New location added to our museum pass program!

July Newsletter
Emily Dickinson“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.”
― Emily Dickinson,

Sunday July 17

Lee residents can come for free to Bedrock Gardens and can bring along a friend for free as well. Simply show any form of identification at the ticket booth.
  Note from our Executive Director



Ease into summer at Bedrock Gardens
For a little garden revery and a great way to meet up with family and friends in an inspired setting, think Bedrock Gardens.

Our new education staff has helped to create a slate of classes that help immerse you in gardening programs designed to build community and strengthen ties to family and environment.  Our youth/family programsare perfect for grandparents and parents wanting to make future memories and infuse joy into the lives of young ones that would benefit from deeper connections. Our adult programs help to explore gardening as a hands-on craft that broadens and enriches our lives as we age.  

If you have not signed up for any of our fun and innovative workshops, we have a special for you! 
Enroll in your 1st Bedrock Gardens class and receive a 50% discount on admission.
Use the code noted in our Eventbrite links below to apply your discount *(Discounted rate will apply at checkout).

We look forward to seeing you, and learning from each other in the garden!

Sincerely, John Forti

Recent fun and informative foraging class with Russ Cohen

New Garden Education Program Series.
Featured summer classes include:  

Friday, 7/29, 10:30am-12:30pm:  Growing an Herbal Tea Garden, with John Forti
Join Bedrock Garden’s Director and Ethnobotanist John Forti on an exploration of Bedrock Gardens. Together, we will search out and sample tea herbs and botanicals found in the landscape. We will blend and sip a tisane from the plants we gather, while exploring ideas for designing your own tea garden of herbal allies in order to make infusions and decoctions from dried botanicals all year round.
You can also sign up for the following luncheon below.
Fee: $60, members, $75, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 12 participants. Sign up for 50% discount code here.

Friday, 7/29, 1pm-2:30pm: Tea Luncheon
Participants of the Growing an Herbal Tea Garden program are invited to extend their experience and add on our tea luncheon. Join Bedrock’s Director, John Forti and Bedrock educator, Roanne Robbins for a picnic luncheon in the gardens. Enjoy iced teas, herbal spreads, tea sandwiches, and floral inspired pastries and confections in the beauty of the gardens.
Fee: $60, members, $75, non-members, includes admission.
Registration limited to 12 participants. . Sign up for 50% discount code here.
Sunday, 8/7, 10:30am-12:00pm: Making Solar Prints from BG Garden Plants, with Roanne Robbins
Learn to make your own unique, handprinted, botanical artworks, utilizing the sun to capture natural shapes and forms of the plant world. Our class fee includes a solar print kit and gives you the ability to print ten sheets while exploring the garden with Bedrock educator Roanne Robbins. While in class, we will also create a community poster showcasing some beautiful selections from Bedrock’s cutting garden.
Ages: Family friendly
Fee: $30, members, $45, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 12 participants. Sign up for 50% discount code here.

Sunday, 8/21, 10:30am-2:30pm: Dyeing with Garden Botanicals, with Sofia Selden
Using flowers and leaves collected from your garden, we will learn the basics of botanical printing by placing leaves and flowers on silk, learning about mordants, and using natural dyes to create a floral/leaf composition.
Sofia Selden has been experimenting and learning about fiber and dyeing for the past ten years. Initially using chemical dyes and shibori techniques, she has ventured into indigo and natural dyes, and currently concentrates on botanical dyeing. Her work is featured on her website,
Fee: $175, members, $200, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 8 participants. Sign up for 1st time 50% discount code here.

Sunday 8/21, 10:30-2pm, Plant Patterns-Leaves, with Roanne Robbins
Examine the exquisite details of plants through study and craft. We will learn about a leaf’s vascular system, margins and veins by pressing flowers and foliage into clay and studying the relief. What do these patterns reveal? As we create and explore, Bedrock educators will be on hand to help you infuse some botanical knowledge and lore into your craft. 
Drop-in program. Demonstration and garden studio open from 10:30am-2pm, included with admission. Kits and supplies available in Garden Store. No registration needed. Free with admission.

Thursday, 8/25, 10:30am-12pm: Terrariums, with Roanne Robbins
Learn to create a healthy moss terrarium and introduce your child to the process of photosynthesis and the hydrological cycle. Children will learn the process of terrarium making and how to take care of their living indoor glass garden with plants and natural decorative pieces.
Ages: Family friendly
Fee: $50, members, $60, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 12 participants. Sign up for 50% admission discount here.
Thursday, 8/25, 10am-12pm: Flower Arranging from the Garden, with Ann Tarlton
Enjoy a hands-on flower arranging techniques and aesthetics from BG Board member and floral arranger Ann Tarlton. Come have fun creating flower arrangements from wild materials found on any walk in the woods.
Fee: $50, members, $60, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 12 participants. Sign up for 50% admission discount here.

Wednesday, 8/31, 11am-2pm: Lichen 101, with Roanne Robbins
We will start our day in our outdoor classroom with a lichen terminology lecture and discussion exploring the ambiguous question, “What is a lichen?”. Lichen morphology and identification skills will be investigated throughout our field walk in the gardens. At the end of the course, you will have the tools to identify the five lichens’ forms and determine which group any lichen belongs to. Class fee includes lichen key, field guide, and loupe.
Ages: Adult and teen
Fee: $100, members, $125, non-members (this includes admission)
Registration limited to 12 participants.  Sign up for 50% admission discount here.

Go to our website to explore the full roster of programs running now through October!

July Features from the Garden Shop
-Lee NH Goats Milk Lavender Soap made for Bedrock Gardens (complete with our logo) 50% off.  The clean scent can help you to beat the heat!

-Our full stock of trees, shrubs and perennial plants are 25% off!  They include a great selection of organically grown native shrubs and perennials as well as garden dug/specialty plants.  

-Fresh with the arrival of summer…
Bedrock Gardens Grown Cut flowers will be available at the garden shop most every day!  Stop in to check out your selection or to bring to a friend that could use a little good cheer! 

More on Bedrock Gardens’ Cutting Garden

The cutting garden at Bedrock Gardens is currently in its second year. It was inspired by a trip to Chanticleer Gardens in Pennsylvania by two Bedrock volunteers several years ago. There we saw beautifully landscaped gardens and, nestled among them, was a cutting garden used to make bountiful bouquets for the guests.

We came back quite excited to replicate this at Bedrock. With the new entrance, there was finally a place to accommodate their dream. We consulted with nearby flower farmers for advice, made spreadsheets, and ordered supplies and plugs. The community at Bedrock is outstanding. Many volunteers showed up to plant hundreds of plugs and seeds.

Now we are in our second year. We have learned much regarding selection, growing and harvesting. We are offering great varieties and colors and will be expanding our offerings to wreaths and flower crowns as the season progresses. Please check us out at the kiosk on your next visit to Bedrock.

Diana Anderson


❧ July 17th is Lee Day: Lee residents can come to Bedrock Gardens without charge…and you can even bring along a friend! Simply show any form of identification at the ticket booth.

❧ Save the date for our Fairy & Hobbit Festival Weekend on Oct 8, 9, 10.  This year our event is by pre-registration only…watch for details to come within the next month.

❧ Become a member of Bedrock Gardens, with free admission, discounts, and reciprocal admission at 350 gardens. Details and membership levels information are here.

❧ This garden writer did an excellent job of reviewing Bedrock Gardens. Read Pam Penick’s two part article here.


Special Thanks!

Special thanks to our Stakeholder Business Partners participating in the
“Plant-it-Forward” Community Building Gift-membership program!


To find out more about the “Plant-it-Forward” Community Building Program benefits for your company, email Bedrock Gardens’ Dir. of Philanthropy: Nancy Lowenberg

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Makers Fest at The Children’s Museum:





Check out the Seacoast KIDS Calendar for events and activities to do with your little ones!


Visit a Museum Online

New England Aquarium
Tune in to the Aquarium’s Facebook page every weekday at 11 a.m. for live broadcasts with our aquarists, educators, scientists, and special guests, including leaders in ocean conservation from around the world. The aquarium also features daily webcams and at-home activities!

Boston Children’s Museum 

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism, and Resistance
Acknowledging racism with children as early and often as possible can help counter racial bias, which research suggests can present in kids as young as three. Check out this list of children’s books here to support conversations about race, racism, and resistance. 

Family Yoga Activity: Express Your Feelings
At this time, the museum knows that our young children need comfort and a safe place to express their feelings more than ever. Yoga is an excellent way to explore our feelings in times when we are unable to find the right words to make them known. Try out this fun Feelings Yoga activity here with your kids — it may benefit you, too, as we are all dealing with complicated emotions right now.

Live From the Living Room Challenge 
Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail — get creative! Let’s work together to make the world smile. Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on the page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Healthy Habits: Feelings Masks Activity
Feelings are complicated, and it can be difficult for kids to find the right words to express them. Facial expressions are so helpful for communicating our emotions, but when wearing a face mask, this isn’t always easy! In today’s video, Health and Wellness Educator Saki demonstrates a fun activity for kids to express emotions while get accustomed to wearing masks. Watch here.

Music and Movement with the Laurie Berkner Band
Take a music and movement break every morning at 10:00am with the Laurie Berkner Band! Laurie is hosting daily Berkner Breaks on her Facebook page featuring original music and dance. An added bonus: each of her livestreams benefits a different charitable organization.

Live From the Living Room Challenge 
Join the #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge and share a short and funny video to make someone laugh. Tell a joke, pull a (harmless) prank on your sibling, train your dog to chase his tail — get creative! Let’s work together to make the world smile. Share your video with #LiveFromTheLivingRoomChallenge to be featured on the page! The top ten videos will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Daily Activity Break with Boston Children’s Museum
Check out some of the featured activities and programs:
Guess My Superfood 
A superfood is a type of food that is packed with nutrients. 🥕We are learning about some of these delicious, nutritious foods today with the game “Guess My Superfood!” Can you guess the superfood Laura is describing? Click here to play the game.

Currier Museum
The Currier Museum removed timed tickets. You will just need to have your library pass in hand the day of your visit. No need to call ahead to reserve!

MFA Stories: Podcasting Women

Strawbery Banke


Please read Strawbery Banke Museum’s COVID-19 precautions prior to purchasing tickets. For COVID-19 precautions, additional tour information, and to purchase tickets please click here. Please note that, advanced ticket purchase for guided tours is strongly encouraged as dates/times may sell out in advance. Each guided tour is limited to 10 participants. Each person needs a separate ticket (including children under 5, who are admitted free). A self-guided tour option is available at the door only. 

Seacoast Science Center 

Currently open Fridays-Sundays, 10am-4pm
Starting June 23, open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-4pm

We are happy to announce that we are adding days to our visiting schedule! Starting June 23rd, we will be open on Wednesdays-Fridays! We would like to remind you to review our safety guidelines prior to planning your visit. We recommend that members make reservations and non-member purchase tickets in advance for their visit to Seacoast Science Center, as capacity is limited. 

News and Notes from SSC
From the museum: With safety always top-of-mind, we would like to remind you to review our safety guidelines prior to planning your visit and that we require that all visitors register for their visit to Seacoast Science Center. In addition, we ask that you please follow all NH Safer at Home guidelines in reference to out-of-State visitors or travel.  Admission is limited to less than 50% capacity per 2-hour time slot. You may choose to visit our facility on the weekends from 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, or 2-4pm. To schedule your visit, click here.

Your Learning Connection
If you’ve never taken part in our annual daylong, park-wide species scavenger hunts, then mark your calendars for next year (Sunday, September 12, 2021)! You can check out SSC’s BioBlitz page to learn more about the event and link to the Meet the Experts videos or view the videos on our YouTube channel. Our scientists, experts and naturalists share ways you can investigate birds, mushrooms, mammals, insects in our salt marsh, the intertidal, and the pond and forest habitats. Check out our 2020 Bioblitz! Species Summary document to learn about this year’s discoveries, then head outside to do some blitzing in your environments! 
 You can find all Your Learning Connection lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning on our website. Please take good care and help us spread our message of ocean health and ocean conservation with your children, students and friends. You can also check out our new Teacher Learning Connection resources designed specially for teachers and home-school parents. 

Marine Mammal of New England Webinars
Did you miss our History of Marine Mammals in New England or Great White Sharks and Seals in New England Webinar? No worries! You can watch them anytime by finding them on our YouTube Channel (be sure to subscribe!) or by clicking the links below. Special thanks go partner organizations National Marine Life Center, Tufts University, and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for joining us and sharing their knowledge and expertise!

Facebook Live Fridays
Tune in to the Seacoast Science Center’s Facebook page at 11am every Friday learn about seacoast habitats, animals, and life.Post your questions during the livestream and they will get to as many as they can! Can’t watch live at that time? Facebook Live videos are automatically saved and posted shortly after the session ends so you can watch anytime. 

Children’s Museum of NH 
The museum is still closed however there are online events and activities for children based on various subjects, including: art, STEM, and nature. Click here to discover something new today! 

Are you a chef who wants to share a demo of how to create their favorite dish? How about an artisan who wants to share how to make a unique piece of jewelry? Have you built a robot? Show us what it can do! Hobbyists, creators, entrepreneurs, youth groups, designers, small businesses, performers, and of course Maker groups are all encouraged to participate! Reach out to Neva Cole: with any questions or concerns, and apply here today to participate!

American Independence Museum 

The festivities continue at the American Independence Museum throughout the month of July with the return of the American Independence Festival.  Our in-person festivities start July 10 and continue on Saturdays July 17 & 24.  We are also offering special virtual content throughout July – including a community reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Museum Pass List!
*Borrowers must be adult Smyth Library cardholders in good standing. Checkout period is for 2 days. No reserves. First come, first served. 
*Passes can be returned in the bookdrop. Early returns much appreciated! Late returns may result in revocation of borrowing privileges.
*Passes subject to the rules/regulations of the organizations as outlined below. Please call or email ahead of visiting with any questions.
*Some of these sites may offer member discounts in their gift shops with the library pass.

American Independence Museum– Exeter – 772-2622
Each pass entitles bearer to free admission for two adults and their children. Open Tues-Sat 10-4.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston – 617-369-3315
Each pass will allow up to 2 adults $10 general admission per person. Children under 6 admitted free and ages 7-17 free after 3pm. Everyone needs to reserve a timed-entry ticket in advance. Museum hours Wed-Sun 10-5.

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire – Dover – 742-2002 
50% off admission for four people. Open Wed & Sun 9-11:30; Thurs-Sat 1-3:30; All visits require reservation in advance.

Currier Museum of Art– Manchester – 669-6144
Each pass to the Currier will allow up to 2 adults free general admission. Children under 17 are always admitted FREE. All passes valid only with reservation. Museum hours Sun-Sat 11-5.

Fuller Gardens– North Hampton – 967-5414
Each pass will allow up to 2 adults free general admission with children under 18. May-Oct hours: 10-5:30pm.

The Libby Museum– Wolfeboro – 569-1035
The library pass is good for individual or family admission. Museum hours June 1-Labor Day: Tues-Sat 10-4; Sunday noon-4. Labor Day-Columbus Day: call for hours.

Museum of New Hampshire History – Concord – 228-6688
The library pass admits up to four adults or two adults with their children or grandchildren. The pass is valid any day the Museum and Library are open to the public.

Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park– Rye – 436-8043 
Pass provides reduced admissions to the Science Center only (separate charge for admission to Odiorne State Park).

See Science Center– Manchester – 669-0400 
Pass is valid for one family (immediate members plus grandparents); special exhibits, workshops, and classes are extra.

Squam Lake Science Center– Holderness – 968-7194
Pass is valid for for four $10 trail admissions every day May-Nov 1. Reservations required by phone option 7.

Strawbery Banke– Portsmouth – 433-1100
Pass is valid for unlimited free daily admission for two adults and up to four children.

 Museum Reservation Request Form:
Request to make a pass reservation below!