Gardens Galore


In all the years I’ve spent time in Maine, I’ve never lost my fascination for and appreciation of all the beautiful colors and textures that dot the landscape.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the profusely blooming Rockefeller Gardens that open to the public for a short period each summer

or the quiet of Asticou Azalea Gardens

or ones that are in any yard. All are special and the flowers, as my daughter says, are brave and outspoken.

Not all gardens are blooming ones. Some are the years long effort of an individual to create spaces for whispering winds.

A lily pond invites one to sit quietly on the bank and listen to the wind’s whispers.

In gardens so individualistic, one has to pay careful attention to what is there.

Stones gathered and stacked collect wind whispers.

As the creator of this garden has discovered, everything has a purpose.

Everywhere are surprises like a cacti so out of place in Maine but seeming content in its environment.

Whether left behind or placed on purpose doesn’t matter as everything seems to belong. Every object may be something found or holds a special memory.

Nothing in the garden is without detail whether it be the crafted decoration on buildings

or a building’s relation to what is around it.

Wandering through this expansive garden that represented one man’s effort, it became obvious to me that gardens are places of imagination, dreams and memories.

9 thoughts on “Gardens Galore

  1. Such a lovely tour! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Beautiful!!! I wish I could have walked it with you 🙂

  3. Truly a beautiful area! Love the stones that catch whispers and that driftwood fence….

  4. Marcia Fennell Gardner August 24, 2019 — 12:09 am

    I feel so calm and peaceful after looking at your photos and comments.
    I grew up with cutting gardens at our home in south Miami, and at our summer place in Blowing Rock N.C.
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’m amazed at the beauty that is conceived and executed in a garden. These are beautiful!

  6. Linda, I don’t know how I missed this post. I love these gardens and all of their imaginative and creative details. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Those wooden shingles and their patterns are appealing.

    1. It was impressive seeing the details created by the garden’s owner.

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