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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.

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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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Camden Garden Tour 2014 Wolf 7-17-2014 10-44-27 AMView from the house

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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 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 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DSCN2562Hydrangeas grow so beautifully in Maine.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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DSCN2594Stone floor of one of the party areas.

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DSCN2599Firepit at Sky Hy

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DSCN2593Exposed ledge with lovely complimentary plantings.

I hope you enjoyed the tour,

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.

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.

Nursery Happenings: The nursery is closed and will reopen in the fall around September 15. Have a great summer.

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.

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