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Thursday, May 25

Order Plants for the Summer Garden

Also known as summersweet, sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) grows to about 3–8 feet and produces beautiful white flowers from July to August. It thrives along streambanks and in sweet, swampy areas. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees, making it an excellent choice for pollinators. 

Summersweet and a nice selection of other native perennials, shrubs, trees, ferns, grasses, and vines are for sale online through Tuesday, May 30, with pickups scheduled for June 1 and 3. There's also a small selection of plants for sale at the Visitor's Center. 

Click here to place your order today.

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Preschool & Homeschool Update

Summertime is just getting started, but we're already thinking ahead to fall. Registration is underway for Acorn Academy Nature Preschool and two homeschool programs for students ages 6–8 and 9–12. All three programs run Tuesdays, September 19–November 7. Click here to learn more and to register.

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Forest Music Returns!

Since its inception in 2014, Forest Music has become a highly anticipated annual event. Venture into the forest on Thursday, June 15, when this beloved performance returns to the Arboretum woods. 

From 2 to 4 p.m., musicians from Chestertown's National Music Festival will perform in the forest, each responding to the others' playing in a musical conversation that winds through the trees.

Over the years, participating musicians have come with violins, clarinets, horns, bassoons, double basses, and even steel drums to play everything from Bach to the Beatles to original compositions written specifically for the event. While we never know what we'll hear, we do know that it will be absolutely magical.

An event fee of $10 per person includes light refreshments; wine will be available for purchase. All are welcome! Advance registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes. Click here to register.

Forest Music is generously sponsored in part by the Caroline County Council of Arts, PRS Guitars, and Unity Landscape Design|Build.

Photo by Kellen McCluskey

Breathing in Nature

Carrie Rose intertwines solo flute with recorded owls, grasshoppers, and water. As dusk falls on Saturday, June 17, these sounds will mingle with breezes, bird and frog calls, and stirring turtles and fish when she performs Breathing in Nature on the wetland boardwalk. Featuring compositions by Rose and other contemporary and classical composers, along with friendly introductions to each piece to engage curiosity and intellect, the program will also explore the writings of environmentalist Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring and The Sense of Wonder.

Rose is a flutist, composer, and teacher in the Washington, DC, area. As a performer, she unfurls a luscious array of classical chamber music, grooves for folk dances, freelances with regional orchestras, wails out avant-garde music, and presents in-person and recorded Breathing in Nature concerts.


Wine and treats will be available for purchase before the concert. Please bring chairs. Seating will be on the wetland boardwalk and the bridge to the Visitor’s Center. The concert is accessible.

The program fee is $20 for members/$25 for non-members and increases by $5 on the day of the event. Advance registration is encouraged! Click here to learn more and to register.



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