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2013 Brunswick (Maine) Garden Tour

Posted in Garden Tour, landscape design with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

DSCN2567One of the gardens on the tour surrounded this classic New England cape.

Earlier this month, I attended the 2013 Brunswick (Maine) Garden tour with fellow blogger Jean from Jean’s Garden.  We both spend parts of our summers in Maine, and this is the third summer that we have gotten together for a garden related event.  The tour benefited the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.  The MCHPP runs the Brunswick soup kitchen, food pantry, and food bank as well as providing services for homebound clients and offering a summer feeding program.  It benefits over 1,200 families in need in the Mid Coast Maine area.

.DSCN2572One of the gardens on the tour was the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, a large part of which provides vegetables for the MCHPP.

.DSCN2571The area that grows food for the MCHPP is called the “Common Good” bed and is very neat and organized.


The tour included nine gardens.  Although none of them were spectacular, they all had interesting elements and plants worth photographing.  It was one of the days when it was 90 degrees in Maine with very bright sunshine which is not great for photography (or for people to be outside for that matter), but we persevered.  It was fun spending the day with Jean and driving around beautiful Brunswick and its environs.  I graduated from Bowdoin College, which is located in Brunswick, so I was also reliving my youth.


DSCN2564The first two houses on the tour belong to Bowdoin College.  Behind one is this creative combination of traditional native plants like mayapples and jack-in-the-pulpits with hydrangeas and astilbes.


The highlight of the day for me was our afternoon visit to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  We went to see the current exhibit called Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea.  It features a truly spectacular assembly, filling three entire galleries, of the seaside paintings of American Post Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast (1858 to 1924).  The works, many of which were painted in Maine, span Prendergast’s career and illustrate beautifully how he progressed and changed as a painter and what events and people influenced his style.  This excellent show will continue at the museum through October 13.


DSCN2562Hydrangeas grow so beautifully in Maine.

Here are some more images of the garden tour for you to enjoy:


DSCN2566Although white on white doesn’t always work, these hydrangeas look gorgeous in front of the home of the President of Bowdoin College.


Oenothera fruticosaThis home has a lovely shade garden fronted by sundrops or evening primroses.


Ruta graveolens on rightThe sunlight shining through the common rue on the right and the complimentary (but unknown to me) plant on the left was a beautiful effect.

Lysimachia ciliataFringed loosestrife, Lysimachia ciliata, is native to almost every state in the U.S. and much of Canada, but I have never seen it before.  A large stand of it is quite pretty.


DSCN2589This garden has beautiful views of Maquoit Bay over expansive perennial beds.



DSCN2592I can see myself sitting in this charming little playhouse retreat working on the gardening book I have always wanted to write.


The last garden on the tour called Sky Hy had amazing stonework all completed by the owner from rocks on the property.  It was built for entertaining and contained many different levels of seating areas, firepits, outdoor grills, a tiki bar, and other accoutrements of a fabulous party:

DSCN2605Seating area at Sky Hy.


DSCN2604Paths lead between all the levels and are enclosed by beautiful stone walls.


DSCN2594Stone floor of one of the party areas.


DSCN2599Firepit at Sky Hy



DSCN2593Exposed ledge with lovely complimentary plantings.

I hope you enjoyed the tour,



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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