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Past Walks, Talks & Workshops

July 2019

Member Gathering in Lincolnville

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lincolnville, ME Lincolnville, ME United States + Google Map

Join other WSP members at Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, Maine. Annemarie is excited to welcome us to her lovely property located between the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay. Be sure to bring a dish to share as you connect with other WSP members!

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Field trip to the Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary

July 14 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Springvale ME United States + Google Map
$23 – $28

Join Bud Sechler, staff Ecological Programs Coordinator at Native Plant Trust, for a field study of this five-acre stand of great laurel, the largest and most northern stand known in the region. This walk also explores the multitude of native plant gems on the rest of Native Plant Trust's 30-acre property, from yellow blue-bead lily to painted trillium, and from hemlock to northern white cedar. Bud shares the site’s secrets for managing for minimal invasive plants. Cosponsored with Native Plant Trust. 

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Why Going Native Matters at North Haven Island

July 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterman’s Community Center, 12 Main Street
North Haven, ME 04853 United States
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In this slide presentation, Heather will cover the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and bring these native plants back into our developed landscapes. She will then explain current nursery trade practices associated with native plants, including the loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can all support our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants.

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Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants in Vinalhaven

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pleasant River Grange No. 492, Round the Island Road
Vinalhaven, ME 4863 United States
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In this slide talk, Heather will show you the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of New England native plants and explains how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Heather will explain simple outdoor seed sowing that anyone can do to help increase native plant populations. Co-hosted with Vinalhaven Land Trust.

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Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants with 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade

July 29 @ 6:30 pm
7 Lakes Alliance, 137 Main Street
Belgrade, ME 04918 United States
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In this slide talk, Heather will show you the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of New England native plants and explains how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Heather will explain simple outdoor seed sowing that anyone can do to help increase native plant populations.

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Restoring Maine’s Meadows Workshop

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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$40

Co-sponsored by Maine Audubon.

In this class, we will explore how to create and manage a meadow that supports native plant species. Join Heather McCargo, Executive Director of Wild Seed Project, to learn what it takes to create a native meadow from scratch, how to diversify an existing meadow, and ways to transition a lawn to a meadow. Bring diversity and beauty back into your landscape through a native meadow.

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August 2019

Why Going Native Matters; Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience with Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Long Island Community Center, 77 Wharf St
Long Island, ME 04050 United States
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Free – $20

In this slide presentation, Heather will cover the many reasons we all should care about our regions' native flora and bring these native plants back into our developed landscapes. She will then explain what is going on in the nursery trade with native plants including loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can all support our native flora by planting seed grown native plants.

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Show Me the Native Plants Presentation in Ellsworth

August 8 @ 7:00 pm
Moore Community Center, 133 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605 United States
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Heather McCargo, founder and Executive Director of Wild Seed Project, will do a slide talk, Show Me the Natives. She will talk about a diverse collection of recommended native plants for landscaping in a variety of different site conditions -- sunny moist, sunny dry, shady, and acidic woodland. She will also discuss current native plant trends and issues in the nursery trade.

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Native Plant Walk at Birdsacre

August 10 @ 9:30 am
Birdsacre, Rt 3
Ellsworth, ME 04605 United States
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In this native plant walk, Heather will highlight the surprising diversity of species native to Maine, including wildflowers, ferns, and a variety of shrubs and trees. She will identify species that are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, their edible and medicinal properties, unusual reproductive strategies, and the threats to their survival.

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Bringing Nature Home Presentation by Doug Tallamy

August 20 @ 7:00 pm
Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Road (Rte. 131)
Tenants Harbor, ME 04860 United States
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Please come for dessert and the Phyllis Mills Wyeth Memorial Talk featuring the dynamic bestselling author Doug Tallamy. Come hear Doug 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. To RSVP, contact Cindy Lang at cindy78lang@gmail.com.

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