Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

On my recent trip to Maine I made an inaugural voyage to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay, Maine. It is a place I have wanted to see for a few years now and it was a real pleasure to finally visit. It is definitely the youngest Botanical garden I have ever visited and because of that there was a new and exciting energy to the garden. The Director of Horticulture/Plant Curator is the renown author and plantsman,  William Cullnia, and it is clear that he and his staff are having fun with the plant material.  It was like a dream to wander through all these wonderful gardens learning all sorts of new plants, species and cultivars.

This sculpture turned in the wind, moving with all those tall late summer grasses.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Stricta' is the red/tan grass at the left.

The children's garden was excellent with lots of large foliage plants, hot colors, contorted evergreens, insects, and this wonderful living roof. It was one of the best parts of the garden.

The garden never let you forget that you were nestled down in the woods on the coast of Maine. I loved that the feeling of Maine permeated everything even in a great botanical garden!

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