AUGUSTA — Viles Arboretum recently held its grand opening of the newly created sculpture art trail, the latest addition to the ongoing enhancements. Many gather to meet the team that made it happen and to tour the trail with the artists who created the art on display, according to a Viles Arboretum press release. 

The Viles Arboretum is the largest outdoor sculpture presence in Maine that is open for public viewing and interpretation. It is one of many components of the Arboretum’s “Shifting Gears” initiative strategically designed to invite a broader cross section of visitors from the New England region. This art project, when combined with a new trail map, restored botanical collections, full color and engaging interpretive panels for all collections, community gardens, a strong events calendar including such events as dog sledding, cross country skiing, art shows, a fall 5K cross country run and walk, farmers market, the American Chestnut Celebration, natural history day camp and more.

There were various tours of the 20 sculptures peppering the trail leading from the Visitor Center to the Nut Collection.

The Viles Arboretum is located in Augusta on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and botanical collections offers an ever-changing selection of programs for the general public and for schools. Organizers focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on natural history and unlocking everyone’s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect. For more information, visit vilesarboretum.org, check Facebook under Pine Tree State Arboretum, stop in or call 626-7989.

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