Going Native Workshop and Plant Sale
Rescheduled to April 8!
How and Why You Should Include Native Plants in Your Backyard
Did you know that including native plants your property 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 backyard on April 8. 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 poster contest for young people and a native plant sale. For more information: email@example.com, 207-837-9613.
Saturday, April 8
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell
Session One: Principles of Native Planting and Landscaping
9:00-9:40 a.m.: Bret LeBleu of Callahan and LeBleu will talk about designing a native plant garden.
9:40 to 10:20 a.m.: Heather McCargo of the Wild Seed Project will talk about growing native plants from seed.
10:20 to 10:40 am: Break for refreshments
Session Two: What to Plant to Support Native Wildlife
10:40 to 11:20 a.m.: Doug Hitchcox of Maine Audubon will talk about planting for birds and other wildlife.
11:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Kathleen Marty, former president of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, will talk about planting for pollinators.
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.: Q&A and Panel Discussion
*Note: You are welcome to come to just a portion of the morning or the whole thing. Please note that due to lots of interest in this event, advance registration is required. There are a few spots available. Click here to register.
We are inviting young people to create a poster about native plants and their benefits. These posters can focus on one plant or one animal, or be more broad. Participants of the Going Native event will vote on their favorite poster. The creator of the winning poster wins a free plant of his or her choice from our plant sale list. If your child plans to submit a poster, please contact Julia McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-837-9613 for more information.
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 information about the plants available.
Looking for more information about native plants?
Here are some resources we recommend:
- An article written by Kara Douglas in 2016 for the Harpswell Anchor: Native Plants Take Center Stage
- The Wild Seed Project
- Plants for the Maine Landscape (Cooperative Extension)
- Native Plants: A Maine Source List (Cooperative Extension)