2021 Catalog

Welcome to our 2021 fundraising auction catalog. Current bids will be updated as they are received from 6a to 10p. If you bid through the middle of the night, look for your bid to show after 6a the next morning. Thank you for your support and generosity. Have fun and good luck!

Item #01 — A Week in Paris Studio Apartment

Valued at $1,300
Minimum Bid: $1000
Are you looking forward to being able to travel again? Don’t miss your chance to be the winning bidder on our Paris (Maine) to Paris (France) signature McLaughlin trip.
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of romantic Paris, France while staying in this historic apartment located in the 2nd Arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine. The apartment is around the corner from a pedestrian street where you will find all you need- the best patisserie, charcuterie, and wine shops- for a leisurely breakfast or relaxing dinner at home. You will be surrounded by wonderful restaurants, cafes, and shopping; the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, and the center of Paris are all nearby.
The apartment with its historic stone and wood architecture, has a double bed, a fold-out couch, an open kitchen and a separate study. It can accommodate 2-4 people and includes TV and internet access as well as free international phone calls. Dates  will be arranged with the owner and will accommodate COVID travel restrictions.
A small cleaning fee is required. Transportation is not included.
Donated by Tony Kleitz
Current Bid: $1100

 Item #02 — 3 Days / 2 Nights at the Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake

Valued at $1,200
Minimum Bid: $650
Spend a relaxing getaway on the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in South Casco, Maine. This three-day, two-night package for two in one of Migis Lodge’s private cottages or lodge rooms includes three meals a day, activities, and use of all facilities. You will experience classic Maine, nestled in the woods on a secluded shoreline of Sebago Lake. You can relax by the water enjoying the fresh air and views, play tennis, share a lunch together on a private island, or spend time on the water sailing, kayaking, or water skiing.  Book a massage at the wellness center or join any of the wellness classes. End each day watching the sunset over the lake. Most importantly, you will enjoy sharing time together!
The certificate is based on availability—weekends in July and August are not available. The season runs from Father’s Day in June through Columbus Day. Gratuity and transportation are not included.
More information is available at: www.migis.com
Donated by The Porta Family
Current Bid: $925

 Item #03 — One night for 2 with breakfast in an Oceanview room at The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Valued at $350
Minimum Bid: $200
Perched on the shores of Penobscot Bay between the historic port of Camden and the sandy crescent of Lincolnville Beach, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is a quintessentially Maine oceanfront boutique hotel just minutes from Camden & Belfast. You’ll find many of the on-site amenities you’d expect from a Maine luxury hotel … immerse yourself in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, explore the rocky beaches of Penobscot Bay, or stroll through the quaint coastal towns of Midcoast Maine. Relish in the finer things in life at our Poolhouse Spa, a limited-service spa featuring massage rooms, a cedar sauna, hot tub, and of course our heated outdoor infinity edge pool. However you choose to enjoy your stay at The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, our expert staff is dedicated to making your experience unique and extraordinary. For over a decade the Inn has been managed by the Migis Hotel Group, welcoming many new and returning guests every summer. It is our goal to seamlessly blend the comforts of modernity with the elegance and charm of our Maine hotel in this beautiful yet natural landscape by the sea. We hope you will visit us soon and discover why our guests consider us one of the best hotels in Maine!
Valid from Mid May through June and September to Mid October (holiday weekends excluded). Includes breakfast.
Donated by The Porta Family
Current Bid: $400

Item #04 – Maine Heritage Themed Table Lamps

Valued at $120


A great addition to your year-round or vacation home, this pair of table lamps reflects the charms of lake living and the Maine outdoors.  The lamps would be a perfect addition to a den, study, great room or children’s bedroom. All four sides of the wood cabins are painted.  Each lamp measure 23″ tall, including the dark green lamp shade, and the base measures 10″ x 10″.
Donated by Charlotte and Ray Snedeker
Current Bid: $60

Item #05 –Garden Urn and Longfellow’s Greenhouses Gift Certificate

Valued at $100


 This stone garden urn is approximately 17 inches high with a 12 inch diameter at its widest point. It is one piece and has a drainage hole for planting. Empty or full, adding statuary to your garden gives you the opportunity to experiment with scale or highlight beautiful scenery and plantings. The smooth lines and classic shape of this urn allow for a traditional display or can easily combine with planters of other shapes and materials for a more eclectic appeal.
A $50 gift certificate to Longfellow’s Greenhouses (Manchester, Maine) is also included. If you can’t wait until next planting season to visit, Longfellow’s foliage area is filled with lush houseplants and is a must see.
Donated by Longfellow’s Greenhouses
Current Bid: $135

 Item #06 — A Personal Pilot for your Flight of Fancy

Scenic plane ride for 2 or 3*
Valued at: Priceless
Minimum Bid: $300
plane ride
This is truly a “you get what you pay for” opportunity. Start out with a scenic airplane tour of the Oxford Hills and Western Maine in a Cessna 182 Skylane. The higher you bid the more personalized your flight of fancy can be. Work with pilot Bruce to customize an excursion of your choice.**  Gaze upon familiar landscapes, see a favorite place, or just put the world back into perspective. Enjoy breathtaking views while winging your way over the splendorous landscapes that only Maine can offer or, depending on your bid amount, fly to a neighboring state and experience something new. If you really want to go all out on your bid, consider something like this: “One of the things I have enjoyed is lunch at Basin Harbor, Vermont.” says Bruce. “There is a grass runway situated on the shore of Lake Champlain. The restaurant is a converted cider mill.” Reward yourself with assurance that you have made an important contribution to your community.
 Fly dates determined by availability and weather.
*weight limitations apply
**Your choice subject to the discretion of the pilot and the laws regulating small private aircraft.
Donated by Bruce Rood of Rare Air, Inc.
Current Bid: $425

 Item #07 —  A Collection of 3 Daylilies

Valued at $60 for each collection

Collection A

Collection B

In the summer of 2010, O’Donal’s obtained the rights to the Barth Hybrid Daylily line, the longest continual line of hybridized daylilies in the world.  Barth Daylilies were created in Maine and continue to be developed by the Barth family and grown at O’Donal’s Nursey in Gorham, Maine. The Barth line of collectible daylilies now includes over 90 varieties that are known for possessing multiple flowers of exceptional size, extensive branching, and extended bloom times. Here is your chance to start or add these distinctive, select and highly sought after collectible Maine plants to your daylily collection while supporting the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead. We are fortunate to be able to offer two different collections for the McLaughlin Garden 2021 auction. Collection A contains 1 each of Cinnamon Dew, Lady Grovsner, and Sparkling Orange; Collection B contains 1 each of  Sandra’s Choice, Southport Delight and Sheepscot Valley Butterfly.  Buy one collection or buy them both! The winning bidder will receive a coupon that can be redeemed in late spring of 2022.
Donated by O’Donal’s Nursery
Current Bids:
Collection A: $60
Collection B: $70

 Item #08 —  ‘Spring Bouquet in White Vase’ – Matted original watercolor painting by Sandra Pealer

Valued at $225


‘Spring Bouquet in White Vase’ is an original watercolor painting by artist Sandra Pealer. It has been matted to a size of 22″ x 27 1/2″ and is ready to be mounted in a frame of your choosing. This watercolor evokes a nostalgic spring moment. The creamy white vintage pitcher sits on a white swath of fabric, each catching the light and shadow from the light coming from a nearby window. The artist uses watercolor masterfully to show us the rounded hard shape of the pitcher in contrast to the soft, almost cloud-like cloth beneath.  However, the “star” of the image is the exuberant bunch of spring lilacs and tulips spilling out of the mouth of the pitcher in all directions. The pastel colors of spring are joyfully created – even the shadows behind the flowers take on abstract reflections of the natural forms of flower and foliage.
Donated by Artist Sandra Pealer
Current Bid: $70

 Item #09 –Terracotta Planter

Valued at $200
Complete your garden or outdoor space with this planter that came from an architectural salvage and antiques shop. This large terracotta planter measures   22″ x 17″ x 17″ and has four removable finials for safe winter storage. Textured design is noted on all four sides so there is no wrong way to display your plants or small trees in this beauty.
Donated by Jana Kibbe
Current Bid: $125

Item #10 — One week stay at Snowbrook Village/ Sugarloaf

Valued at: $800
Minimum Bid: $400
sugarloafSnowbrook Village is located at the base of Sugarloaf Ski and Golf Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Maine’s second highest peak, Sugarloaf in the summer offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking on an extensive trail network, and golf at one of Maine’s top golf courses. The Snowbrook Condo Association has a private indoor swimming pool facility*, two tennis courts and a pond where owners and guests can try their hand at fly fishing. Snowbrook #2704 is a bottom floor end unit located on the pond, immediately adjacent to the tennis court and pool facility, and with direct access to Sugarloaf’s trail network. The unit has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms and is available for a week of your choosing any time from May through the first week of October. Enjoy summer fun or perhaps head up to enjoy the foliage next season.
*pool open subject to CDC guidelines
Donated by Leslie Guenther and David Stonebraker
Current Bid: $400

Item #11 — ‘Seeking’ – An original acrylic on panel painting by Judy Schneider 

Valued at $425


The Maine landscape persists as a critical part of artist Judy Schneider’s art practice. Interested in abstracted landscape painting as a way of mapping time in a non-linear fashion and reconsidering conventional modes of representation, she continues to reevaluate or abandon pictorial narrative and focus on the structure of time. This 16″x16″x2″ painting takes the viewer right into the Maine woods. We “walk” past the two trees in the foreground as if we were walking through a gate. A curtain of pines encloses this rocky glade, as the strong verticals are tied together by veils of light green evoking light-touched white pine needles. The gray granite rocks in the middle ground sit in a bed of brown and amber leaves, highlighted by touches of golden sunshine. The artist captures a perfect retreat in the woods created by nature, but sheltered and welcoming to humans and woodland animals alike.
Donated by Artist Judy Schneider
Current Bid: $320

Item #12 — 4 days / 3 nights at Saddleback’s South Branch Condominium

Valued at $750
Minimum Bid: $350
This second floor South Branch Condominium is located trail-side and is in easy walking distance to the Saddleback base lodge. There are miles of hiking and mountain biking trails right out the front door.  The town of Rangeley, with restaurants and shopping, is just 5 miles away and the Rangeley region offers abundant golfing, boating, and fishing opportunities.  This South Branch condo is a cozy, quiet and well-appointed unit with sweeping views of the mountains.  The unit has two bedrooms and a full bath and sleeps 5 comfortably. It is available for 4 days / 3 nights of your choosing  between April 29th and October 3rd. This is subject to availability but the sooner you can choose a time the more likely it will be open. Come enjoy all that Saddleback and Rangeley have to offer.
Donated by Daphne and Adam White
Current Bid: $410

Item #13– McLaughlin Garden signature plant collection

Valued at $100


Our collection of 8 classic McLaughlin Garden plants features a variety of unique and showy perennials.
1. Primula vulgaris  (Common primrose)  In mid to late spring, umbels of 2-6 flowers are suspended above the foliage by 6-9″ tall stems on this Japan-native Primula. It flourishes in part shade and prefers rich, well-drained soil. It makes an excellent addition to a woodland or cottage-style garden.
2. Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese forest grass) Another Japan-native that would be happy alongside the common primrose, Hakonechloa boasts flowing, gold and green foliage. Leaves will appear more golden-yellow in sunnier spots and a more subdued green in full shade. Hakonechloa prefers moist, rich, but well-draining soils.
3. Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ (False goatsbeard) A notable Astilbe for its brilliant red plume-like flower, ‘Fanal’ is sure to make a statement in your garden. This mid-spring to early summer-blooming Astilbe prefers part shade with dappled sunlight, but can tolerate some deeper shade. It is appreciative of evenly-moist, well-draining soils.
4. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese painted fern) One of the most attractive ferns out there, the Japanese painted fern is another show-stopper for woodland gardens. Fronds are grayish-green in color, with accents of silver and deep maroon. This fern prefers medium moisture and organically rich soil, just like the other plants in this collection.
5. Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’ (Joe-pye weed) Famous for its ability to attract pollinating insects, this native flower is a fan-favorite among bees and gardeners alike. Huge, airy flowers sit atop 6-8′ stems streaked in red. Eupatorium are a site-tolerant and rugged species, but they do prefer full sun if possible.
6. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ (Solomon’s seal) A quintessential shade plant, ‘Variegatum’ makes a statement when planted amongst groundcovers like sweet woodruff. Pendulous, white flowers add additional interest between late spring and early fall, but the semi-glossy, variegated leaves are the real stars of the show. Polygonatum prefers the moist to average soils and good drainage typical of woodland settings.
7. Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ (Japanese windflower) The hardiest of Japanese Anemone, ‘Robustissima’ is a spectacle that flowers vigorously throughout late summer and into fall. Flowers are a light pink color with orange/yellow centers, and float above the foliage on long, maroon-colored stems. The flowers of ‘Robustissima’, in addition to its mounding form, make it an incredibly attractive addition to any garden. Moist soils with good drainage are appreciated, but this windflower can tolerate some dryness.
8. Actaea racemosa (Black cohosh) Formerly called “Cimicifuga”, the flowers of Actaea racemosa are creamy-white and numerous– arranged in an elongated bottlebrush shape. The stems stand between 4-6′ tall, so the ideal spot for this plant is set back in a garden bed, where the flowers appear to float above the other foliage. Black cohosh thrives in part to full shade and moist, well-draining soils.
With an abundance of different textures, colors, and shapes, this collection of wonderful McLaughlin original plants is sure to take your garden to the next level!
Donated by The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead
Current Bid: $120

Item #14 — Honey Bee Basket

Valued at $75


We’re sweet on this assortment of products made from honey collected from Barb’s bee hives. Indulge in a flavored liqueur and spice up your cooking. Take home 3 bottles of liqueur: Vodka Honey, Gin and Green Tea, and Whiskey Honey, a jar of Garam Masala infused honey, a jar of Ginger infused honey and a one pound jar of raw honey.
(Proof of age will be required at time of pick-up. This item can not be mailed.)
Donated by Barbara Durr
Current Bid: $90

Item #15 — ‘McLaughlin Barn’ – Framed acrylic painting by Pam Morra

Valued at $200
Local artist Pam Morra painted this lovely acrylic during a “en plein air” painting event held here in the McLaughlin Garden in 2021. The artist is standing on the north side of the garden facing the barn where the tall trees cast a shade over the scene. Early spring wildflowers are now past, and the foreground is a gentle sea of green from spent foliage. The beautiful textures of the red barn are highlighted by dappled sunshine, which also glints off the glass in the two square glazed windows. The horizontal brushstrokes contrast with the left, and vibrant, cascading foliage at the top mirrored by the greenery at the foot of the trees. The artist’s choice of frame completes this painting to a size of 12″ x 14″.
Donated by Artist Pam Morra
Current Bid: $105

Item #16- Holiday Party Selection

Valued at $200
Enjoy a selection of special holiday party treats, accompanied by a beautiful and unique charcuterie board / pizza peel.  Hand-crafted by a long-time friend of the McLaughlin Garden, the board is made from a variety of hard woods, some from local trees, and others from more distant exotic species. The board is designed for its beauty as well as for its uses; it is tapered at the wide end, and a long handle at the other end makes it possible to use as a pizza peel for sliding pizzas into and out of the oven. In addition to the board/peel, you will enjoy a 750ml bottle of Grand Cru French champagne from Jean Lallement, as well as an assortment of dried meats, crackers, soft and hard cheeses, olives, capers, and an organic Divina Kalamata spread.
Bon Appetit!
Donated by Harold and Ruth Kowal
Current Bid: $160

Item #17 — McLaughlin Garden Barn Rental

Valued at $350
Minimum Bid: $100
Whether it’s an intimate dinner for you and your friends, a small wedding, or a holiday celebration, the McLaughlin Garden barn is the perfect setting for a memorable gathering. The barn is tastefully decorated with lights, plants, and flowers and it can be customized with your own decorations. Bid on two hours of event space for up to 50 people*; tables, chairs and table cloths are included. You choose the day and time (subject to our seasonal events calendar) and we will help you to organize your special event.
* COVID guidelines will apply
Donated by The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead
Current Bid: $250

Item #18 — ‘Lovejoy Farm, Buckfield Road, South Paris’ – Framed oil painting by Artist Doug Howe

Valued at $400


This 24″x 20 1/2″ framed oil painting is our final piece of original artwork offered in this year’s auction. Artist Doug Howe chose to donate this painting to our auction in honor of his friendship with Bernard McLaughlin and the respect he has for the garden. Doug finds beauty in a very early spring season. Here the shape of the land is revealed in the undulating hills of the farm, the earth of the exposed tops melted by the sun while the north-facing slopes are filled with snow. The barn and fields are still at rest, waiting for the spring to come, but holding hope in the warm texture of the still bare trees. The artist shows great movement in what may otherwise seem like a still place; instead there is expectation and action as snow retreats and the hills await the later spring growth. Doug Howe spent most of his life living in the Oxford Hills area. In his 90’s now, he lives with his family in Portland. He will be presenting a show of all of his original plein air work painted here in the Oxford Hills in the McLaughlin Art Gallery next season.
Donated by Artist Doug Howe
Current Bid: $100

Item #19 — Two day lift passes to Saddleback Ski Resort (Rangeley, Maine)

Valued at $130 
auction saddleback logo
With lift access above 4,000’, a vertical drop of 2,000’, 68 runs, and 225” of annual snowfall, Saddleback has always been one of the most impressive ski mountains in New England.  From the challenging Kennebago Steeps and the famed Casablanca Chutes to the intermediate and beginner trails in the Rangeley and South Branch areas, Saddleback has terrain for skiers and riders of all abilities.  With recent investments in new lifts, new groomers, and new snowmaking, a trip to Saddleback is sure to be a wonderful experience.
These two 1 day passes are valid any time during the 2021-2022 season.
Donated by Saddleback Mountain
Current Bid: $100

Item #20 — Cross Country ski clinic at Roberts Farm Preserve

Valued at $180
Minimum Bid: $80
The Western Foothills Land Trust is pleased to donate a certificate for a private 2-hour Nordic ski clinic for your family or for a group of your friends at Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway (requested limit of 8 participants, please).
The Trust will provide one of their talented and gregarious ski instructors, classic skis, boots, and poles and 20k of Nordic trails groomed and tracked for classic and skate skiing. Hot cocoa at Cafe Nomad after your ski is included in the package. If your group includes anyone who is reluctant to ski, Roberts Farm has snowshoes and dedicated snowshoe trails meandering through the preserve that all are invited to use. Recipients are welcome to bring their own ski or snowshoe equipment if preferred.
Your friends and family will love this experience and Western Foothills Land Trust staff will work with the winning bidder to schedule your special day given the variables of weather and ski conditions. This certificate is redeemable in the 2021 or 2022 ski season.
Donated by Western Foothills Land Trust and Cafe Nomad
Current Bid: $200

Item #21 — Rangeley by Summer

Valued at $150
Minimum Bid: $80
Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf for two (cart included) at the lovely Mingo Springs Golf Course followed by a visit (for two) to the Outdoor Heritage Museum. Finish your day using a $25 gift certificate for a meal at Rangeley’s Parkside and Main restaurant. The winner of this auction item in 2021 shared, “I’m so glad I won this day out in Rangeley.  Mingo Springs Golf Course has a lot of personality and the menu at Parkside and Main offers a great variety. I’m not an outdoor sportsman yet I found the history of outdoor recreation in the Rangeley area displayed in the Outdoor Heritage Museum captivating. I will be bidding on this item again next year!”
We are pleased to be able to offer TWO Rangeley by Summer packages.  Bid on one or both and enjoy a wonderful day in the beautiful Rangeley Region.
Donated by Mingo Springs Golf Course, The Outdoor Heritage Museum, and Parkside & Main
Current Bids:
Package A: $100
Package B: $100

Item #22 — Gifts From the Heart

If traveling is not in your plans and your house is already full, please consider making a Gift from the Heart.  Your gift will directly support our stewardship of the McLaughlin Garden.  Operating costs and garden needs increase each year, and your Gift From the Heart will help to defray both our expected and (unexpected!) expenses.
Please click here to make a donation of any size, and know that your gift does make a difference.


Thank you for supporting our beloved McLaughlin Garden.

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