It has been a Quiet Year...
...and we grew our Board, again with a successful resolution. We added Scott LaPointe to our Board of Directors! See his profile here .
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 held in conjunction with the Flag Hill Distillery and Vineyard in Lee.
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 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 from work to organize it, and James Reynolds, who cleared land, ran the parking, and solved problems.
We hosted Vistors:
Portsmouth Christian Academy used the Garden for a photoshoot to advertise The Sevret Garden, a play they were producing.
Some of our visitors were classes at UNH:
Some were part of stand alone classes. Several groups of En Plain Aire painters visited, including NHAA and NEWS
Groups and Clubs.
Garden lovers are a hardy group!
We have partnered with Joe Stagnone of Morning Star Aerials to get photos like this. Maybe we will have a promo to go with it.
Speaking of the Parterre Garden, here is a trip down memory lane;
This was the Year of the Bees
Maryellen McKeen has donated four colonies of bees, all their accoutrements, and countless hours. We now have four viable colonies. Thank you Maryellen!
Food for Thought:
An estimated 121 Million people visited public gardens. A little less than all (NFL, NBA, NHL, & MLB) [134 million] professional sports combined. And their attendance is flat/declining, while garden visitors is going up!
The variety is amazing!
Three visitors to our bird feeder in one day:
But mostly we love our volunteers!
The Friends of Bedrock Gardens, the nonprofit being groomed to inherit Bedrock Gardens, was active this year. In 2017, over 80 volunteers contributed more than 2000 hours!
Part of the Hands in Dirt crew . They are much touted, and much loved.
Deb Nugent, the secretary of the Board, at the Boston Flower Show.
We have a table there every year, manned by our board and volunteers.
We now have "The Dirty Docents", Hands in Dirt volunteers who work on Open Days to answer questions on site. Here is Kerry Ridolfi, awaiting questions.
Lots of good times, at the information tent on an Open Day, with Tricia Carr, Kate Bashline, an Gloria Quigley.
We love our volunteers!
We attended the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Concord...very successful. Thanks to Governor Sununu for a shout out!
All good things must come to an end...
* maybe this...