The Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants

Heather McCargo, Wild Seed Project

Wednesday, March 13th, 7:00pm
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine

Heather McCargo: Wild Seed Project

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s (FOMB) sixth presentation of our 23rd annual Winter Speaker Series: The Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants features Heather McCargo, Executive Director of the Wild Seed Project. This event takes place in the Morrill Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Wednesday March 13th at 7pm.

Wild Seed Project is a Maine-based nonprofit working to increase 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.

In this illustrated presentation, McCargo will discuss the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of New England native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. She will explain simple outdoor seed sowing anyone can do to help increase native plant populations. Growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native flora and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively.

Founder and executive director of Wild Seed Project, Heather McCargo is an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, landscape design, and conservation. She was head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has been a contributor to several research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA.

McCargo has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Horticulture and American Nurseryman. More locally, Heather designed the master plan for medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockland and was creator and lead teacher for the Bay School’s Agricultural Arts program. Heather has a B.A. in plant ecology from Hampshire College, and an M.A. from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

FOMB hosts our Winter Speaker Series October-May, the second Wednesday of each month. Our April 10th presentation, Dresden Falls-Kennebec Life 1776-9,000 Years Ago features archaeologists Arthur Spiess and Leith Smith of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
Speaker Series presentations are free, open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. Visit to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, recordings of past presentations, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.
For more information contact FOMB at 207-666-3372 or

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Watercolors by
Sarah Stapler