Maine’s Gardens

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.

Botanical GardensThe 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.

Botanical GardensWhen 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.

Rockefeller GardenThis 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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Home and Garden Thursday

Maine’s Gardens

From spring until autumn, you don’t have to go far to see a beautiful Maine garden.  Not only does it seem that every house is a showcase for blooming things, open fields and road sides are brightly colored, mostly with blossoming weeds!

In addition to private gardens, there are some outstanding ones open to the public, and over the next couple of days I invite you to visit.  First stop is a personal favorite, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay.  It is a place of wonder.

While every area of the gardens is luscious, my favorite is the Children’s Garden, perhaps because it brings such sheer delight to young visitors.

There is so much to see and do in this one area, one can spend several hours there.

Whether “catching” a lobster,

taking a boat ride,

washing clothes and hanging them to dry

or watering the garden, kids have such fun, and watching them in such a creative play space brings smiles to the adults!

Need a break?  There is a reading room filled with, I think, every children’s book with Maine as a subject!

Throughout the gardens, sometimes in surprising places, are works of art,

some gently moved by the breeze.

There are quiet spaces for thoughtful reflection

and everywhere water features to calm the soul.

What makes the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens so special is that with its combination of formal gardens, forested areas, antique rock walls and a stretch of waterfront, it captures the essence of Maine.  When you are traveling the coast, these gardens are not to be missed.

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