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Dancing with the Lights

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is reopening this November 21 for an event called Gardens Aglow. The gardens will be decorated with thousands of different colored lights, some of which even interact with music. These special lights are called Lumenplay lights and, once programmed with the play list, are stunning to watch dance to the music. These lights are featured in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses to create a full sensory experience that you don’t want to miss!
Gardens Aglow Blog Pic
Lumenplay lights are connected with an app that lets you sync music to the lights. This app will process the song and program the lights to dance along. They create this illusion using RGB LED lights which can produce millions of different colors that twinkle and flash at a range of speeds. We will have almost 2000 of these lights, covering 6 different trees! These magnificent trees are known as the “Dancing Maples” and are a sight to see!

The Lumenplay lights will be accompanied with seasonal classics featuring artists such as George Winston. Thanks to our 100 watt Soundcast speaker, people will be able to enjoy this music from essentially every point of the Lerner Garden. This speaker is so powerful that it can produce about ten times the sound of an everyday, old fashioned boom box. The Lumenplay lights will just be the icing on the cake. The entire garden is going to be full of amazing displays during the event, and we hope to see you during Gardens Aglow.
– Lisa Pawlowski

Trowels at the ready!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

CLASSIC PLANTASTIC! Plant Sale: June 13-14

Ladies and gentlemen, grab your trowels and get ready to plant. Please join Dan Robarts, Sharmon Provan, the dedicated cadre of Plant Sale volunteers and myself, Diane Walden, for a great plant weekend. We’ve assembled a diverse group of seeds, annuals, perennials, natives, and exotics sure to intrigue both plant geeks and avid beginners alike. We’ll answer as many questions as you can throw at us and will happily gallop about the gardens to show off its wonders and point out mature specimens of various plant sale offerings. Help us grow an even better garden for you and all CMBG visitors! Trowels at the ready!

After surviving the winter of 2015, doesn’t your garden deserve a Costa Rican Butterfly Vine?

Plantastic! Dalechampia dioscoreifolia – Costa Rican Butterfly or Bowtie Vine

Plantastic! Dalechampia dioscoreifolia – Costa Rican Butterfly or Bowtie Vine

Too Gaudy? Several types of Peonies will be on sale; Why not add this classic bloomer to your garden?

Classic - Coral Charm Peony – Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’

Classic Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ – Coral Charm Peony. Unfortunately, we’ve heard that this particular peony will not be making it in time for the sale this weekend. There will be many other peonies available!

Not Gaudy enough? Remember the big weird spiky plants in the Lunaform containers in the Kitchen Garden in 2013? We’ve got them – Solanum quitoense, aka Naranjillo or Lulo Fruit. (Hannaford stocks the fruit!) There is also it’s kissing cousin – Solanum pyracanthum, ‘Porcupine Tomato’

Solanum pyracanthum, 'Porcupine Tomato'

Solanum pyracanthum – Porcupine Tomato

Too mundane? Voilá! Argyreia nervosa – Wooly Morning Glory, aka Hawaiian Woodrose or Silver Elephant Creeper. Or opt for the drama of Breadseed Poppies – also easy to grow and they’ll happily reseed themselves.

 Argyreia nervosa – 'Wooly Morning Glory' aka 'Hawaiian Woodrose' aka 'Silver Elephant Creeper'

Argyreia nervosa – Wooly Morning Glory, aka Hawaiian Woodrose or Silver Elephant Creeper

Vegetable gardeners: We’ve got you covered both plantasically and classically.

Cucumis meluiferus – Kiwano Fruit, aka African Horned Melon aka Jelly Melon

Cucumis meluiferus – Kiwano Fruit, aka African Horned Melon or Jelly Melon


Cucumis dipsaceus - Wooly Bear Gourd aka Hedgehog Gourd

Cucumis dipsaceus – Wooly Bear Gourd, aka Hedgehog Gourd

You’ll also have a choice of several Tomatoes – Plant a few ‘Black Vernissage Tomatoes’ for your locavore table.

Black Vernissage Tomatoes

Black Vernissage Tomatoes

Floral arrangers take note: we’ll be offering great cut flower candidates. Try the annual Dianthus ‘Green Ball,’ pictured below.

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

A great perennial to grow for BIG spectacular cuts is Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard. It boasts tiny white flowers on large arching stems which then ripen to form purplish fruits with long vase life.

Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard

Aralia racemosa – American Spikenard

Don’t forget the butterflies. There will be several types of Milkweed on hand; this one also makes a great cut.

Asclepias physocarpa aka Gomphocarpus physocarpa – Balloon Plant, aka Hairy Balls or Swan Plant

Asclepias physocarpa aka Gomphocarpus physocarpa – Balloon Plant, aka Hairy Balls or Swan Plant

We’ll also be offering CMBG collected seed packets for the first time:

  • CMBG Deepest Purple Morning Glory – Classic easy-to-grow, juicily-colored Morning Glory
  • Breadseed Poppy
  • Calendula Mix
  • ‘Spitfire’ Nasturtium
  • CMBG Culinary Mix – Dill with Red & Green Mustards

You get the picture! Now come on by and get the plants!
– Diane Walden, Staff Horticulturist