For Immediate Release
June 2, 2014
Contact: Michelle Smith, Communications & Marketing Manager
(207) 781-2330 x209
Mobile: (207) 838-0511
Maine Audubon Celebrates Members at Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social
Falmouth – Maine Audubon will hold their annual Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 pm. The annual celebration recognizes the organization’s Peony Circle of Friends, dedicated members, donors and volunteers who have supported Maine Audubon with their time, energy and contributions for over twenty years. The event will take place at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth (20 Gilsland Farm Road).
Enjoy homemade ice cream donated by Toots Ice Cream (North Yarmouth) and live music from the students of 317 Main (Yarmouth). Become a Maine Audubon member that evening and receive special discounts and a free peony flower. The event also features a children’s peony craft workshop – bring the whole family! To learn more, please visit www.maineaudubon.org or contact Agata Ketterick, Membership Manager, at [email protected] or call (207) 781-2330 x232.
Why are the peonies at Gilsland Farm so special?
David Edward Moulton (1871-1951), a prominent attorney and founder of the Portland Water District, acquired the property that was to become Gilsland Farm in 1911. His love of horticulture led him to plant many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers on the property, but it was the peony that truly fascinated him.
By 1928, he had collected more than 200 varieties planted over four acres – reputedly one of the most complete peony collections in the country. So famous were Moulton’s flowers that individual peony roots sold for as much as $250. The Portland paper called Gilsland Farm “a show garden of peonies – wonder place of Portland.”
Though David Moulton’s fields of cultivated peonies no long exist, visitors to Gilsland Farm will find remnants of his collection blooming in the meadows and along the woodland edges every June. A cultivated formal peony garden next to the Education Center showcases the beautiful blooms that most likely bloomed during his time at the farm.
About Maine Audubon
Maine Audubon’s science-based approach to conservation, education and advocacy advances wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation in Maine. Our citizen science programs connect Maine people to engaging volunteer opportunities that make meaningful contributions to conservation research. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.
Conserving Maine’s wildlife. For everyone.
Please visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.
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