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  • The Hawthorn

    The Hawthorn Spring 2011

    Looking for Volunteers, Plants, and Garden-Related Items

    Do 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 al-ways 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.

    The 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 an-nuals, 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, copper-colored 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 lav-ender 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 divi-sions from the gardens of Merryspring and its members; an assortment of dahlia tubers from Endless Summer Flower Farm; hostas and other shade lov-ers from Fernwood Nursery; divisions from the Maine Daylily Societys collec-tion; 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.

    Annual Plant Sale A Gardeners Delight

    Ch-Ching! Grandiflora

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    Plant Sale 1

    Help Needed 1

    Environmental Educator 2

    Wish List 2

    Endowment Fund 2

    Education Calendar 3-4

    Winter Ecology Festival 5

    Presidents Message 5

    Donor Thanks 6-7

    Gift Ideas 8

    Kitchen Tour 8

    Inside this issue: Merryspring Nature Center P.O. Box 893, Camden, ME 04843 Tel: (207) 236-2239 Fax: (207) 230-0663 Email:

    Mission Statement Merrysprings mission is to practice, teach, and advocate sound principles of ecology, conservation, and horti-culture in order to protect our natu-ral environment and to provide natu-ral landscapes and cultivated areas for public enjoyment.

    Hours of Operation The 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.

    Membership Fees Individual $35 Family $50 Merry Dog $35 Business $50-100

    Keeping in Touch You can sign up for our eUpdates at to receive the latest news on programs and events. Or you can visit Merrysprings Face-book page, where you can check on the upcoming schedule. Go to

    Board of Trustees Ray 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

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

    AmeriCorps Environmental Educator Sarah Lambson

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    Sarah Lambson is the new AmeriCorps Environmental Educator at Merryspring Nature Center. A native of Co-lumbia, 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 environ-mental 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 Ser-vice in Rhode Island in 2008 and with the Student Conser-vation 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 envi-ronment. 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, follow-ing Leo Maheu (2010) and Rachel Potter (2009). Each of them came to Merryspring through the Maine Conserva-tion Corps (MCC), which places AmeriCorps volunteers with non-profits and other organizations with a focus on conservation and environmental education.

    How to Leave a Lasting Legacy at Merryspring Nature Center

    Merryspring 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 in-crease this fund, please consult your personal financial and legal advisors on what method or methods will be in your best in-terest and will fulfill your wishes.

    For more information about Merrysprings endowment fund, please call us at (207) 236-2239. or email

    Welcome Sarah: New AmeriCorps Volunteer Joins Merryspring

    Merryspring is looking for dona-tions 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)

    Wish List

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    2011 Spring/Summer Education Calendar


    Co-Sponsored by

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


    Co-Sponsord by

    June 28 Rose DayGlenn Jenks, Rosarian

    July 5 Tending the Perennial Garden IIWendy Andresen

    July 12 Organic Farming C.J. Walke, MOFGA