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2013 Camden (Maine) House & Garden Tour Part 1

Posted in Garden Tour, landscape design with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2013 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

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Laite Beach, Camden, Maine Laite Beach, Camden Harbor, Maine

I spend time on an island near Portland each summer, and I have been admiring from afar the beautiful private gardens that seem to be everywhere along the Maine coast  This year I decided to venture to the mainland and go to a couple of the many garden tours listed in the July 2013 issue of Downeast Magazine. Earlier in the summer, I went to a tour in Brunswick, which you can read about here.  On July 18, a friend and I attended the 66th Annual Camden Garden Club House & Garden Tour in Camden, Maine. 

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Camden HarborCamden Harbor (unfortunately there is invasive Japanese knotweed in the foreground).

Camden is a charming New England seacoast town in the midcoast region of Maine about two hours north of Portland.  Because we had never explored that area, we decided to go the day before the tour and do some sightseeing.  We walked around the downtown, which is lovely but quite crowded with tourists and traffic.  Thanks to our hosts at the Towne Motel, we spent the afternoon swimming at Laite Beach, a beautiful spot only blocks from downtown.  Luckily it doesn’t seem to have been discovered by the casual visitor, and the water was quite warm for Maine.  That night we had a fabulous dinner at Fresh, a restaurant on the harbor also recommended by our hosts.  Here are some more photos of the Camden area:

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Camden Harbor, MaineCamden Harbor

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Camden MaineA church in Camden, quintessential New England.

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Towne Motel, Camden, MaineTowne Motel in Camden, nothing fancy but economically priced with very helpful owners and a delicious continental breakfast.

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Rockport Harbor, MaineRockport Harbor is right next to Camden and several of the gardens on the tour were in this area.

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Rockport Harbor, MaineRockport Harbor

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Rockport Harbor, MaineRockport Harbor

We took the tour the next day, which was bright and sunny so not so great for taking photographs.  At first I was dismayed because there were only six gardens, but I forgot we were touring the inside of the houses too.  Having that added dimension was so much fun as you rarely get to see gardens from the inside looking out.  Also I am sure that unlike me many tour participants were more interested in the inside of the house than the outside.  The tour was very well planned with houses and gardens of all types.  It was also logistically flawless with a great map and descriptions, very helpful signage directing you to each garden, well thought out parking and even shuttles in hard to access gardens, and knowledgeable and friendly garden club members to answer questions.  

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Camden Garden TourThe Anderson garden in Rockport has a beautiful and unusual sculptural awning.

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Camden Garden TourLooking out from under the Anderson’s awning.

Tour participants could photograph the gardens but understandably no photos could be taken inside the houses.  That means that I can’t share with you the gorgeous interiors, which were the highlight of several of the properties.  I have also split this post into two parts because three of the gardens were nice enough to merit more than a few photos.  This post will cover four of the six gardens, and the remaining two will be in Part 2.

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Camden Garden tourPleasant View Farm used to be an apple orchard, and the 1828 cape and barn housed migrant apple pickers.

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Camden Garden tourOut back is an attractive gazebo.

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Camden Garden tourThe back deck at Pleasant View Farm has a wonderful view of Vinalhaven and Hurricane Islands.

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Camden Garden tourRight in downtown Camden is this alpine chalet designed for optimum energy conservation and minimal maintenance.  The inside was beautiful with a cathedral ceiling, spiral staircase, lots of wood, and interesting art.

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Camden Garden tourIn keeping with the low maintenance and sustainability objectives, the lawn and driveway have been replaced with gravel.  Unfortunately, the sun was so strong that it washed out the photo, but the gravel was very attractive.  This is something I would like to do at my house.

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Camden Garden tourA one-room writer’s hideway behind the house is surrounded by gardens.

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DSCN2754A sculpture in the herb garden.

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Einsel gardenThe Einsel garden in the Rockport countryside is surrounded by blueberry fields and woods.

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Einsel property, Camden HillsThe view from the deck over the blueberry fields towards the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay.

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Einsel gardenExtensive perennial gardens fill the sunny area in back.

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Einsel gardenThe most beautiful parts of the Einsel property are the shade gardens that surround two sides of the house (now why do I think that?).

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Einsel gardenThe shade gardens are intensively planted.

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DSCN2726The back entrance to the shade gardens.

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Einsel gardenGarden room overlooking the shady areas.

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DSCN2737View from the garden room.

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Photos of the remaining two gardens will be in the next post.  I highly recommend that anyone in the area attend next year’s Camden House and Garden Tour on July 17, 2014.  I intend to if I can.

Carolyn

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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

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