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Maymont’s horticulture staff chooses a different color combination each year for the Italian Garden tulips. What are the two tulip colors for 2014? Guess the correct answer in our Facebook contest, now through March 20 (the first day of spring!), for a chance to win a great garden prize package including a $100 Visa gift card for plants or garden tools, a $100 gift certificate to Colesville Nursery, a $30 gift certificate to Sandy’s Plants, Inc., a locally made stepping stone from Dewpoint Gardens, a Maymont membership, and other garden goodies. Enter your guess on our Facebook contest page today: http://a.pgtb.me/Dn2k78

Maymont’s horticulture staff chooses a different color combination each year for the Italian Garden tulips. What are the two tulip colors for 2014? Guess the correct answer in our Facebook contest, now through March 20 (the first day of spring!), for a chance to win a great garden prize package including a $100 Visa gift card for plants or garden tools, a $100 gift certificate to Colesville Nursery, a $30 gift certificate to Sandy’s Plants, Inc., a locally made stepping stone from Dewpoint Gardens, a Maymont membership, and other garden goodies. Enter your guess on our Facebook contest page today: http://a.pgtb.me/Dn2k78

Awww…so sweet!

cartaaa:

Just a couple ring shots from my engagement shoot with Mary&Tim last Thursday. Had a blast roaming around Maymont with these two! It was a gorgeous sunny day with some strong wind, but we made it through and got some cool photos. Can’t wait to get started on her Bridals :D

ssarrahbearr:

Can we appreciate the perfection that is this picture? Two angels skipping in the park. #perfect #spring #funday #maymont #adorable

ssarrahbearr:

Can we appreciate the perfection that is this picture? Two angels skipping in the park. #perfect #spring #funday #maymont #adorable


Love Birds: A Feathered Friendship at Maymont
Symbols of love and affection are all around us at Maymont. There’s the obvious like the LOVE sign at the Children’s Farm, the garden weddings, the surprise engagements. There’s the Dooleys’ romantic love story. And there are those amorous otters (too amorous at times, some would say!). We see demonstrations of love here everyday – hand-holding, hugs, kisses and smiles – between lovers, parents and children, and friends.
Yet, one Maymont love story has flown under the radar for ages. It’s a tale of an unexpected, enduring friendship between Ashley the duck and Clementine the chicken.
Years ago, a Muscovy duck mysteriously arrived at the Children’s Farm. Maymont doesn’t keep animals left by the public, but for some reason, Ashley was allowed to stay. Like all Muscovy ducks, Ashley is a social animal accustomed to staying in a flock. She joined our family of geese since no other ducks lived at the farm. But when the last goose died, the animal keepers knew the lone duck would need a new bird buddy.
There were too many chickens to put Ashley in with the whole brood, so the keepers selected an Araucana hen named Clementine to be Ashley’s companion. Clementine had been bullied by the rooster at Maymont, so she was a logical candidate to take away from the clucking crowd.
These days, Ashley and Clementine are inseparable. Together, they walk unattended out to pasture in the morning and back into the barn at night. They sleep in the same stall, they nap side by side, and Ashley often grooms Clementine during the day. Perhaps Ashley’s companionship even keeps Clementine feeling like a spring chick. At 11 years old, the healthy hen is a senior citizen in chicken years.
Look for these heartwarming little love birds on your next visit to the Children’s Farm, in the pasture closest to the barn. And remember, love is all around you at Maymont. Take the time to find and enjoy it!

Love Birds: A Feathered Friendship at Maymont

Symbols of love and affection are all around us at Maymont. There’s the obvious like the LOVE sign at the Children’s Farm, the garden weddings, the surprise engagements. There’s the Dooleys’ romantic love story. And there are those amorous otters (too amorous at times, some would say!). We see demonstrations of love here everyday – hand-holding, hugs, kisses and smiles – between lovers, parents and children, and friends.

Yet, one Maymont love story has flown under the radar for ages. It’s a tale of an unexpected, enduring friendship between Ashley the duck and Clementine the chicken.

Years ago, a Muscovy duck mysteriously arrived at the Children’s Farm. Maymont doesn’t keep animals left by the public, but for some reason, Ashley was allowed to stay. Like all Muscovy ducks, Ashley is a social animal accustomed to staying in a flock. She joined our family of geese since no other ducks lived at the farm. But when the last goose died, the animal keepers knew the lone duck would need a new bird buddy.

There were too many chickens to put Ashley in with the whole brood, so the keepers selected an Araucana hen named Clementine to be Ashley’s companion. Clementine had been bullied by the rooster at Maymont, so she was a logical candidate to take away from the clucking crowd.

These days, Ashley and Clementine are inseparable. Together, they walk unattended out to pasture in the morning and back into the barn at night. They sleep in the same stall, they nap side by side, and Ashley often grooms Clementine during the day. Perhaps Ashley’s companionship even keeps Clementine feeling like a spring chick. At 11 years old, the healthy hen is a senior citizen in chicken years.

Look for these heartwarming little love birds on your next visit to the Children’s Farm, in the pasture closest to the barn. And remember, love is all around you at Maymont. Take the time to find and enjoy it!

What a handsome fella :)

Jan 8

Brrr! Caring for Maymont’s Animals in the Cold

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Most of us know to bring our pets inside when the temperature is as cold as it has been the past couple days, but what about the animals at Maymont? All of the wildlife species in our collection are meant to withstand this climate since they are native to Virginia. However, we still do what we can in order to make them comfortable. Maymont’s skunk, who typically stays outdoors, has been brought into the Nature Center, and our animal keepers have placed straw in the bears’ “bedroom” for insulation. The animals at the Children’s Farm are staying in the barn - where there are heaters and no exposure to the wind chill factor - instead of going into the pastures each day. We can’t speak for the animals, but our guess is that they are looking forward to warmer weather as much as the rest of us!

Percy, the resident donkey at Maymont, really likes to eat. In fact, he became famous for it when Style Weekly published an article in June about his little weight problem. “Everybody loves him and they want to feed him,” said Buz Bireline, Director of the Nature Center. But since December 2012 when Percy weighed in at 454 lbs. (about 100 lbs. over his target weight), he has been on a weight loss regimen consisting of a closely monitored diet and walks on the Children’s Farm lawn. The activity serves as exercise and enrichment for Percy, and it allows the animal keepers to interact with guests, sharing information about Percy’s diet and facts about Sicilian donkeys in general. This occurs at least twice a week between 1pm and 3:30pm. Percy is making progress, recently weighing in at 407 lbs.

You can help to care for Percy or another favorite animal at Maymont through our Adopt an Animal program. Find out more: http://maymont.org/adopt 

miscellanious94:

Such an evil stare for such a cute #owl #animals #maymont #work

miscellanious94:

Such an evil stare for such a cute #owl #animals #maymont #work

rvanews:

Picture of the day

rvanews:

Picture of the day

scoto-philia:

I wanted to get a picture of their beautiful eyes but they had other ideas #goat #maymont #funnyface #tongueout

Silly goat!

scoto-philia:

I wanted to get a picture of their beautiful eyes but they had other ideas #goat #maymont #funnyface #tongueout

Silly goat!