Food and Forest Collection Nearing Completion

Thanks to the support of our donors and the efforts of volunteer coordinator Tracy Weber, we're pleased to share that the Food and Forest collection is nearing completion! Started in 2017, this collection utilizes a concept designed to mimic some elements of a natural ecosystem, to provide food for people, birds and pollinators and habitat for wildlife. 

American Chestnut Seedlings Available

July is the month that the glorious blooms of the American Chestnut Tree appear.  Arguably one of the showiest tree blooms in Maine, it is certainly a much-anticipated time to visit Viles Arboretum.  As you approach the trees you will smell the blooms immediately, next you will probably hear and see the blooms alive with visiting pollinators.  

Recipe Spotlight: Three Easy Recipes for Summer

When Summer veggies and fruits start making an appearance, it is easy to reach for the same recipes.  Here are a few of our favorite new recipes.  

Tomato-Lemon Tart

FROM BON APPETIT 

A new way to use that basil and tomatoes.  Extra credit given to those who make their own puffed pastry.  

August Collection Spotlight: Hosta Collection

If you are planning a trip to Viles Arboretum, make sure to stop by the Hosta Collection, as this time of year is nearing peak bloom.  This collection is a very short hike from the Visitors Center and offers a nice reprieve from the heat of summer as you stroll through the shade of the Birch-lined trail that houses the collection.