Thursdays – September 27 through October 25, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Foreside Community Church
340 Foreside Road
Fee: $95, payable the first session
Registration is now closed.
Landscape for Life is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. SITES™ is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations.
Every home landscape has the potential to help clean air and water, reduce flooding, cool your town, and combat climate change. Yet conventional gardening practices too often work against nature, damaging the environment’s ability to provide these natural benefits that support the health and well-being of you, your family, and your community.
Join us to learn how to attract beneficial insects and birds, eliminate water problems, build healthy soil, cultivate a safe lawn, reduce maintenance time in your garden, and save money.
September 27: The Role & Successful Practices of Soils in Sustainable Gardens
(Amy Witt & David Elliott)
October 4: The Role & Successful Practices of Water in Sustainable Gardens
(Kirsten Ness, Portland Water District)
October 11: The Role & Successful Practices of Plants in Sustainable Gardens
(Amy Witt, David Elliott and Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project)
October 18: Selecting Materials for Sustainability and Role of Pollinators in
Sustainable Gardens (Mark Kelly, Amy Witt & David Elliott)
October 25: Sustainable Gardens & Garden Design
(Amy Witt, David Elliott, and Eric Topper, Maine Audubon)
Cost is $95/person, payable the first session.
Registration is now closed.
Amy Melissa Witt is a certified Landscape for Life instructor. She is an educator and horticulturist and has been developing, coordinating and providing educational programs and events in southern Maine for many years. Amy is the founder and director of Earth Walkers. Prior to Earth Walkers, she was the horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County.
David Elliott is a certified Landscape for Life instructor, a Master Gardener, a student in the Native Plant and Ecological Horticulture program at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and a Landscape Design instructor.
Tussie Mussies –
The Art of Talking Bouquets
Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:00 – 8:00PM
RSU5 Community Programs/Freeport Community Programs
17 West Street, Freeport
Fee: $39 (includes all materials)
Tussie mussies are small bouquets made of fresh flowers and herbs. Popular in Victorian times, they were used as a means of communication. Participants will learn about the history and meaning of tussie mussies and create their own bouquet to take home. Students are asked to bring flower snips with them to class in Freeport.
The Benefits of Eco-friendly
Fall Gardening Practices
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Thomas Memorial Library
6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth
There is no charge for this program.
What does putting your garden to bed mean to you? What practices do you employ? Are they eco-friendly?
An “eco-friendly” garden or landscape is about working with nature, not against it. How and what you do in the fall to put your garden to bed impacts the health of your gardens and landscape in the following growing season.
Doing a big fall clean up may not be as necessary as you once thought. You can actually do less in your yard and let nature work for you. Learn about eco-friendly fall gardening tips and ideas that will benefit your gardens, sustain pollinators, beneficial insects, and other critters through the colder months and help get your gardens ready for the next growing season.
Herbal Teas and Potpourri Pouches
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Cape Elizabeth Community Services
345 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth
Fee: $28/resident; $31/non-resident (plus $5 materials fee paid directly to instructor).
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Merrymeeting Adult Education Center
25 Republic Avenue, Topsham
Fee: $35 (includes all materials and supplies)
Buying herb tea in pre-packaged bags is as easy as going to the store and laying down your money. It is so much prettier in loose form and transformed into gifts. The natural perfumes of herbs and flowers blended together also make beautiful and subtle scented teas and room fresheners. Learn which popular herbs complement each other and create your own tea and potpourri gift blends.