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FREE Webinar: Rewild in 10 Action Steps

In this introduction to a series of rewilding talks cosponsored with Maine Audubon, Wild Seed Project’s program manager Anna Fialkoff will walk you through the 10 actionable steps you can take to restore native plants and best support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in your landscape. Click here to register for this free introductory webinar through Maine Audubon. About the Rewilding Series: Wild Seed Project’s Pledge to Rewild initiative is a call-to-action, motivating people to plant natives to support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in order to make positive environmental change in their own communities. Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project are teaming up to bring you a three-part series that goes in-depth on some of the key concepts of rewilding: transforming your lawn into layers of native plants, adopting mindful landscape practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs. Click here to learn more and register for any part of or the full rewilding talks series through Maine Audubon. Cosponsored with Maine Audubon

Native Plant Walk at the Fort Williams Park Children’s Garden

Fort Williams Park 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth

The children’s garden at Fort Williams Park is a dynamic play area planted with a wide variety of native plants, including lot's of smooth blue aster. Tour the garden with Anna Fialkoff, WSP program manager, and get inspired to plant more natives in your yard, park, or play ground. If you like, stay afterward the walk and picnic in the park for dinner. Limit 20: Make sure to register before it gets sold out!

$12.00

WSP Plant Sale –– Open to the Public

Shop for organic and seed-grown native trees, shrubs, vines, and wildflowers online from September 1st – 12th. Pick-up will be in South Portland from September 10th – 13th. You can schedule your pick-up time and day at checkout. Beginning September 1st, anyone can click here to access the plant sale in the WSP online shop without needing to login. This plant sale could not take place without the hard-working staff and seed volunteers who have been collecting, cleaning, sowing, and growing the seeds and seedlings over the last year. Many thanks, especially to those who have donated time, sweat, materials, and space to grow these precious plants! And a special thanks to Coast of Maine for the donation of a pallet of their Bar Harbor Blend. This organic soil mix, plus some sand incorporated, is the perfect growing medium for many of our native seeds and seedlings.

CANCELLED Live Online Q&A Session for Members

Photograph of webinar on a laptop and a cup of coffee Unfortunately, this month's Q&A is cancelled. We hope you'll join us in October. Members, we hope you’ll join us for a live Q&A session on Zoom! For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, WSP’s founder, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face.

Not a Member Yet? Become One Today!

Our members are Wild Seed Project’s root system, grounding our work, delivering nutrients for perennial sustenance and growth, and making it possible for us to spread out and make a greater difference every year. They also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop, early access to our plant sale, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

Join our growing community — click here to become a member now!

Native Plants in the Urban Wilds

Eastern Promenade 510 Eastern Promenade, Portland

The undeveloped parkland at the Eastern Promenade in Portland has a variety of native species intermixed with exotic species from around the world. Join Wild Seed Project founder and seed program manager Heather McCargo to walk around the wilder edges of the Eastern 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. Register for this event (Rain Date: September 30)

$12.00

Rewilding Series Talks: Transform Your Lawn to Layers

Gilsland Farm 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth

In this one hour in-person talk at Gilsland Farm, Anna will guide you in transforming your lawn into three dimensional native plant habitat. Whether you turn your lawn into native groundcovers, meadow, or forest – your landscape will benefit from layers of native plants to create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry. About the Rewilding Series: Wild Seed Project’s Pledge to Rewild initiative is a call-to-action, motivating people to plant natives to support bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife in order to make positive environmental change in their own communities. Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project are teaming up to bring you a three-part series that goes in-depth on some of the key concepts of rewilding: transforming your lawn into layers of native plants, adopting mindful landscape practices that benefit wildlife and the planet’s health, and planting native trees that support local food webs. Click here to learn more and register for any part of or the full rewilding talks series through Maine Audubon. Cosponsored with Maine Audubon

Diversify Your Lawn – Maine Conservation Voters Lunch & Learn

Who says lawns need to be monocultures or only made of grasses? We can do better than the default landscape material that covers many lawns. In this one-hour online presentation, join Wild Seed Project program manager Anna Fialkoff to discover how to diversify your lawn, transition it to meadow or convert it to layers of native plants to create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry. Learn more and register with Maine Conservation Voters.

Ecological Gardening – Online presentation with Rockport Garden Club

Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on our gardening practices. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back can affect the life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths, and butterflies. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays, or passes by as they look for food, shelter, and places to lay eggs. In this one-hour online presentation with the Rockport Garden Club of Massachusetts, learn more from Anna Fialkoff as she shares her own observations and practices from her experience as an ecological horticulturist and designer. Learn more and register with the Rockport Garden Club.

Gardening for Wildlife – Online Presentation with Lexington Living Landscapes

Gardens are habitats, but the degree to which they support local wildlife depends on how we plant and manage them. Our plant choices determine who visits, stays or passes by as creatures look for food, shelter, to nest and lay eggs. When and how we decide to clean up leaves or cut plants back affects life cycles of salamanders, bees, birds, moths and butterflies. Learn how to create habitat in the garden year-round while balancing your workload and garden aesthetics. Learn more and register with Lexington Living Landscapes and the Cary Library Foundation.

Rewild in 10 Action Steps – Community Conversation with Sierra Club Maine

Entomologist Douglas Tallamy identifies a minimum of 70% native plant biomass in our landscapes needed to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wild seed Project recently launched an initiative that motivates people to meet this threshold through a holistic approach –  it is called rewilding and anyone can do it whether you have farmland, a yard in the suburbs, a hell strip in an urban neighborhood, or no land of your own. Anna will walk you through what it means to rewild in 10 action steps in this one-hour online presentation. Learn more and register with Sierra Club Maine.

Member Q&A – Live Online

Photograph of webinar on a laptop and a cup of coffee Members, we hope you’ll join us for the next Q&A session live on Zoom! For each monthly session, Heather McCargo, WSP’s founder, and Anna Fialkoff, program manager, will answer your questions for one hour over Zoom about any aspect of growing native plants. Join us for a cozy evening that brings our membership community together face-to-face. Members, please watch for our email Sunday, October 10, to register for the session.

Not a Member Yet? Become One Today!

Our members are Wild Seed Project’s root system, grounding our work, delivering nutrients for perennial sustenance and growth, and making it possible for us to spread out and make a greater difference every year. They also enjoy a 10% discount in our online shop, early access to our plant sale, a free copy of our annual publication, and invitations to member events — like our monthly Q&A sessions.

Join our growing community — click here to become a member now!

Interested in hosting a Wild Seed Project event? Read about what we offer for walks, talks, and workshops here, then contact us to set something up.

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