December 17, 2017
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Kennebec Savings Bank Supports Viles Arboretum with Staff Volunteers “Day of Caring” Initiative

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Participants in the Kennebec Savings Day of Caring gathered around the Viles Arboretum Larch Collection interpretive sign for a group shot. Amada Jorgensen (leaning on sign), Talia Jorgensen (green Brut squad sweatshirt), Mindy Jorgensen, Mary Hammond, Judy Johnston, Mark Johnston, Tessa Jorgensen, Todd Jorgensen, Tara Jorgensen, Ethan Hammond.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A wonderful group of staff members and family from Kennebec savings Bank joined Viles Arboretum staff to assist in the restoration of the White Ash Collection.

Under the careful coordination of Mindy Jorgensen, Head of Maintenance at Kennebec savings, we all gathered for coffee and doughnuts bright and early on June 21st  and headed to the Ash Collection.  The Arboretum is undertaking a significant restoration of many of its collections that have been in place for many years. In combination with this restoration, interpretive signs are also being installed.  The work completed during this day essentially cleared a quarter of this collection, removing buckthorn, honeysuckle and the occasional bittersweet vine.  When completed, this beautiful plantation of over fifty white ash will be easy to access and enjoy.

Mark DesMeules, Executive Director commented, “We certainly welcome this wonderful community service coming to us as a gift through the Kennebec Savings Bank. Not only do we accomplish tasks that need to be addressed but we have the opportunity to share first-hand what we are all about. My hope is that all of these individuals will not only return to visit but tell their friends about the Viles Arboretum.”

The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world. We offer an ever-changing selection of inspirational exhibits, educational and practical programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on botany and natural history.  Our goal is to unlock everyone’s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect.

We strive to make our 224 acres of fields, forests and wetlands, play a key role in contributing to the quality of life for Maine citizens and visitors from every corner of the world. Our presence contributes significantly to the quality of life in and around Augusta and beyond and our newly installed Art Trail presents the largest publically accessible display of outdoor art sculpture in Maine.

You can learn more about the Arboretum and its programs, or how to become more involved by checking our website, checking our Facebook page or simply by stopping in or calling us at 626-7989.