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Past Walks, Talks & Workshops

February 2020

Winter Seed Sowing Workshop

February 8 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St
Augusta, ME 04330 United States
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This workshop is now sold out! Tracy Weber, a Wild Seed Project volunteer and former Seed Fellow, will lead a hands-on workshop in native plant propagation. This workshop will focus on ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures, germination techniques, and seedling care. Tracy will explain how to set up a home or business outdoor nursery in pots or growing beds. Participants will go home with two pots sown with native seeds. Be prepared to dig your hands deep into the diversity of native seeds! 

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Native Seed Ball Workshop

February 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Portland Food Co-op, 290 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Free – $5

Back by popular demand! Wild Seed Project is returning to the Portland Food Co-op with our Native Seed Ball Workshop. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about many different native plant seeds and which species can be successfully dispersed with this guerrilla planting technique. The cold months of fall, winter, and early spring are the best times to make and toss these balls outside. SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre-register now!

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Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants with Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

February 29 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081 United States
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In this slide talk, Heather McCargo 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. 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. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seeds!

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March 2020

26th annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

March 4 - March 5
UMass Amherst Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$5 – $460

The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) hosts the 26th annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace on March 4 & 5, 2020 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center. Make time to attend New England's premier ecological event, which brings together landscape professionals, land managers, academics, and garden enthusiasts who care deeply about the health and well-being of the landscape. You’ll network with other ecologically focused professionals and enjoy inspiring presentations filled with information you can immediately put to work in your practice. Wild Seed Project will be tabling, so please stop by and say hello! 

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April 2020

Cancelled – Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Resilient Landscapes in Built Environments Course Part II

April 1 @ 9:00 AM - April 8 @ 4:30 PM
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Dr
Boothbay, ME 04537 United States
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This has been CANCELLED for the time being. This two session 8 part course is designed for professional landscape practitioners or those enrolled in a landscape degree who are interested in furthering their professional development and broadening their current practices, whether they're an experienced Landscape Architect, Landscape Designer, Landscape or Garden Contractor, or a Landcare Consultant. Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project will be teaching the class Native Herbaceous Plants on Wednesday, April 8th.

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Cancelled – Why Native Plants Matter with the Planeteers of Southern Maine

April 14 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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This event has been CANCELLED for the time being. In this presentation, Heather covers the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and the importance of bringing these native plants back into our gardens and developed landscapes. She also discusses current native plant trends and issues in the nursery trade (including cloning and the loss of genetic diversity), and explains how we all can support our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants.

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July 2020

Webinar — “Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard” with Russ Cohen

July 8 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us to learn about native plant species that are edible with Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known… and Eaten. Russ will teach us how to identify various species, which plant parts are edible, when they’re edible, and how to prepare them, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. When you purchase your ticket, we will email you a link to attend the webinar. Tickets may be purchased from now until July 7.

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August 2020

“Planting for Pollinators” Workshop

August 3 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference

We hear a lot about honeybees, but very little about the myriad other pollinators that also support our agricultural and ecological systems. Find out how to create habitat for these hard-working pollinators, and why flowers are just a piece of the puzzle.

This workshop will be presented by Wild Seed Project’s new program manager, Anna Fialkoff.

Register for the NOFA Conference Here.

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“Plants, Not Lawns” Class

August 4 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wild Seed Project Co-Sponsoring with Native Plant Trust

Who says lawns need to be monocultures or only made of grasses? We can do better than the default landscape material that covers most of the suburban landscape. You will learn to create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry instead. Discover your options and get inspired to change your lawn management practices or to replace your lawn altogether with a variety of alternatives.

This class will be presented by Wild Seed Project’s new program manager, Anna Fialkoff.

Register at Native Plant Trust Here.

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September 2020

“Gardening for Habitat” Webinar

September 1 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The degree to which gardens support native wildlife depends on our practices. Learn how from Wild Seed Project’s new program manager Anna Fialkoff's experience at Garden in the Woods. When you register, you'll receive an email with a link to the webinar. We suggest registering early — between now and the day of the webinar —  and then logging into the webinar 10 or 15 minutes early, so you have time to navigate both processes, registering and logging in before the webinar starts. Click here to read more and register in advance at Native Plant Trust
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