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Touring Gardens in Cape Elizabeth Maine

Posted in garden to visit, Garden Tour, Maine with tags , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Perennials grow better in Maine than anywhere I have visited, and they look great with classic Maine summer “cottages”.

Every summer my husband Michael and I attend a garden tour while we are visiting Maine.  I have written many posts on Maine gardens on Mount Desert, around Camden, in the Brunswick area, and around Casco Bay, among others.  If you would like to see the beautiful photos in those articles, just type “Maine gardens” into the search bar under “Search My Website” on the right sidebar of this website (if the sidebar isn’t visible, click the snowdrop banner at the top of this post).

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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Maine summer “cottages” can be quite large!

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This year we attended the Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour presented by the Fort Williams Park Foundation.  Cape Elizabeth is a beautiful, ocean-side suburb of Portland with many interesting gardens and homes.  Here are just a few scenes from the tour:

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The house in the first two photos featured lovely perennial gardens and this incredible view of Portland Harbor.  The lighthouse at the entrance to the harbor, fondly known as Bug Light, is just visible in the upper left corner of the photo.

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a close up of the pool plantings

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great color combinations

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A compact annual cleome or spider flower was sprinkled through out this garden.  Garden tours are a great way to get ideas for your garden and find out about newly introduced plants.

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If only we could grow white birches like this in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Ninebark and nepeta look lovely together.

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scenic garden shed with climbing roses

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Almost every house on the tour had spectacular ocean views.

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Lavender thrives on a sunny, seashore but can’t live in the sunniest spot at Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.

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fabulous color combination

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The next post will feature a house and garden tour on Little Diamond Island in Casco Bay off Portland, Maine, and after that it’s back to Mount Desert.

Carolyn

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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b/7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

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Camden Maine Garden Tour 2015

Posted in garden to visit, Garden Tour, How to, landscape design, Maine with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 1-05-34 PMAn iconic Maine view from one of the tour houses.

For the third year in a row, Michael and I traveled to Camden, Maine, to attend the Camden Garden Club’s House and Garden Tour.  My last two posts covered all the beautiful containers displayed through out the town.  To read them click here and here.  This post will show highlights of the tour itself.

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-12-36 AMThe Alden House, an 1855 Queen Anne Victorian, was just one of the seven historic houses on the tour.  The first president of the Camden Garden Club lived there when the club was founded 100 years ago.

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Camden Garden Club.  To celebrate, all the houses on the tour were historic.  The oldest was built in 1806 and the newest in the early 1900s.  It was fun to see all the beautiful architecture and the amazing ocean views that often accompanied it.  However, only two houses had gardens worth visiting, which was disappointing and didn’t result in many garden photos.  Nevertheless, I thought you would enjoy seeing the buildings and views.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-13-06 AMAlden House barn.  Unfortunately, no photos were allowed inside the houses because I would love to show you how well preserved this home was.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-07-59 AMThe Alden House had a lovely and classic shade garden along the back side.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-14-54 AMThis Georgian-style brick home called Red Chimneys built in 1825 was the site of the first meeting of the club in 1915.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-40-30 AMLovely stonework found at Tranquility Garden in downtown Camden.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-41-21 AMA close up of the unusual “paving” shown in the photo above.  The owners traveled all over the world for 30 years collecting ideas and objects for their garden.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 10-53-02 AMTranquility Garden had lovely sun and shade borders.  The bright sunlight and shadows made the gardens very difficult to photograph.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 11-00-45 AMThe combination of unusual textures was quite creative in this garden.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 12-05-40 PMAlthough it had no gardens to speak of, this property on a prominent point in Camden Harbor had almost 360 degree views of the ocean.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 12-01-00 PMOne of its views was of this little island.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 12-01-08 PM Another view was of this beach.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 12-52-44 PMGray Lodge is a shingle-style summer “cottage” built in the mid-1890s.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 1-05-44 PMThe view at the start of the post was from this porch and is of Curtis Island Light.

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Camden Garden Club 2015 Tour 7-16-2015 2-44-40 PMSo-called Spite House was the prettiest building on the tour.  It was built in Phippsburg, Maine, in 1806 and floated on a barge to its current site in Rockport in 1925.  I never found out the origin of its name.

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Digitalis 'Illumination Flame'I discovered one new plant on the tour: Digitalis ‘Illumination Flame’.  Although it is only hardy in zone 8 and above, the color and habit is so beautiful that I may have to grow it next year.

The Camden-Rockport-Rockland area is such a gorgeous place to visit, but after three years Michael and I plan to attend the Bar Harbor Garden Club’s tour in 2016.

Carolyn

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Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 6b/7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

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Camden (Maine) Garden Tour 2014: Part 4

Posted in Garden Tour, landscape design, Maine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2014 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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Camden Garden Tour Messler 7-17-2014 2-38-20 PMThe newly built Arts and Crafts style house at the final garden on the tour is reached via a long drive ending in an elaborate stone bridge and pond.

This post is the fourth in a series of posts on the Camden House and Garden Tour put on annually in mid-July by the Camden Garden Club.  To read the first three posts, click here, here, and here.  Next year’s tour is on July 16, 2015, and will consist of historic houses in Camden.

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Camden Garden Tour Messler 7-17-2014 1-58-43 PMThe entrance walk crosses a large stone slab that acts as a bridge over a boulder strewn stream.

The final garden that I am profiling surrounds a new over-the-top Arts and Crafts style house built half way up Mt. Battie overlooking Camden Harbor.  We were transported up a steep drive to the property in chauffeur-driven golf carts, passing through extensive plantings surrounding large boulders.  At the top, a beautiful stone bridge brings visitors to the impressive front entrance.  I will let the photos and captions tell the rest of the story:

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Camden Garden Tour Messler 7-17-2014 1-59-13 PMThe entrance path

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An elegant planter on the entrance walk.

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Camden Garden Tour Messler 7-17-2014 1-59-35 PMA man made stream runs along the front of the house under the entrance path.

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The stream ends in this pool. Behind it you can see the stone bridge and above that the guest house.

Although we were not allowed to take photos inside the house, I did take some shots from the master bedroom balcony:

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Hillside perennial garden with native woods in the background.

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Looking down from the balcony onto the pool area.

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View of Camden Harbor from the master bedroom.

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Stone path leading around to the back of the house.

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The tour brochure states that “the garden encompasses more than 5,000 trees and plants”, and every one of them was perfect, no brown leaves, no spent flowers, no unhappy plants.

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Looking up from the lawn area to the perennial gardens on the back side of the house.

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Everything about this property was massive, including the stairs from the lawn to the back terrace.

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Another gorgeous view from the back terrace.

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Lobelia 'Fan Scarlet'

A plant that caught my eye ‘Fan Scarlet’ lobelia.

Just like everything else, the pool was over the top so I thought you would like to see a few shots:

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Granite boulders were incorporated into the design.

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In the last post in this series, I intend (if I have enough good photos) to show you some of the non-garden sights in the Camden-Rockport area and recommend a few wonderful restaurants.

Carolyn

Nursery Happenings: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is closed for the summer and will reopen in early September.  If you are within visiting distance of the nursery and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information.

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) or to subscribe to my blog, just click here.

Camden (Maine) Garden Tour 2014: Part 3

Posted in garden to visit, Garden Tour, landscape design, Maine with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2014 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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This post is the third in a series of posts on the Camden House and Garden Tour put on annually in mid-July by the Camden Garden Club.  To read the first and second posts, click here and here.  As mentioned previously, this year’s tour was the 67th annual event, quite an impressive history.  Next year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the garden club.  To honor the occasion, the tour will feature “the most-loved homes and gardens from our annual tour dating all the way back to 1948….[including] grand summer ‘cottages’ and gardens, so iconic to the Maine coast.”   It will take place on July 16, 2015, and I hope to be there!

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-53-15 AMLooking back across the meadow to the historic home.

The third garden that we visited on the tour was also in the countryside around Rockport.  This was probably my favorite garden because of the setting and also the gorgeous English style garden.  The home itself was not open for the tour, but it is an historic saltbox homestead, dating from the 1780s.  Set on the top of a hill, the house has a sweeping view of the large pond and meadows below.

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As is typical in New England and especially the Camden-Rockport area, boulders, rock walls, and lichen covered slabs are everywhere on this property.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-46-43 AMThe owners had even used some of the local rock to create an outdoor dining area.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-41-50 AMEntrance to the perennial garden in an old barn foundation.

My favorite part of the property was what the tour brochure described as an “English” garden nestled within the walls of an old barn foundation.  In the rectangular footprint of the barn was a flowery oasis crammed with plants in a beautiful combination of habits, textures, and colors.  I felt like I was entering a magical sunken paradise easily explored by following the sinuous, bark chipped paths.  Though on a small scale compared to the great English borders, this is one of the prettiest perennial gardens I have ever visited.

Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-34-21 AMMy overview photo of the barn foundation garden doesn’t do it justice, but I wanted to give you some idea of scale.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-36-46 AMThe wall of the barn foundation runs along the back of these beds.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-37-18 AMA better view of the foundation wall.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-37-58 AMThe bark chipped paths.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-39-02 AMAn arbor runs along one side

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I have one final garden to show you on this tour, a garden that has everything that money can buy!

Carolyn

Nursery Happenings: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is closed for the summer and will reopen in early September.  You can sign up to receive notification emails by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net.

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) or to subscribe to my blog, just click here.

Camden (Maine) Garden Tour 2014: Part 2

Posted in garden to visit, Garden Tour, landscape design, Maine, organic gardening, sustainable living with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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Camden Garden tour Avena 7-17-2014 11-44-14 AMThe Avena Botanicals apothecary and shop

This post is the second in a series of posts on the Camden House and Garden Tour put on annually in July by the Camden Garden Club.  To read the first post, click here.  This year’s tour was the 67th annual event, quite an impressive history.  Next year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the garden club.  To honor the occasion, the tour will feature “the most-loved homes and gardens from our annual tour dating all the way back to 1948….[including] grand summer ‘cottages’ and gardens, so iconic to the Maine coast.”   It will take place on July 16, 2015, and I hope to be there!

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Camden Garden tour Avena 7-17-2014 11-28-53 AMThe Avena apothecary and barn

The second garden that we visited on the tour was also in Rockport in an area of fields and farms.  However, this property is a working farm used to produce the natural remedies and body-care products sold by Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary. Avena is a 32 acre certified biodynamic farm of which three acres are intensively planted with over 175 varieties of medicinal herbs.  It was begun in 1985 by herbalist and author Deb Soule and moved to its current picturesque site in 1995.  Over 100 hand-crafted products, sold there and by mail order, are produced on site almost exclusively from plants grown on the farm. 

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Although not a typical garden tour garden, Avena’s working farm is planted with design as well as practicality in mind.  It was a wonderful change to wander through the peaceful and relaxing areas surrounding the farmhouse and see all the well-labeled medicinal plants covered with butterflies, honeybees, and native insects.  The apothecary shop and gardens are open to the public weekdays from May through September, 12 to 5 pm.  If you are traveling in the Camden area, Avena is well worth a stop.

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Camden Garden tour Avena 7-17-2014 11-37-49 AMAvena founder Deb Soule and her mother greet garden tour participants.

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Verbascum olypicum, Greek mulleinThe flowers and seeds of Greek mullein are used medicinally, but it also makes quite a striking addition to the garden.

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Camden Garden tour Avena 7-17-2014 11-59-14 AMMexican sunflower

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Camden Garden tour Avena 7-17-2014 11-23-01 AMThis circular garden surrounded by a gravel path is filled with many kinds of thyme and lavender.

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Carolyn

Nursery Happenings: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is closed for the summer and will reopen in early September.  You can sign up to receive notification emails by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net.

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) or to subscribe to my blog, just click here.

Camden (Maine) Garden Tour 2014: Part 1

Posted in Garden Tour, landscape design, Maine with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Nursery News:  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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Furey 7-17-2014 3-36-44 PMThe Furey farm and garden

Last year I attended the 2013 Camden House and Garden Tour in Camden, Maine, and really enjoyed it.  The gardens were great, and the Camden-Rockport-Rockland area is beautiful.  You can read about that trip here, here, and here.  In fact, I liked it so much I decided to go back this year, spend two nights in the area, and take my husband Michael.  This post is the first in a series on our trip.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Furey 7-17-2014 3-41-16 PMThe front of the house was in blazing sun when we visited so it was hard to do justice to the gardens and window boxes.

The first garden that we visited was in Rockport in an area of fields and farms.  The intensively planted cottage style garden surrounds a quintessential Maine farmhouse probably dating back a couple of hundred years.  Although some of the gardens on the tour were clearly the creation of hired help, this award-winning garden has been lovingly tended by the owner and her family for five decades.  The colors and combinations are beautiful, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Furey 7-17-2014 3-41-41 PMWindow box on the front of the house.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Furey 7-17-2014 3-37-00 PMElaborate perennial beds surround the back of the house.

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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Furey 7-17-2014 3-38-50 PMThe attention to detail is lovely.

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Carolyn

Nursery Happenings: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is closed for the summer and will reopen in early September.  You can sign up to receive notification emails by sending your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net.

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a local retail nursery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S., zone 7a. The only plants that we mail order are snowdrops and miniature hostas and only within the US.

If you are within visiting distance and would like to receive catalogues and information about customer events, please send your full name and phone number to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net. Subscribing to my blog does not sign you up to receive this information.

Facebook: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has a Facebook Page where I post single photos, garden tips, and other information that doesn’t fit into a blog post. You can look at my Facebook page here or click the Like button on my right sidebar here.

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.) or to subscribe to my blog, just click here.

2013 Camden (Maine) House & Garden Tour Part 3

Posted in Garden Tour, landscape design, Maine with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

Rockport HarborThe last garden on the Camden Garden tour has sweeping views of Rockport Harbor.

Before I get to the post, I want to let the customers of Carolyn’s Shade Gardens know that we will be reopening for the fall in mid-September.  As usual there is a packed schedule including low maintenance gardening seminars, a double hellebore offer, and an opportunity to buy shrubs and vines.  The first open house sale is scheduled for Septmebr 28, and cyclamen breeder John Lonsdale will be making a guest appearance with his gorgeous, fall-blooming hardy cyclamen.  You will start getting emails shortly with all the details.

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Rockport HarborAnother view of Rockport Harbor from the Holmes garden.

This is the last installment of the posts on the gardens featured on the 66th Annual Camden House and Garden Tour, which I attended in July.  For photos of the Camden and Rockport, Maine, area and profiles of the first four gardens on the tour, read part 1 by clicking here.  Part 2, which you can find here, features the fifth garden, a classic Maine cape with a gorgeous perennial garden.  This post will focus on the Holmes house and garden, a palatial estate covering five acres overlooking Rockport Harbor.

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DSCN2670The entrance to the Holmes garden is quite lovely with this handsome, stone-pillared gate opening onto a handmade bridge bordered by woods.

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DSCN2671As we crossed the bridge, we came upon this dwelling, which we thought was the featured house, but it turned out to be the caretaker’s cottage.  I want that job!

The Holmes property is located at the end of Sea Street, a road bordering scenic Rockport Harbor  The house is newly built to resemble 20th century shingle-style Maine “cottages” (read grand estates).  It has magnificent views of the harbor from every vantage point as well as extensive gardens and very impressive stone work.  The inside of the house was gorgeous too but could not be photographed.  Although I prefer a much simpler lifestyle, this house and garden were fun to tour and a great source of ideas.  Enjoy the photos:

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DSCN2677the Holmes cottage

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DSCN2674Looking out from the house, across the perennial gardens and lawn, through the encircling edge of woodland to the harbor.

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DSCN2679Between the house and the ocean are massive shrub and perennial gardens .

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DSCN2683A lot of the plants were shade plants at their peak.  I wish I could have gotten more photos, but it was noon on a bright and sunny day, great for viewing but not so hot for photography.

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DSCN2706Looking down from the porch that extends the length of the house to an elegant circular garden in the center of the lawn area with the harbor as backdrop.

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DSCN2703Up on the porch looking out.

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Particularly notable in the design of the house and gardens was all the beautiful stonework in the extensive walls, stairs, and patios.  Stone was used especially well in the pool area and the pond and stream that surround it.

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DSCN2714Stone stairs leading to an elegant pergola over the full shade garden on the front of the house.

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DSCN2686Stairs on the side of the house along the stream on the way to the pool.

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DSCN2687The pool area: a naturally planted stream runs under and on both sides of the wide stone bridge in the middle of the photo.

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DSCN2689Looking down the stream with the harbor in the background.

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DSCN2688The boulder stream pours over several small waterfalls as it heads down the hill and under the stone slab to the pond.

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DSCN2691The waterlily pond lined with boulders.

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DSCN2696Looking back at the house from the harbor’s edge.

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DSCN2692A path leads through the woods at the edge of the harbor to a stone couch with a view over the water to the open ocean.  I could have stayed there all day.

Click here, Camden House and Garden Tour , for information about next year’s tour on July 17, 2014.

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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