itty-bitty gazebo, its roof caved in.
Comfrey, lupines, false solomon's seal, convallaria, tulips and johnny-jump-ups, european ginger, pig-squeak and blood-root seem to grow where ever they want, or where ever they were dropped or planted. As with any old homestead, you'll find bird houses atop leaning poles, arbors and some appealing statuary. Someone even included an allee or two.
A couple of trails wind through ferny woods and skunk cabbage. Somewhere along Tom's Trail, it's plain where Tom stopped working a long time ago, leaving his gloves and buckets of debris to mold. From that point, the trail is not so well-defined. Though we walked on a bit, growing swarms of mosquitoes forced us back.
Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum is definitely a work in progress going on eighteen-plus years. Progress is slow. Blog readers who live in the area might consider contacting Ecotat to volunteer their services. Many of the links on the Ecotat Home Page don't function, but the phone numbers might work.
After taking a few more photos, we strolled through a decrepit apple orchard, the ground littered with fallen apple petals to the car.
Would I recommend you visit Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum? Sure. It's sweet and nostalgic, kind of like stepping back in time to visit your old aunt.
As of this post, upcoming events at Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum during 2013 include:
- Sebasticook Valley Community Band*, Sunday, June 23, 5:30pm.
- Art In The Gardens, Saturday, July 13, 9am-3pm.
- Jerry And Terry*, Sunday, July 21, 6pm, "Dynamic Duo" Sing-Along.
- Moth Talk And Walk, Friday, July 26 (rain date: Sat., July 27), 9:30pm. Please bring your flashlight.
- Art In The Gardens, Saturday, August 10, 9am-3pm.
- "Six Basin Street" Dixieland Band*, Sunday, August 18, 4pm.
- Hydrangea Wreath Workshop, Saturday, September 14, 9am and 12 noon. $20 per person.
- Fall Workshop, Saturday, October 5, 9am-12noon. "Ready Gardens for Winter". Lunch will be served.
- Balsam Fir Wreath Workshop, Saturday, November 30, 9am and 12 noon. $20 per person.
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