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The Hawthorn

The HawthornSpring 2011

Annual Plant Sale A Gardeners DelightThe 2011 Merryspring Plant Sale will be open for members only on Friday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and for the general public on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An annual rite of spring, the Merryspring Plant Sale has been offering Midcoast gardeners a wonderful assortment of professionally grown and locally dug annuals, perennials, herbs, and shrubs for more than three decades. And this years event promises to be another gardeners delight. Among our special plants this year, we will be offering a delightful assortment of roses that are hardy in our rugged climate. The always reliable Mordens Blush, coppercolored Singin In the Rain, Ch-Ching! (pictured at right) a goregous yellow grandiflora, and William Baffin, a soft red. We also have a lovely hybrid tea named Secret, which is a porcelain pink and white blend. Several other roses round out our offerings. The athyrium fern Ghost, frosted apple green fronds with dark purple stems, is joining our selection. As is the hardy geranium Dark Reiter. It is a compact mound of finely cut, plum purple foliage with clusters of contrasting light lavender flowers. For heuchera fans, we have Hercules with its variegated green and white foliage with red flowers. The Oriental poppy Pink Ruffles will make a showing this year as will the charming violet Etain and hosta Striptease. For herb enthusiasts, there is true tarragon, rose petal and lavender scented thymes, and other assorted herbs. As always, we will have a nice selection of unusual tomatoes, such as Garden Peach, Red Peach, San Fransico Fog, Roma, Caspian Pink, Sophies Choice, and Silvery Fir Tree, to name a few. Other special plants being offered this year include a variety of perennial divisions from the gardens of Merryspring and its members; an assortment of dahlia tubers from Endless Summer Flower Farm; hostas and other shade lovers from Fernwood Nursery; divisions from the Maine Daylily Societys collection; rhododendrons and other shrubs from the Maine Rhododendron Society; and the usual mix of nice surprises left on our doorstep. In addition to all the wonderful plants, theres always an assortment of used tools, flower pots, gardening books, and hand-crafted items on sale for the bargain hunter. And, finally, we will be providing some fun gardening activities and learning experiences for children who are attending the Plant Sale with their parents or guardians. So mark your calendars and be sure to make your annual (or first) visit to the Merryspring Plant Sale on May 20-21.

Ch-Ching! Grandiflora

Looking for Volunteers, Plants, and Garden-Related ItemsDo you have time to volunteer at the Plant Sale on May 20-21? Or can you help set up during the week before? Do you have perennials that need division? How about extra seedlings? Any unused garden books or duplicate tools? The donations and efforts of our members always help to make our Annual Plant Sale an exciting and successful fundraising event. If you have donations of books, magazines, tools, or garden ornaments, we would really appreciate them. Books and magazines may be dropped off at the Ross Center, if no one is there, please leave them in the screened-in porch. Pots, tools and plants may be left by the garage door next to the greenhouse. Seedlings may be left on the potting bench in the main greenhouse. Please enter by the front door. Plant donations may be dropped off at any time. Please label them as to species and color, and place divisions in plastic bags with adequate soil to keep roots cool and moist.

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Merryspring Nature CenterP.O. Box 893, Camden, ME 04843 Tel: (207) 236-2239 Fax: (207) 230-0663 Email: info@merryspring.org www.merryspring.org

Welcome Sarah: New AmeriCorps Volunteer Joins Merryspring

Inside this issue:Plant Sale Help Needed Environmental Educator Wish List Endowment Fund Education Calendar Winter Ecology Festival Presidents Message Donor Thanks Gift Ideas Kitchen Tour 1 1 2 2 2 3-4 5 5 6-7 8 8

Mission StatementMerrysprings mission is to practice, teach, and advocate sound principles of ecology, conservation, and horticulture in order to protect our natural environment and to provide natural landscapes and cultivated areas for public enjoyment.

Hours of OperationThe park is open free of charge from dawn to dusk every day of the year. Our offices and library are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Wish ListMerryspring is looking for donations of the following items: Vinyl Venetian Blind Slats (perfect for plant markers) Assorted Craft Supplies (wine corks, seashells, etc.) Office Furniture & Supplies (folding chairs, kitchen plates and soup bowls). Small Garden Tools (loppers, hand pruners, pots gallon, half-gallon, quart sizes) Big Gardening Equipment (mower, tractor, rototiller)

Membership FeesIndividual Family Merry Dog Business $35 $50 $35 $50-100

Keeping in TouchYou can sign up for our eUpdates at www.merryspring.org to receive the latest news on programs and events. Or you can visit Merrysprings Facebook page, where you can check on the upcoming schedule. Go to http://www.tinyurl.com/merryspring -facebook/.

Sarah Lambson is the new AmeriCorps Environmental Educator at Merryspring Nature Center. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Sarah began her 11-month volunteer term at Merryspring in early January and will be with us through mid-November. Sarahs primary role at Merryspring will be working with our volunteers and staff to expand the parks environmental educational offerings to include more hands-on, in -the-field programs for children. She will also be available to lead school field trips at Merryspring and to supervise our existing educational programs and events. Sarah is a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife. She previously served as a volunteer intern with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Rhode Island in 2008 and with the Student Conservation Association in New Hampshire in 2010. Ive come to love it in New England, Sarah said while interviewing for the position at Merryspring. I enjoy working with kids and helping them learn about the environment. Thats what really drew me to Merryspring. One of seven children, Sarah learned to be patient as a youngster a trait she feels serves her well in working with young children. She also is interested in music. She sings with a community choir, Down East Singers, and one of her first purchases in Maine was a used guitar. Sarah is Merrysprings third AmeriCorps volunteer, following Leo Maheu (2010) and Rachel Potter (2009). Each of them came to Merryspring through the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), which places AmeriCorps volunteers with non-profits and other organizations with a focus on conservation and environmental education.

Board of TrusteesRay Andresen, President Kathleen Kull, Vice President Richard Ailes, Treasurer Frank Callanan, Secretary Rebecca Clapp Susan Dorr Cynthia Dunham Joanne Fagerburg Glenn Jenks Susan Shaw Carol Woodbury -Witham

How to Leave a Lasting Legacy at Merryspring Nature CenterMerryspring has a permanent Endowment Fund to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the wonders of nature being exhibited and taught at your Nature Center. If you would like to consider making a bequest that will increase this fund, please consult your personal financial and legal advisors on what method or methods will be in your best interest and will fulfill your wishes. For more information about Merrysprings endowment fund, please call us at (207) 236-2239. or email info@merryspring.org.

StaffToni Goodridge, Administrative Mgr. Gail Sutton, Buildings/Grounds Mgr. Greg Dorr, Buildings/Grounds Asst.

AmeriCorps Environmental EducatorSarah Lambson2011All Rights Reserved

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2011 Spring/Summer Education CalendarSPRING TUESDAY TALKSCo-Sponsored by

Noon on Tuesdays; bring a bag lunch. Members & Children Free, Others $5

April 5 April 12 April 19 April 26 May 3 May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31 June 7 June 14 June 21

Gardening Lasagna Style Shelley Johnson, Breatheasy Farm Owls and Falcons in Coastal Maine Patrick Keenan, BRI Berry Crops David Handley, UMaine Extension Organic PesticidesGary Fish, Board of Pesticide Control Fruit TreesRenee Moran, University of Maine Extension Insect Pests and OrnamentalsClay Kirby, Entomologist NO TALK SCHEDULED Midcoast Garden DesignClair Ackroyd, Garden Designer Best Nature Sites Mid-Coast Maine Tony Oppersdorff, author Tending the Perennial Garden IWendy Andresen PeoniesKen Liberty, Peony Society of Maine ClematisCindy Tibbetts, Hummingbird Farm

SUMMER TUESDAY TALKSCo-Sponsord by

June 28 July 5 July 12 July 19 July 26 August 2 August 9 August 16 August 23 August 30

Rose DayGlenn Jenks, Rosarian Tending the Perennial Garden IIWendy Andresen Organic Farming C.J. Walke, MOFGA Seed Saving Neil Lash, MVHS GeraniumsCindy Tibbetts, Hummingbird Farm Tending the Perennial Garden IIIWendy Andresen Composting Mark Hutchinson, UMaine Extension Natures Tea Party Sarah Lambson, Environmental Educator Gladiolas Paul Cates, Cates Family Glads Orchids Robert Cleveland, Maine Orchid Society(continued on page 4)

September 6 Tending the Perennial Garden IVWendy Andresen

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FREE FAMILY PROGRAMSCo-Sponsored by

Second and Fourth Sundays, June through September, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. unless noted otherwiseChildren must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are offered if weather permits. In case of rain, please check for cancellation.

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