Folks in Maine like their gardens. The blooming season may be short, but it is alive with color and texture that enhance the state’s natural beauty.
It is unusual to pass a home, no matter how modest, that doesn’t have a neatly manicured yard and some blooming things.
In addition to individual gardens, there are several public spaces that are delightful. A popular one is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. All the planted material there is what does well in Maine so it’s a great resource.
The gardens have something for all ages, and I have to admit that I have a hard time getting past the children’s area.
It is filled with energy provided by vibrant colors and activities that keep kids entertained for hours.
When children need a break, there are quiet spaces filled with games and books.
For overwhelming beauty, there is no place like the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor .
It is full of vibrant color, and the buzzing of bees fills the air.
There are calm areas perfect for quiet reflection.
This is a private garden open one Thursday each month from July through early September. Reservations are required and should be made early as the garden is a coveted destination.
In nearby Northeast Harbor is Asticou Garden, one of the jewels of Mount Desert Island. Its quietness invigorates the soul.
Most of its blooms are gone by early July, but that doesn’t keep the garden from being a delightful place for a relaxed stroll.
I have been to each of these three gardens a number of times, and each visit is as special as the first. Should you come to Maine, be sure they are on your list of places to see.
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