Harvey Butler Rhododendron Sanctuary, Springvale, ME
This gently undulating, 30-acre tract has at least 39 species of wildflowers and a 5.3-acre stand of Great Laurel (Rhododendron maximum), a very rare species in Maine. The site borders a red maple swamp and wet meadow, and is listed on the Maine State Register as a Critical Area. To view the Great Laurel in bloom, plan to visit around the middle of July. Other plant species at the sanctuary include spicebush, clintonia, and painted trillium.
Shawn Jalbert, 317 Mountain Road, Alfred, ME 04002. 207-490-0849.
I-95 north to exit 2; take 109 north towards Sanford; proceed through the Town of Sanford to the village of Springvale; turn west (left) onto route 11A; from this point the sanctuary entrance is about 2.75 miles on the left hand side of the road. It is located just before the Dabrieo’s Fish Farm. Note: There is no sign on the roadside and since the entrance may not be obvious proceed slowly after passing the 2.5 mile mark.
Sanctuary Visitation Rules
The following activities are prohibited on all New England Wild Flower Society sanctuaries:
♦ Camping, Fires, or Smoking
♦ Trail bikes, trikes and ATV’s
♦ Horseback riding
♦ Removal of plant material
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
New England Wild Flower Society hopes you will enjoy your visit to our Sanctuaries. Please be aware there are certain risks incidental to visiting our Sanctuaries which include – but are not limited to – hills, uneven terrain, insects and slippery areas. You walk the trails at your own risk, so please exercise caution. Please note -- there is no staff at our Sanctuaries if you should encounter difficulty or require assistance.