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Maine Garden Day 2013 Registration Form

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Cost: $50 per person. Fill out a separate form for each person who wishes to attend. Complete the form carefully. After you click "Send" at the bottom of the form, you will be directed to your payment options. If you have questions, call 1-800-287-1482 (in Maine) or 207-743-6329.




Lunch Choice (Please, choose one of the following):

Design how your day will look with your preferred schedule as your first choice. Note the start and end times for each workshop.

Please, select one half-day or two quarter-day sessions for morning, and one half-day or two quarter-day sessions for afternoon.

Make certain you fill out your 2nd and 3rd choices as classes fill quickly. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-287-1482.

Click on the links below to view Session details.

Half-Day Sessions


Morning, 8:30 - 11:15



Afternoon, 12:15 - 3:00


Quarter-Day Sessions: Morning


Morning, 8:30 - 9:45


Morning, 10:00 - 11:15

Quarter-Day Sessions: Afternoon


Afternoon, 12:15 - 1:30


Afternoon, 1:45 - 3:00


Workshop Descriptions

Half-Day Sessions: Morning, 8:30 – 11:15

HD1 Growing a Gardening Business
Have you ever considered growing money in your garden? Considerations needed to start and market a horticultural-based business and effective marketing techniques will be discussed.
Jim McConnon, UMaine Extension 

HD2 Managing Organic Matter & Interpreting Soil Test Reports
Soil organic matter is a very important component of soil fertility. Learn how to manage soil organic matter through the use of cover crops, compost, and other organic soil amendments.
Bruce Hoskins, Maine Soil Testing Service 

HD3 Mushrooms, a Key Component of the Living Landscape
Our field and woodland mushrooms are usually overlooked, frequently beautiful, endlessly interesting, and essential partners in sustaining our natural landscapes. In this session we will meet some local mushrooms and learn how and what they do in our shared landscape and how they do it.
Kevin Smith, Plant Physiologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service 

HD4 Fruit Growing Simplified
Learn simplified fruit growing practices from a number of angles: fruit and varietal selection, pruning, soil, site and natural pest management. We’ll examine the pest triangle, showing how pest problems occur and strategies for avoiding or controlling problems.
Lee Reich, Lee Reich Ltd, Author

HD5 Maintaining Curb Appeal With Native Plants
Many people understand that we will not save our nation’s biodiversity if we do not increase the amount of native plants in suburban landscapes, but they do not know how to create socially acceptable landscapes using native plants. Tallamy will dispel common misconceptions and suggest ways to make your property a showpiece without losing its function in the local ecosystem.
Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware, Author 

HD6 Eat the Suburbs: A Permaculture Case Study (Turning a 1/3 Acre Lot into an Edible Ecosystem)

What is “permaculture” and how can it help convert any property or garden into an edible perennial ecosystem? Participants will learn about the core permaculture design principles, how to apply them via good design methods and Lisa’s “top twenty” edible perennial plants.

Lisa Fernandes, The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture

Quarter-Day Sessions: Morning, 8:30 – 9:45

QD1 Orchids for Home and Garden
Orchids are a large and diverse group of plants. Kevin will cover varieties, habitats and cultural conditions needed to successfully grow orchids in the home and garden.
Kevin Kearns, Morrison Center

QD2 Sow It Forward: How Gardeners Are Cultivating Change from the Ground Up
How do we feed a growing population nutritiously, sustainable and deliciously using a depleted resource base? While the challenge is big, Roger Dorion thinks that the solution is as small and close as our own backyard. In this entertaining and provocative multimedia presentation, Roger connects the dots between small gardens and big-picture problems such as hunger, obesity and climate change.
Roger Dorion, Kitchen Gardens International

QD3 The Edible Landscape
Many landscape plants are edible…but how many burdock roots and chokecherries will you really eat? This presentation looks at edible landscapes for real gardeners: plants that add beauty to the landscape and provide food for the table; and how to balance food, beauty and labor in the context of your gardening and cooking activities.
Lois Stack, UMaine Extension

QD4 Foraging for Wild Edibles
This presentation will help wild food enthusiasts learn how to identify and use wild edible plants found throughout Maine.
Tom Seymour, Botanist

QD5 Creating The Maine Garden Journal – A Non-traditional Gardening Book
How The Maine Garden Journal was created and written is a compelling story involving gardeners from around the state. Explore some of the knowledge and experience shared by ornamental gardeners who contributed to the book as well as Lisa’s non-traditional road to publishing this fascinating resource for Maine gardeners.
Lisa Colburn, Author

QD6 Canning and Freezing Basics
Come learn from a UMaine Extension Master Food Preserver the basics of hot water bath canning and freezing. Participants will learn recommended techniques, equipment and recipes.
Master Food Producer, UMaine Extension

Quarter-Day Sessions: Morning, 10:00 – 11:15

QD7 Growing Great Tomatoes
How do you produce tasty, beautiful tomatoes in your home garden? We will discuss starting seeds, growing and planting transplants, ground preparation and use of mulches, pruning and training, common insects and diseases. There will also be a chance to rave about your favorite varieties and warn others off of poor varieties.
Mark Hutton, UMaine Extension

QD8 Alternative Crops for Woodlands – American Ginseng & Other Herbs
Join Kevin as he takes you on a virtual journey to Hong Kong, the hills of Appalachia and the wilds of Maine to review the history and cultural conditions needed to grow American ginseng, goldenseal and other medicinal herbs and then takes you on a virtual journey to Hong Kong, the hills of Appalachia and the wilds of Maine.
Kevin Kearns, Morrison Center

QD9 Insect Pests in the Vegetable Garden and Landscape (Limit 20)
Learn to identify vegetable insect pests and explore integrated strategies for a least toxic approach to their management.
Clay Kirby, UMaine Extension

QD10 Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, & Why They Matter
What place do historic regional foods deserve in our gardens, farms, and markets, and how are we to go about collecting and preserving them? David will present strategies to help growers balance the need for efficiency and uniformity with matters of taste, ecology, and regional identity.
David Buchanan, Author

QD11 Diversity in the Shade Garden
The diversity of perennials available to gardeners is at an all-time high. Come and learn about some uncommon perennials for the shade garden including trilliums, primroses and lady slippers.
Mike Murphy, Wake-Robin Nursery

QD12 Home Orchard Pruning & Tree Planting (Limit 25)
A review, discussion and demonstration of tools, techniques and cultural practices for pruning and planting landscape shade trees and fruit trees.
Tom Hoerth, Winter Greens

QD13 A Behind the Scenes Tour of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Ever wondered how Johnny’s Selected Seeds decides what goes into the catalog? Join us to see what goes on at their research farm in the summer. You’ll see how they evaluate new vegetables and flowers and get the scoop on the newest varieties.
Christina Hillier, Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Half-Day Sessions: Afternoon, 12:15 – 3:00

HD7 Hypertufa Workshop (Limit 20)
Making plant containers with hypertufa is fun and easy. In this workshop, we will make a hypertufa trough starting with the raw ingredients. Participant should bring their own smooth container to use as a form for the trough.
Edith Ellis, Sunnyside Gardens

HD8 Tussie Mussies: Talking Bouquets
Tussie mussies are small bouquets made of fresh flowers and herbs. Popular in Victorian times, they were used as a means of communication. In this workshop, participants will learn about the history and meaning of tussie mussies and create their own bouquet.
Amy Witt, UMaine Extension

HD9 Drying Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
Drying is a great way to preserve your garden’s produce. Come learn different techniques for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Master Food Preserver, UMaine Extension

HD10 Gardening in Tune with Nature
The focus will be on the garden as an ecosystem and the gardener as the caretaker of garden biodiversity. Reeser will discuss building healthy soil, supporting pollinators by planting insectaries and providing nesting sites for native pollinators and reliance on regionally native plants.
Reeser Manley, Author

HD11 Gardening with Youth: Hands on Activities (Limit 20)
Changing kids into voracious veggie eaters is easy when you teach them to grow and prepare their own food. Experience gardening and cooking activities from the Kids Can Grow program and learn about resources that will help you transform your classroom/home into an educational (and delicious!) green space.
Ellie Libby, UMaine Extension

Quarter-Day Sessions: Afternoon, 12:15 – 1:30

QD14 So You Want to Start A Home-Based Food Business? (Limit 50)
Turning produce into value-added products can be tricky. We will discuss the regulations surrounding how to start a food business as well as products that can be safely processed at home. Some food safety aspects will be covered. (Tinctures/herbal supplements and meat processing will not be covered).
Beth Calder, UMaine Extension

QD15 Diseases in the Vegetable Garden and Landscape
Plant diseases are not well understood and hard to identify. This presentation will focus on identifying and controlling vegetable and ornamental diseases found in Maine landscapes.
Bruce Watt, UMaine Extension

QD16 Fruit Tree Bench Grafting & Bark Cleft Grafting (Limit 25)
A demonstration of two common grafting techniques used in fruit tree production and older fruit tree rejuvenation. Participants will be provided an opportunity to practice.
Tom Hoerth, Winter Greens

QD17 Bringing Nature Home
Gardening in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the benefits of designing gardens with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so.
Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware, Author

QD18 A Bit About Hops
How do you brew great beer? In this presentation Jason will talk about hops and other major ingredients, how to insure long shelf-life, and brewing equipment.
Jason Bolton, UMaine Extension

QD19 Slow Food Movement
The slow food movement is about so much more than long, extravagant meals. Come learn about slow food principles and why we need to use them to fix our broken food system.
John Jemison, UMaine Extension

Quarter-Day Sessions: Afternoon, 1:45 – 3:00

QD20 Delightfully Herbal: A Simple Plan for Growing and Using Herbs
Would you love to have an herb garden, but don't know where to start or what questions to ask? Cindy can help! This presentation will guide you from planning and planting your herb garden through the many ways you can use the herbs you grow.
Cindy Tibbetts, Hummingbird Farm Greenhouse/Nursery

QD21 Organic Strawberries
Strawberries may be the crop most looked forward to by gardeners once they are established. Become one of those lucky ones and learn how to plan, plant and protect your own strawberry patch.
Eric Sideman, MOFGA

QD22 Growing Sweet Potatoes in the Back Yard
Becky will discuss how to successfully grow sweet potatoes in Northern climates. She’ll cover all aspects of sweet potato production: starting or purchasing “slips,” transplanting, growing techniques, harvesting, and curing for long-term storage.
Becky Sideman, University of New Hampshire

QD23 Multi-Dimensional Gardening
Today’s gardens are smaller than those of years past. Using 5 dimensions lets you grow a lot of vegetables in a small space. We’ll explore each of those dimensions and look at examples of how to make them work.
Lee Reich, Lee Reich Ltd., Author

QD24 Backyard Poultry Management for Beginners
In this introduction to backyard poultry, we will discuss the basics of raising chickens for meat or eggs. Topics will include appropriate housing, feed and water requirements, health and safety concerns, and resources for further information.
Tori Jackson, UMaine Extension

QD25 Signs of the Seasons  (Limit 25)
Phenology may be an unfamiliar word, yet taking note of seasonal events (like the first robin in spring) is part of everyday life for most of us. Maine citizens have the opportunity to work with climate scientists to track seasonal changes. Please join us to learn more about climate change and what you can do.
Esperanza Stanicoff, UMaine Extension

QD26 Starting Seedlings at Home
Grow your own high quality garden seedlings. Learn the basics of lighting, temperatures, containers and potting mixes. We will demonstrate building two different models of an inexpensive light stand you can make for yourself at home.
Frank Wertheim, UMaine Extension

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