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Learn about gardening on the vertical plane botanical gardens in Boothbay

Posted June 10, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.
These vertical gardens are a favorite of guests at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and horticulturist Dick Zieg will show how they translate to the home landscape.
These vertical gardens are a favorite of guests at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and horticulturist Dick Zieg will show how they translate to the home landscape.

BOOTHBAY, Maine — On Friday, June 21, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens horticulturist Dick Zieg will present an eye-opening class on how to create gorgeous vertical gardens at home that rival those in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses at the Gardens. This 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. program will be in the Bosarge Family Education Center.

Zieg will explain what goes into planning, planting and caring for the “living walls” at the Gardens. He’ll present ideas for use at home and will share sources for materials. He’ll even bring examples of containers.

Because planting and tending them can be done primarily while standing up, vertical gardens are a great way to avoid lots of uncomfortable bending or weeding on hands and knees. This class, appropriate for all adults, is part of the new “Gardening Later in Life” series developed by Therapeutic Horticulture Coordinator Irene Brady Barber. Each class focuses on practical, realistic options for home-garden space, whether small or expansive, so people can continue to garden long into the future.

Dick Zieg, who has more than 40 years’ experience as a horticulturist, was hired in 2003 as Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ director of horticulture and was the Gardens’ first full-time grounds employee.  He has been involved in almost every facet of the development of the gardens, including planting trees, building walls, and maintaining plantings. While studying for a degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture at the University of Maryland, he worked doing research in the USDA’s Turf and Grass Investigations Department.

The fee for this class, “Vertical Gardening: Growing at Eye Level,” is $30 for members and $37 for nonmembers. To sign up, call 207-633-4333, ext. 101; visit www.MaineGardens.org; or stop by the Gardens, located off Barters Island Road in Boothbay.

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