Don't Overlook Your Reciprocal Admissions Privilege

By Anne Donnelly

A sometimes overlooked benefit of your Landis Arboretum membership is the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP). The program entitles you to special admission privileges and discounts at nearly 350 public gardens and arboreta throughout North America.

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We found trolls with ours! We heard about them on NPR, and since we were planning a family gathering in Maine, I decided to treat the family to a day trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay to see them. There would be 16 of us: basic admission is $22 (reservations required). With our Landis membership, my husband Pat and I got in free, and the rest of the group were admitted for $16 each.

The trolls, by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, are at least 20 feet tall, made of recycled wood, and well-integrated with their woodland habitats. Each brings a message from the trees. Even the skeptics who just “came along for the ride” were impressed! Check them out at https://www.mainegardens.org.

For more information about RAP and a complete list of cooperating gardens and arboreta, go to ahsgardening.org/gardening-programs/rap/.




Fall 2021

Volume 39 , Number 3

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