– Winterbloom Farm –
Class: Qigong, Four Seasons Qigong ($35 per person)
Date & Time: March 29, 7:30am
Get an exclusive, early look at the gardens of the Maine Flower Show, and enjoy a Qigong practice surrounded by the sights and smells of Spring! Holders of this ticket will participate in the class, and then have exclusive time to see the display gardens before the crowds arrive! Limited space is available so secure your spot early!
Qigong, a Chinese practice of energy cultivation, has been used for centuries to revitalize the body and spirit. Qigong exercises coordinate breath, meditation, and gentle movement to promote physical wellness and a calm mind. Our practice for the Maine Flower Show will be based on the Four Seasons Qigong, a series of movements created centuries ago to align our bodies with seasonal energies — in this case Spring, a time of growth and renewal. No prior experience in Qigong or Tai Chi required. Movement modifications provided as needed.
Seminar Topic: Cultivating Native Plants in your Garden: A How-To for your Landscape
Date & Time: March 31, 10:30am
One thing we can all do to promote biodiversity in our yards, gardens, and shared spaces is to cultivate native plant species. Not only are native plants well-adapted to our local climates and soil conditions, but they also support more wildlife than do imported species by providing food and habitat for insects and animals. This talk will focus on practical strategies for incorporating attractive and beneficial wildflowers, trees, and shrubs in your landscape, covering such topics as: selecting appropriate species for various conditions and locations; sourcing native plants from breeders and nurseries; and growing your own plants from seed.
Curtis Jirsa is a farmer, herbalist, and Qigong teacher. In 2018 he founded Winterbloom Farm with his wife, where he grows medicinal plants and native woodland species. A former college professor, he received his PhD in Medieval Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where part of his research focused on European traditions of using plants as medicine.