Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

I just spent a marvelous couple days in the Booth Bay Harbor area of Maine. The highlight of my trip was a day long visit to the beautiful Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. This is a relatively new garden and was the brain child of Maine residents who felt the area needed a botanical garden. The concept  and planning for this beautiful garden began back in 1991 and it first opened its doors to the public in June of 2007.  The garden covers 270 acres  of tidal shorefront. It is a beautifully designed space that makes aesthetic use of the impressive outcrops of native rock.  There are several miles of trails that wind through lovely woodland gardens and provide spectacular ocean views. The upper gardens are planted with swaths of perennials and annuals that create a vivid tapestry of texture and color. Any garden lover should make the time to tour this garden if they are in the New England area.  I'm already planning to visit again before the summer is over. Hmmmm, maybe a fall trip too.....


I loved this sculpture that shimmered and moved with every slight breeze.

Benthamidia japonica 'Samzam' (Samaritan Dogwood) Phlox paniculata 'Danielle'




The Symphytum 'Axminster Gold' is coming in nicely after pruning off the flower stalks.

Living walls looking beautiful with some terrific looking lobelia.  I've never been able to grow it well beyond mid summer. These were superbly grown.


The path winds down in front of the waterfall so the viewer is eye level with the surface of the upper pond.





Love the reflections of the golden grasses.





Gentiana triflora var. montana

Shasta 'Becky' with Coleus 'Religious Radish'

Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant)



Love this Platycodon, Blue Fescue combination








The Echinacea 'Hot Papaya' were stunning

Spiraea 'Anthony Waterer'


Delphiniums were at their peak of perfection






Calycanthus 'Aprohdite'























15 comments:

  1. I can clearly see why you'd want to visit this garden again soon Deanne!

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    1. Thanks! I wish every garden person I know could visit here. It really is a special place.

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  2. Oh my, how I love this garden ! Your photos are fabu Deanne, capturing a different feel than mine did when I was there last year a month later..hooray that you had the opportunity to visit. I would go there again in a hot minute, though the distance is a bit of a challenge !

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I love it too and I'm soooo glad I got back there. Doug wants to go up next month so I'll be able to get some pics from later in the summer. I'd like to go back again in September and see what the autumn garden looks like. I'm thinking it could be pretty special with the fall colors of the native plants

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  3. This garden is on my bucket list to tour if/when I get to the Northeast. I fell in love with it when Kathy/GardenBook posted photos of it last year and your photos make me want to book passage to Maine right now. Thanks for whetting my appetite!

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    1. Thanks Kris, it is worth a trip to come and see it. If you are ever in the area, give a holler, I'll go with you

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  4. What a wonderful garden. You have captured it beautifully.

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  5. What a gorgeous place! Beautiful photography. Thank you!

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  6. wow!! what an amazing garden......you shots are splenid..I would love to paint some of them....the colers are vibrant

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  7. Gorgeous garden and stunning photos as always Deanne...
    Just discovered your blog...maybe you remember me? Eileen (full bloom of Gardenweb). I'm now living in the mountains and getting closer to your location. :-)
    Hope all is well with you....say hi to the Idylls for me and will be drooling over your pics more often now that I've discovered your blog.

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  8. Ok, can I just say, LOVE THIS POST. I would ooh and ash on a photo then there would be another just as incredible as the last. Fantastic photos. I adore that glimmering sculpture and the dragon fly photos- wow. The scenery photos are pretty enough for post cards. Seriously. Really really great shots. The bench photo, the waterfall photo, the living walls, the close ups. Overload haha. Loved this post. Thanks!!!

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  9. SO many amazingly beautiful photographs, but I just can't get over that mass of Astilbe!!!

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  10. I hope whoever is in charge of these amazing gardens has seen these photos--I'm speechless. Wow, Deanne!

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    1. Thanks Peggy! so great to hear from you.

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