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“Outstanding stone sculptures on view”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Viles Arboretum

Viles Arboretum
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Augusta
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Owner description: Over 200 labeled species of trees, shrubs and "Space Trees" (from seed that traveled on the Space Shuttle) are on display at this 224-acre garden. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week. There are six miles of trails, all marked and signed, and the largest outdoor sculpture display in Maine. Trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk. A good introductory trail is the one to Viles Pond, which takes one through the hosta garden, past the rock garden, and to Viles Pond, often alive with birds, dragonflies, and frogs croaking. Depending on how long one lingers to enjoy the sights, this one mile trail takes about 45 minutes. Dogs are allowed on the trails, on a leash at all times. Pet owners must pick up after their dogs.
Norridgewock, Maine
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Outstanding stone sculptures on view”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

This arboretum is young and a work in progress. Many volunteers contribute to it. One outstanding new addition is the display of a number of large stone and/or metal sculptures. These art works are for sale and the arboretum gets a commission. In the meantime, anyone can wander the grounds and enjoy them. The scale of some of these pieces is huge and they all are impressive. We also especially enjoyed the quarry garden on a hot summer day. The walk there was mostly in the shade (through the hosta garden). At the quarry garden, you can take a comfortable seat while you look at the alpine and dry-adapted plants nested among the stones. We will definitely be going back to explore more of this lovely spot.

Visited August 2013
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Augusta, Maine
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always worth the visit”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Hosta gardens, fantastic trees and wonderful landscapes are the draw here. Farmers' market on Friday year round and a dedicated volunteer group and staff reflect the interest many have for this underutilized gem in the heart of the city.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Martha M
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Augusta, Maine
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“All around educational”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have visited the arboretum many times> They have a lot of sign up for programs, like wild mushrooms, local birds etc. One of the things I like is the Friday Farmers market. good local food (meats, breads, vegetables and fruits) and reasonable prices. They have this market for the summer and most of the fall.

Visited July 2013
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3 Thank twriker
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Maine
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“pleasant place to walk with children”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Welcome center not open when I was there but thew grounds are very pleasant . Do not forget to look for hidden fairy houses

Visited February 2013
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Augusta, Maine
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tranquil and lovely no matter what season”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

If you want some fresh air and beautiful scenery, go for a stroll at the arboretum. You'll be glad you did!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Jen C
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