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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23, MOFGA, Unity, ME

MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair
9:00 am-6:00 pm each day
Come visit the Wild Seed Project table at the Common Ground Fair! Our table will be located as it is each year in the Environmental Concerns tent, a lovely space in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the fair. Wild Seed Project will be there all day each day to chat about native plants, so come by and meet other native plant lovers! We’ll have our seeds, magazines, WSP t-shirts, hats, and (new!) aprons for sale, too.
Details: Click here
Entrance Fee: Adults (13-64) – $10.00 Advance/ $15.00 At the Gate Daily; Elders (65+) – $8.00 Advance/ $10.00 At the Gate Daily; Children (12 & under) – free daily

 

Friday, September 29, Coffin Wildflower Reservation, Woolwich, ME

Fall Native Plant Walk
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Come join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project on an autumn native plant walk at the Coffin Wildflower Reservation, one of several properties in Maine owned by the New England Wild Flower Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh comprise the 177-acre area, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. Hike the woodland trails along the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type. This event is co-sponsored by Maine Audubon and the New England Wild Flower Society.
Details and to register: Click here

 

Thursday, October 4, First Congregational Church, Wiscasset, ME

Understanding How to Sow Native Seeds with the Garden Club of Wiscasset
12:00 pm
In this slide presentation, Heather will showcase the fascinating reproductive lifecycles of different New England native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Fall is the best time to sow native seeds and she will explain simple outdoor seed sowing practices that anyone can do. Growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native plants and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively.
Free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, October 10, Fellowship Hall, First Parish Church, York, ME

Understanding How to Sow Native Seeds with the Old York Garden Club
1:30 pm
In this slide presentation, Heather will showcase the fascinating reproductive lifecycles of different New England native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Fall is the best time to sow native seeds and she will explain simple outdoor seed sowing practices that anyone can do. Growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native plants and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively.
Open to regional garden club members only.

 

Thursday, October 11, Foreside Community Church, Falmouth, ME

Successful Practices of Plants in Sustainable Gardens with Earth Walkers
5:30-7:30 pm
Learn the importance of native plants and best practices for gardening with them. This session is part of the Earth Walker series “Landscape for Life.”
Details and to register: Click here
For more information, contact Amy Witt at Earth Walkers or David Elliott.

 

Tuesday, October 16, Belfast Library, Belfast, ME

In the Shade: Gardening with Native Plants from the Woodland Understory with the Belfast Garden Club
2:00-3:00 pm
Many gardeners interested in native species are unsure what to plant in the shady spots of their yard. In this presentation, Heather looks to natural woodlands for garden design inspiration, then showcases the many beautiful woody and herbaceous natives that thrive in the shade and can be planted in gardens and landscapes.
Open to regional garden club members only.

 

Monday, October 29, Scarborough High School, Scarborough, ME

Going Native with Wild Seed Project
6:00-8:00 pm
Join the re-wilding movement! Transform conventional gardens and suburban landscapes, and support ecosystem health, wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and wildlife – all by incorporating native Maine plants. View a slideshow on why native plants matter, how native plants have surprisingly different needs from the flowers and vegetable plants you know, and why late fall is the time to sow them. We will cover the seeds of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds, and will discuss ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures. We will then view a demonstration and get hands-on experience by sowing native seeds. All materials are included, and you will return home with several pots sown with native seeds!
Details and to register: Click here
Program Fee: $30/person

 

Previous Walks and Talks


Monday, August 20, Moore Community Center (133 State Street), Ellsworth, ME

Planting in a Post-Wild World with Thomas Rainer
7:00 pm
Internationally recognized landscape architect Thomas Rainer’s work has included everything from small-scale residential properties to expansive estates and large-scale green infrastructure design and implementation in major cities such as Washington, DC and New York City. As a author and educator, Rainer advocates for not only the use of native plants but also planting and design techniques that are informed by study of and attention to natural landscapes. In his most recent book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (co-authored with Claudia West), he calls for “grounded design” employing “planting solutions that are resilient, ecologically functional, and beautiful. Our goal is not merely to create more functional landscapes, but to make people see again, to make them remember…. It is not the plants themselves that have power; it is their patterns, textures, and colors—particularly those that evoke wildness—that become animated as light and life pass through them.”
Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, August 18, Birdsacre, Ellsworth, ME

Native Plant Walk
9:30 am-11:00 am
Come and join us for a native plant walk! This event is for members of Wild Seed Project, the Ellsworth Garden Club, and Birdsacre, and space is limited. The rain date for this event is Sunday, August 19.
For more information or to register, please email Mary.Blackstone@uregina.ca.

 

Thursday, August 9, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Kennebunkport, ME

Native Plant Walk
9:00 am-10:30 am
Once you have learned from Heather through her talk, come and join us for a walk. Or just come for the walk! Woodlands and meadows contain a variety of interesting native plants and have a story to tell about landscape history. In this native plant walk, Heather will highlight the surprising diversity of species native to Maine, including delicate spring wildflowers, ferns, and a variety of native shrubs and trees. We will learn which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, their edible and medicinal properties, unusual reproductive strategies, and the threats to their survival.
Details and to RSVP: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

 

Tuesday, August 7, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Kennebunkport, ME

Understanding Native Plants
7:00 pm
Come all gardeners and hear Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project show you the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Heather will demystify native seed sowing and explain simple outdoor propagation techniques anyone can do to help increase native plant populations. The seeds of wild plants have different needs than those of garden and vegetable species and growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native flora and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively.
Details and to RSVP: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

 

Saturday, August 4, Gates Auditorium, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Going Native: Using Native Perennials, Shrubs, and Trees in the Garden with the Beatrix Farrand Society
4:00 pm
In this presentation, Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project founder and Executive Director, will share her expertise in gardening with native plants in a variety of different site conditions common in landscapes – sunny moist, sunny dry, shady, acidic woodland. Heather will recommend a diverse collection of plants for the home landscape, and talk about easy methods for native seed sowing. She will also discuss issues in the nursery trade with native plants and genetic diversity. This program is free and open to the public.
Details and to register: Beatrix Farrand Society

 

Wednesday, August 1, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME

Meadows and Grasslands for Butterflies and Other Winged Companions
1:00-4:30pm
Meadows are complex landscape forms that provide a plethora of ecological functions, such as habitat for butterflies, pollinators and fauna. In addition, in our New England landscape, a meadow almost always brings with it a history of cultivation and human use, which adds another layer to the meadow’s ecology. This class will explore how to start, sustain and manage existing or derelict New England meadows, based on their different growing conditions. In this workshop hosted by the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in partnership with the Boothbay Regional Land Trust, Wild Seed Project founder and Executive Director Heather McCargo will guide you through the process in the classroom and with a site visit to an old farmstead meadow owned by Boothbay Regional Land Trust.
Details and to register: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Program Fee: $55/CMBG member; $68/non-member

 

Saturday, July 21, South Portland, ME

Wild Seed Project Member Gathering
3:00-6:00pm
Meet other WSP members during an “open garden” and potluck picnic in South Portland at the home of fellow members Gregg Raymond and Jamien Jacobs. Gregg’s writing and their yard has been featured in Wild Seed, Volumes 3 and 4. A meadow, mixed shrub border, and other mini-habitats have transformed this once traditional landscape to a dynamic haven for life. This is an evolving landscape with new experiments to re-establish natives as well as enhance established plantings. Space is limited, and is for Wild Seed Project members only. Please email us at info@wildseedproject.net to sign up, and we will send you location details. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thursday, July 19, Popham Beach Library (965 Popham Road), Phippsburg, ME

Going Native with Plants in Your Landscape
7:00pm
Free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, July 17, Maquoit Bay, Brunswick, ME

Meadow Field Trip
4:30-6:00pm
Join Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project founder and Executive Director, for a field trip through a 20-plus acre meadow bounded by woods and tidal salt marsh near Maquoit Bay in Brunswick. The meadow gently slopes up from the salt marsh and tidal channels, with a range of interesting plant life and supported wildlife. The property was a farm in colonial times, and is now in transition to a wilder state. Plenty of interesting native plants to see, and hear about the owners’ work on invasives mitigation. Group size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Details and to register: Click here
Program Fee: $12/person

 

Wednesday, July 11, Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME

Native Plants in the Urban Wilds
5:00-6:15 pm
The undeveloped parkland at the Eastern Promenade in Portland has a variety of native species intermixed with exotic species from around the world. Join Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo to walk around the wilder edges of the Prom, 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. Pre-registration is recommended.
Details and to register: Maine Audubon
Program Fee: $16/Maine Audubon or WSP Member; $20/non-member

 

Tuesday, July 10, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells, ME

Native Plant Walk
10:00 am-12:00pm
The woodlands and meadows at the Well’s Reserve contain a variety of interesting native plants and have a story to tell about the landscape’s history. In this native plant walk, Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo will highlight the surprising diversity of species native to Maine, including wildflowers, ferns, and a variety of native shrubs and trees. We will learn which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, their edible and medicinal properties, unusual reproductive strategies, and the threats to their survival. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step toward advocating for their conservation.
Details and to register: Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Program Fee: $5/Reserve Member; $7/non-member

 

Friday, July 6, Standard Baking Co., Portland, ME

Come visit the Wild Seed Project table!
10:00 am-1:00 pm
We’ll be tabling with info, magazines, and swag for sale! Come support us while enjoying a delicious treat from the bakery.

 

Thursday, July 5, Rockport Opera House, Rockport, ME

Douglas Tallamy on Bringing Nature Home
7:00 pm
Come hear the dynamic Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, speak on how we all can bring nature into our yards and support our region’s biodiversity with this deeply informative, fun, and clear call to action.
Details: Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Program Fee: $10

 

Tuesday, June 26, Emlen Hall, The Bay School, Blue Hill, ME

Creating Dynamic Landscapes Presentation by Patrick Cullina
7:00 pm
Hear this award-winning landscape designer speak on lessons from regional ecologies for creating transformative landscapes. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill & Brooklin Garden Clubs, Colloquy Downeast, Downeast Audubon, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Island Heritage Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Native Gardens of Blue Hill, and Wild Seed Project. $10 suggested donation.

 

Saturday, June 16, Maine Audubon (Gilsland Farm), Falmouth, ME

Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen and Maine Audubon’s Native Plant Sale and Festival
9:00 am-12:00 pm and 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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, on a three-hour ramble through Gilsland Farm to learn about at least two dozen species of edible wild plants. Plants expected to be encountered will range from native edible species (i.e., species you might want to add to your landscape) to non-native weeds and invasive species (i.e., plants you would not want to add to your landscape, but nevertheless can offer abundant and tasty foraging opportunities). After Russ’s walk, join Maine Audubon for their third annual retail plants sale designed to help gardeners and homeowners integrate native species in yards, gardens and containers. Wild Seed Project will be at the plant sale all day to chat about native plants, so come by! We’ll have a table with our magazines, t-shirts, and hats for sale.
Details: Maine Audubon
Program Fee: $20/Maine Audubon member and $25/non-member for Russ Cohen’s walk; No fee for the plant sale

 

Wednesday, June 13, Cumston Public Library, Monmouth, ME

Going Native with Plants in Your Landscape
6:30-8:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

 

Thursday, June 7, Rockport Opera House (6 Central St), Rockport, ME

Going Native with Plants in Your Landscape with the Rockport Garden Club
1:00-2:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, June 6, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, ME

Native Plant Walk
9:30-11:00 am
Join Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo to learn about the interesting wildflowers, ferns, trees, and understory shrubs that grow in this beautiful mature woodland overlooking the salt marsh with views to the Atlantic. Pre-registration is required.
Details: Maine Audubon
Program Fee: $25/person

 

Sunday, June 3, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Garden Tour
4:00-5:30 pm
Join Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo to visit a lovely hillside garden overlooking the Atlantic ocean near Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth. This garden was created by an inspiring and experienced plants-woman and includes many native plants, a vegetable garden, perennial food crops including fruiting shrubs and trees, stone walls and terraces, a fire pit, mini woodland, and more. A truly edible landscape for both people and wildlife. Group size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Details and to register: Click here
Program Fee: $30/person

 

Thursday, May 31, Rollins Road Mountain Bike Trails, Camden, ME

Late Spring Wildflower Walk
10:00-11:30 am
Heather McCargo, founder and Executive Director of Wild Seed Project, will lead a late spring wildflower/native plant walk through the woods along the New England Mountain Bike Association trails off Rollins Rd, near the Snow bowl in Camden. The Rollins Trail starts out along the creek through a hemlock and beech woods that gradually transitions to being dominated by oak and pine with common witchhazel and maple-leaf viburnum in the understory. At this time of year, the canopy will be closing in; some spring ephemerals will be setting fruit and the later spring wildflowers will be just flowering. We will see Indian cucumber root, doll’s eyes, partridge berry, wintergreen, Canada mayflower, starflower, and perhaps some red trillium and lady’s slippers.
Details: Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District
Program Fee: $5/WSP Member; $7/non-member

 

Thursday, May 24, Robinson Woods, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Native Plants Nature Walk with the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
5:00-6:30 pm
Join Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo to learn about plant life in Maine. 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. Please dress appropriately with footwear for possible wet walking. Group size is limited. All participants must register with CELT at least at least 48 hours in advance of the program.
Details: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

 

Wednesday, May 23, Sierra Club Portland Office, Portland, ME

Brown Bag Lunch: Going Native with Plants in Your Landscape
12:00-1:00 pm
Details: Sierra Club

 

Saturday, May 19, UMass Waltham Field Station, Waltham, MA

Grow Native Plant Sale
9:00 am-2:30 pm
Grow Native Massachusetts’ plant sale is now in its fourth fantastic year! GNM will have more than 2,000 plants for sale, all indigenous to Massachusetts or New England, with a few species from the broader eastern United States. They source their plants from ten different wholesale suppliers across New England for an unmatched selection of over 120 species. Peruse their sale and ask their experts for advice on plant selection and landscaping.
Details: Grow Native Massachusetts

 

Saturday, May 19, Barron Center (1145 Brighton Avenue), Portland, ME

Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Sale
8:00 am-12:00 pm
Stop by the Wild Seed Project table to chat native plants, pick up a copy of our new issue of Wild Seed or snag one of our lovely t-shirts (they’re selling fast!).
Details: UMaine Cooperative Extension

 

Tuesday, May 15, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME

Native Plant Forum
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Join the Garden Club Federation of Maine and Coast Maine Botanical Gardens for a daylong primer in native plants. This introductory forum features four different speakers, including WSP’s own Executive Director, Heather McCargo; Melissa Cullina, CMBG Research Botanist; Shawn Jalbert of Native Haunts Nursery; and Lois Stack, recently retired from the University of Maine. Participants will gain a broad overview of using native plants and plant identification and propagation. The class will conclude with a guided native plant tour of the Gardens.
For more information, including a full agenda and registration, please visit the Garden Club’s website.

 

Saturday, May 12, Haines Property (384 Butler Hill Road), Auburn, ME

Wildlife Habitat and Wildflower Walk
9:30-11:00 am
Join us for a walk led by wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins and landowner and birder David Haines. We will be taking a slow and thoughtful walk through a select portion of the 260-acre Haines property while Deb points out different types of wildlife habitat and high-value plants and trees – including May’s magical wildflowers! David, a skilled birder, will also point out birds and birdsongs of interest along the way. Co-sponsored with First Light Wildlife Habitats.
Details: First Light Wildlife Habitats
Program Fee: $5/person

 

Sunday, May 6, Annie Sturgis Sanctuary, Vassalboro, ME

Spring Woodland Wildflower Walk
10:00-11:30 am
Join Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project at the beautiful Annie Sturgis Sanctuary, which lies along the Kennebec River in Vassalboro and is owned by New England Wildflower Society. Heather McCargo will lead a tour of spring ephemerals and woodland wildflowers, and we’ll certainly keep an eye and ear out for warblers and other wildlife.
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Saturday and Sunday May 5-6, Union Fairgrounds, Union, ME

Knox County Spring Plant Sale
9:00 am-2:00 pm and 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Wild Seed Project will have a table at the event on May 5th, and will be demonstrating how to make seed balls with native species. We will also be selling our magazines and *new* T-shirts.

 

Thursday, April 26, Piscataqua District Garden Club, York, ME

In the Shade: Gardening with Native Plants from the Woodland Understory
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Please note that this program is only open to members of the Piscataqua District Garden Club.

 

Saturday, April 21, Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, ME

Native Seed Ball Workshop
10:00-11:30 am
Learn to make seed balls with Wild Seed Project at the Cathance River Education Alliance Earth Day event. Small bits of clay combined with compost, seeds, and water are a fun and easy way to disperse some of Maine’s native plant species. Learn to make seed balls with wildflower species that are likely to be successful with this guerrilla planting technique. Pre-registration is required.
Details: Cathance River Education Alliance

 

Thursday, April 12, Bar Mills Community Church, Buxton, ME

Going Native with the Buxton Garden Club
7:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, April 10, Scarborough Adult Learning Center, Scarborough, ME

Intro to Re-wilding
6:00-8:00 pm
Get involved in grassroots native seed sowing by learning about the reproductive lifecycle of different native plants, and how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife.
Details: Scarborough Adult Learning Center

 

Friday, April 6, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME

Native Plant Conference
Native Plant Performers: Significant & Beautiful Alternatives (with Shawn Jalbert, Heather McCargo, and Nancy Olmstead)

9:00 am-3:00 pm
Details: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

 

Saturday, March 24, Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill, ME

Native Seed Sowing Workshop with Native Gardens of Blue Hill at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Contact Native Gardens of Blue Hill to register.

 

Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 & 8, Lincoln Campus Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Ecological Landscape Alliance—Sustaining the Living Landscape
Details: Ecological Landscape Alliance

 

Monday, February 26, Jewett Auditorium, Jewett Hall, South Portland, ME

Understanding and Sowing Native Seeds
5:30-6:30 pm

 

Sunday, February 11, Brunswick—Topsham Land Trust, Brunswick, ME

Winter Garden Workshop—Why and How to Sow & Grow Native Plants
2:00-3:30 pm
Details: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

 

Thursday, January 4, First Congregational Church, Wiscasset, ME

1:00
Join us in Fellowship Hall for Understanding and Sowing Native Seeds, a slide show and demonstration presented by Heather McCargo. This presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

 

2017


Saturday, December 9, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine

Seed Sowing Workshop with Heather McCargo
9:30-11:30 am, Audubon & WSP members $20/non-members $30
Details: Maine Audubon

 

Sunday, December 3, F.A.R.M.S. Kitchen, Damariscotta, Maine

Wild Seed Bomb Workshop, co-sponsored by Rising Tide Co-op, Wild Seed Project and Pemaquid Watershed Association
12:00-2:00 pm
In this workshop, you will learn the interesting and fun way to restore native species by encasing native seeds in earthen balls and spreading them in areas where you want native plants to grow.
Space is limited; please register.

 

Tuesday, November 14, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Garden Club Federation of Maine
8:30 am. Registration is required.
Details: Garden Club Federation of Maine

Heather is the morning speaker for this year’s GCFM fall conference. She will present a slide show, Shade gardening with Native plants—using the woodland understory as a design model for shady landscapes.

 

Monday, November 6, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston/Auburn Campus, Room 285

WSP grassroots seed propagation of native plants
6:30 pm, Sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club
Details: Stanton Bird Club

 

Saturday, October 28, Sheepscot General, Whitefield, Maine

Seed sowing workshop
10:00-11:30 am, co-sponsored by WSP and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
WSP members $20/non-members $30; Registration is required

In this workshop, you will get hands-on experience in native plant propagation, from germination techniques to seed collection and storing procedures. We will work with wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Growing natives from seed is a great way to produce a lot of plants inexpensively and to protect the genetic diversity of our Maine native plants.

 

Thursday, October 19, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

From Seeds to Blooms—Using Native Plants
6:30-7:30 pm
Details: Thomas Memorial Library

In this slide talk, Heather will describe the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction and pollinators, birds and other wildlife.

 

Tuesday, October 3, Otto’s restaurant, 225 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

Otto’s will give to WSP a portion of the proceeds from every dinner in, takeout, merchandise, and gift card sale made between 5:00-9:00 pm on October 3rd. We are grateful to businesses in Portland that help support local non-profits!

 

Thursday, September 28, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine

Sowing and Sustaining Native Plants
7:00–8:30 pm, Audubon & WSP members $10/non-members $15
Details: Maine Audubon

Heather McCargo will present wild plant reproduction and how our landscape practices affect native plants in natural areas and in gardens.

 

Thursday, September 28, Mount Agamenticus, York, Maine

Native Plant Walk
9:00-10:30 am, co-sponsored by WSP & White Pines Program
$10 per person, register online
Meet at the Base of Mount Agamenticus in York, Maine

The woodland trails at the base of Mt. Agamenticus have a diversity of interesting native plants, some of which are much more common to southern New England. Join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project to learn about some of these wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees. We will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens, the threats to their survival, and inspire you with their unusual reproductive strategies, and edible and medicinal properties. This walk is designed for adults & interested teens.

 

September 22nd, 23rd, 24th, Common Ground Fair, Unity, Maine

Visit our booth in the Environmental Concerns tent at the CGF. Wild edibles expert Russ Cohen will be spending time with us in our booth. Russ will also be giving a Sunday presentation, Nibbling on Natives in your backyard and beyond. We are looking for volunteers to help us in our booth. Let us know if you are interested: info@wildseedproject.net.
See a full listing of CGF events.

 

Thursday, September 7, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine

Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen
4:00–7:00 pm, co-sponsored by WSP & Maine Audubon
$15 Members /$20 Non-members
Details: Maine Audubon

Southern Maine is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants. 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.

 

Wednesday, August 30, b.good restaurant, Portland, Maine

Have a night out at b.good restaurant on Exchange Street! A portion of the proceeds on this night will benefit Wild Seed Project.

 

Tuesday, August 15, Camden Public Library, Camden, Maine

Native plant talk with Heather McCargo
7:00 pm
Details: Camden Public Library

Heather McCargo will focus on wild plant reproduction and how our landscape practices affect native plants in natural areas and in our gardens. The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. In this talk, Heather will describe the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, birds and other wildlife.

 

Friday, August 11, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Maine

Native Plant Walk
9:30–11:00 am
Details: Midcoast Conservancy

The forested land at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson is a beautiful piece of woodland with a variety of interesting native plants. On this summer native plant walk, learn about some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. Leader Heather McCargo will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, and the threats to their survival. You will be inspired by their unusual reproductive strategies, as well as edible and medicinal properties. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step to advocating for their preservation.

 

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

Reservations and details: Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project for a walk and discussion of native plant species on BHHT’s Snow’s Cove Trail in Sedgwick. This is a members only event. If you would like to become a member you may do so by clicking here or contacting our office! Reservations for this event are limited; please reserve your spot by contacting the BHHT office.

 

Wednesday, August 2, Summer Speaker Series at the East Blue Hill Library

Wild Seed Project’s Heather McCargo will give a presentation on wild plant reproduction and how our landscape practices affect native plants in natural areas and in gardens.
9 Curtis Cove Rd. East Blue Hill, Maine 04629
7:30 pm

 

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

9:30 am-12:00 pm, $23 (NWFS member) / $28 (non-member)
Details and Registration: New England Wild Flower Society

Come see this beautiful 30-acre Society sanctuary, which is home to at least 39 species of wildflowers, including spicebush, clintonia, and painted trillium, as well as a 5.3-acre stand of great rosebay (Rhododendron maximum), a very rare species in Maine. The site, which borders a red maple swamp and wet meadow, is listed on the Maine State Register as a Critical Area. We should see the great rosebay in bloom! This is a New England Wild Flower Society field trip lead by Heather McCargo.

 

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

Native plant walk at Fields Pond Sanctuary
10:00–11:30 am, $7 for Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members/ $10 non-members
Details: Maine Audubon

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond and learn to recognize 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.
Cosponsored by Wild Seed Project and Maine Audubon

 

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

7:00 pm
Details: Belgrade Lakes Association

Planting natives is one of the best ways we can protect water quality and promote wildlife habitat. Heather will lead a workshop on some great native trees, shrubs and wildflowers and how to grow these plants on your property. Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Association.

 

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 11, Portland Green Drinks, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

5:30-7:30 pm, $10/ $5 if you bring your own cup.
Details: Portland Green Drinks

Portland Green Drinks has a monthly event to highlight and raise money for local nonprofits. We are pleased that Wild Seed Project has been chosen for their July event. Join us for this social and networking event; taste local brews from five breweries and one natural soda company. Meet other Wild Seed Project enthusiasts! WSP will have activities including making seed bombs and learning fun facts about native plants.

 

Thursday, July 6, Member Event at Round Pond in Bristol, Maine

Meet other WSP members for a potluck dinner at this historic seaside house and landscape in the Midcoast area. Come early for a pre-dinner tour of the property to look at the natives, exotics and invasive plants in the meadow, hedgerow and around the house, and to discuss design and management ideas.

This event begins at 4:30 with a tour of the grounds, followed by a potluck from 5:30-7:30.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to info@wildseedproject.net.

 

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

Heather McCargo will speak about her work to increase the use of native plants across the landscape. Sponsored by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and Cathance River Education Alliance
6-8 pm

 

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

“Co-evolution: Nature’s Model for Sustainability”
Details: See the poster

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.

 

Saturday, June 17, WSP Summer Series, Brooksville, Maine

Collecting and Sowing Native Seeds: a five session workshop with Heather McCargo
This is the first of five of our hands-on workshop sessions in the native gardens and wild landscapes of Brooksville, Maine. Heather McCargo will teach 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.

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.

 

Friday, June 9, Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, Vermont

Understanding and Sowing Native Seeds
7:30 pm
RSVP: Eventbrite

The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of garden and vegetable species. In this talk, Heather McCargo will describe the reproductive life cycle of different types of native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to help support wild plant reproduction and survival. Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants that will support pollinators and other wildlife. Heather will explain native seed sowing and outdoor propagation techniques as well as current trends with native plants in the nursery trade.

$10 suggested donation (free for Wild Seed Project Members)
Philo Ridge Farm, 2766 Mt Philo Road, Charlotte, VT

 

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
Details: View map for meeting location

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.

 

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

Join Heather McCargo for a Walk on the Wild Side: Exploring Wild Plants at the Rines Wetlands & Wildlife Preserve
10 – 11:30 am
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

 

Wednesday, May 17, Damariscotta River Preserve

Native plant walk at Dodge Point with the Damariscotta River Association
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 Park Foundation
11:00 am-12:30 pm

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. The stone gate parking and trailhead is on Shore Road heading south on the right, about a mile after the Fort William entrance. View a map. Meet at the gate.

 

Sunday, May 21, Presumpscot River Preserve, Portland, Maine

9:00–10:30 am
Join us for a walk in this deep ravine that descends from a suburban neighborhood down to the Presumpscot river. Mature canopy trees, a diverse understory layer including witch-hazel and muscled wood, and then many beautiful spring wildflowers including trillium, wild geranium, and trout lily make this urban forest a unique site.

Meet at the Parking area at the end of Overset Road (off Curtis). Free to WSP members /$5 non-members.

This walk is sponsored by Wild Seed Project. For information please contact info@wildseedproject.net. For directions to the site, please visit Presumpscot River Preserve.

 

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.

 

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.