Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 31, 2018
Native Gardens awarded trail, bridges grant
Arborist Tony Aman has volunteered his skills to Native Gardens of Blue Hill for the past three years, helping to clean up the woods.
The Native Gardens of Blue Hill has received $7,500 from the Maine Community Foundation to support construction of a trail and handicapped accessible bridges on the new 4-acre campus of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library. The trail will link to the Blue Hill Harbor and Bay schools as well as provide signage to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust trail across South Street. The grant was awarded under the fiscal umbrella of Blue Hill Community Development.
NGBH is constructing a public garden using Maine native plants to demonstrate their beauty and utility in a biodiverse landscape, to support sustainable gardening practices, and to offer opportunities to experience natural habitats. According to a press release, the trail will strengthen and improve the physical and programmatic links between NGBH and existing community organizations, including Healthy Peninsula, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Parker Ridge, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, and area schools. The funds awarded by Maine Community Foundation will initiate a trail leading the public onto a woodland walk that includes a small pond.
Avy Claire of NGBH said in the release, “As we begin our third season of work, the Native Garden is taking shape. Major site work around the new BMLL library was finished last fall and we’ve planted approximately 650 native trees, shrubs and perennials thanks to over 700 hours of volunteer effort and the community support to purchase many of these plants. At the time of this writing, another 500 plants are about to go into the ground. In creating this garden, we envision a process that teaches as the garden evolves and becomes an inspirational destination as the garden matures.”
More information about NGBH can be found at nativemainegardens.org.