Native plant walk scheduled in Ellsworth



ELLSWORTH — On Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Heather McCargo, executive director of the Wild Seed Project, will lead a native plant walk at Birdsacre, located on Route 3 in Ellsworth. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

McCargo is the founder of the Wild Seed Project, which is dedicated to increasing the use of native plants in all landscape settings to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaption in the face of climate change, safeguard wildlife habitat and create pollination and migration corridors for insects and birds. As a nonprofit organization, it sells seeds of locally grown native plants and educates the public on seed sowing.

The walk is timed to coincide with the visit to Ellsworth of the internationally recognized landscape architect Thomas Rainer. As an author, educator and designer of numerous large and small landscaping projects Rainer advocates for a “rewilding” of our urban spaces with attention to native plants and the design of natural landscapes. Rainer will speak on the following Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St. in Ellsworth.

This event is offered free of charge by the Wild Seed Project, the Ellsworth Garden Club and Birdsacre and is limited to a maximum of 20 previously registered participants.

For more information or to register, call 667-8878 or email [email protected]. The rain date for this event is Sunday, Aug. 19.