SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden has been recognized as a 2013 “Editor’s Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.
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The Butterfly Garden at the Charlotte Rhoades Park was established in 1998 to promote conservation education and gardening instruction in the community. Volunteers work throughout the season with school children and adults to learn more about butterfly habitat and observation. Suggestive of butterfly wings, the garden beds were designed by Bar Harbor landscape architect Bruce John Riddell and includes perennials, annuals, and shrubs that are butterfly host plants. Bring a picnic and enjoy coastal views, stroll amid blooming perennials, annuals, and see a variety of butterflies at this small seaside garden. The park is open daily dawn to dusk.
“Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold backstory about someone striving for perfetion, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference, whether it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or a dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street,” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen. “While it maybe hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the challenges we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England.'”
Yankee Magaine’s May/June 2013 Travel Guide, on newstands April 23, features 317 “Best of New England – Editor’s Choice” winners, which include the region’s best attractions, food & dining, lodging, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events aroundNew England and shares six island daytrips – from dawn to dark, pluss recipes for deltable island fare.
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The Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden is located in Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island. For visitors of all ages, it is exciting to experience a coastal butterfly habitat in Downeast Maine and see how careful organic gardening practices can sustain and protect butterflies. Charlotte Rhoades, a resident of Southwest Harbor, owned this property in the1950’s. In 1978 the property was given to the town in her memory with the request that it be used as a quiet park for children and their parents. The Town of Southwest Harbor is grateful to the following organizations for their support of the Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden: the Southwest Harbor Beautification Committee, the Garden Club of Mount Desert Island, the Bar Harbor Garden Club, Friends of Acadia, Southwest Harbor Coast Guard, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers.
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