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*Please call ahead to make sure we are in! Although we make every attempt to have the office open during these hours, at times we are both out of the office for education programs or technical assistance.

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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    Native Plant Walks & Native Seed Planting


    We are presenting three programs this year in cooperation with Heather McCargo, founder and director of Wild Seed Project.

    Photo Credit Donald CameronWild Seed Project is a Maine-based nonprofit that works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaption in the face of climate change, and to create pollination and migration corridors for insects, birds, and other wildlife. Wild Seed Project sell seeds of locally sourced wild type native plants and educates the public on propagation techniques so that a wide range of citizens can participate in increasing native plant populations. We have an interactive website www.wildseedproject.net and publish an annual magazine, Wild Seed.



    Heather McCargoHeather McCargo is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design, & conservation. She was the head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods in the 90’s, worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, National Gardening Association, & with MOFGA. Locally, she designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockland & was the creator & lead teacher for the Bay School’s Agricultural Arts program. Heather has a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design & BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College.

    Early Spring Wildflowers



       Friday, April 28 at 10am to noon

       Payson Park, Rt 90 in Warren

       Presenter: Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project

       Fee: $5 Wild Seed Project members; $8 non-members

    Explore the woodlands along the river and canal system in Payson Park, a town-owned community park in Warren, Maine. This rich woodland has unusually large displays of early spring ephemerals such as bloodroot, trout lily, wild hellebore, and, of course, skunk cabbage.

    Join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project on this walk to learn to about the interesting life cycle, habitat requirements, and ethnobotany of some of Maine's most beautiful woodland herbs. We also should see a variety of newly emerging ferns, as well as other native plants that are typically found along waterways. This is a relatively easy walk, but please wear waterproof shoes as there is often water running on the path at this time of year.

    Summer Native Plant Walk

    Witch-hazelFriday, August 11 from 9:30 to 11am

    Hidden Valley Nature Center, Egypt Rd in Jefferson

    Presenter: Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project

    Fee: $5 Wild Seed Project/Midcoast Conservancy members; $8 non-members

    Register here:  www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/native-plant-walk

    The forested land at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson is a beautiful piece of woodland with a variety of interesting native plants. On this summer native plant walk, we will learn about some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. Leader Heather McCargo will talk about which species are adaptable to gardens and developed landscapes, and the threats to their survival; and inspire you with their unusual reproductive strategies, as well as edible and medicinal properties. Learning to recognize the native species in our midst is the first step to advocating for their preservation.

    Fall Native Seed Sowing

    October 28 from 10 - 11:30am

    Sheepscot General, 97 Town House Rd in Whitefield

    Presenter: Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project

    Fee: $20 Wild Seed Project members; $30 non-members


    The seeds of native plants have different germination requirements from the seeds of our common garden and vegetable plants - and fall is a great time to sow native seeds!

    In this workshop, you will get hands-on experience in native plant propagation, from germination techniques to seed collection and storing procedures. We will work with wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Growing natives from seed is a great way to produce a lot of plants inexpensively and to protect the genetic diversity of our Maine native plants.

    To register for Early Spring Wildflowers and Fall Native Seed Sowing:

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