Thursday, June 28, 2007

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

This past Monday, H and I took a road trip to Boothbay, Maine to visit the new botanical garden. This garden has over 200 acres of both native and non native plants in over a dozen separate garden areas. It took us about 2 hours to walk most of the paths and I could have spent more time gawking, but then, H is not nearly into the garden scene as much as me.

Below, are some of the highlights:

The rockwork throughout the garden was spectacular! I wish I could have taken some of the granite benches home with me.I loved the serenity of the Meditation Garden.

H was in charge of the backpack with the water. Unfortunately, the garden, being quite new, many of the plantings are still immature and the annuals will not be in full bloom for another few weeks. I look forward to visiting again in a couple of years to see how it matures. I think though, that we will visit in mid to late July so we can view it in full glory.

This pond was full of croaking frogs! The native ferns throughout the gardens were beautiful and although marked, I still had difficulty telling one variety from another.

One of the things I especially like about visiting different gardens is that I can see plants I really like. This Veronica was absolutely stunning! A must have for next year's garden. The blue stood out from a distance and I can imagine it a glowing centerpiece of the garden.

Last, but not least, a visit to midcoast Maine must always mean a stop at world famous "Moody's Diner" in Waldoboro for a quick bite to eat.

And, so ended a wonderful day. The three hour road trip to Boothbay was such fun. We meandered through quaint coastal villages and spent the hours enjoying the beauty of our chosen State. Life is soooooo good!


LauraO said...

Very nice road trip. What a stunningly beautiful blue on those flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

Looks like a great place to visit! Glad you didn't have rain. Did you get any ideas??

Zoey said...

That's my kind of road trip. It looks like you had a great day.

That veronica is sure a pretty blue color.

I am hoping to have a similar day next week when DH and I take off for a little exploring...perhaps a trip to Tahquamenon Falls in upper Michigan. It would be great to find a garden to tour also.

I think that old diner was indeed a perfect end to a pefect day.

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That veronica is beautiful~ I don't think I have ever seen it so blue.
Did you get one of those granite benches home?

The Pumpkin Faerie said...

Oh my goodness! You're not kidding when you said those flowers were stunning. They are absolutely beautiful. Blue is my favorite color and these will certainly go in my garden next year.