This year’s native plants festival was a huge success thanks to the incredible support of the Maine Audubon community! Dressed in their finest rain slickers, bean boots, and umbrellas, , people came out in record numbers, embracing what could have easily been written off as a washout! The resilience and positive energy was heartening, to say the least.
On June 17, we sold more than 3,000 herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees, bringing in more than $50,000 to support our ongoing habitat education and restoration efforts. The festival featured a variety of speakers in front of standing-room-only crowds on subjects ranging from native plant medicinals, to designing with native plants, to identifying and addressing invasive plant species. Thanks to the many community partners who joined us for the day, sharing their work with attendees. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who showed up in the rain and made the entire event possible. We have the best volunteers at Maine Audubon. Volunteer opportunities are always available.
Didn’t get plants or need more? Shop online now!
We needed a brief pause to restock and recover after the festival; thanks for your patience. Our online sale opens to orders on Friday June 30. Our online sale can be found here! (Place orders online for plant pickups the following Thursday or Friday at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. The Fields Pond Audubon Center plants sale will be on July 15. ) Please keep in mind that our inventory will be expanding throughout the summer into fall as our seed-grown herbaceous plants mature. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget! There are still plant festival t-shirts available either online or in person at the Gilsland Farm Nature Store. These are a limited edition T-shirt with an illustration of our plant of the year, the Cutleaf Coneflower, with a Silvery Checkerspot butterfly, created by Maine artist Claire Luce-Baldwin. Get your shirt here >
Please stay tuned for more updates on all things related to “Bringing Nature Home” in Maine.