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Winter webinars: Something to look forward to

The Preserve is excited to offer another series of webinars this winter. Join us to engage your curiosity and learn more about trail building, Japanese gardens, and gardening practices. Invitations with registration links will be sent by email a few weeks prior to each talk. 

Trail Building with Ed Hawes  

Wednesday, January 24, 4 – 5 p.m. EST 

The miles of trails in the Preserve follow streams, traverse woodlands, climb to summits, and provide a network of connecting paths. Preserve Land Steward Ed Hawes will share stories and information about building, maintaining, and improving the trail system in the Preserve. He will walk us through considerations for trails that successfully connect us to our natural surroundings and talk about the art, history, and science behind the trails we enjoy. There will be ample time for Q&A with Ed Hawes and Tate Bushell, Director of Natural Lands. 

Exploring American Japanese gardens with Grace Brown & Santos Henggeler 

Wednesday, March 6, 4 – 5 p.m. EST Please note new date

Preserve gardeners Grace Brown and Santos Henggeler attended a multi-day workshop this past September in Gresham, Oregon hosted by the North American Japanese Garden Association. They visited local gardens and nurseries, toured the healing garden at the Oregon State Penitentiary, and participated in workshop demonstrations and hands-on projects at the Gresham Japanese Garden. Through this webinar, they will share photos and talk about their experience and how it relates to their work at the Asticou Azalea Garden 

Granite, Moss, and Three Gardens of the Coast of Maine with Cassie Banning 

Wednesday, March 20, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT 

The gardens of the Preserve each have uniquely beautiful settings, designs, and style. Cassie Banning, the Preserve’s Director of Farm & Gardens, will share a brief history of the Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and will give us a behind-the-scenes look at garden maintenance practices and the craft found in these gardens today.  


For additional information on our webinar series, contact Dianne Clendaniel,

Photos by Katherine Emery Photography

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