Seasons

Seasonal Rhythms offer a foundation around which we cultivate engagement with the land.

From sowing wildflower seeds in the winter, grasses in the spring through the harvest of fruit in the fall, we follow the seasonal rhythms to learn about, and share dawnland ecology. Gardens at the SEED Barn are maintained as a platform for education. Fieldworks bring seeds out into the community to engage the public around restoration of our shared lands. Practicing at the intersection of art and ecology, we dream up ways to interact creatively and proactively with the landscape.

January

Be Balm seedheads in January
Bee Balm SEEDheads capped with snow in January

Sow Dry Seed
The Penobscot name of the great creator translates literally into ‘dry seed’. For this reason, we start the yearly cycle of community engagement with sowing wildflower seeds in the dead of winter.

February

By the beginning of February, all wildflower seeds that need at least 60 days of cold stratification should be planted

SEED the Untold Story at the Halcyon Grange
Winter is the time for storytelling and we like to participate in educational workshops during these quiet months of dormancy.

March

Spring Snow at the SEED Barn Maine
Winter conditions persist into March in Maine

A Blank Canvas
The story of the SEED Barn starts with a simple hole, dug for the foundation of our greenhouse in March of 2016.

Aquaponics
Construction methods integrate fluid design in the terraced beds structured as a buttress for our Greenhouse aquaponics system installed March 2017.

Quiet Stirrings of Spring
Spring arrives late in Maine, which calls for a slower transition into the warm season

April

Pussy Willow in Bloom
Finally April brings the first blooms of spring. Under a microscope, Pussy Willow flashes chartreuse and fuschia in this early season filled with otherwise muted tones.

Early Spring Emergence
Native plants emerge quietly and with some close attention we can see how they are bolstering themselves to burst forth as the season warms.

Make way for SEEDlings
April marks the time we clear out the produce we’ve grown in the greenhouse all winter and replace them with seedlings that will provide nourishment in outdoor gardens through the warm season.

May

Buddha & Foam Flower
Foam flower brightens shady corners in May

Fieldwork: Bagaduce Alewife Festival
May is the time of year that Alewives migrate from the sea up into freshwater ponds to spawn. To celebrate the completion of the Alewife fish ladder into Pierce Pond, we help host SEED restoration engagements during the spring festival.

Fieldwork: ¡Pollinate! Artsweek at GSA
Sculpture woven through staghorn sumac offers a creative platform for learning about pollinator homes.

June

Penstemon smallii in bloom
Penstemon smallii starts blooming in June

Preserving the Barn
In order to be saved, the SEED barn needed a new foundation. We used the earth that had been dug out of the footing to build the foundation of a new garden focused on native plants.

July

July wildflower seedlings
The slow growing seedlings thrive in the nursery through the summer.

HugelCULTURE demonstrations at the SEED Barn
We offer a yearly tour of the gardens to the members of the Blue Hill Garden Club so that they may see the process of restoration over the course of years.

August

August at the SEED Barn Maine
Summer ripens in August. Portrait of a woman by Jean Herard Celeur gazes over the pong while frogs chirp into the warm evenings.

birdSEED: Explore! Outdoors
In collaboration with the Blue Hill Public Library, the Blue Hill Heritage Trust & Downeast Audubon, this meadow workshop at the SEED Barn shared ideas on sculpting habitat for seed dispersers.

September

Monarchs sip nectar from the September blooms of Seaside Goldenrod

Meadow Mandala at the SEED Barn
2019 Open Air Arts Initiative collaboration where we created a mandala in the wet meadow while exploring ways to improve habitat by broadening perceptions of ‘home’ to include the outdoor spaces surrounding us.

Heirloom SEED Saving Instructions
Harvest Season Begins! These open source cards are distributed by a myriad of local organizations along with local produce to encourage seed saving and participation in the community seed library.

‘Yarding’ workshop with Downeast Audubon
Master gardener & leader of the Downeast chapter of Maine Audubon offers insight into her transformation of a golf course into a layered habitat haven for birds and pollinators.

October

Red Oak in October
Red oak adorned with rusty leaves by the salt pond. Acorns ripen in October.

Shinrin Yoku in Acadia with the Sierra Club Maine
The practice of Shinrin Yoku, or ‘forest bathing’ inspired haiku of the season by grandpa.

November

Black Cohosh seed
The last seeds ripen and are gathered and ideally dispersed in November through December. Here, the seeds of black cohosh, which will germinate the second year after planting. Patience required