The mission of Ecotat Trust is to preserve and expand the gardens and trails for the enjoyment and use of future generations. The name “Ecotat” was formed by combining portions of the words “ecological” and “habitat” – words describing the 91 acres of land located on Route 2 in Hermon, Maine, at the intersection with Annis Road at the top of Miller Hill.
The acreage is home to over 55 gardens containing 280 varieties of trees, over 1500 varieties of perennials, and an abundance of animals, birds and insects.
Visitors can enjoy tours of the gardens during the growing season, hikes through fall foliage or cross country ski on trails during the winter. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the gardens are free of charge and offer visitors, members and volunteers alike the opportunity to enjoy, explore, and learn more about Maine’s ecological habitat. Special summer programs enhance enjoyment of the gardens.
The gardens and trails are maintained by a group of volunteers who work diligently throughout the year to preserve and enhance the aesthetic appearance of the property. While more volunteers are always appreciated (visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about these opportunities), donations are also necessary to allow for the continued maintenance and expansion of the gardens and trails.
Your support allows us to provide a place of beauty and tranquility for the community. Ecotat is a place where learning opportunities are endless. It is a place that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Donations allow us to continue cultivating and restoring Ecotat's beautiful property for all to enjoy.
'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.'
- Jeannie Zeile
Organizer and beneficiary
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