End of 2018 Season Notes

It has been a full season of tending plants around the Midcoast and connecting with people around these green friends at classes, consults, in the woods and fields, and at the amazing Maine Herbalist Gathering to cap it all off. As the days get shorter, and gardens are being put to bed, I have more time to reflect and new ideas for next season are already bubbling up! The best way to stay in touch and up to date is on my Instagram page, but keep checking back here too.

I’ve begun planning for a small garden 6-week internship program at Merryspring Nature Center for spring 2019 that’s outlined below, open to a diverse age group of anyone 16 and up. You can email me through the Connect  page here to stay in the loop about it, learn how to apply, and the dates. We are still ironing out some final details… Thanks for your interest and being in touch!

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In our time together in the garden we will begin with the questions below as a jumping off point to explore the days theme. We will do this through conversation, an observational garden walk and then hands on work including, but not limited to, weeding, planting, pruning, digging, wheelbarrowing and tending. Each week a handout and/or reading resource will be provided. The day is from 10am-3:30pm, BYO lunch (we will break for a half hour to eat), water bottle, weather appropriate clothing, and personal garden tools if you’d like.

Week 1. Garden Design and Layout

What elements should be considered when designing and planning a garden? How are these various components considered in a public garden or nature center setting? What makes a space inclusive to not only humans but insects and animals as well?

Week 2. Welcoming The Plants

As perennial plants are emerging in the spring what can we do to support their healthy growth? What needs to be pruned, tended to, or relocated? How do we best care for annual seedlings and when do we begin to transition them from the greenhouse to the garden?

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Week 3. Reconsidering Invasive Plants and Weeds

What are these plants trying to tell us about the soil, the environment they are growing in and what can we learn from them? Do they have uses as food or medicine? How many invasives or weeds can we identify on site?

 

Week 4. Tending to the Gardener  

How can we tend to our health alongside our gardens? What are some remedies that support garden first aid scenarios and overall strength and stamina to work outside in a variety of weather? What does mutual care look like?

Week 5. Native and Endangered Plants  

In what ways can we support the continued growth of native plant populations that are at risk for endangerment? What are some of these plants and their ideal growing conditions? Are there potential risk factors for plants becoming endangered in our area?

Week 6. Medicine, Beauty, Food  

What plants in the garden offer themselves to these different categories? What signals do we look for to know when or if we can collect or harvest a plant? How would we go about collecting or harvesting these plants if we were to use them for these potentials?

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looking forward 2018 class schedule

April 20th – Layout and Planning of Your At-Home Herb Garden – 3 hour class for the complete beginner Belfast Breeze Inn   https://planningherbgarden.brownpapertickets.com/

April 24 – Planning your home apothecary garden at Merryspring Nature Center Camden, ME

May 23rd 6-8pm, August 4th 1-3pm, September 15th 1-3pm  – Connect to Plant Spirits at Belfast Breeze Inn, Belfast ME
In this class we will gather and share a medicinal/herbal tincture or tea not knowing what it is and engage in a silent meditation. From there, as a group we will share our experience of the plant, our sensations and impressions. After revealing the plant, Denise will then talk about the more concrete medicinal uses, how the plant likes to grow, and how to harvest and use the plant for medicinal use. We will connect with multiple plants in each session. Part participatory plant journey and part informational! Sign up here: https://plantspirits.brownpapertickets.com/

June 12th –Backyard Herbalism – Plant families and their herbal properties -Roseacea MerrySpring Nature Center, Camden, ME

In this backyard herbalism series we will discuss plants in the Roseacea family. We will go over the distinguishing botanical characteristics that help identify plants in the rose family, as well as attributes such as growing conditions and herbal actions that are similar throughout the plant family. We will discuss a variety of plants in this family, how to plant and care for them and their medicinal uses. This is the first class in a series of classes categorizing the plants by their plant family as a way to discuss their herbal uses. Other classes in this series – July 24th- EricaceaeAugust 14th – Fabaceae

July 28th Connect to Plant Spirits at Wild Vibes Yoga Festival – South Berwick, Maine More info at Wild Vibes website. Message me for promo code

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August 10-12th – We Are Still Wild Gathering- Spirit, Camden, ME.

A weekend gathering that will offer time and space in a natural setting to focus on ways to inspire your spirit, tune into your highest self and nourish the path you’re on… or want to be on.  Info can can found on the We Are Still Wild website.

October 16th – The Poison Path Merryspring Nature Center

Date TBD – Sacred Smoke at Daughters, Rockland, ME

Also, join me for a day of herbal community and classes at The Maine Herbalist Gathering.

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*classes at Merryspring are $5 or free to members. For all other classes follow links for pricing info.

more to come!