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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

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 •


                                      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
                                                                                              FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


                                                                                                  “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…”

    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:
    Amanda Russell, Volunteer Coord. & Visitor Services Manager       INTERNS & SEASONAL STAFF:                                   E-mail:
    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

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                                                                              PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

An Awards Update                                                            A Year of Excitement
Thank you for voting for the Gardens!
                                                                            and Challenge
         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

         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
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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: Member FDIC, Equal                            and responsive philanthropic marketplace. To learn more, visit
Housing Lender                                                    

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                                                                           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

                                                                           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.

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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

  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 
 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.

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    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., 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.
    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                           7
                                                                                                              Friday, August 13: CONCERT: BOREAL 
                                         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 
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 
  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

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.

                                                           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
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        
Piano Sonata, Shostakovitch Piano Quintet,
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                                 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                    9

      Announcing…A Trio of New Gardens Getaways
                                                                                   Holiday Time—New York City

                            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 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.
                                                              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
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
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., 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,, or
look forward to seeing you soon!                  calling (207) 633-4333.

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 Children’s Garden
 Springs to Life through                                                                                    Ruth Epping
                                                                                                            with a photo

 Donor Support                                                                                              of the Keeper’s
                                                                                                            Cottage area
                                                                                                            she helped

                   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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