Summer Outside 2011

Nature in the Garden

Saturday, September 10, 4:00-6:00
22 Fisher Rd., Bowdoinham
Pre-Registration: Required: Andrew Fiori 666-8419

Join Andrew Fiori, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Steering Committee member and owner of Campo di Fiori in a discussion [entitled Nature in the Garden] and tour of his nursery Saturday September 10 between 4-6 pm at 22 Fisher Rd. in Bowdoinham. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, and for directions, please contact Andrew at 666-8419 or at the Brunswick Farmer’s Market.

Nature is a relatively recent choice as a source of inspiration, a reflection of changing attitudes to the natural world. Nature in the Garden will be a lively dialogue discussing the myriad ways in which nature has influenced contemporary garden and landscape design - the use of natives or plants with wild character, nature-inspired planting patterns, and the effect these trends have on the ecology of the garden and the region at large. These influences are part of a continuum including the vision of human artistic imagination. As a whole, it is a modern gardening/landscape movement known as "naturalistic planting design". Many plants used in naturalistic planting design will be seen first hand as attendees discuss and observe their way through a tour of the nursery Campo di Fiori, in Bowdoinham.

Fiori is a student of all things natural and holds a degree in Resource Management from Sterling College in VT. He has a background in field ecology, natural history, forestry, sustainable agriculture, and systems dynamics. Campo di Fiori is a small, diversified nursery/farm in Bowdoinham on which Fiori field grows ornamental plants for sale at farmer’s markets and landscape design installations.  A portion of the land cultivated is conservation land which, through cooperative efforts with his grandfather, is now preserved in perpetuity through an agricultural easement. 

This ends the FOMB Summer Outside! Series, warm weather counterpart to FOMB’s popular Winter Speaker Series which begins October 12th and runs the 2nd Wednesday of each month through May. The full Speaker Series schedule sponsored by Patagonia-Freeport, when fully booked, will be found on the FOMB web at:


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