Rewilding Yard Tour – Mary Hodgkin's Cape Elizabeth Home

$ 15.00

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Date: Thursday, June 2nd
Time: 4:30-6:30pm

This summer, Wild Seed Project invites you into the yards of our members to see first-hand the many forms rewilding can take. Our members will share stories about their personal rewilding projects, and the challenges and joys they have encountered along the way as they have tackled invasive plants, experimented with leaving their leaves in place, cut back on mowing, and restored habitat with rich arrays of native plants. Tours will feature urban oases of bustling backyard meadows, neighbors who are working together to rewild a suburban neighborhood, pristine coastal landscapes with formal garden plantings, and much more.

Tour Mary Hodgkin’s lovely coastal garden at her home in Cape Elizabeth. Mary is an inspiring and experienced plants-woman whose yard includes both more formal and more wild spaces. A diversity of native trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers grow around terraces, stone walls, and a fire pit, while her yard is also replete with a mini woodland, a meadow, a vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Parking: Please arrive on-time and park at Cape Elizabeth City Hall. WSP staff will coordinate a carpool over to Mary's home on Two Lights Terrace.

Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.

  • A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
  • B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
  • C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
  • D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
  • E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
  • F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
  • G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
  • FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.

If you have specific questions about seeds and germination guidelines please contact us at

All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.