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The Hawthorn

The Hawthorn
Spring 2017

Spring Plant Sale Set For May 12-13
Merryspring will hold its Spring Plant Sale on Friday, May 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. and
on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both days are open to the general
public. Merryspring members will receive a 10% discount on all purchases; non-
members can take advantage of that same discount by becoming members during
the event.

10% Discount for Merryspring Members

Although scaled down from previous years, our 2017 plant sale will still feature a
diverse assortment of annual and perennial plants for the gardening enthusiast.
We’ll also have a nice variety of vegetable seedlings from tomatoes to summer
squash, as well as the ever popular petunias for your gardens and flower pots.
Other flowers being featured this year in-
clude classic zinnias and cosmos for home
bouquets and Torch Tithonia, a favorite of
Black Gem Bachelor's Button
the monarch butterfly. Our selection of
perennial herbs includes anise hyssop, lav-
ender, sweetgrass, and many more. We will
also be selling Merryspring's own iris cultivar
that you may have spotted in our circular
garden bed, as well as some Solomon's seal
for your shady garden borders.
Green Zebra tomato An extra feature this year will be the sale of
geraniums and New Guinea impatiens from
Green Thumb, with part of the proceeds going to Merryspring. A 4.5-inch potted
geranium (red, white or pink) is priced at $5.50; a 4-inch pot of New Guinea impa-
tiens (red, white, pink or purple) goes for $4.50. These plants can also be pre-
ordered for pickup at the Plant Sale by calling the Merryspring office (236-2239).
Zeppelin Delicata squash
By purchasing your plants at Merryspring, you are helping to support the upkeep
of our public gardens and continuation of our educational programming.

Looking for Extra Plants, Garden Items, Volunteers for Plant Sale
Do you have time to volunteer at the Plant Sale on May 12 and/or 13? Do you have perennials that need division? How about
extra seedlings? Any unused ceramic pots, garden ornaments or duplicate tools?
If you would like to donate your time, plants or garden-related items to our Spring Plant Sale, please call 236-2239, send an email
to gardens@merryspring.org , or stop by the Ross Center for more information.
Pots, tools, and plants may be left by the garage attached to the greenhouse. Seedlings should be left on the potting bench in the
main greenhouse. Donated plants should include a note stating type and color. No invasive plants, please, and as free of weeds
as possible.
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Merryspring Business After Hours Inside this issue:
Plant Sale 1
Nature Center Merryspring, Allen Insurance Looking for Donations 1
P.O. Box 893, Camden, ME 04843
Tel: (207) 236-2239 To Co-Host Picnic in the Park Business After Hours 2
Fax: (207) 230-0663 Greenhouse Donations 2
Email: info@merryspring.org The Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold its
Business After Hours event for July at Merryspring Na- Bay Chamber Concerts 2
www.merryspring.org
ture Center this year. The monthly BAH events are an Photo Contest Winner 2
Mission Statement
Merryspring’s mission is to practice,
opportunity for Chamber members to mingle after work Summer Ecology Camps 3
teach, and advocate sound principles while visiting a mid-coast venue, sometimes for the first Winter Outreach 3
of ecology, conservation, and horti- time.
Trail Stewards Needed 3
culture in order to protect our Co- sponsored by Merryspring and Allen Insurance and
natural environment and to provide Financial, this “picnic in the park” is scheduled for Birds of (Merry) Spring 4
natural landscapes and cultivated Wednesday, July 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Guests are Kestrel House 4
areas for public enjoyment.
being encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and wear Vernal Pool 4
Hours of Operation comfortable shoes for walking around the gardens, Spring/Summer Events Calendar 5
The park is open free of charge from which will be in full bloom. The event will be catered by
dawn to dusk every day of the year. Annual Contributors List 6-7
Megunticook Market, with wine provided by Rayr.
Our offices and library are open Merryspring Reservations 8
Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m., or by appointment.
Jean English Wins
Membership Levels
Individual $35—49
Photo Contest for
Family $50—99 New Brochure Cover
Friend $100– 249 Jean English, editor of the MOFGA
Donor $250—499 newspaper and a long-time Mer-
Steward $500—999 ryspring member, won our recent
Conservator $1,000—2,499 Halfway There! photo contest with her picture
Partner $2,500—4,999 We’re halfway to our goal of raising $6,000 to replace all (below) of a butterfly landing on
Patron $5,000 or more of the remining glass panels in the Aileen Lubin Green- chives. Her photo will be used on
house with new polycarbonate panels this summer. the cover of our new brochure, to
Keeping in Touch be published later this year. Jean
You can sign up for our eUpdates at Over the years we have been replacing the glass panels
one at a time at considerable expense—as they have will receive a year’s free member-
www.merryspring.org to receive the
broken or cracked, but now we need a more permanent ship. Merryspring would like to
latest news on programs and events.
Or you can visit Merryspring’s Face- solution. thank the other contestants who
book page, where you can check on submitted wonderful photos for
If you can help this cause by making a large or small do-
upcoming events. Please go to consideration.
nation, please call the office at 236-2239 or email us at
www.tinyurl.com/merryspring-
info@merryspring.org.
facebook/.

Board of Trustees Bay Chamber Concerts Is
Ray Andresen, President
Sarah Rheault, Vice President Coming to Merryspring
Richard Ailes, Treasurer
Scott Carlson, Secretary Bay Chamber Concerts will hold a free, informal outdoor
Kristen Lindquist concert in the Gazebo at Merryspring on Tuesday, June 6
Dennis Milliken at 5 p.m. This half-hour program will feature Bay Cham-
Karin Rector ber’s Odeon Adult Orchestra, conducted by Deirdre
Susan Shaw McClure. The orchestra will play a mix of classical and
Barton Wood popular compositions.
Staff
Toni Goodridge, Managing Director
Bay Chamber’s Odeon Program offers musicians the op-
Brett Willard, Program Director portunity to perform in a variety of concert settings that
Denise DeSpirito, Gardens Manager are open to the public. The June 6 performance is the
first of what we hope will be several outdoor concerts at
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Merryspring this summer.
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Registration Open for Both Weeks
of Summer Ecology Camp
Looking for something fun, educational, and outdoors for kids to do this
summer? How about Summer Ecology Camp at Merryspring?
As in recent years, we’re teaming up with Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Con-
servation District to offer two weeks of Summer Ecology Camp at the Na-
ture Center. Both weeks include daily themes around ecology and natural
resources. The part-day camps are held outdoors (though we’ll come inside
if it rains) and are a great way for kids to experience and observe nature.
Program Director Brett Willard explains the difference between
Children ages 7 to 9 can attend Eco-Explorers, a popular program that em- balsam fir and hemlock.
phasizes hands-on learning. This year’s activities will include birding, daily
gardening, animal tracking, looking through microscopes, and much more. Eco-Explorers is an active camp with lots of games, na-
ture hikes, and outdoor fun. Eco-Explorers runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon during the week of June 26–30.
Younger kids ages 4 to 6 can get an early introduction to nature education at the Little Sprouts camp. This week is all about differ-
ent animals, and kids will learn about the creatures in our forests, skies, streams, and oceans. Activities this week include a marine
touch tank, making fairy houses, nature walks, and an herbal tea party. Little Sprouts runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the
week of July 17–21.
New at the camps this year will be the use of our fully updated children’s garden, with an arbor for planting and playing, as well as
the refurbished Rose Cottage, which is being transformed into an outdoor classroom space.
Registration for each week is limited to 12 students. Enrollment has already started, so interested families should consider signing
up early. Enrollment for Eco-Explorers is $100 for the week, with a discounted rate of $90 for Merryspring member families. Enroll-
ment for Little Sprouts is $80 for the week, with a discounted rate of $70 for Merryspring member families.
Families can sign up their children by filling out a registration form at the Ross Center office or by checking out our website at
www.merryspring.org/education-outreach/summer-ecology-camp.
A joint production with our friends at Knox-Lincoln Soil Water Conservation District, the Summer Ecology Camps are co-planned,
advertised, and taught by the two organizations.
"We’re delighted to continue this partnership with Merryspring,” says Rebecca Jacobs, Education Coordinator for KLSWCD.
“Merryspring is a perfect setting to host a day camp, and the programs fit perfectly with both organizations’ missions. We look
forward to sharing our love and knowledge of the natural world with our local youth."

Winter Outreach Seeking Trail Stewards
Our trails need your help. Every year, we have several trail
Fun & Learning maintenance projects which are funded by membership contri-
Our school and youth outreach butions and grants. These are important projects and the Board
programs take place all year of Trustees works diligently to make sure the trails that are in
round—even in winter! the greatest need of repair get the attention they deserve.
Since January, Merryspring With your help, more can be done to make the trails enjoyable
reached over 200 area stu- Children from Midcoast Forest Playgroup for everyone. Please consider becoming a trail steward.
dents through field trips and enjoy a snowy day at Merryspring.
school outreach. Riley School visited us for a winter tree identifi- Trail maintenance is satisfying and a great way to get some fresh
cation field trip; and the Midcoast Forest Playgroup, a collection air and exercise. You would be surprised how much can be ac-
of area parents who meet for pre-school age field trips to local complished in a couple of hours with the use of simple hand
parks, came for a snowy walk where we found squirrel, rabbit, tools like rakes, loppers, and leaf blowers. Combine this with
and mouse tracks. many hands (volunteers) on deck and, before you know it,
you're having fun and making new friends. Together, we can
Classroom outreach has been busy too. Working with Partners
make the trails even more inviting than they are today.
for Enrichment, Merryspring visited Lincolnville Central School,
Appleton Village School, and Hope Elementary for outdoor win- How can you get involved? Contact Scott Carlson at
ter tracking and signs of spring programs. We also staged two sfclinks@gmail.com or 706-6236 if you’d like to be a trail stew-
Saturday workshops at Coastal Children’s Museum in Rockland, ard. Scott will be setting up trail maintenance sessions for May
and co-hosted an owl prowl at Riley School in Rockport. and June depending on your response.
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Come See, Hear the New Kestrel House in North Meadow
Birds of (Merry) Spring If you take a walk in the park, you’ll notice something new hang-
ing near the North Meadow. In the northeast corner, near the
Late spring, when bright, singing mi- entrance to Trail #1, you’ll now find a rather large birdhouse — a
grants fill the trees, is arguably the kestrel nesting box.
best time of the year to look—and
Constructed by longtime volunteer Eric Evans, the new kestrel
listen—for birds at Merryspring.
house hangs about 15 feet above the North Meadow. Kestrels
On a good May morning, you should Chestnut-sided warbler are the smallest and most common member of the genus Falco.
easily spot more than a dozen species of warbler gleaning These tiny falcons are found all over North and South America.
insects and caterpillars along the forested edges. Redstarts They have diverse habitats, making homes in deserts, mountains,
and Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Magnolia, Pine, Blackburnian, forests, and grasslands. Like other birds of
Black-throated Blue, and Black-and-White Warblers are com- prey, they eat small rodents, but will also
mon. From the parking lot a loud "teacher-teacher- catch insects and smaller birds in mid-flight.
TEACHER!" song reveals the ground-nesting little Ovenbird. In
Like bluebirds and chickadees, kestrels are
the arboretum the Black-throated Green Warbler's loud,
secondary cavity nesters. This means they
buzzy "Zee-zee-zoo-zee" resonates. Along the power line
nest and raise their young in rock crevices
yellowthroats often pop up among the junipers.
and holes in trees, often left behind by
And it's not all about the flashy warblers. On wooded trails woodpeckers. Kestrels migrate to the lower
listen for the delicate flute song of thrushes—especially Veery U.S. during winter, arriving back in Maine by
and Hermit Thrush—or for the deep thrum of a drumming early spring to nest for the summer. Some
grouse. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Red-eyed Vireos regu- of these small falcons have already been
larly serenade park visitors. Bluebirds sometimes hang out spotted in the area, with male birds typi-
around the meadows. The brazen "breep!" of the perched cally arriving first, followed by females later.
Great Crested Flycatcher belies the delicate beauty of its Evans recently led a workshop at Mer-
lemon yellow belly and ruddy tail. And don't forget the vernal ryspring on creating nesting boxes. His class
pool, which this time of year may attract Spotted Sandpiper introduced beginners to the basics of creat- Eric Evans and new
and Northern Waterthrush. kestrel house.
ing bird habitat with nesting boxes, includ-
Experience for yourself the spring show of color and song! ing information on the best materials, construction techniques,
Bring your binoculars and come prepared to spend an hour or maintenance, and how and where to hang them.
two in mid-May into early June exploring Merryspring's many We hope the kestrel house will attract a nesting pair this season
trails and habitats—the earlier in the day the better to catch and for years to come. If you see a small, jay-sized falcon in the
birds when they're most active and musical. meadows, you are encouraged to report it to the main office.

Vernal Pool a Symphony for Eyes and Ears
Walking past the Pattison Woodlands at Merryspring in late April brings a symphony to the ears and eyes. Wood frogs quack and
croak, unseen beneath the water of the vernal pool. The calls of wrens and waxwings ring through the trees. Trout lilies, blood-
root, and purple trillium peek through the mottled sunlight. Among the heavy lower boughs of hemlock and balsam fir, brilliant
flashes of yellow appear as the first spring warblers flit through the branches, a harbinger of the spring migration burst of color.
Spring at Merryspring is an exciting time. As we’re busy with our heaviest season of school field trips, cultivating plants in the
greenhouse, and getting ready for a summer of ecology camps and weddings, the vernal pool is a hub of wildlife activity.
The vernal pool is a large depression in the ground left over from the lime quarrying history of Rockport’s past. By 1901, the prop-
erty where Merryspring now sits was sold to — and abandoned by — the Rockland-Rockport Lime Company. For the 116 years
since, the former lime quarry hole has functioned as a vernal pool habitat. Snowmelt and rainwater flow into the pool from the
surrounding area. The pool’s solid rock bottom prevents water from draining, and the shady forest mitigates evaporation.
With no inlet or outlet, the seasonal pool is prime breeding habitat for amphibians and macroinvertebrates. Wood frog egg
masses float in bluish clusters on the surface water, while jelly-encased spotted salamander eggs cling to submerged twigs and
deadfall. By mid May, the eggs will have hatched, leaving just a few short weeks for tadpoles and salamander larvae to develop to
adulthood and leave the pool before it dries up in June. Without fish in the pool, insects take on the role of top predators. Drag-
onfly and dobsonfly larvae are top predators in the pool, while predaceous diving beetles duck and dodge through the water,
eating young tadpoles and water mites. Caddisfly larvae make curious homes out of pebbles, pine needles, and leaves.
We invite you to come and observe the vernal pool during this season. Take a seat on the stone bench and listen. Step down the
stone staircase and lean in close. You may find something you never knew was there.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT MERRYSPRING in 2017
Spring Tuesday Talks are sponsored by: Camden National Bank
Summer Tuesday Talks are sponsored by: The First
*All talks begin at noon and are free for Merryspring Members, $5 for non-members.
MAY
May 6 Coastal Mountains Nature Walk 10:00 a.m.—12 Noon
May 9 Hedges and Edges with Sharon Turner *
May 12 Plant Sale 3:00—6:00 p.m.
May 13 Plant Sale 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
May 16 Gardening for Bees with Amy Campbell *
May 23 Making Mead in Maine with Sean Bailey *
May 30 Tending the Perennial Garden in Spring with John Fromer *
JUNE
June 6 Wading Shore Birds and Migration with Lindsay Tudor *
June 13 Backyard Herbalism with Denise DeSpirito *
June 20 Tending the Perennial Garden — Garden Design with John Fromer *
June 26—30 “Eco Explorers” Summer Ecology Camp for children ages 7 to 9.
8:45 a.m.—12:00 noon. $100 / $90 for members
JULY
July 7 Family Nature Walk with Brett Willard—a free family program 10:00—11:00 a.m.
July 11 Tending the Perennial Garden—Perennial Combinations with John Fromer *
July 14 Bug Safari with Brett Willard—a free family program 10:00—11:00 a.m.
July 17—21 “Little Sprouts” Summer Ecology Camp for children ages 4 to 6.
9:00—11:30 a.m. $80 / $70 for members.
July 25 Backyard Herbalism with Denise DeSpirito *
July 28 Tree Identification Walk with Brett Willard—a free family program 10:00—11:00 a.m.
AUGUST
August 1 Tending the Perennial Garden—Perennial Biology with John Fromer *
August 4 Wildlife Detectives with Brett Willard—a free family program 10:00—11:00 a.m.
August 8 Lobster Ecology with Dianne Cowan *
August 9 Kitchen Tour 2017 sponsored by EBS Style Solutions
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Visit eight uniquely designed kitchens in CAMDEN & ROCKPORT.
Enjoy demonstrations and tastings from local chefs, caterers and food purveyors through-
out the day. Tickets go on sale in July.
August 15 The Future of New England Farming with Amanda Beale *
August 18 Herbal Tea Party with Brett Willard—a free family program 10:00—11:00 a.m.
August 22 Tending the Perennial Garden—Maintenance with John Fromer *
August 29 Fuzzy Udder Creamery and Goat Farming with Jessie Dowling *
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Merryspring Gratefully Acknowledges Your 2016 Contributions
PARTNER ($2,500 - $4,999): Joseph D. Messler, Jr. Barbara Furey & Bart Furey, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Furman, Dwight & Kay
CONSERVATOR ($1,000 - $2,499): Wendy & Ray Andresen, Mrs. Gagnon, Clarence Gallagher-Schulz, Christopher & Rosalee Glass, Donna
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Abigail Fitzgerald, Janet & Roger Fradenburgh, Kevin & Susan Frewert, Walker, Lynette Walther, Deborah Warren, (continued on page 7)
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Priscilla Weatherwax, , Deanna L. Webster, Adele M. Welch, Marjorie
R. Wester, Catherine Wiejaczka, Katrinka Wilder, Katrine McCollum
2016 Business Support
Willey, Mariah Williams, Merryspring is very grateful for the support the local business com-
munity gave us in 2016. If you appreciate Merryspring, we hope
COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIPS: Mary Ann Roberts & Bill Babcock,
you will extend your thanks to these businesses that help fund our
Kate & Alex Cohen, Sheila P. Davenport, Theresa & Jeff Davis, Mr. &
work and provide valuable goods and services to our community.
Mrs. Allen Fernald, Theola & David Gelermann, Neall & Steve John-
son, Peter & Ruth Lowry, Nancy Lubin, Patrisha McLean, Kathleen BUSINESS PARTNER ($1,000 or more): EBS Style Solutions.
Meil, Don Reimer, Jock & Susan Robie, Maureen Egan & Tim Sey- BUSINESS STEWARD ($500 - $999): Camden Real Estate, Camden
mour. Riverhouse Hotel, The First.
GIFT MEMBERSHIPS: Ellen Began Family, Rachel Evangelos, Amy BUSINESS DONOR ($250 - $499): Allen Insurance & Financial, Cam-
Lowry Family. den National Bank, The Flatbread Company.
GIFTS IN KIND: Robert E. & Pauline Anderson III, Amy & Robert BUSINESS FRIEND ($100 - $249): A. E. Sampson & Son, Ltd, Bench
Campbell, Laura & Eric Evans, Faith Getchell, Liane Giambalvo, Doro- Dogs, Inc., Brown Appliance & Mattress, Inc., Cafe Miranda, Camden
thea & Charlie Graham, Faith E. & David C. Hague, Carol Howe, Edie Coast Real Estate, Carol A. Witham, Certified Medical Exercise Spe-
Kyle, Mary Lee, Kristen Lindquist, Kevin Malmstrom, cialist, Cayouette Flooring, Inc., Christian H. Fasoldt, Archi-
Patrisha McLean, Sarah Rheault, Susan Shaw, Barton & tect, Christopher Glass Architect, Crestwood Kitchens,
Priscilla Wood. David C. Olivas, DDS, Distinctive Tile & Design, Evergreen
GLENN JENKS MEMORIAL GIFTS: Wendy & Ray Andre- Ridge Carpentry, Fixtures Designer Plumbing Showroom,
sen, Susan & Ken Crane, Ellen E. Dowd, Karen R. & Na- Francine Bistro, Freshwater Stone, Harbor Builders Associ-
than W. Ellis, Dorothea & Charlie Graham, Kristen ates, Hedstrom Electric, PC, Interiors By Janis Stone, Jack
Lindquist, Carolyn P. Miller, Diana Rigg, Marjorie Robin- McKenney Studio / Gallery, Jackson Landscape Services,
son, Stephen & Pamela Ross, Irwin & Sonia Spalding, Kelsey's Appliance & Sleep Center, Inc., Lanphere & Son,
Ronald S. & Leslie A. Stoodley, David & Janan B. LLC, Lee Schneller Fine Gardens, Lighting Concepts,
Vaughn, Albert W. & Elaine H. Wilson, Barton & Priscilla Lorraine Construction, Maine Stone Design Center, Margo
Wood. Moore Interiors, Peter T. Gross Architects, P.A., PHI Home
OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS: John E. & Susan U. Adams in Designs, Pierce's Plumbing & Electric, Pine Ridge Carpentry,
memory of Edward E. Magnuson, Susan & Ken Crane in Rockport Mechanical, Inc., Rockport Steel, Silverio - Archi-
memory of Ann Hopps, Sally M. Enggass, Judy Rosser, tecture + Design, Smith & May, Inc.- Hearth & Patio Show-
Lori E. Schafer, Rebecca L. & Douglas R. Thompson, room, Steve Caron Painting, Surroundings, The Good Table,
Thomas W. Wenckus, Jean & Donald White, Katherine The Granite Shop, Inc., The Rockport Company, TREEKEEP-
White. ERS LLC—Johnson’s Aboriculture.
BEQUEST: Kennedy Crane III Trust. BUSINESS SUPPORTER ($50 - $99): Amy Fischer Design, Inc., Debby
Smith Gardening, Endless Summer Flower Farm, Welte & Welte, P.A.
FOUNDATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT: In 2016, our pro-
BUSINESS GIFTS IN KIND: Boynton - McKay Food, Co., Bragg's Tree
grams received crucial financial support from a variety of organiza-
Care, Drouthy Bear, Goodridge-Lermond Tree Service, Hannaford
tions, municipalities, and private foundations. We thank the follow-
Super Market, L.L Bean, Lily, Lupine, & Fern, Once a Tree, Pinetree
ing institutional supporters for their help during the past year:
Garden Seeds, Plants Unlimited, Spirit & Art Gallery East (SAGE),
Aldermere Farm, Camden Garden Club, Cascade Foundation, Davis
Stonewall Kitchen, The Smiling Cow.
Conservation Foundation, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Maine Tim-
berlands Charitable Trust, Otter Island Foundation, Partners for En- COMPLIMENTARY BUSINESS MEMBERS: 40 Paper, Blue Sky Cantina,
richment, Rotary Club of West Bay, The Ethel & W. George Kennedy Cafe Miranda, FIORE Artisan Oils & Vinegars, FOG Bar & Cafe, Laugh
Family Foundation, Inc., Town of Camden, United Mid-Coast Chari- Loud, Smile Big Cupcakes, Laura Cabot Catering, Maine Street Meats,
ties, Inc. Pig + Poet, Rhumb Line & Slipway, State of Maine Cheese, Susan
Boivin, MSAD 28, The Market Basket, The Red Barn Baking Company,
MATCHING GIFTS: GE Foundation, Northern Trust.
Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe.

Dear Members and Friends of Merryspring
We are very fortunate to have so many friends and members of Merryspring who, year-in and year-out, support their Nature Center with gifts of
time and money. You are the reason Merryspring exists and continues to serve our Midcoast community.
Merryspring has an annual operating budget of more than $150,000 to cover salaries, educational programs, supplies, utilities, maintenance,
etc. The major sources of our income are fundraisers — such as the Plant Sale on May 12 & 13 and Kitchen Tour on August 9 — and our annual
appeal for memberships and extra donations. Other income comes from park usage, programs, grants, local businesses, and dividends on our
endowment.
So, as we continue moving ahead in 2017, we wish to thank all of you on these pages for your contributions in 2016, and we hope that you will
continue to support Merryspring in the future. On behalf of the Merryspring trustees and staff, THANK YOU.
Ray Andresen
President, Merryspring Board of Trustees
P.O. Box 893
Camden, ME 04843

Reserve Merryspring for Your Event
Remember to think of Merryspring when you or your friends
are planning a wedding, memorial service, meeting, or other
special event. Each year several weddings, receptions, and
meetings take place at Merryspring. Conveniently located yet
away from the noise and bustle of the towns of Camden and
Rockport, Merryspring offers stunning gardens and an outdoor
hexagon perfect for small ceremonies. A well-tended lawn bor-
dered by flower beds filled with spectacular color from June
through September will accommodate a tent for up to 200
guests. And the meeting room inside the Ross Center is spa-
cious and airy.

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