Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 at 6:00am to Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 at 12:00am
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 19; 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 2.5 miles on the left-hand side of the road. Note: There is no sign on the roadside and since the entrance may not be obvious, proceed slowly after passing the 2.25 mile mark. The entrance is 0.1 miles from a sign for Privet Drive, which is on the right.
The following are prohibited on all New England Wild Flower Society sanctuaries:
♦ Camping, Fires, or Smoking
♦ Trail bikes and ATVs
♦ Horseback riding
♦ Removal of plant material
New England Wild Flower Society hopes you will enjoy your visit to Harvey Butler Sanctuary. There are certain risks inherent to visiting our sanctuaries. These 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: the sanctuaries are not staffed.