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SMHC Garden Tour of Sanford/Springvale

Each year, Southern Maine Health Care hosts a garden tour, with proceeds benefiting the hospital’s spiritual care program, which serves both patients and care team members. This year the tour will come to Sanford and Springvale on July 2, visiting four gardens here, as well as one in North Berwick. A program on flower hybridization at the Goodall Library is also on the schedule.

One $35 ticket gives you access to all of these. Final tour details will be shared with ticket-holders via email before the event.

Dr. Bill & Mary Frances Frank – Sanford: Eclectic best describes these gardens. For over 30 years, the Franks have gradually added different plants to the collection, which now includes vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, shade plants, daffodils, and crocuses in the woods, a gentle incline of day lilies, container gardens, hanging plants, and colorful window boxes. They are also proud of their ‘lawn’ that has been replaced by native mosses.

Dr. Al Pollard – Sanford: A garden full of rhododendrons, lilies and many other flowers blooming in July along with fruit trees.

Dave & Joyce Southard – N. Berwick: Organic country garden with raised vegetable beds, cutting flower garden, fountain, fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and espalier. Designed and created by the Southards with use of stone and natural landscaping to create a calm and peaceful setting.

Ron Vincent – Springvale Library: Presentation by master gardener, Ron Vincent, on hybridization of daylilies at the Springvale Library at 10 am.

McKeon Environmental Reserve – Springvale: The Community Garden managed by the Mousam Way Land Trust features an edible flower garden as well as a lovely children’s garden. Participants will see a range of gardening methods and many different vegetables, herbs and flowers. Dr. Bud Johnston and two other master gardeners will be there to answer questions and talk about the garden. Iced teas and ice cream sandwiches will be served.

Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary – Springvale: Owned and protected by the NE Wild Flower Society. An easy .7 mile walk into the woods. 30 plus acres of wild rhododendrons in bloom early July!

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit this page. Tickets may also be purchased by sending a check (payable to Southern Maine Health Care) to SMHC Development Office, PO Box 626, Biddeford ME 04005.

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