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The McLaughlin Foundation, Garden & Horticultural Center
by Lee Dassler
December 8, 2002

july.jpg (131915 bytes)South Paris, Maine - In the tradition of The Men of Maple Corner and The Women of Tamworth, The McLaughlin Foundation, Garden & Horticultural Center has created the first coed calendar of "revealing" photographs. 'Altogether for the Garden' the 2003 McLaughlin Foundation calendar features black and white photographs of Foundation volunteers, directors and staff.

Included in the calendar are people from all walks of life: a banker, a retired librarian, a teacher, a publisher, an artist, retired Maine businessmen and women, a television journalist, and of course a gardener. In order to capture the spirit of the garden and the Foundation's preservation work, Hebron artist Skip Churchill photographed his subjects in the extensive historic garden in South Paris, Maine.

The result is a tastefully rendered and discrete collection of mildly amusing photographs of the dedicated people that comprise The McLaughlin Foundation. Helpful gardening tips and quotes are also featured on the calendar pages.

Strapped with a mortgage of $150,000, the Foundation's Board of Directors hopes to raise enough funds through calendar sales and a challenge grant from the Betterment Foundation to extinguish its existing debt. Spectrum Graphics in Auburn printed the first run of 10,000 calendars. (Hearing the quantity, South Paris historian Ben Conant replied, " My goodness, we haven't 10,000 privies left in Maine to hang them in!"). The calendars will be sold at the garden gift shop in South Paris, in selected bookstores and on the Foundation's website: starting August 10th.

'Altogether for the Garden' The McLaughlin Foundation 2003 Calendar is also available at The cost is $15.95 (plus $3 shipping/handling, ME residents add $.80 for the Governor). Or, send a check to The McLaughlin Foundation Calendar, PO Box 16, South Paris, ME 04281.

About the McLaughlin Foundation, Garden & Horticultural Center

An oasis of calm and beauty on an other commercial strip, the McLaughlin Foundation, Garden & Horticultural Center seeks to preserve an endangered nineteenth-century Maine farmstead and 65-year old garden created by Bernard McLaughlin. The property, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was purchased in 1997 by the McLaughlin Foundation. Voted three years in a row favorite public garden in Maine, the McLaughlin Garden is known for its extensive perennial collection. The 3.5 acre garden is particularly noted for its lilacs, hostas, daylilies, astilbes, irises, phlox, sedum, cimicifugas, and sempervivums. A diverse collection of wildflowers and ferns borders an old lane which rises up a wooded hill behind the old barn.

The mission of the McLaughlin Foundation is to rehabilitate Bernard McLaughlin's 20th century vernacular garden, preserve the site's 19th century New England farmhouse and barn, and create an education center where horticulture and historic preservation are nurtured.

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