t he Botanical Thymes C O A S T A L M A I N E B O T A N I C A L G A R D E N S N E W S L E T T E R SUMMER 2010 On with the Show! There’s Plenty to See and Do, Starting Right Now Good News for HIGHEST RATING! You might not realize it yet, but this is the issue you’ve been waiting for! It’s full to the brim with information to help you plan this season’s visits to the Gardens. the Gardens… Our centerfold is the calendar of dozens of exciting happenings, including the July 8 grand opening of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. We and Our Donors look forward to seeing you there and hope you’ll return often! In this issue, you’ll also learn about our super-green plans for a new The respected resource Charity building project. We’re profiling donors and introducing membership options. Navigator has just awarded Would you like to volunteer? We’ve got some ideas. And, as always, there’s Coastal Maine Botanical useful and intriguing horticulture information. Gardens its highest, Our wonderful Kitchen Garden Café and Gardens Gift Shop are now open four-star rating. This to satisfy your tastebuds and shopping desires. As if you don’t already have indicates to potential donors enough reasons to visit, and soon, here’s one of the best: Thousands upon thou- that the Gardens is being sands of spring flowers are in bloom. Wait till you see the show! •BHF run responsibly and resourcefully, has low administrative costs, and uses an Above: This view of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden is just a teaser. The July 8 grand opening will be the start of a weekend of excitement, learning, and fun. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 • PHOTO MONTAGE BY WILLIAM CULLINA Inside: THIS ISSUE IS SPONSORED BY: 3 President: A Year of Excitement and Challenge 4 Gardens Raffle + Donate Your Auction Items 5 Calendar of Events 10 Gardens Getaways: New York, Ireland, Canada 11 Better Homes and Gardens Free to Members SEE ARTICLE ON PAGE 3 FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS DIRECTORS EMERITI “You Must Do Something to John R. Giles (President) Rollins Hale East Boothbay, ME; Candia, NH Boothbay Harbor, ME John T. Heald, Jr. (Vice-President) Donna Phinney (Past President) Southport, ME; Delray Beach, FL Margaret Reiser (Treasurer) Wiscasset, ME Make the World More Beautiful…” T Boothbay Harbor, ME; Atlanta, GA BOARD OF OVERSEERS George F. Burns, Esq. (Secretary) hese words will welcome visitors to our exciting Capitol Island & Falmouth, ME J.P. Smith (Chair) Boothbay Harbor, ME; Ponte Vedra, FL Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden when Cathy Conn East Boothbay, ME Daniel M. Lerner (Vice-Chair) it opens this summer. In Miss Rumphius by Maine Boothbay Harbor, ME; Palm Beach, FL; author Barbara Cooney, this is what the grandfather Sarah H. Giles Merion Station, PA East Boothbay, ME; Candia, NH Jean Hamilton (Secretary) of a young Miss Rumphius tells her. The words inspire her to Dennis J. Gleason West Boothbay Harbor, ME Barters Island, ME; Durham, NC grow up and sow lupine seeds throughout Maine to make her Karen Bartholomew part of the world more beautiful. Carol Hancock W. Boothbay Harbor, ME; Menlo Park, CA Casco, ME Laird Cleaver Our dream is that the Children’s Garden will inspire Daniel Q. Haney East Boothbay, ME; Southport, ME; Lincoln, MA; Vero Beach, FL tens of thousands of children to cherish and learn about the St. Petersburg, FL Frederick Copeland endlessly fascinating world of plants, gardens, and nature. Boothbay Harbor, ME; Avon, CT Ina Heafitz Edgecomb, ME; Newton, MA Ralph Doering We hope children who “grow up in this garden” become the J. Nicholas Hurd Wiscasset, ME; Fort Lauderdale, FL kind of adults that make their world more beautiful and then Southport, ME; Vero Beach, FL Blythe Edwards inspire their children to do so. Edgecomb, ME Leontine L. LaPointe Boothbay, ME; Vero Beach, FL Gayle W. Farris The Harold Alfond Foundation has indeed helped make Sandra Blake Leonard West Boothbay Harbor, ME; Boston, MA the world more beautiful with its generous $1.5 million grant Bangor, ME Cindy B. Fitch to the Gardens. These funds, along with contributions by a Pemaquid Harbor, ME; Houston, TX Mary B. Neal, MD West Boothbay Harbor, ME Claire Hunt, Ph.D. (Past President) number of other donors, enabled us to create a remarkable Neil Newton, MD Boothbay, ME two-acre children’s garden that’s filled with beauty and East Boothbay & Hallowell, ME Rebecca Hutcheson educational opportunities. West Boothbay Harbor, ME; Houston, TX Lynne C. Nordhoff West Boothbay Harbor, ME; Margaret Barr Kulp Special thanks to the Gardens’ boards; the many Naples, FL South Bristol, ME; Louisville, KY designers, builders, and artists; and Gardens staff and Richard O’Connor Helen A. Norton volunteers who have put their expertise, heart, and talents Edgecomb, ME; Bonita Springs, FL Harpswell, ME Thomas A. Renyi Stephen O’Brien into every aspect of this garden. New Harbor, ME; New York, NY Southport, ME; Harvard, MA Please join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the S. Melvin Rines Polly Pierce Children’s Garden on July 8. Admission is free for everyone Southport, ME; Weston, MA Northeast Harbor, ME; Dedham, MA Susan Reid Russell Lawrence “Larry” R. Pugh that day. Activities and entertainment start at 9:00 a.m. with Alna, ME Yarmouth, ME dedication remarks scheduled for 10:30. Then, after a festive Joseph Schubert Sally Jeffords Radcliffe parade, led by Miss Rumphius and other literary characters, Trevett, ME; New Canaan, CT Southport, ME; New York, NY Nancy D. Tindal Emery Royall we’ll cut the ribbon and invite everyone to experience and Boothbay, ME Southport, ME enjoy this wonderful new garden. It will be a fun, memorable, Susan Whitehouse Lawrence Townley and historic day for the Gardens. East Boothbay & Yarmouth, ME Damariscotta, ME All best wishes, Maureen Heffernan Mission Statement: To grow a living legacy of gardens and Executive Director to conserve natural landscapes that will inspire all ages to study and appreciate plants and gardens and to conserve and treasure Maine’s coastal and natural landscapes. ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF: HORTICULTURE/GROUNDS STAFF: Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director William Cullina, Director of Horticulture & Plant Curator Thomas Boudin, Chief Financial Officer Richard B. Zieg, Horticulturist Contact Us Connie Cameron, Director of Development Justin Nichols, Horticulturist Margaret Hoffman, Director of Marketing & Visitor Services Bruce McElroy, Grounds Manager Phone: (207) 633-4333 Greg Lowenberg, PhD, Director of Education Sharmon Provan, Plant Records Coordinator Fax: (207) 633-2366 Barbara Freeman, Director of Communications Web: www.MaineGardens.org Amanda Russell, Volunteer Coord. & Visitor Services Manager INTERNS & SEASONAL STAFF: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jen McKane, Membership & Annual Fund Assistant Manager Charlotte Evanovski, Education Intern Nick Caristo, Construction Projects Manager Emily Ellingson, Environmental Education Intern Location: Barters Island Road, Susan Reynolds, Gift Shop Manager Frank Merrill, Seasonal Buildings & Grounds Assistant Boothbay Barbara Cary, Kitchen Garden Café Manager Valerie Augustine, Marketing Assistant Gardeners: Will Bridges, Erin Hepfner, Mailing: P.O. Box 234 Don Otto (Ollie), Patty Robbins Laura Livingston, Database Assistant Boothbay, ME 04537 Courtney Locke, Administrative Assistant Visitor Services: Elaine Harlow, Tim McFadden, Susan Seagers, Bookkeeping Executive Assistant Cindy Farnham, Diane Walden, Dorothy Ferrell, Irene Barber, Horticultural Therapist Gaye Wagner, Suzi Whittemore 2 The Botanical Thymes S U M M E R 2010 www.MaineGardens.org PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE An Awards Update A Year of Excitement Thank you for voting for the Gardens! and Challenge F irst, we want to offer kudos to all of you who are Maine residents and heeded our call for votes in BY JOHN R. GILES, PRESIDENT the Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters E More initiative. Because we had so many votes— ach year since 2004, when the new entrance road was and write-in votes at that—the Gardens has received a constructed and the Kulp Horticulture Building was $1,000 donation. Thanks so much to all who helped us win built, has brought excitement and amazing progress this award! to the Gardens; but in many ways this year promises Now for the kudos received by the Gardens. In April, to be the most exciting as the final major piece of the master soon after we received the Governor’s Tourism Award for plan is put into place! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Innovation and Creativity (announced in the last issue), the Garden, along with innovative educational and reading Gardens won the Casco Bay Award from the Convention programs related to it, will draw thousands of new visitors to & Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland. This honor is given the Gardens. They’ll delight in what they see and learn! to the attraction that best promotes the Greater Portland Also taking place this area as a vibrant destination that charms visitors and entices year will be the Board of meetings and conventions to come to the area. Directors’ selection of a More good news. Two of the winners of this year’s design for the new, much- American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners needed LEED Platinum, Awards have strong connections to the Gardens. Our own net-zero-energy Education director of horticulture and plant curator, William Cullina, Center. The design choices to a well-known author, photographer, and speaker, as well as be presented to the Board a recognized authority on North American native plants, will be the result of received the B.Y. Morrison Communications award. This meetings facilitated honor recognizes effective and inspirational communication by Fore Solutions that advances public interest and participation in horticulture. of Portland, Maine. Landscape architect Bruce John Riddell, whose firm LandArt The Education Center is in Bar Harbor, has been instrumental in creating many Building Committee, of our gardens over the past decade. We congratulate him chaired by Dick O’Connor of Edgecomb; on winning this year’s Landscape Design Award from AHS, board members; and staff have been based in part on his work at the Gardens. actively involved in the interesting process of selecting and working with the design team. In addition, the organization is focused on ensuring its financial security. This involves building our endowment and SPONSOR PROFILE: BATH SAVINGS INSTITUTION meeting the challenge of making 2010 the year the Gardens’ When You’re Here, You’re Home operational income from all sources will increase sufficiently to cover our operational expenses. I am optimistic that this goal can There’s nothing like a home in be achieved. What an exciting accomplishment it would be for Maine, and a bank that makes this young organization to meet this challenge in the year 2010— you feel at home. Bath Savings in just our fourth year of operation! Institution is a Maine-based mutual savings bank, proud to be managed and controlled locally. Their commitment to exceptional service, strength and stability enables them to continue to grow and invest in the Gardens Gets 4-Star Rating • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 local economy to help keep our hometowns strong. The bank offers a full range of financial services, for individuals, impressive percentage of contributions to further the Gardens’ businesses and organizations—and if you have a question, mission. This “Exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator there are Maine people on the phone and in every office, differentiates the Gardens from its peers and demonstrates to the ready to answer it. With convenient hours and drive-thru public that it is worthy of their trust. ATMs at all locations, it’s easy to visit any of their coastal Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent char- offices in Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Damariscotta, ity evaluator, rates the financial health of more than 5,500 of Falmouth, Freeport, Portland and Yarmouth, or their America’s largest charities. Its goal is to advance a more efficient website: www.bathsavings.com. Member FDIC, Equal and responsive philanthropic marketplace. To learn more, visit Housing Lender www.charitynavigator.com. CO A S TA L M A I N E B OTA N I C A L G A R D E N S www.MaineGardens.org 3 TIPS FROM THE PROS We Want You… AND Your Auction Items You’ll love the Down Home at the Gardens party and auction on Sunday, August 22. The feast catered by Beale Street Barbeque will be incredible; the Appalachian/Bluegrass music by Hope Hoffman and Jim Tolles will get your toes tapping; you might just learn that you’ve won thousands of dollars in our Go for the Green Raffle; and the auctions will have something for everyone. Yes, that’s auctions in the plural. Our silent auction will include as many as 100 items in a wide range of values. Then, to add to the after-dinner fun and excitement, auctioneer Bruce Gammage of Rockport will wield his gavel to sell a dozen or so specially selected items. Success Depends on You! By all means, purchase your tickets soon for “Down Home,” but Will Bridges and Emily Ellingson spread mulch in the Rose & we also need your help. The organizers of this annual fundraiser, Perennial Garden. PHOTO BY WILLIAM CULLINA including event overseer Claire Hunt and raffle chair Larry Townley, ask you to pitch in and provide the kinds of wonder- Of Mulch and Men ful items, artwork, experiences, vacations…what have you, that will appeal to bidders. Please ask friends and business owners you know to donate; and, while you’re at it, why not take a look BY WILLIAM CULLINA, PLANT AND GARDEN COORDINATOR around your home to see if there’s something just right for the S occasion? Remember, donations to the auctions are tax deduct- preading mulch is tiring and not very glamorous, ible, and you’ll be doing the Gardens a good turn. but it is hands down the most important part of our Donors need only complete the auction form, available in the organic program here at Coastal Maine Botanical Visitor Center or by calling (207) 633-4333, and bring in the item, Gardens. You have undoubtedly heard that mulch along with supporting information and/or photos. You can also suppresses weeds, moderates the temperature of the soil call us if you need help transporting it. For more information, call in summer and winter, lessens evaporation of water, and, Larry Townley at (207) 563-5535. In advance, thank you!!! as it decomposes, improves soil structure and increases soil fertility. However, all mulch is not created equal and, unfortunately, much of what is now proffered through mass- Go for the Green Raffle: merchandisers does more harm than good. The colored mulches that have become standard in the last few years are simply ground wood from construction wastes and forestry that are dyed to simulate various barks such as cedar, pine, and cypress. In this short space I do not have room to Three Chances to Win Big! explain why, but suffice it to say that it is best to avoid these Three lucky winners will mulches in favor of a truly composted bark-based product. take home a bushel of Last year we began using a blended mulch (half compost green this summer when and half composted softwood bark) called Nutrimulch, which we draw the winning is produced by New England Organics in Unity, Maine. tickets in the Go for Nutrimulch is very nutrient rich, so in addition to providing the Green Raffle. Your all the benefits listed above, it fertilizes the plants slowly and chances are better than completely over the course of the year. The results last year ever this year because were quite extraordinary, and this year we are spreading there are three cash prizes—$1,000, $2,000, and $7,000! Only 500 approximately 550 cubic yards in a layer one-to-two-inches raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. thick over all our ornamental plantings. You can either buy tickets individually or get a group For more information, visit the horticulture page on together and share the winnings. To purchase your tickets, just our website or stop by to pick up a one-page fact sheet. We stop by the Visitor Center or call (207) 633-4333. Good luck! try to get all of our mulching done in the two-to-three-week The drawing will be during the Down Home at the Gardens window between snowmelt and the widespread emergence party on Sunday, August 22. While you don’t have to be present of perennial flowers. This makes the process much quicker to win, we hope you’ll join in the fun at this event that features a and gets the nutrients to the plants at the ideal time of year. great dinner, huge silent auction, special live auction, and music. 4 The Botanical Thymes S U M M E R 2010 Calendar of Events Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is on Barters Island Road in Boothbay, just over a mile from the Boothbay common. To sign up for events or for more information, stop by the Visitor Center, call (207) 633-4333, or visit www.MaineGardens.org. SYMBOL KEY: Time Location Cost Note Because numbers are limited for some EVENT TYPE COLOR CODE: ÿ Music at the Gardens ÿ Art & Exhibits programs, pre-registration is often ÿ Ongoing Events ÿ Family Fun ÿ Kitchen Garden Series advised and sometimes required. ÿ Special Events ÿ Just for Kids ÿ Adult Educational Programs Through Monday, May 31: ART EXHIBIT: “LOCAL COLOR I: GARDENS & FLOWERS” ONGOING 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily Kerr Hall, Visitor Center First Wednesdays: FREE ADMISSION Free with Gardens admission ¹ Free admission for all year-round ¹ The focus will be on flowers and gardens residents of Lincoln County, Maine. in this art show featuring paintings by seven of Maine’s finest artists: Kathleen Billis; Mitch Thursdays & Saturdays: GUIDED WALKS Billis; Pam Creamer, Monique Parry; Andrea 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Peters; Joan Plummer; and Helen St. Clair. Join Meet in the Visitor Center Free us at the reception to meet the artists and ¹ Knowledgeable docents lead walking see—and perhaps purchase—their work. As in tours. No reservations are necessary. all our exhibits, sales benefit the Gardens. Tuesday, June 1–Saturday, July 17: Daily: SHUTTLE SERVICE ART EXHIBIT: “ROBERT Through Sunday, July 4: ART EXHIBIT: MCCLOSKEY: FROM THE DRAWING 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free BENCHES: A SEAT IN THE GARDEN BOARD TO THE PAGE” 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily 9:00–5:00 daily Daily: ACCESSIBLE CART TOURS Throughout Gardens 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Kerr Hall, Visitor Center Free Free with Gardens admission ¹ In this extraordinary exhibit of works $10 for adults and $8 for visitors with ¹ You’ll want to take a turn on each of the disabilities and senior citizens; Wednes- on loan—on public view for the first benches in this exhibit of seating in a variety of time—from the May Massee Collection days: free with Gardens admission materials and styles by New England artisans. Reservations required at Emporia State University in Kansas, All the pieces will be for sale, with proceeds see how Robert McCloskey transformed benefiting the Gardens. his initial sketches for beloved children’s Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays beg. July 8: STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN books—Blueberries for Sal, Make Way Saturday, May 15: CELEBRATE SPRING for Ducklings, Burt Dow Deep-Water 10:30–11:30 a.m. Meet in the WITH WILDFLOWERS Children’s Garden Story Barn Man, One Day in Maine, and A Time of 10:00–11:30 a.m. Meet in Visitor Center Wonder—into the final paintings and Free with Gardens admission $7 members, $10 non-members—per child ¹ In the magical setting of the Children’s drawings for their covers and pages. or adult (includes plants & materials) You’ll be charmed and delighted as you Garden, all ages are invited to join our sto- ¹ Maine wildflowers have fascinating stories rytellers for exciting themes that connect explore the making of these wonder- to tell! In this program for all ages, learn some ful books. Sponsored by Bath Savings us to nature, gardening, Maine literature, of their secrets, see them emerging in the and love for the outdoors. Institution. woods, and pot up some seedlings to start your ■ Reception: Thursday, June 24, 5:00– own beautiful wildflower garden. 7:00 p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres, free admission. Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23: NATIVE BOOTHBAY COUNTRY CLUB STAY & PLANT SALE PLAY VOUCHER 9:00–4:00 Saturday (members only Satur- ¹ With eighteen championship holes, day a.m.); 9:00 until sold out on Sunday Boothbay Country Club, just minutes Fir Parking Lot Free Saturday, May 22: BILL CULLINA DEMO from downtown, is the perfect Maine golf ¹ This is the perfect time AND TALK: “CREATING A WOODLAND course: breathtaking vistas, challenging and place to purchase hardy, GARDEN—WHEN ALL YOU HAVE ARE holes… and a sea breeze. Although robust, and in some cases THE TREES” the course is normally only open to rare, woodland wildflowers, 11:00 a.m. Meet in Visitor Center its members, the Gardens has made a sun-loving perennials, Free with regular Gardens admission special arrangement so that our visitors woody perennials, and ¹ Using the Woodland Garden as his canvas, may also play at our hometown course. other plants that thrive Director of Horticulture and Plant Cura- Advance reservations are required; call in New England—all tor William Cullina will offer a demo on soil the course directly at 207-633-6085. selected by Director of Horticulture and Plant preparation, fertilization, planting techniques, Mention code BOT2010. Curator William Cullina. Join Bill for a free mulching, and selecting and caring for plants demonstration at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. for wooded sites. CO A S TA L M A I N E B OTA N I C A L G A R D E N S www.MaineGardens.org 5 Thursday, May 27: UNDERSTANDING Saturday, June 26: ERGONOMIC Saturday & Sunday, July 3 & 4: PLEIN-AIR LADY-SLIPPER ORCHIDS GARDENING PAINTING DAYS 10 a.m.–noon. Meet in Visitor Center 10:00 a.m.–noon 9:00–7:00 Saturday; 9:00–5:00 Sunday $40 members; $48 non-members (includes Lerner Garden of the Five Senses Throughout Gardens No admission materials and plants) $15 members, $20 non-members charge for artists registered in advance Director of Horticulture and ¹ Be kind to your joints ¹ All painters who enjoy Plant Curator Bill Cullina and muscles. Master gar- working outdoors are will discuss the amazing dener and occupational invited to sign up to paint biology and mysterious and horticultural therapist en plein air at the Gardens. ecology of our beloved Amy Wagenfeld will ex- Selected works will be on lady-slipper orchids. See plain ergonomically sound exhibit in the Visitor Center the research under way on gardening techniques and from July 18-25, with an the Gardens’ pink lady-slipper population, and practices. Try out a variety of tools that are artists’ reception on July 19, from try your hand at pollination techniques. Bill easy to use, and learn some strategies to help 5:00–7:00 p.m. To register, call (207) 633-4333. will demonstrate how to plant nursery-grown you continue gardening, no matter what your seedlings, and each participant will take home age or physical challenges. Tuesday, July 6: CONCERT: BAROQUE & seedlings of both yellow lady-slipper and Ken- BEYOND tucky lady-slipper. Tuesday, June 29: SUPER SENSES 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) 10:00–11:30 a.m. Kerr Hall, Visitor Center Wednesday, June 2: GROWING EDIBLES Lerner Garden of the Five Senses $15 members, $20 non-members IN CONTAINERS $5 members, $8 non-members (per child) ¹ The Maine Friends of 9:30 a.m.–noon Education Tent For children ages 3–5 Music, an ensemble of $35 members, $42 non-members (includes ¹ We invite young children to unleash their professional musicians all materials) natural curiosity, using all their senses to who summer in Maine, will ¹ Containers are versatile, find and describe new sights, sounds, smells, perform Baroque music on beautiful, and not just sensations, and tastes. Then we’ll exercise our contemporary instruments. for ornamentals! Join super sensory powers with a creative garden Bring a picnic and BYOB. Kerry Michaels, writer craft activity. Sponsorship opportunities are available. and photographer of the container gardening website www.containergardening. about.com, for a hands-on workshop. She’ll discuss types of containers, design ideas, Friday-Sunday, June 18-20: techniques, and tips for getting the most out GARDEN FAIR: THE MAINE of your container gardens. Each participant GARDENERS AND ARTISANS will make an herb garden in a surprisingly FESTIVAL innovative container. 9:00–5:00 daily Throughout Gardens Friday–Sunday, June 4–6: ERNIE EGAN Free with Gardens admission RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL ¹ You’ll delight in an amazing array 9:00–5:00 daily of merchandise by vendors from Giles Rhododendron & Perennial Garden many areas of the U.S. Each day will Free with Gardens admission bring new entertainment, tours, and ¹ Celebrate the species talks, including Saturday’s keynote Rhododendron with us with lecture by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot activities; free presentations Coleman—all free for visitors. See, and by noted experts (see perhaps purchase, beautiful container below); and guided tours of gardens created by professionals and the Giles Rhododendron & amateur gardeners, and take part in Perennial Garden in peak our plant swap. Garden Fair media sponsors are WHOM and Down Saturday, June 19: BARBARA DAMROSCH bloom. Discover the world of rhodies, azaleas, East Magazine, Books & Online. AND ELIOT COLEMAN: “EATING FROM THE mountain laurel, blueberries, and other related Sponsors are Fish in the Garden, GARDEN YEAR-ROUND, EVEN IN MAINE” plants through our outstanding collection, Green Thumb, Laura Cabot Catering, 5:00 p.m. Kerr Hall, Visitor Center inaugurated for the Gardens by the late Ernie Penmor Lithographers, Skillins Free with Gardens admission, but seating is Egan. A fine variety of plants will be for sale. Greenhouses and Spruce Point Inn. limited. Tickets will be available in Kerr Hall at Sponsorship opportunities are available. Additional sponsorship opportunities 9:00 a.m. on June 19. Speakers are: are available. ¹ These ■ Dick Jaynes: Friday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. Mr. legendary Jaynes, a foremost expert on mountain laurel Friday, June 18: COMMUNITY gardeners (kalmia) will be here from his Broken Arrow PLANT EXCHANGE and authors Nursery for an illustrated slide talk in the library. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. from Four ■ Wayne Mezitt: Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. Fir Parking Lot Season Farm Mr. Mezitt, a descendant of the man who Free and open to the public in downeast developed the PJM rhododendron, will be here ¹ Share your plant divisions with Maine will from his Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts others, and find some others you’d give a presen- to give a talk and lead a walk focusing on his like to try in your own garden. If tation about favorite species. Meet at the group tour tent. you don’t bring plants, you can the how’s and why’s of year-round ■ Carol Yee: Sunday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. Ms. still buy plants! gardening…even in Maine. Yee will talk about rhodie propagation. Meet at the group tour tent. 6 The Botanical Thymes S U M M E R 2010 Wednesday, July 21: TREE-MENDOUS TREES 2:00–3:30 p.m. Meet at the Children’s Thursday, July 8: GRAND OPENING: Garden Activity Pavilion THE BIBBY AND HAROLD ALFOND $5 members, $8 non-members (per child) CHILDREN’S GARDEN For children ages 4–7 Activities begin at 9:30, ceremony at 10:30 ¹ What are the largest living things on earth? Children’s Garden, Visitor Center What makes much of the oxygen we breathe? Free with no Gardens admission charge Trees, of course! In this fun-filled program, we’ll ¹ Entertainment, activities, a festive parade, get up close and learn some surprising things the grand opening ceremony with special about trees along wooded trails and in the guests, live animals, and much more will kick treehouse in the Children’s Garden. Included off the Grand Opening weekend full of fun in is a healthy snack made entirely of edibles the new Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s produced by our tree-mendous friends. Garden. Free trolley transportation will be available from the Boothbay Region High Friday & Saturday, July 23 & 24: ANTIQUES School lot all day. Sponsored by Downeast IN THE GARDENS Energy & Building Supply. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fir Parking Lot Preview Party - $75; Show - $12; Show and Gardens—$20 (All Preview Party tickets include admission to the show and gardens throughout the weekend) ¹ This fabulous antiques show with dozens of top dealers just keeps getting better, and the Preview Party is the party of the season—fantastic food and drink, live music, and a first chance to see and buy wonderful antiques. Our media partner is Maine Home + Design. Sponsored by Knickerbocker Group. ■ Gala Preview Party: Thursday, July 22, 5:00–8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10–Monday, October 11: Monday & Tuesday, July 19 & 20: BEDROCK ART EXHIBIT: THREE-WOMAN EXPOSURE: GEOLOGY OF THE GARDENS Monday, July 26–Sunday, August 15: ART SCULPTURE SHOW: CAROLE HANSON, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Meet in Visitor Center EXHIBIT: BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS SQUIDGE DAVIS, AND LISE BECU Members: $45; non-members $55 BY LINDA HEPPES FUNK 9:00–5:00 daily Central Gardens ¹ This two-session set of 9:00–5:00 daily Free with Gardens admission field walks with geologist Kerr Hall, Visitor Center ¹ The work of three Robert Doyle provides Free with Gardens admission talented sculptors will grace exposure to the fascinat- ¹ Linda Heppes Funk works only from live the Gardens grounds this ing rocks of the Gardens plant specimens and depicts them in pencil, summer. Carole Hanson and an overview of the drybrush watercolor, gouache, and metal- and Lise Becu create geological history of Maine. pointe drawing, She tutors private students their pieces of stone, and On Sunday, we’ll examine the Lerner Garden at her Maine studio and has taught at the Squidge Davis works in of the Five Senses and Great Lawn, focus- New York Botanical Garden; the College of the unglazed ceramic. Visitors have delighted in ing on folding, faulting, and metamorphic Atlantic and Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine; sculpture by Davis and Becu in past years’ rocks; glacially-shaped “sugarloafs” along the and at colleges and art centers in Massachu- exhibits and in the Gardens’ permanent Birch Allée; and the Rhododendron Garden’s setts. Her work is exhibited widely and appears collection, and Hanson’s dragon heads and waterfall. On the second day, we’ll traverse in many publications. whales will surely become iconic images of the the Haney Hillside Garden to study the Back ■ Reception: Thursday, July 29, 5:00–7:00 p.m. children’s garden. River fault, the incredible rocks placed along —wine and hors d’oeuvres; free admission. ■ Reception: Saturday. July 10, 5:00–7:00 the hillside and in the Meditation Garden, and p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres, free admis- numerous shoreline features. This class is for Monday-Wednesday, July 26-28: sion PLUS artists’ talks that afternoon beginners and anyone interested in learning INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE PLANT more about local geology. IDENTIFICATION Sunday, July 18 through Sunday, July 25: 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. each day. ART EXHIBIT: “PLEIN-AIR PAINTERS: Tuesday, July 20: CONCERT: THE Meet at the Visitor Center ARTISTS IN THE GARDENS” DAPONTE STRING QUARTET: VIOLA $120 members, $140 non-members 9:00–5:00 daily Kerr Hall, Visitor Center QUINTETS WITH GUEST MARCUS ¹ In this three-day course, consulting botanist Free with Gardens admission THOMPSON Melissa Dow Cullina will introduce the wild ¹ After artists enjoy a 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) plants of Coastal Maine. Learn basic plant weekend of painting Kerr Hall, Visitor Center anatomy and simple terminology to describe outdoors (en plein air) at $25; free for under age 21 plant parts and study the major groups of the Gardens earlier in July, Reservations required plants and how they differ. We’ll explore local selected works will be on ¹ Violist Marcus Thompson and members habitats to identify some of Maine’s common exhibit and for sale for a of the DaPonte String Quartet will play native plants using field guides, keys, her- week in the Visitor Center. Beethoven’s C Major Quintet and Brahms’ G barium collections, and web resources. Bring a ■ Reception: Monday, July 19, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Major Quintet. Bring a picnic and BYOB. Spon- hand lens, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, and with wine and hors d’oeuvres, free admission. sorship opportunities are available. a bag lunch. CO A S TA L M A I N E B OTA N I C A L G A R D E N S www.MaineGardens.org 7 Friday, August 13: CONCERT: BOREAL TORDU Sunday, August 22: DOWN HOME AT THE 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) GARDENS—DINNER & AUCTION Great Lawn (inside if the weather is poor) 5:30–8:30 p.m. Fir Parking Lot $15 members; $20 non-members; $5 ages $55 members; $65 non-members; $25 children 12 3-17; under 3 free and under—reservations required. ¹ The members of Boreal ¹ Down home meets down east in this party that Tordu are masters of their will be festive, delicious, and fun with features galore. musical instruments and Feast on a buffet-style meal with hardwood-smoked the Acadian music they play St. Louis ribs, smoked sausage, pulled pork, chicken, with such energy, expertise, and beans, plus accompaniments—all prepared by and enthusiasm. You’ll love Beale Street Barbeque. Beverages, too (cash bar for this band—and their music! wine and beer). Hope Hoffman and Jim Tolles will We invite you to dance, should you feel so perform Appalachian/Bluegrass music. inclined. Bring a picnic and BYOB. Sponsorship In addition to a silent auction of as many as 100 items opportunities are available. of every description and many price ranges, there will be a live auction of another dozen or so selected items. Saturday, August 14: SEMINARS WITH This will also be the event where we’ll draw the KERRY MENDEZ three raffle winners of $7,000, $2,000, and $1,000. Only Flowering Shrubs: 10:30 a.m.–noon; 500 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each; purchase Blue Ribbon Perennials: 12:30–2:00 p.m. tickets now! Visitor Center, Library Per seminar: $16 members, $20 non-mem- bers ($30/$38 for both seminars) ¹ Kerry Mendez is owner of July and August: NATURAL KIDS Saturday, July 31: DESIGNING GARDENS Perennially Yours, a garden- Two-day sessions, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. FOR THE FIVE SENSES ing business offering low- Mondays & Tuesdays for ages 5-7 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Visitor Center maintenance gardening Thursdays & Fridays for ages 8-10 Library $30 members, $35 non-members and landscaping classes, Children’s garden and Gardens grounds ¹ Take your garden beyond the visual, and consultations, and garden Each two-day session is $48 members; $58 stimulate all your senses for a richer, more designs. She lectures widely non-members fulfilling use of outdoor spaces. In this seminar and is author of The Ultimate Gardener’s Top ¹ Observe, investigate, for both home and professional gardeners, Ten Lists. Join us for one or both of these back- and discover! These two- designer Irene Barber will discuss how to select to-back programs, but sign up early because day sessions are designed plants and strategically place them for maxi- her programs at the Gardens are always full. to bring out the naturalist mum sensory effect. You’ll be inspired by her il- ■ Branch Out with Flowering Shrubs: Do you in any child. Our instructors lustrations from successful residential gardens want to add drama, winter interest, and color- are experienced in helping and gain further insight with a focused tour of ful flowers while reducing your maintenance kids get the most from the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. time? Kerry will introduce a variety of beautiful outdoor exploration of habitats filled with life. flowering shrubs for northern climates and Crafts and healthy snacks add to the fun. You Tuesday, August 3: CONCERT: THE show you how to use them as workhorses for can sign up for individual or multiple sessions; DAPONTE STRING QUARTET: STRING spectacular effect in your garden. however, single-day enrollment is not an op- QUARTETS ■ Blue Ribbon Perennials: And the Winner tion. Spaces fill up quickly, so please register 7:30 p.m. Kerr Hall, Visitor Center is…! Which perennials outshine the competi- early. Sessions are as follows: $25; free for under age 21 tion with their extensive bloom time and ■ Session 1: July 26-27 for ages 5-7 Reservations required easy-care requirements? Kerry uses tough love ■ Session 2: July 29-30 for ages 8-10 ¹ String quartets presented by the DaPonte when picking leaders for top performance. Her ■ Session 3: August 2-3 for ages 5-7 String Quartet: Early Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven garden-tested recommendations mean less ■ Session 4: August 5-6 for ages 8-10 Op. 59, No. 1. work and more enjoyment for you. She says, ■ Session 5: August 9-10 for ages 5-7 “You can thank me later.” ■ Session 6: August 12-13 for ages 8-10 Friday-Sunday, August 6-8: MAINE FAIRY ■ Session 7: August 16-17 for ages 5-7 HOUSE FESTIVAL Tuesday, August 17: CONCERT: THE ■ Session 8: August 19-20 for ages 8-10 1:00–4:00 daily Visitor Center, Great DAPONTE STRING QUARTET: A FAMILY Lawn, Children’s Garden AFFAIR WITH GUEST SUZANNE NANCE Friday, July 30: CONCERT: PRIMO Free with Gardens admission OF MPBN CUBANO ¹ This magical and 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) popular event returns for its Kerr Hall, Visitor Center Great Lawn (inside if weather is poor) fourth year, better than ever $25; free for under 21 $15 members; $20 non-members thanks to our newest addi- Reservations required ¹ This five piece band has tion, the Bibby and Harold ¹ This “family affair” a lively, traditional sound Alfond Children’s Garden. concert will feature the with plenty of pizzazz. Enjoy building fairy houses, music of Felix and Fanny Think Buena Vista Social fairy arts and crafts, and games including the Mendelssohn, with soprano Club with a contemporary, Gnome Toss and, new this year, Gnome Bowl- Suzanne Nance from MPBN acoustic sound perfect for ing. Stories and readings by popular authors reading Mendelssohn family letters and the listening, foot tapping, and and storytellers, book signings by Tracy Kane, a DaPonte String Quartet playing early fugues even salsa dancing. For anyone who’s moved parade, fairy teas, live performances, work- by Felix (when he was 11 years old), a song and to move, a dance instructor will be at the con- shops, a designer fairy house display, and the a string quartet by Fanny, and the Op. 80 quar- cert to help you get started. Bring a picnic and great bubble machine! Sponsorship opportuni- tet by Felix, written soon after Fanny’s death. BYOB. Sponsored by Jorgensen Landscaping. ties are available. Bring a picnic and BYOB. 8 The Botanical Thymes S U M M E R 2010 Monday, August 23–Sunday, September Sunday, August 29: WILD MUSHROOM 12: ART EXHIBIT: SUSAN HEADLEY VAN IDENTIFICATION CAMPEN 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Visitor Center, 9:00–5:00 daily Kerr Hall, Visitor Center Library $60 members, $75 non-members Free with Gardens admission ¹ Gain the knowledge, ¹ “I like to paint what I see that strikes me at skills and confidence to the moment,” says the artist, “things that don’t identify common Maine last long—like flowers and skies, water, the wild mushrooms in this sunrise, clouds, approaching storms, a dande- day-long workshop with lion, an open tulip just before the petals fall off noted amateur mycologist —a poppy bud before it bursts … as simple as Greg Marley. This mix of possible, without laboring. I am trying to cap- illustrated lecture, demonstrations, and field ture the color and shape the first time, that’s identification will focus on mushrooms that all.” Susan was featured in the March, 2009, fruit in late August. Participants are invited issue of Maine Home + Design Magazine. to bring mushrooms collected on their own ■ Reception: Thursday, August 26, property for identification and to add to the 5:00-7:00 p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres. day’s diversity. Admission is free. Tuesday, August 24: AFTER-SUNSET FULL MOON HIKE 7:30–9:30 p.m. Meet in Visitor Center SAVE THE DATES! $7 members, $10 non-members (family program - per each child and adult) ÿ Friday, September 3: Pruning Docent ¹ The Gardens are alive Fundamentals Workshop with night sounds and ÿ Friday, September 3: The Power moonlit sights. Join us for of Natural Light: An Evening with a full-moon experience. Training Photographer Allen Rokach We’ll look and listen for nocturnal activity in the ÿ Saturday & Sunday, September 4 & 5: woods and along the shore Mastering the Art of Flower and Garden and learn about adaptations for the dark Photography, a Two-Day Workshop with that plants and animals have made. Bring a Allen Rokach Leading group flashlight, but be prepared to turn it off! Family ÿ Monday, September 13–Sunday, participants will then gather for a special story, October 17: Art Exhibit: Joan W. Hooker tours for visi- ending with s’mores in the Children’s Garden. —A Maine Harvest (Reception: Friday, tors from near Rain date August 25. September 17) and far is a ÿ Sunday, September 19: Annual wonderful way Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, August 27, 29, Meeting to volunteer at & 31: CONCERTS: BOOTHBAY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE GARDENS ÿ Tuesday, September 21: 1st Annual the Gardens. Through training 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30) Gardens Open Golf Tournament and practice, we give you all the Kerr Hall, Visitor Center ÿ Monday, October 18–Sunday, information you need to become a $25 per concert; free for under age 21 November 14: Art Exhibit: Jacobus confident, knowledgeable guide. Reservations required Baas (Reception: Friday, October 22) Would you like to become, ¹ Returning for the ÿ Saturday, October 30: Halloween at third year, the acclaimed or continue as, a Gardens docent? the Gardens Below is the list of classes. DaPonte String Quartet, along with guest artists, will ÿ Monday, November 15–Sunday, Optional monthly walking tours/ present a variety of music December 19: Art Exhibit: Colin Page classes with experts are a chance for appreciative audiences. (Reception: Thursday, November 18) to learn still more. To sign up, call Be sure to reserve early and ÿ Tuesday, November 16: Kitchen arrive in good time for these concerts. In fact, Garden Series Dinner by Chef Larry Volunteer Coordinator Amanda why not bring a picnic and BYOB? Matthews of Back Bay Grill Russell at (207) 633-4333, or e-mail ■ August 27: Mozart G Major Violin and ÿ Saturday, November 20: Frozen Turkey email@example.com. Piano Sonata, Shostakovitch Piano Quintet, Hunt Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano, and NEW-DOCENT TRAINING String Quartet. Guest Artists: Maria Bachmann, ÿ Saturday, December 11: Christmas (select one) violin, Jon Klibonoff, piano, with members of Market at the Gardens ■ #1: Mon.-Wed., May 24, 25 & 26, 9:30 the DaPonte String Quartet ÿ Monday, December 13: Kitchen a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day ■ August 29: Mozart Piano Quartet, Chopin Garden Series Dinner by Chef Pierre ■ #2: Mon.-Wed., June 7, 8 & 9, 9:30 Polonaise for ‘Cello and Piano, Schumann Gignac of 98 Provence a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day Piano Quintet. Artists: Paul Berkowitz, piano, with members of the DaPonte String Quartet. VETERAN-DOCENT TRAINING ■ August 31: Ravel Op. Post. Violin and Piano ■ Wednesday & Thursday, June 9 & 10. Sonata, Martinu Madrigals for Violin and Viola, The hours are Wed. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Rachmaninoff Vocalise for Violin and Piano, Visit www.MaineGardens.org and Thurs., 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Brahms Piano Quintet. Artists: Haesun Paik, piano, with members of the DaPonte String for more details on these and Quartet. other upcoming events. CO A S TA L M A I N E B OTA N I C A L G A R D E N S www.MaineGardens.org 9 GARDENS GETAWAYS Announcing…A Trio of New Gardens Getaways Holiday Time—New York City W e have three new trips to entice you November 28–December 2, 2010 to travel with Coastal Maine Botani- cal Gardens. These Gardens Getaways There’s nothing quite like the were meticulously planned for us by sparkle of New York City dur- Patsy West, Director of Valerie Wilson Travel. Pricing ing the holidays. See the city at and detailed itineraries will be announced soon and its best, with four nights in the posted on www.MaineGardens.org. However, since New York Barclay at 111 East our group sizes are intentionally kept small, we sug- 48th St., a perfect spot for taking gest you reserve space now with a refundable deposit in the glittering shop windows of $100 per person. Contact Patsy at 207-633-4883 or and sights. firstname.lastname@example.org. During a private tour at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Please note too that at press time just two spaces legendary New York Botani- remain on the exciting trip “Gardens & Castles of the cal Garden, we’ll marvel at the National Trust for Scotland,” from September 13-24, spectacular Holiday Train Show 2010. Why not call Patsy now and sign up? and the largest Victorian-era glasshouse in America and savor luncheon in their new river- front Stone Mill Restaurant. By exclusive arrangement with the Gardens Galore—Vancouver & Flower School of New York, one Victoria, British Columbia of the city’s greatest designers Glass House, NY Botanical Garden will show us how to make festive arrangements and take us to April 22–29, 2011 New York’s wholesale flower market. We’ll thoroughly enjoy visits to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s conservatories and the Brook- This memorable, seven-night lyn Museum of Art. visit begins in cosmopolitan We’ll take in “Promises, Promises” on Broadway, “Carmen” Vancouver, one of the most at the Met, and the Rockettes performing their Radio City beautifully sited cities in North Christmas Spectacular! Altogether a magical holiday journey! America, with dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean, majestic mountains, and a glittering The Land of the Green!—Ireland skyline. From our home base in September 12–22, 2011 the deluxe Fairmont Waterfront Butchart Gardens Explore the tapestry of Irish Hotel, we’ll take privately guided history and rich tradition tours of the gorgeous Van Dusen with Coastal Maine Botanical Botanic Gardens, UBC Botanic Gardens’ private guides and Garden, and Minter Gardens escorts, experiencing the glory and venture into the city’s his- of internationally renowned toric Gastown, Chinatown, and gardens and indulging our Stanley Park. senses in rare and beautiful Then we’ll board a ferry botanical treasures. Journeying and cruise across the Strait of A panoramic view in Killarney through time, we’ll visit Georgia to Vancouver Island Totem poles at Stanley Park formal 17th century gardens, and the elegant city of Victoria, landscape parkland of the 18th the capital of British Columbia, where the Hotel Grand Pacific century, kitchen gardens, and awaits. Our guides will orient us with a tour of the beautiful 20th century cottage gardens! Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings, and Bastion Traveling from Dublin to Cork Square. And yes, we’ll have tea in the elegantly restored lobby of and Limerick to Galway, we’ll the Fairmont Empress! visit the Talbot Botanic Gardens, The highlight of the trip will surely be a Canadian National historical water gardens of Historic Site, Butchart Gardens. We’ll have plenty of time to truly Knockabbey Castle, Brigit’s Hore Abbey near the Rock of Cashel enjoy the fabulous floral displays and landscapes. Our visit will also Garden, Vandeleur Walled include a very special breakfast hosted by one of Butchart’s popular Garden, and so many more! Our ten nights of accommodations horticulturists in the conservatory of the Blue Poppy Restaurant. will be in well-located castles and great houses! 10 The Botanical Thymes S U M M E R 2010 Join Our Family Today! With a Family membership, come as often you want! B WANTED: Drivers for Our Volunteer ecause the new Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden opens this season, there has never been a better time for your family Courtesy Shuttle Program to become members of Coastal Maine As with many of the volunteer programs this year, we’ve expanded the Volunteer Botanical Gardens. Along with the many Courtesy Shuttle Program, which will now include a 3:00-5:00 p.m. shift. Visitors other benefits of membership at all levels, to the Gardens arrive early and stay right up until closing—indeed, a wonderful family memberships offer free, unlimited “problem” to have! We need drivers, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays during admission for you and your children or all shifts: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m., and 3:00-5:00 p.m. grandchildren under age 18 to all facilities, Volunteer Courtesy Shuttle Drivers have a set itinerary, transporting visitors in including the Children’s Garden. You’ll our free shuttle throughout selected areas of the Gardens and the parking lots. Gar- be the first to know about new programs, dens drivers love this job and return year after year to pitch in. And why not? They exhibits, and special opportunities; and meet and greet visitors as they transport them through beautiful parts of the Gardens. you’ll enjoy discounts galore at family- Helping our visitors and having fun is the essence of being a Gardens volunteer. oriented workshops and our Natural The Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer Peer Shuttle Drivers offer extensive Kids two-day camps. The Gardens has training and plenty of practice time in the fleet of quiet, electric carts that are very something to entice every member of your easy to drive. Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Russell invites all who are interested family, from toddlers to teens. in driving a shuttle, or volunteering in any of numerous ways, to contact her at Imagine the delight of your children (207) 633-4333, ext. 107, or email@example.com. or grandchildren as they explore the tree- house adjoining Blueberry Island, navigate our authentic Wabanaki village, discover the live chickens, or just relax and page through one of more than 300 children’s Free Subscription to Better Homes books in our charming Story Barn. But becoming a Gardens member is and Gardens with Paid Membership about more than the benefits of member- ship. It also means you join a family of Being a member of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens offer fabulous benefits. In people committed to protecting and pre- addition to free admission and discounts on programs, special events and gift serving the botanical heritage of Maine and shop purchases, for a short time only we are offering you another way to save. If carrying on the mission of our Gardens. you purchase a new membership, renew your membership, or Please take out a family membership purchase a gift of membership by June 15, you’ll receive a free today, and enjoy a summer of unlimited one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine! possibilities at the very special place that is Better Homes and Gardens is America’s leading lifestyle Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. magazine and delivers smart, approachable articles on design To purchase or renew your and individual style, decorating and gardening, food and membership, visit our secure website, entertaining, and personal and family well-being. MaineGardens.org, stop by the Visitor Take advantage of this limited-time offer by visiting the Center, or call us at (207) 633-4333. We membership page on our website, www.MaineGardens.org, or look forward to seeing you soon! calling (207) 633-4333. CO A S TA L M A I N E B OTA N I C A L G A R D E N S www.MaineGardens.org 11 NONPROFIT FALL FOR OUR P.O. Box 234, Boothbay, ME 04537 www.MaineGardens.org U.S. POSTAGE PAID Lewiston, ME SPRING BULB SALE! Permit #82 Plan now for a bevy of spring blooms. We’ve selected only the best- quality bulbs from the same source we use for the Gardens’ glorious and long-lasting displays. And even better, your purchase supports the continued growth of the Gardens. To download an order form, visit MaineGardens.org. Printed on recycled paper DONOR PROFILE Children’s Garden Springs to Life through Ruth Epping with a photo Donor Support of the Keeper’s Cottage area she helped fund BY CONNIE CAMERON, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT W ith the dedication of the challenge gift from the Harold Alfond located on the Pemaquid peninsula and Bibby and Harold Alfond Foundation. However, many smaller, another of Kate’s favorite local charities. Children’s Garden on July targeted donations have also contributed to On the other side of the children’s 8, a unique and dynamic the successful completion of this garden. garden are dragon sculptures that new garden will come to life in the heart One example is a gift from the Sears- another donor, Lauren Emery, helped of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. In Swetland Family Foundation, which to underwrite. Local sculptor Carole the midst of our ornamental gardens and helped with enhancements to the Keeper’s Hanson carved the dragons’ heads, as woodland trails, an oasis will beckon where Cottage area and stone paths to the pond. well as the misting whales at the garden’s children are encouraged to laugh, run, Ruth Eppig, a trustee of the Foundation and entrance, from large granite boulders. The jump, play, and learn about gardening and also of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, said resulting Dragon Wall near the labyrinth Maine’s botanical heritage. the gift was in recognition of the outstanding will encourage children to use their This whimsical and innovative garden work of Maureen Heffernan, executive imaginations to “see the extraordinary in is the result of careful design combined with director of Coastal Maine Botanical the ordinary,” as in The Stone Wall Dragon large doses of imagination and generous Gardens, who was also instrumental in by Maine author Rochelle Draper. donor support. The igniting spark for the the creation of the very successful Hershey These are just some of the many extraordinary children’s Children’s Garden in Cleveland. examples of how donors have come garden was a lead Another donation, from the Parker Poe forward to support the work of Coastal Charitable Trust, was inspired by trustee Maine Botanical Gardens. Although the Kate Ireland, a long-time summer Children’s Garden is nearing completion, resident of the nearby there are still several very exciting ways Pemaquid peninsula and a to help, some of which carry naming previous donor to the Giles opportunities. If you would like to learn Rhododendron & Perennial more about donor Garden. This gift was used to opportunities PHOTO BY CON NIE CAM supply boats for the pond and at the Gardens, ERON dock areas, which recall images please contact from Burt Dow, Deep-Water me in the Man and One Morning in Maine Development by well-known Maine author Office at Robert McCloskey. Providing the boats is 207-633-4333 Kate Ireland the Carpenter’s Boatshop, an organization x104. with a picture of a boat she helped fund Dragon head in progress by sculptor Carole Hanson.
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