Going Native Workshop and Plant Sale 2018

The Hows and Whys of including Native Plants in your Yard and Garden

Did you know that including native plants in your yard can help support the diversity of wildlife we enjoy in Harpswell? Planting natives is a simple way to be a part of the solution to support animals like Monarch butterflies and many kinds of birds. We encourage you to learn more about how and why to include native plants in your yard and garden. This event is free and open to the public. Even if you can’t make it to the event, check out information below about a native plant sale. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

The new native plant garden at the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust provided food and rest for Monarch butterflies and other animals last summer.

Saturday, April 7
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell
Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Session One:  Re-Envisioning your Landscape using Native Plant Species to Support Local Wildlife

with Kathleen (Kookie) McNerney, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9-9:50 a.m.

Tree Swallow (John Berry photo)

Why should we move away from the monoculture of lawns and plant native species of plants? Did you know that native oak trees support more than 500 species of caterpillars, but the commonly urban-planted Asiatic Ginko hosts only five? One brood of chickadees needs to eat more than 6,000 caterpillars to survive and flourish. Kookie will discuss different ways in which homeowners can create wildlife corridors and welcome native insects, birds and other creatures back into their landscapes.

Kathleen (Kookie) McNerney has been with Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County for the past three years. Her work centers on effective volunteerism and education in the areas of native plants and landscapes, as well as the creation of wildlife corridors to help increase biodiversity and sustainable living spaces for all creatures.

Session Two:  Edible Landscapes

with Shawn Jalbert, Native Haunts

10-10:50 a.m.

Beach plum: A native plant you can eat!

Shawn will discuss the concept and components of an edible landscape using native plants – one that nourishes both humans and wildlife. We will review a selection of native plants that will produce tasty fruits and nuts for people, while also attracting and sustaining wildlife during all life stages of the plant.

Shawn Jalbert has been a lifelong naturalist and plant enthusiast. After earning his BS in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire, he worked in the fields of environmental consulting, landscaping and tree care before setting out on his own. Volunteer time is spent with several environmental organizations including the New England Wildflower Society, where he is currently the steward of Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary. His business, Native Haunts, was started 15 years ago with the goal of supplying locally grown native plants to the public and offering educational and consulting services to help folks better understand and appreciate the importance of native plants in our lives.

Session Three:  Planting Natives along the Shoreline

with Kate Miller, local landscaper

11-11:50 a.m.

Kookie McNerney photo

Kate will help participants re-envision their shoreline properties to include native plants and address issues of erosion. She will guide participants in identifying common signs of erosion, and she will offer a common sense framework to understand how to work with the natural processes at play to correct issues. She will offer various practical methods on how to use natural materials and plants to create a landscape that is attractive, supports local wildlife and protects water quality. She will explain the methods behind successful selection of plants for sloped areas and offer examples of common plant communities that thrive along Harpswell’s shoreline.

Kate Miller’s background is first in organic vegetable gardening as a lifelong practice. She worked on several farms, including as sanctuary gardener at Avena Botanicals biodynamic flower and herb farm. At Avena, she was responsible for a display garden that featured native plants and pollinator relationships. She has now started her own gardening business in Brunswick. She has a masters degree from UConn in Management and interned with the Women’s Agricultural Network. Her vision is to support and facilitate homeowners in making ecologically sensitive choices about their landscapes.

Plant Sale!

Are you inspired to turn your property into critical habitat for local wildlife and pollinators? You can order high quality native plants to be picked up right here in Harpswell, while supporting Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Click here for details and a plant list.

Looking for more information about native plants?

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