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Happy holidays from the Preserve


As we head into winter, one of our gardeners is undertaking what has become a lovely tradition at the Preserve. Margaret Handville, Woodland Gardener at Thuya Garden, crafts wreaths by hand and places them at various locations around the Preserve.


Margaret starts with a base of balsam, pine, arborvitae, and incense cedar. For texture and color, she adds winterberry, pinecones, reindeer moss, sprigs of false cypress, bayberry, and mussel shells, all of which she collects on her hikes around MDI.


Visitors to Little Long Pond can see Margaret’s beautiful wreaths at the gate at Bracy Cove and at the Boathouse.


Click here to read more about Margaret's wreaths in a recent story in the MDIslander.


As a special holiday treat this year, Margaret created decorations for a tree that stands near the Little Long Pond main entrance, just beyond the kiosk. The tree is illuminated with solar-powered spotlights, so it can be seen from the road as you drive by.


All of us at the Preserve wish all of you happy, peaceful, and healthy holidays.





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