We spent a lot of time (21 months) with this Board, with a very satisfactory resolution:
...but grew our Board, again with a successful resolution. We added Scott LaPointe to our Board of Directors!
But we did hold Events...
We opened this year with: our second Annual Celebration of International Sculpture Day
International Sculpture Day, or IS Day, is an annual international celebration event held on the last Saturday in April to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. This was Bedrock Gardens' second participation.
And our favorite local band, The Chicken Shack from Lee, played bluegrass. Give them a listen!
...and Our Open House Days were Special...
The Caterpillar Lab came, for the fourth year in a row.
Here are some pix:
...and we had a great Third Annual Fairy Hobbit House Festival.
Wonderful people helped:
Betsy Williams, author of Are There Faeries at the Bottom of Your Garden? made pixie dust for our visitors. She was very popular.
Michael Lang was here again with his captivating story telling.
Arts in Reach supplied us with wonderful face painting. What a vibrant program that is!
Valerie Sununu, The Gov's wife, and strong advocate for children, is a perennial favorite of ours...and of the kids!
And, of course, there were fairies and fairy houses...
See lots more details and photos of the FHH here.
But we couldn't have done it without our special volunteers...
...like Nancy Helton, who took a week off form work to organize it, and James Reynolds, who help cut trees, ran the parking, and solve problems.
We hosted Vistors:
Some of our visitors were in conjunction with educational institutions:
Or as classes. Several groups of En Plain Aire painters visited, including NHAA and NEWS
Groups and Clubs.
and Yoga classes...three different groups: Symmetry, Peace Tree, and Awakening Grace.
Some of the fun weddings ceremonies that took place here:
Always there are projects:
We even love plants that misbehave. Bamboo grows well, but periodically has a world-wide (!) simultaneous flowering (called gregarious or mass flowering) and death. No one understands how a plant in Asia knows how to flower and die at the same time a bamboo stand in Bedrock Gardens does. But they do. Here all our bamboo of one kind suddenly flowers and dies:
But mostly we love our volunteers!
Part of the Hands in Dirt crew (Robin Heider, Kerry Ridolfi, Diana Anderson, Peggy Tucker)
Lots of good times, in our new kiosk.
Jill gave a talk at the Atlantic Design Center at Eldredge Lumber and Hardware in York ME. Doug Tallamy also presented.
We are rewarded for our work...
All good things must come to an end...