Native Plant Restoration

1:00 PM, Thursday, September 9, 2021
Tate Bushell, Director of Natural Lands at the Land and Garden Preserve, speaks at Garland Farm
Garland Farm is located at 475 Bay View Drive, Bar Harbor

The Bar Harbor Garden Club is pleased to present “Native Plant Restoration” with Tate Bushell, Director of Natural Lands at the Land and Garden Preserve, on September 9, 2021, at the Barn at Garland Farm. Garland Farm is located at 475 Bay View Dr, Bar Harbor, ME and is the historic home, archives, and study center of Beatrix Farrand Society. The Club meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a business discussion, and the talk will follow at 1:30/2:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join the meeting and presentation.

Land & Garden Preserve thoughtfully manages, cares for, and stewards 1,400 acres natural lands, gardens, and trails on Mount Desert Island, Maine, between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, abutting Acadia National Park. The Natural Lands area of Little Long Pond includes seventeen acres of meadows, twelve acres of marsh, a bog, clear streams, and 1,000 acres of forest. When walking at the property you can potentially hear the croak of a frog, watch an osprey fish, spot a pileated woodpecker, and take in breathtaking views of surrounding mountains.

Tate Bushell is responsible for leading all aspects of management, conservation, restoration, adaptation, and research for more than 1,000 acres of natural lands within the Preserve. He also oversees educational programs and manages trail volunteers. Prior to joining the Land and Garden Preserve, Tate was the Director of Land Stewardship at the Westchester Land Trust in Bedford Hills, NY. and worked as an ecological consultant with The Nature Conservancy. Tate has his master’s degree in ecosystem management from the University of Vermont.

Tate Bushell will discuss the Land and Garden Preserve’s long-term effort to reestablish native plants. This program will address the Garden Preserve’s native plant program designed to increase plant diversity and better support wildlife. Native plant restoration will help to support those plants at the Preserve that coevolve with animals and serve as excellent sources of food, shelter, pollen, and nectar. Birds, bees, and bears will benefit, and the flowering native plants will add color to the meadows.

This presentation is one of the monthly programs offered by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, and will be followed by a tour of the Garland Farm Gardens. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

This meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to reserve a seat by emailing or call 207-460-8496.

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