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Advanced Studies in Professional Horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens:
Resilient Landscapes in Built Environments

Section II: Plants and Practice
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18 and December 2
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Continuing the focus of resilient landscapes in built environments, Section II examines New England native plants for function in the landscape, including their biodiversity and beauty, achieving high performance with minimal input. Additionally, in the final two courses, the instructor will: provide step-by-step information on seasonal implementation and land-management practices relating to succession, identify concepts of green infrastructure, and discuss contractor-to-client communication essential for success. Courses are designed to be interactive, supporting students with a working knowledge of native plants to plan for the next level of design and maintenance.


  Download PDF: Resilient Landscapes in Built Environments: A new course in the Advanced Studies program at Coastal Maine
Botanical Gardens designed for landscape professionals.


Students who complete the both sections receive a certificate in Resilient
Landscapes in Built Environments from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


  Sign up for Section II: Plants and Practice


Day 1: Native Woody Plants
Wednesday, November 4
with Andy Brand, Curator of Living Collections, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Andy will take participants on a virtual tour of native woody plants, from the rare to the common to several under-used species. He’ll discuss straight versus cultivated species and how they’re used in designed resilient landscapes. Instruction will include developing plant identification skills; evaluating and selecting woody plants appropriate for specific built landscapes; and recognizing woody plants, individually and communally, that contribute habitat and structure to the year-round landscape.

Day 2: Native Herbaceous Plants
Wednesday, November 11
with Heather McCargo, landscape architect and Executive Director of Maine’s Wild Seed Project

Students will continue to study a range of native herbaceous plants, such as those thriving in versatile conditions and those preferring specific cultural conditions, all of which lead to healthier ecological landscapes. Class content will cover trends in the native plant nursery trade, wildlife benefits, project testimonials, seasonal planting and management methods according to species’ habit and successional growth, and visual aesthetic for seasonal appeal.

Day 3: Sustainable Implementation Practices
Wednesday, November 18
with Trevor Smith, landscape contractor and designer, owner of Land Escapes

This class will examine how green infrastructure (GI) sustainably manages the water and drought conditions that impact landscape performance and practices. Just as traditionally implemented landscape designs cannot be left alone, resilient landscapes also need long-term care as they naturally evolve.
Considering environmental factors and available resources, Trevor will discuss project timing and execution as well as how to evaluate timelines while ensuring minimal harm and maximum beneficial impact.

Day 4: Contractors and Clients in Unison
Wednesday, December 2
with Trevor Smith, landscape contractor and designer, owner of Land Escapes

The final step between knowing and practicing is often the hardest to take. This final class examines the minutiae of the business, from working with employees and sub-contractors to explaining goals and processes to clients who may not understand ecological systems. Students will leave confident in their ability to accurately communicate their ideas and methods about achieving a beautiful, resilient landscape.



New Green Spotlight Series

In partnership with the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens presents the Green Spotlight Series, featuring local and national researchers, instructors, and field professionals from the green industry discussing topics valuable to peer professionals. The variety of topics are for a diverse range of landscape-related professionals from nursery and lawn-care specialists to arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and landscape designers/architects. MELNA members will earn recertification credits and several sessions will count toward the State of Maine’s Pesticide License recertification. Please inquire regarding credit approval for all other network agencies.

    Go to to register in advance.


The Green Spotlight Series
Online, Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
A Series Presented in Partnership with the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association


Who’s Got Compost?
Online with Mark Hutchinson
Thursday, November 19
4 – 5 p.m.

Maine’s compost industry has grown over the past 20 years; what had been virtually nonexistent now numbers near 50 compost operations in the state. In fact, this year’s high demand resulted in a shortage of compost at a number of garden centers and nurseries. In this presentation and discussion, Mark will talk about what’s involved in compost production, how to source quality product before purchase, and the opportunities for compost production from the yard waste collected or produced by landscapers and garden centers.

  Sign Up for Who’s Got Compost



Irrigation Management: Greenhouse and Nursery
Stephanie Burnett
Thursday, December 3, 2020
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


What is Natural Design?
Larry Weaner
Thursday, Dec 17, 2020
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Water Management in Urban Landscapes
Jack Ahern
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
4 p.m. – 5. p.m.


Efficiency in Greenhouse Growing
Jeff Marstaller
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Landscaping with Wild Edibles
Andy Brand
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Nature’s Best Hope: An Introduction
Doug Tallamy
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Fruit Vines and Strawberries: What’s New?
David Handley
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Fruit Trees: Yielding Beauty and Flavor
Rene Moran
Thursday, March 11, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Foundational Factors for Sustainable Turf
Mary Owen
Thursday, March 18, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Urban Trees, Selection & Management
Nina-Lauren Bassuk
Thursday, April 1
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537
(207) 633-8000 |​



Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo is pleased to announce that we will offer a webinar series this fall, beginning Nov. 4, sponsored by New England Floriculture Inc., in order to deliver content relevant to greenhouse pests, diseases, biocontrols, PGRs, and sanitation.

Although we regret having to postpone the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo to 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we hope that these webinars will provide important education (and pesticide recertification credit) for the greenhouse community in 2020. We have received pesticide recertification credits for the New England States and New York.

  Visit for the dates/topics and registration information.

With kind regards,

Matt Wallhead
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist/Asst. Prof.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
495 College Ave.
Orono, ME 04473



Charity Work Project:

Each year requests are submitted to our organization to request our expertise in landscaping a particular locale. It is our difficult task to choose a project deserving of our attention. Once chosen, a landscape is designed, plants and materials are donated by our membership in a coordinated effort, and we descend upon the site for the installation. It is an amazing to see a site transformed so quickly by many experienced hands. Equipment and materials quickly move about, completing the project many times in a matter of hours. The camaraderie amongst the workers is a true draw on the day for many. If you haven’t had the experience, we encourage you to become involved – you will be in awe of what we can do!




If you have any questions or ideas, please contact

Don Sproul, Executive Director

Maine Landscape and Nursery Association
PO Box 4666
Augusta, ME 04330


Phone: (207) 623-6430
Fax: (207) 623-6431