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March 5, 2011

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March 5, 2011

I have visited many public and private gardens throughout the world and feel that the McLaughlin Garden is a hidden treasure of Western Maine.
The annual lilac blooms are magnificent in size, variety, and setting! The garden is well-tended and provides a good educational experience for all
gardeners, from novices through experts. Helpful and friendly staff, lovely gift shop, and wonderful plant sales enhance a visitor's enjoyment of the historic site. I have attended the educational presentations and cultural events, but mainly love to just find peacefullness in the many shaded areas of the winding paths and restful benches among the native plants.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

. . . the growth of their presence in the community. They need more publicity and funding to improve recogniton and use by the public, however. Their devoted volunteers have really provided a HUGE amount of time and effort to provide for and promote the garden's growth.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

. . . make renovations to the historic buildings that are in dire need of maintenence. INCREASE THE GARDENING STAFF so that the gardens really "shine". Provide funds for future historic, environmental, and educational programs on the grounds. Provide better facilities for a LARGER KITCHEN to provide for a public cafe and food service for events.

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A variety of work is available - from office assistance and working in the gift shop to weeding and planting. The opportunities are too numerous to list! (Mentor a teen or classroom through the Challenge program, update the website, data entry, gardening, talking to visitors, etc.)