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In Person: Wildflower Walk with South Portland Land Trust

Trout Brook Trail Providence Avenue, South Portlad

Come join Nell Houde, Wild Seed Project’s Manager of Educational Programs, for a Wildflower Walk at Trout Brook Preserve!

In this walk, participants will learn how to identify many of the plants growing around the conservation area. We will learn as a group how to observe and ask questions of our surroundings, and identify the varied plants, shrubs, trees, ferns, and wildlife along the trail.

The goal of community walks is to foster relationships with place through relationships with plants and encourage further stewardship of our common spaces. Come walk and learn with Wild Seed Project!

Register here. See location map.

Please be aware of ticks — wear proper gear and check for ticks thoroughly after the walk.

In Person: 4-Seasons Walk: Summer Plant Walk at the Eastern Prom

Eastern Promenade 510 Eastern Promenade, Portland

Come experience the fecundity of the summer season with the Wild Seed Project!

In this Portland-based Four Season Walks series, co-hosted by Wild Seed Project and Portland Trails, participants will learn how to identify and form relationships with many of the native plants that grow in the places we call home. Join Nell Houde, Wild Seed Project’s education lead, as we explore the Midslope Trail on the Eastern Prom in the bustling city of Portland. This will be the second of four walks identify plants in their various life-stages. If you came to the first walk, we encourage you to come to this one!

The goal of these walks is to foster relationships with place through relationships with plants, and encourage further stewardship of our community spaces. Come walk, learn, and play with Wild Seed Project and Portland Trails! We will meet at the beginning of the Midslope trail. We encourage you to carpool if you are coming from outside of Portland, and park along the Eastern Promenade road, or walk if you are coming from the city.

Expect an email with more information about parking and preparation the day before the walk.

Register here.

Please be aware of ticks — wear proper gear and check for ticks thoroughly after the walk.

Online: Building a Biodiverse and Climate Resilient Yard

Join Wild Seed Project’s Executive Director, Andrea Berry, for the third and final webinar of The City of Portland’s Lunch and Learn Summer Landcare Series. She will be sharing how to transform yards into blooming, biodiverse, and resilient spaces in the face of climate change. From cooling and shading the city to reducing storm water runoff and sustaining vital pollinators, the Wild Seed Project will share about the abundant benefits of planting native.

Register here.

In Person: Four Season Walk at Skyline Farm

Skyline Farm 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth

In this Four Season Walks series, learn how to identify many of the native plants that grow at Skyline Farm. Wild Seed Project Staff will share about the native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees and their field and forest habitats around the farm. They’ll also share other fun information on the plants’ uses as edibles, herbals and landscape plantings. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step toward becoming caring stewards of the places we live, work, and play.

This summer plant walk is the second of the series. Come experience the abundance of the summer season in this walk. If you came to the walk we hosted in the spring, we encourage you to attend this second one as well!

Register here.

2023 Plant Sale

Shop the Sale

It’s that time again!

Funds raised from this event support all of our community-based programs including Free Seeds for Teachers, experiential ecology programs in schools statewide, free educational resources and seed sowing workshops, and so much more.

See plant list here.

WSP Member Online Access: 12 PM August 9 – August 13
Wild Seed Project Members get exclusive early access to our plant sale. Join Today!
General Public Online Access: 12 PM August 14 – August 20

  • Memberships must be purchased or renewed by August 4th to be granted early access
  • Members will receive a special link to access the sale on August 9th
  • General public access to the sale will begin on August 14th
  • All orders must be made online by August 20th
  • All orders must be picked up at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on August 26th and August 27th

Our plants have been grown outdoors, from hand-collected, ethically sourced seed by Wild Seed Project staff and volunteers.  They have been tended using organic growing practices, without the use of harmful pesticides. Please note that Wild Seed Project’s plants are typically smaller than those found in conventional nurseries because of these growing practices.

Have more questions? See our Plant Sale FAQ Page.

In Person: Plant Sale Pick Up

Turkey Hill Farm 120 Old Ocean House Drive, Cape Elizabeth

Dates and Times:
Saturday, August 26th: 10am-3pm
Sunday, August 27th: 10am-2pm

*Alternate pick up date scheduled for Saturday, September 9th: 10am-2pm
Pleased email Rachel to register for the September 9th pick up.

Plant pick up is at Turkey Hill Farm, 120 Old Ocean House Drive, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Plant Vendors:
The following native plant growers will be selling plants or offering pre-order pickups
(please reach out to them for more information):
Native Haunts
Rebel Hill Farm
Blue Aster Native Plants (order forms can be found HERE)
Sweet Fern Maine

Artist Vendors:
The following artists, who Wild Seed Project has collaborated with on various projects, will also have tables and will be selling their artwork.
Isabella Zoe Ciolfi
Lin Snow
Opal Robinson

Online: Hedges and Edges: Increasing the Resilience and Diversity of Your Garden’s Ecosystem

Join Wild Seed Project’s Founder Heather McCargo, a renown plant ecologist and landscape designer, as she inspires us to use hedges and edges in our garden design and puts this natural phenomenon to good use increasing productivity and biodiversity of our yards.

Creating hedgerows between garden zones breaks up the space and adds a whole new range of microclimates and growing conditions. Learn how to group together shrubs of different species into a hedgerow for small or large spaces, add herbaceous groundcovers and small trees to the shrub layer for a multi-level garden that creates amazing habitat for a variety of species.

Register here.

In Person: Wild Seed Project at Common Ground Fair

See you at the Fair! Find us in Agricultural Products this year!

The Common Ground Country Fair will be held at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine on September 22, 23 and 24, 2023. The fairgrounds are open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Seed Program Manager, Emily Baisden will be presenting “Planting for Pollinators” on the Litchfield Stage on Friday, 9.22 at 12PM
  • Executive Director, Andrea Berry will be presenting “Planting Seeds of Resilience” on the Litchfield Stage on Saturday, 9.23 at 1PM

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) annual celebration of rural living features 1000-plus exhibitors and speakers, and emphasizes vibrant communities, sustainable living and local economies, while highlighting organic agriculture.