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NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, all scheduled events are at 153 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine. Check here regularly for new announcements and be sure to visit our Facebook page for a fun approach to getting the word out about everything Arboretum including lots of current photographs. Members receive a 10% discount on anything that involves a charge.




Gentle Yoga, Thursdays - 5:30pm - 6:45pm Gentle Yoga with Peggy Baird - This is a gentle yoga class, suitable for anyone, including beginners. Drop-ins always welcome. Free to first-timers!  $10.00 for members, $11.00 for non-members.


Farmers Market - Every Friday, 12 Noon to 3:00 PM  Sambusa lunches and bulk sambusas (meat and veggie) are available. Sambusas are a Somali delicacy of mildly spiced meat/veggies in a flour pocket that is browned in a pan. Farm fresh organic vegetables are available at very reasonable prices.


New Date Soon, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, American Chestnut Celebration  

The Viles Arboretum has teamed up with Smart Eye Care and The American Chestnut Foundation to establish one of the first restoration sites in Maine for potentially blight resistant trees of this once common forest species. On July 1 at the Viles Arboretum, we will hold a ceremonial planting of three  of the newly available variety that will pave the way for the eventual return of this native species to Maine forests.  We will also unveil our new interpretive panels that will mark this planting and provide educational information about this amazing species and its recovery. The Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation uses conventional back-cross breeding to produce blight resistant American chestnuts well adapted to Maine.  The establishment of this “orchard” is made possible through the financial support of Smart Eye Care.

Beginning at 9:30 AM, we will gather at the Visitors Center of the Arboretum and caravan to the “orchard” location some five minutes away.  Representatives from the American Chestnut Foundation will be on hand to talk about this amazing species and the importance of this newly established planting. There will also be representatives of Smart Eye Care and the Arboretum to explain more about the partnership that has made this possible.   Bring your questions and plan to learn a great deal about this Maine native.


September 14, Thursday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Annual Meeting   A fun social event/dinner/business update for all members and frinds of the Arboretum.  There will be a presentation about kee keeping by the Kennebec Valley Beekeepers Association. Please RSVP by September 11, Monday


September 16, Saturday, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Maine Hosta Society Annual Meeting   The Annual Meeting includes a review of projects, upcoming projects, etc. 


September 29 & 30, Friday and Saturday. The Great Pollination Celebration,  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Friday is for school groups and Saturday for the general public.  All sorts of workshops, movies, presentations, food, music, etc.  Watch here and our Facebook page for more details on this exciting new event!


Sept 30, Saturday    Run for the Trees - Run to End Hunger, 5k Trail Run  Signups begin at 9:00 AM, the race starts at 10:00 AM Presented by the Viles Arboretum and the Maine State Credit Union.  $25, $15 for students; includes tee shirt.  Click here to sign up.


October 28, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fall Nature Journaling - Event Mapping  Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani for this third in a series of journaling workshops.  An Event Map is a map that describes a trip through a landscape, depicting important forms and features and events that capture the mapper's eye.  We will begin with an introduction to nature journaling and event mapping.  From there we'll hit the Arboretum's trails, creating our own maps as we go.  Registration fee: $35 per workshop for Arboretum members, $45 for nonmembers.