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MEDIA RELEASE: Celebrate the Start of Summer at Maine Audubon’s Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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For Immediate Release

May 31, 2016

Contact: Leslie Taylor, Media Manager
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FALMOUTH – On Wednesday, June 15, Maine Audubon will host their annual Peony Bloom & Ice Cream social, a celebration of 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.

“This is our chance to honor a special group of supporters, who have shown deep commitment to stewardship, conservation and environmental education through their long term engagement with Maine Audubon,” said Executive Director Ole Amundsen, III.

The event, which will be held at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, is free for members, $7 for nonmembers.  Attendees will have the chance to stroll through the formal peony garden while enjoying homemade ice cream donated by Toots Ice Cream and live music from the Sea Slugs. There will also be children’s crafts, face painting and more!

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The Gilsland Farm peony garden is what remains of the more than four acres of peonies of over 400 varieties once planted by David Edward Moulton (1871-1951), a prominent attorney and founder of the Portland Water District who acquired the property that was to become Gilsland Farm in 1911.

Dozens of peony blooms also grow wild across the property at Gilsland Farm, sprinkling the woods and meadows with blossoms of creamy white, lemon yellow, peppermint-swirl pinks and burgundy reds. Some of the “wild” peonies are older than the trees around them, having survived for more than 50 and 60 years.

“The Peony Bloom and Ice Cream Social is a wonderful opportunity for the Maine Audubon community to come together after a long winter and kick off a summer of enjoying the woods, salt marsh and meadows of our 65-acre sanctuary at Gilsland farm,” said Amundsen.


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, Maine Audubon has eight centers and wildlife sanctuaries and serves over 50,000 people annually, with 15,000 members and 2,000 volunteers.

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