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. 


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​.maine​gar​dens​.org.

For more infor­ma­tion about RAP and a com­plete list of coop­er­at­ing gar­dens and arbore­ta, go to ahs​gar​den​ing​.org/​g​a​r​d​e​n​i​n​g​-​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​s​/rap/.

Fall 2021

Volume 39 , Number 3

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