plant Walk at Fore River
9:30 – 11:00 am
Fore River
Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members; non-members: $8
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

Native Plant Walk
9:30 – 11:00 am
Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
Members: $5 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project Members; non-members: $8
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday July 18th, Mill Street, Rockport, Maine

Medicinal Herbs and Pollinators:
A Tour of Avena Botanical Herb Farm with Heather McCargo and Deb Soule
10 to Noon, $20 Wild Seed Project members, $25 non-members
Sponsored by Wild Seed Project and Portland Pollinator Partnership

Avena Botanical’s beautiful garden is both a visual feast and sensory experience. A mixture of native and medicinal herbs from all over the world inhabit in this expansive garden which continually buzzes with pollinating bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds.

Registration is available online by clicking the Register button below or by sending a check, along with your name, mailing address, telephone and email address to:

Wild Seed Project
P.O. Box 582
Blue Hill, Maine 04614

 

Sunday, July 12th, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Orland, Maine

Annual Meeting & Wild Seed Project Talk
4:00 pm

GPMCT’s 22nd annual meeting at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn in Orland, 4-6 pm, will feature Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project speaking on landscaping to support wild plant survival. Bring potluck finger foods; there will be a cash bar. Program will be followed by a brief business meeting with elections and Volunteer of the Year award. Learn more about our plans for 2015/16 and how you can help!

Landscaping to support native plants . . . Seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of garden species. In her talk, Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project will give a brief overview of the reproductive life cycle of several different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant survival. Wild Seed Project is a Maine-based nonprofit that works to increase use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaption in the face of climate change, and to create pollination and migration corridors for insects, birds and other wildlife. McCargo, founder and director of the Wild Seed Project, is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design and conservation.

 

Wednesday, June 24th, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

A native plant walk in the Robinson Woods
5:30 to 7 pm

The Robinson Woods is a beautiful forest with a variety of interesting native plants. In this walk, we will learn about some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine.  Heather will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, the threats to their survival, and inspire you with their unusual reproductive strategies and edible and medicinal properties. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step to advocating for their preservation.

 

Tuesday, June 23rd, Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

Maine Audubon Speaker Series: Doug Tallamy
7 to 9 pm, Audubon members $5, non-members $8
Details: Maine Audubon

Entomologist and author of Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy will speak about the important ecological role of plants in our landscapes. Wild Seed Project will have an educational table set up with our just released Wild Seed magazine.  Come hear the lecture and chat with Wild Seed Project Director Heather McCargo.

 

Saturday, June 13th, Evergreen Cemetery, Portland

Natives in our Midst, A Native Plant Walk with Heather McCargo
10 am to Noon, free and open to the public
Sponsored by Portland Trails
Details: Portland Trails

This woodlands walk will highlight the surprising diversity of native species, including delicate spring wildflowers, ferns, and a variety of native shrubs and trees.  Learn which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, as well as about the threats to their survival and native plants’ unusual reproductive strategies. Recognizing the native species in our area is the first step to advocating for their preservation.