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Annual Plant Sale A Gardener’s Delight
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 annuals, perennials, herbs, and shrubs for more than three decades. And this year’s event promises to be another gardener’s 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 ‘Morden’s 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,’ ‘Sophie’s 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 Society’s 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, there’s 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 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 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 Center
P.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 President’s Message Donor Thanks Gift Ideas Kitchen Tour 1 1 2 2 2 3-4 5 5 6-7 8 8

Mission Statement
Merryspring’s 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 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.

Wish List
Merryspring 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 Fees
Individual Family Merry Dog Business $35 $50 $35 $50-100

Keeping in Touch
You can sign up for our eUpdates at www.merryspring.org to receive the latest news on programs and events. Or you can visit Merryspring’s 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. Sarah’s primary role at Merryspring will be working with our volunteers and staff to expand the park’s 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. “I’ve 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. That’s 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 Merryspring’s 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 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

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 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 Merryspring’s endowment fund, please call us at (207) 236-2239. or email info@merryspring.org.

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

AmeriCorps Environmental Educator
Sarah Lambson
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2011 Spring/Summer Education Calendar
SPRING TUESDAY TALKS
Co-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 Pesticides—Gary Fish, Board of Pesticide Control Fruit Trees—Renee Moran, University of Maine Extension Insect Pests and Ornamentals—Clay Kirby, Entomologist NO TALK SCHEDULED Midcoast Garden Design—Clair Ackroyd, Garden Designer Best Nature Sites Mid-Coast Maine — Tony Oppersdorff, author Tending the Perennial Garden I—Wendy Andresen Peonies—Ken Liberty, Peony Society of Maine Clematis—Cindy Tibbetts, Hummingbird Farm

SUMMER TUESDAY TALKS
Co-Sponsord by

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

Rose Day—Glenn Jenks, Rosarian Tending the Perennial Garden II—Wendy Andresen Organic Farming —C.J. Walke, MOFGA Seed Saving — Neil Lash, MVHS Geraniums—Cindy Tibbetts, Hummingbird Farm Tending the Perennial Garden III—Wendy Andresen Composting — Mark Hutchinson, UMaine Extension Nature’s Tea Party — Sarah Lambson, Environmental Educator Gladiolas — Paul Cates, Cates Family Glads Orchids – Robert Cleveland, Maine Orchid Society
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September 6 Tending the Perennial Garden IV—Wendy Andresen

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FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS
Co-Sponsored by

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

Sign up for e-Updates at www.merryspring.org to be notified of upcoming workshops. June 12: Outdoor Basics—an introduction to camping skills and trail and campsite games that will keep children engaged and sharpen their observation skills. June 26: Animal Signs—learn about observing and protecting local birds and animals. J oin a guided nature walk around the park to look for the homes and signs of animals and learn how to track animals in your own backyard. July 10: Nature Photography—put your skills of observation to the test as we capture the beatuy of nature through the lens of a camera. On this nature walk, you will learn some helpful tips on the best ways to photograph nature and preserve it's beauty for years to come. July 24: Bug Safari—there is a whole world of activity in the soil and air around us – a bug’s world! We will make our own simple bug boxes and then travel through the gardens and forest to search for insects of all shapes and sizes. August 14: Geocaching Festival—newbies and experienced Geocachers alike will have fun navigating Merryspring’s 66 acres on a mystery trek. Join us to learn more about this fun family sport and navigating equipment. August 28: Herbariums—creating an herbarium is a great way to learn to indentify plants. Come to Merryspring to learn how to make your own plant press and how to preserve flowers and plants in your very own herbarium or nature journal. September 11: Fort Building & Fairy Houses—come and build your own secret fortress in the forest or construct a tiny home for forest dwellers. Merryspring will supply building tips and supplies; you supply the creativity. September 25: Tree Identification—trees provide us with food, fuel, shelter, shade … and so much more! Come meet the trees in Merryspring’s forest and learn how to identify some of Maine’s common varieties.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES (dates to be announced)
. Call 236-2239 for more information.

Designing Continuously Blooming Gardens with Lee Schneller: $30 Members/ $40 Non-members. Join a popular author and garden expert for a workshop on garden design. The required text, The Ever Blooming Flower Garden by Lee Schneller, may be purchased through Merryspring upon registration for $19.95 (members receive 10% discount). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Mushrooming with Greg Marley: $150 Members/$175 Non-members. Acquire the skills to identify and collect common mushrooms of the Maine woods with a noted mycologist. A field guide is included with registration.
Some dates may be subject to change and additional workshops and field trips will be added. Be sure to check our website www.merryspring.org for the latest postings. If you’d like to be sent news of new programs and reminders of upcoming events, send your name and email address to info@merryspring.org. We will not share or sell your email address.

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Raptors and Showshoe Hike Highlight Winter Ecology Festival
It was only a few snowstorms ago that Merryspring celebrated another Winter Ecology Festival with more than 50 adults and children braving a sunny but cold Saturday in February to see Barbara Tomlinson and her birds of prey. A wildlife rehabilitator who runs the Wild Haven Sanctuary in Camden, Barbara and her husband Tomm entertained the audience with stories about their owl and vulture friends. She also gave a falconry exhibit in the snowfield outside the Ross Center. The Winter Ecology Festival was just one of many special events that marked the opening months of Merryspring’s educational programming for 2011.
Above, spectators enjoy the sunshine as they watch the falconry demo from the Ross Center deck. Right, Barbara Tomlinson rewards her redtailed hawk, Simon, during the falconry demonstration.

In early January, for example, we had a packed house on a Sunday night to hear Bill Betty talk about his experiences with mountain lions living here in New England.

President’s Message
Dear Dog Walkers, Did you know that Merryspring is one of the few privately-owned nature centers that allows dogs on its premises? We have been a dog-friendly park for several years now, and we often receive a very sincere “thank you” from visitors — both local and from away — who appreciate having such a beautiful place to walk their dogs. But we also receive numerous complaints from park patrons about dogs “running loose” or leaving a “calling card” on the trails or in the fields. So, if you bring your dog to Merryspring, please abide by our two simple rules: (1) dogs must be leashed everywhere in the park except for the North Meadow, where they are allowed to run free; and (2) dog poop must be picked up and placed in a proper receptacle. You should plan to bring a leash for each dog and extra doggie bags with you before entering the park, although we do sometimes have temporary leashes and plastic bags available at the kiosk near the parking lot for those who “forgot.” And, for those of you who love to walk your dog at Merryspring, please help keep it “dog-friendly” by reminding your fellow dogwalkers to keep ‘em leashed and pick up after ‘em. Thank you. Ray Andresen President, Merryspring Board of Trustees
Snowshoers, led by Maine guide Cloe Chunn, head to the woods via Merryspring trails in search of signs of life.

Our Winter Tuesday Talk Series, which was co-sponsored by The First, got off to an exciting start with talks on “Green Burials” and “Japanese Gardens” as well as “Colonial Herb Gardening” and the always-popular discussion of “What’s New” with Hammon Buck from Plants Unlimited.

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Merryspring Gratefully Acknowledges 2010 Contributions
PATRON ($5,000 +): Doris Salzman PARTNER ($2,500 - $4,999): Mrs. Robert Black Jr. CONSERVATOR ($1,000 - $2,499): Wendy & Ray Andresen, Amy & Robert Campbell, Dorothea & Charlie Graham, Edie & Ned Kyle Jr., Hilliard & Aileen Lubin, Carol Arone & Mark Lutz, Joseph D. Messler, Jr., Thomas & Dennie Wolf. STEWARD ($500 - $999): Susan & Kennedy Crane III, Rev. & Mrs. Dewey Fagerburg, Linsey Low. DONOR ($250 - $499): Ann B. Bixler, John H. & Susan T. Buck, Mary J. & Peter A. Chamberlain, Brinkley, Thorne & Mazie Cox, Donna & Tillman Crane, Carol & Dan Daigneault, Mr. & Mrs. Charles W.H. Dodge, David & Jo A. Geddis, Sandy Millar & Frances Hitchcock, Stephanie A. & Alan S. Kumble, Lila Magie, Marion & James G. McCully, Patrisha & Don McLean, Wayne & Caroline Morong, Sarah Rheault, James & Marilyn Rockefeller, Barton & Priscilla Wood. FRIEND ($100 - $249): Anonymous, Susan Junge & Richard A. Ailes, Patricia B. & James J. Algrant, Stanley & Kathleen Murray- Allain, Tom & Mary Amory, Paula & Alexander Armentrout, JoAnne & Michael Bander, Martha M. & Sidney Block, Susan Morrissey & Frank Callanan, Virginia Campbell, Jane & Alan Carr, Helen Shaw & Bill Chapman, Mary P. Chatfield, Keith Collins & Mary Baldwin Collins, Charlotte & William Cook, Tracy Jalbuena & James Cook, Sally Cooper, M.D., Jock & Day Cowperthwaite, Peter Webb & Cate Cronin, Frank & Nancy Cummings, Harriet & John DeHoff, Anne Dixon/ Nancy Delp, Greg & Susan Dorr, Richard J. & Barbara Ann Dubocq, Michael & Pamela Dufour, John & Karin Duncan, Peter & Sally Enggass, John & Louisa Enright, Mr. & Mrs. Allen Fernald, Patrick M. & Kathleen Florance, Susan & Peter Forster, Barbara & Bart Furey, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Furman, Diana R. Gay, Franciscus & Levina Magdalena Gerritsen, Rev. Allison C. Smith & Gregory Greenleaf, Bernard Guerlain, Debra & Robert Hall, Linda Mairs Holt, Donald & Renee Hotchkiss, Faith Getchell & Glenn Jenks, Norma L. Jones, Elizabeth E. & Paul J. Killoran, Mr. & Mrs. R Chase Lasbury, Louise D. & Richard W. Ledwith, Jr., Katherine H. & James R. Ledwith, J. Griffin & Linda Lesher, Emily Saltonstall Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Linder, Marguerite Cutroni & David J. Maki, Sally A. Marki, Steven & Ursula McAllister, Pat Whitney Messler, Carolyn P. Miller, Audrey R. & Roger Moody, Susan K. and Robert G. Mossman, Taylor Mudge, Mr. Frank Murphy, Corallie H. Murray, William & Vivian D. Newman, Kay Ouradnik, Thomas & Gray Payne, Thomas & Lys McLaughlin Pike, Linda & Douglas Posson, Ray & Dorri Raposa Diana Rigg, Marjorie F. & Lloyd Roberts, M.D., Stephen & Pamela Ross, Ann P. Rutherford, David Wiggin & Diane Schetky, Joanne M. Sharpe, John & Judy Sherman, Selma & Melvin Shure, C. Richard & Nancy T. Soderberg, Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Spalding, Susan St. John, Enid W. Stone, Edith C. Groden & Hugh Stubbins,, Mary Beth Van Alstine, Judith and Lisa Van Lunen, Lynette Walther, Peg & John Way. FAMILY ($50 - $99): Anonymous, Pauline R. & Robert E. Anderson, III, Alex & Lana Arau, Roberta B. Axelson, Jane & Tom Babbitt, Mr. & Mrs. J. Kennedy W. Barclay, Susan L. Bartovics, Joyce & Kevin R. Bedford, Joseph J. Cox & Elizabeth E. Biddle, Callie Black, Lark & Edward Blum, Gordon Bok & Carol Rohl, Dale K. & Douglas A. Bruce, Mary & Roger Cady, Ragan & John Cary, John & Barbara Charters, Lynn A. St. Pierre & Ed Cloutier, Phyllis Coelho, Dick & Tufts Colwell, Catherine Cornell MD, Rick & Sally Cowan, Ann Daly, Kathy Deupree, Ruth & Robert Dreher, Jim & Cindy Dunham, Anne C. Edmonds, Nancy Killoran & Hildy Ellis, Rebecca Sawyer-Fay & Joe Fay, Sarah Price & Stephen Florimbi, Susan Forster, Kevin & Susan Frewert, Mary B. Glennie, Janet Goss, Christian, Zimmerman & Olga Gourianov, Maurice F. & Janet K. Granville, Donna & Bill Griffith, Terry & Ned Gruener, Faith E. & David C. Hague, Sara & Arthur Hayes, Claudia & Peter Hill, David R. & Nancy L. Holmes, Suzi Barbee & Victor Hotho, Mr. & Mrs. David Jackson, Jean & Robert Jacobs, Bonnie & Matt Janicki, William & Judith D. Jones, Ed & Ruth Kenney, June Kincade, Mr. & Mrs. James Kinsella, Ann Blair Kloman, Nancy & Fred Kneedler, Dr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Kugelman, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Lamb, Bob & Judy Laurence, Jean B. & R. Michael Lenderking, Terry R. & Geoffrey W. Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Libby, Cynthia & Michael E. Lucas, Richard & Wanda Macnair, Barbara Malone, Robert & Edith K. Kelley Manns, Roslyn Marcopulos, Jean Y. Matlack, Richard & Irene Maxcy, David & Lori Maxwell, Ann H. & Richard A. McKittrick, Peter T. & Patricia P. McSwain, Maura L. Melley, Ronald H. & Mary H. Miller, Lolly & Jim Mitchell, Bob Holtzman & Cathy Monroe, Susan Moore, Jean & Don Morrison, Russell & Erica Morton, Barbara & Robert Nichols, Barbara L. & David G. Noyes, Clorinda & Richard Noyes, Jose & Kathy Ocariz, Dianne & Kenneth Oelberger, Herbert & Enid Bok Okun, Rosemary Peacock, Diane & Donald Pendleton, Connie & Etienne Perret, Neale Sweet & Elizabeth Perry, M/M Thomas C. Pluecker, Bob & Mary Rackmales, Sally Radin, Marietta Raneri, Karin Rector, Lois D. Rice, Carolyn Robinson, Diane & James Rose, Robert C. & Marion Walsh Rowell, Neil D. Smith & Mary Douglass Ryan, Melody & Warren Schubert, Nancy Seibert, Liv Rockefeller & Ken Shure, Anita Siegenthaler, Jean S. Silva, Harry & Marsha Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Kendrick Smith, Susan and Robert Snead, Joe & Gerry Steele, John F. Steele, Marsha & Victor Steinglass, Shirley Burnell & Emmett Sutton, Melissa Sweet, Richard W. & Anne M. Sykes, Ann & Edward Sziklas, Judith & Tom Tarbox, Brian & Marilyn Trask, Marcia T. Turner, Ingrid Van Steenburg, Nadine Varrin, Constance Wallace, Dee Webster, Merritt & Helen Webster, Nancy & David Weill, Clifford H. & Ruth B. Wells, Nina Woolston & Tracy Wheeler, Taylor Allen & Martha White, Debbie Whittet, Katrinka Wilder, Ian Cook & Mariah Williams, John G. & Lucille A. Williams, Robert H. and Claire P. Yackel, Livka Y., Farrell & Martha E. Yandle, Hilje J. and Art D. Zur Muhlen. INDIVIDUAL ($35 - $49): Anonymous, Lori Alexander, Grete Bailey, Susan H. Barbour, Tom Barksdale, Katie Bauer, Allison D. Beards, Jane P. Bennett, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Kononen Berry, Sharon Black, Carol Bosken, Margaret M. Boyajian, Helen Burlingame, Deborah Chapman, Marcella Mace Christensen, Mrs. Lauralee Clayton, Josephine B. Clough, Sherry Cobb, Nan Cobbey, Catherine Cohn, Marlene Cohn, Ruth Cole, Marie Collins, Jenni Lyn Cooper, Linda A. Cox, Penelope Crane, Jean Crawford, Greg Currier, Betsey Dauzier, Mary Ellen Decato, Sally Demeter, Julianne J. Edmondson, Maureen Egan, Cheryl L. Evangelos, Jerry Fales, Charlotte W. Faller, Linda Farwell,, Amy Faunce, Sue Fleming, Marjorie Ford, Mrs. Richard Foxwell, Kathaleen M. Giurtino, Carolyn J. Giustra, Rosalee Glass, Carol Goodridge, Patricia A. Goulette, Mary Anderson Griffin, Mrs. Ann Guild, Greta Z. Gulezian, Jayne Hall, Jonette Hardester, Carol Ann Hendricks, Dorothy Hokkanen, Thomas Hopps, Carol Howe, N. Rebekah Huckle, Nancy Huus, Liga Jahnke, Lydia S. Kaeyer, Linda W. Kapp, Kendel Kennedy, Aleta M. Kilborn, Marcia Kimpton, Dorothy J. Klie, Loel Kline, Elinor (continued on page 7)

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Klivans, Regina Knight, Debbie Koban, Robin Kruger, Gretchen Leone, Dora Lievow, Nancy Linkin, John Lippman, Kathleen Ludman, Mary Lou Lundy, Laura MacRae, Leesa Mann, Sharon Mann, Marjorie E. Maxcy, Marian F. McAleenan, Ann McKendry, Elizabeth P. McRae, Carol Melquist, Alison N. Montgomery, Abigail Morrison, Linda Nash, Gail Galloway- Nicholson, Kathryn Palmer, Mary J. Parshley, Carol Peterson, Kit Pfeiffer, Margaret Mednis Phillips, Lauren Pieri, Deborah Pixley, Martha M. Porter, Harriet Potter, Douglas M. Prescott, Rachel Riefe, Valerie Rock, Antje Roitzsch, Stacey Rossiter, Sheila Buchanan Ruyle, Sandie Sabaka, Maria Salvaggio, Dorothea Schmitt, Ms. Cynthia Seefahrt, Steve Seidell, Charles J. Serns, Estelle B. Shevis, Dave Slagle, Debby Smith, Lynn Snider, Ann D. Snow, Pat Snow, Lois Sprague, Chris Stewart, Johanna Stinson, Jane M. Strauss, Brenda L. Sullivan, Mary Sweeney, Barbara Sweitzer, Jan B. Taft, Barbara Talley, Joan Thibault, Anne-Marie Thomas, Giedra J. Troncone, Michael Voncannon, Adelaide Walton, Sherry Watmough, Joanne G. Weatherbee, Priscilla Weatherwax, Judith E. Webster, Katrine McCollum Willey, Deborah Winship, Evelyn T. Woods, Susan M. Worden, Suzanne Wright, Gloria Young, Lisa Young. MERRY DOGS: Anonymous, Maxx Arau, Dash Bixler, Sammy & Boomer Black, Adam & Dean Brodsky, Flynn Magoo Carr, Suzie Charters, Chester & Oakley Clapp, Finnegan Conlon, Pepper Cooper, Annie Webb/Cronin, Tripp Johnson/Domench, Ramsey Dorr, Kevin Dowd, Moxie Evans, Zeik Hilchey/Geisler, Kenzie & Kallie Hall, Henry Hovorka, Sparrow Leidenthal, Ruby Arone/Lutz, Bella Magnacca, Amber Marcopulos, Digby Mitchell, Pepper Murray, Tucker Sweet/Perry, Dolphie Plunkett, Cruiser Ross, Rufus and Nellie Sweet, Rolex & Bella Doodaliss Wallace. COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERS: Judy & Andy Burgess, Laura Cabot, Melissa Carr, Teri Christe, Nancy Wood & David Cooke, Joshua Grodzins, Joshua Hixson , Melissa Kelly, Bonnie Kern, Sarah Lambson, Danielle Chrobak & Leo Maheu, Bill Munette , Herbert & Eleanor Peters, Lynette & Larry Platt, Rhonda Ryznar & Richard Rovner, Martha Coolidge & Sam Rowse, Karen Ruth, Susan Shaw, Lisa Sojka , Susan Taylor, Lani Temple, Jennifer Thieme, Johanna Tutone. GIFT MEMBERS: Janis Hovorka, Foster Bartovics & Liz Lovell, Carole Martin, Becky Neves, Gail Palmer. OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS: Martha Freeman, Ronnie Lee Hastings, Carole Mathews, Karen Meisenheimer, Elizabeth Parker, Neal Sweet & Elizabeth Perry, Nancy Hanrahan & Judith Powers, Gail Whitaker Ribeck, Naomi Howe & Steve Seekins, Jean & Donald White. GIFTS IN KIND: Wendy & Ray Andresen, Danielle Chrobak, Joanne Fagerburg, Barbara Furman, Dorothea & Charlie Graham, Faith Getchell & Glenn Jenks, Stephanie Kumble , Edie Kyle , Carole Mathews, Patrisha & Don McLean, Bob & Mary Rackmales Diana Rigg, Sandie Sabaka, Joanne M.Sharpe, Susan Shaw, Liz Stanley, Gail & William Sutton, Lynette Walther, Debbie Whittet, Barton & Priscilla Wood, Laura Zalewski . IRENE GOLDOVSKY WOLF MEMORIAL GIFTS: Stephanie Abbuhl, Patricia B. & James J.Algrant, Susan & Kennedy Crane III, Patrick M. & Kathleen Florance, June Kincade, Hilliard & Aileen Lubin , Lila Magie, Robert & Edith K. Kelley Manns, Diana Rigg, Lee and Judy Salter, Patricia Scott, Thomas & Dennie Wolf.

2010 Business Support
Merryspring is very grateful for the support the local business community gave us in 2010. If you appreciate Merryspring, we hope you will extend your thanks to these businesses that help fund our work and provide valuable goods and services to our community. BUSINESS SPONSOR ($1,000 +): EBS Style Solutions. BUSINESS FRIENDS ($100 - $249): A. E. Sampson & Son, Ltd, Barnes Custom Window Treatments, Beckstrom Architecture & Planning, Bernhard & Priestley Architecture, Brimstone Consulting Group, LLC, Cedar Crest Motel, Cold Mountain Builders, Country Inn at Camden/ Rockport, Coutts Bros., Inc., Dominic Paul Mercadante Architecture, Francine Bistro, Lee Schneller Fine Gardens, Longfellow's Greenhouses, Mathews Brothers, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, Mid-Coast Masonry, New England Water Works Association, Optimum Performance, Plants Unlimited, Stonescape Masonry, Treekeepers, LLC, Windsor Chairmakers. BUSINESS SUPPORTER ($50 - $99): 17-90 Lighting Showroom, Agren Appliance, Allen Agency / Allen Financial Group, Ann Kearsley Design, Bingham Lumber, Bench Dogs, Inc., Benjamin Leavitt Metalwork, Brown's Appliance & Mattress, Inc., Cayouette Flooring, Inc., Chatfield Design, Christopher Glass, Architect, Cornerstone Kitchens, Crestwood Kitchens, David C. Olivas DDS, Day Matero Studio, Dennis J. King Masonry, Inc., Distinctive Tile & Design, Don Dickel Wood Floors , Erickson's Antique Stoves Inc., Fixtures Designer Plumbing Showroom, Freshwater Stone, g2+1 LLC, Gilberte Interiors Inc., Harbor Builders Associates, Hughes Realty, Inc., John Gillespie, Architect, Kaplan Thompson Architects, Kelsey's Appliance Village, Inc., Keystone Masonry, Landmark Construction, Landscape Services, Landworks Design, Lincolnville Family Dentistry, Liza Wheeler Cabinetry, Maguire Construction, Inc., Maine Coast Construction Corp., Maine Soapstone Co., Margo Moore, Inc., Mishka Plumbing & Heating, New View Interiors, North Atlantic Painting Co., Northport Bath, Oliver Builders Inc., Olson's Classic Painting, Inc., Once a Tree, Party Fundamentals, Pen-Bay Glass, Peopleplace, Inc., Peter T. Gross, Architects, P.A., PHI Home Designs, Pine Grove Cottages, ReVision Energy, Rockport Mechanical, Inc., Rockport Steel, Scholz & Barclay Architecture, Seasons Downeast Designs, Silverio - Architecture + Design, Smith & May Masonry, Sukeforth Builders, Inc., The Good Table, The Store, Viking Lumber, Inc., Village Cabinet & Remodeling Co., Well Tempered Kitchen, Zoulamis Fine Woodworking. BUSINESS GIFTS IN KIND: Fernwood Nursery & Gardens, GoodridgeLermond Tree Service, Lee Schneller Fine Gardens, Lily, Lupine & Fern, Long’s Landscaping, Marriner's, Inc. OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS: Town of Rockport.

Foundation and Organizational Support
In 2010, our programs received crucial financial support from a variety of organizations, municipalities, and private foundations. We thank the following institutional supporters for their help during the past year: Camden Garden Club, Maine Daylily Society, Otter Island Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Thendara Foundation, Town of Camden.

P.O. Box 893 Camden, ME 04843

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day
Looking for a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day? Or something for another special day, or special person? How about a gift pass to Merryspring’s Kitchen Tour, which will be held on Wednesday, August 3. This annual mid-summer event is always a big attraction, drawing more than 500 fans for a tour of eight local homes and a tasty sampling from local chefs. Or how about a gift certificate to this year’s Plant Sale — a perfect gift for that special gardener you know. We also have a variety of nature books and hand-crafted items in the Merryspring gift shop, as well as gift memberships to Merryspring Nature Center. If you would like to purchase an item, please call 236-2239 (Visa and MasterCard are accepted), and your items will be held for pickup. Or you can stop in during office hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to pick out a gift. In addition to finding that something special, you will have that special feeling of supporting Merryspring with your gift purchase.

Kitchen Tour
Save the Date: August 3

Mark your calendar! This year’s Merryspring Kitchen Tour, sponsored by EBS Style Solutions, will be held Wednesday, August 3, and the list of stunning kitchens is already taking shape. If you’d like to volunteer for a half-day as a host/ hostess, cashier, or parking attendant, please contact Kathie Kull at 236-2947. Volunteers receive tickets at half-price.

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