Designing and Building Living Landscapes in Your Yard

Instructor:  Jean Vose

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM

This course will enable students to understand the importance of building your garden as a backyard habitat. If you create a healthy habitat, your garden can provide all the necessary components to attract and sustain a variety of pollinators. We discuss what constitutes a “healthy eco-friendly habitat”–the four basic steps to pollinator friendly gardens: 1) best management practices to create strong yard environments; 2) using no-till practices in gardens and containers; 3) plants to attract and repel insects; and 4) attracting and keeping birds.

Jean Vose is a Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro, where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as other beneficial creatures. The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era, bounded by more than 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods. The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots. Most of her gardens have been established for 18 years. Altogether, she has been gardening for more than 35 years. Jean has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986, with honeybee hives in her backyard apiary for pollination and honey. She is committed to conservation activities. She has been a “birder” for many years and enjoys watching the birds.