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Opening in 2007, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a premier public garden situated on 295 acres of tidal shoreland on the picturesque Boothbay, Maine peninsula. The setting is an example of rich ecosystem services and biodiversity provided amidst stunningly beautiful gardens. What better setting to study pollinators…
Abundant and healthy pollinator populations improve fruit set, quality, and size. In agricultural settings this increases production per acre but that has little if any relevance in a managed landscape. As designers, we care about pollinator-friendly plantings to support wild populations of bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. The result is increased biodiversity and increased pollination which translates into increased food sources for pollinators and other wildlife.
Responding to reduced pollinator numbers, landscape professionals and concerned homeowners are learning more about pollinators’ specific plant and habitat needs and using that knowledge to make planting decisions.
Join us for an afternoon workshop as three pollinator experts provide detailed pollinator and plant information. With guidance, your landscape designs and gardens will be part of the solution in support of pollinators
Shrubs, understory trees, and canopy trees are important elements of well-designed pollinator habitat. Many of these plants are easy to grow, add desirable esthetic characteristics, and will thrive in difficult locations in urban and suburban landscapes. But before making plant lists, it is helpful to understand pollinators and their requirements through various life stages.
We have a tendency to focus on the generalist pollinators to the detriment of the specialists. We think of bumblebees and honeybees instead of mining or leaf cutting bees and we always talk about the adult butterflies and rarely the caterpillars. With so many different pollinators out there it’s important to determine which plants have the most value on the landscape and trees and shrubs play a major role. From the diversity of pollinators that make oaks their home to the specialists that can be found on the native paw paws there is a huge selection of woody species that can offer life to pollinators. With such a diverse array of plants to choose from it’s not hard to find those species that will thrive in any given conditions!
Dan Jaffe will discuss specific plant selections and connecting the insect to host plant species. Dan will also address some plants which support larger seed disperses such as birds. In addition to plants, Dan will also touch upon some important ecological landscape practices.
When it comes to bees, honeybees get most of the attention but honeybees are just one fraction of estimated 4,000 species of bees native to North America. Thomas Berger is passionate about native bees and invites us to learn more about these critical pollinators who differ from honey bees in many fundamental ways. Thomas will give a brief overview of the differences and then focus on native bees (life cycle, nesting sites, and habitat needs). Thomas will discuss the role that different herbaceous plants needed by pollinators during each season and will make recommendations for landscape design that brings pollinator support as well as beauty to the garden. As important as design and installation are, maintenance considerations are also an important aspect to pollinator support. Thomas will discuss maintenance dos and don’ts and will share many photographs of native bees and their host plants.
Among the species of butterflies that call Maine home, there is tremendous diversity in habitat needs and plants relied upon to live. Did you know that it’s not only monarch caterpillars that are such picky eaters? Many species specialize in the host plants on which their eggs are laid and on which caterpillars eat. Meanwhile, the nectar plants of adult butterflies often bear no connection to these hosts. Andy Brand will explain which plants should be included in designs to attract butterflies and what host plants will boost populations. Also included will be a quick overview of butterfly identification and commonly-seen species. The presentation will include a visit to the Butterfly House, highlighting the host plants growing at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
The day begins with a guided native plant tour of the Gardens at 11:00am. Lunch on your own (12:00-1:00pm) at CMBG’s Kitchen Garden Café or bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables in the parking area. Presentations will be from 1:00-5:15pm followed by CEU processing.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been granted for this program by NOFA, LA CES, and APLD. Additional CEUs are being sought.
Thomas Berger grew up in a small rural town in Germany. During his childhood he was an avid collector of shells, bones, sea creatures, and fossils. He also gardened with his father and kept bees and sheep which led him to study agriculture. As an adult, Thomas worked on farms in Germany, France and Australia, and joined the German Volunteer Service in 1984, working in an agricultural project in Niger, West Africa. In 1994 he moved to the United States, where he started a landscape design and construction firm, Green Art, and received an award of excellence from the New Hampshire Landscape Association in 1998. Thomas is a regionally known stone sculptor, expressing his love of nature through his art. Thomas has won many awards and commissions and his sculpture is displayed at many public venues throughout the Northeast.
Andy Brand is the Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Prior to joining the staff in 2018, he was the nursery manager at Broken Arrow Nursery for over 20 years, where he and his colleagues specialized in growing rare and unusual plants. Andy is an avid naturalist and has focused on the interaction of the insects and native plants of New England. He is a cofounder and past President of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and is also past President of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association. He speaks to groups throughout the Northeast on a range of topics including native plants, new and unusual ornamentals, butterfly gardening, and butterflies of Connecticut and their life histories.
Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dan earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from NEWFS. After interning at Garden in the Woods, he worked for a year as Plant Sales Coordinator at the Garden. Dan is the co-author (along with Mark Richardson) of Native Plants for New England Gardens. He lectures regularly on a wide variety of horticulture topics including: Plants for Pollinators; Native Plants for Landscape Professionals; Sustainable Wild Foraging; Propagation for the Home Gardener; Growing Native Edible Species in the Shade; and more. In addition to many years of experience in horticulture, he has boundless enthusiasm for native plants.
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