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Kalmia cultivars - Mountain Laurel

What’s in Bloom this Week?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Entry Walk:
Phygelius (cape fuchsia)
Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’
Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’
Cestrum
The Begonia are looking outstanding (‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’ and B. boliviensis)

Great Lawn:
Coneflowers
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’
Coreopsis cultivars
Salvia cultivars (sage)

Bibby & Harold Alfond Childrens’ Garden:
Hosta
Delphinium (larkspur)
Azaleas
Irises
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ (shasta daisies)

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Roses
Shasta daisies
Japanese iris
Echinacea cultivars (coneflowers)
Salvia cultivars (sage)

Kitchen Garden:
Eschscholzia californica – California Poppy
Papaver somniferum – Bread Seed Poppy
Nasturtium
Salvia officinalis
Physalis – purple Tomatillo
Amaranthus

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Benthamidia japonica (kousa dogwood)
Echinacea ‘Passion Flute’

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Kalmia ‘Nipmuck’ & ‘Olympic Fire’ (mountain laurel)

Haney Hillside:
Kalmia cultivars (mountain laurel)
Penstemon species and cultivars

Rhododendron Garden:
Astilbe ‘Touch of Pink’

Plant Sale

Bring a plant home with you today

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Remember to check out the Spring plant sale at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens during your visit. All remaining plants are now 30% off and you will find a lovely selection of shrubs and perennials from our gardens. We have grown most of the plants here on site including perennials from divisions and those grown from seed. You will also find an assortment of Van Berkum plants left over from our Memorial Day plant sale. You’ll find them in the kitchen garden area. Bring something home with you today!

What’s in Bloom this week?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Just in from our Horticulture crew, a compiled list of what’s blooming in our gardens this week of June 23rd, many of which can be located using FloraFind. Enjoy!

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Indigofera kirilowii
Eremerus stenophyllus
Hydrangea anomala spp. petiolaris
Rosa ‘Lillian Gibson’
Sempervivum arachnoideum

Children’s Garden:
Gillenia trifoliate ‘Pink Profusion’
Astillbe ‘Key West’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Hot Chocolate’
Nepeta subsessilis
Cosmos astrosanguines

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Kousa Dogwoods
Foxgloves
Geraniums
Fringe Trees
Water lilies

Lerner and Great Lawn:
Peonies
Filipendula
Weigela
Geraniums
Water Lilies

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Baptisia ‘Moonlight’

Kitchen Gardens and environs:
Nepeta
Baptisia ‘Screaming Yellow’
Golden Pea
‘Chocolate’ Cosmos
Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

Look who’s nesting in the Gardens

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

A Hermit Thrush’s bright, blue-green eggs were spotted in a nest of moss, leaves and small roots last week on the ground in the southern part of the Garden. The Hermit Thrush lives in coniferous and mixed forests; deciduous woodlands and thickets on migration and in winter. You can learn more about the Hermit Thrush at Audubon.org

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Come find Fred in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses opened in June of 2009 and was an immediate favorite with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens visitors. While there is an abundance of plants and features in areas designed to appeal to each sense, the entire garden is a sensational experience. The pond is teeming with life this spring, including 100s of tadpoles and an elusive Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) referred to by Horticulturist, Will Bridges as “Fred”.

Hanging Upside Down: Another Perspective

Friday, May 9th, 2014

by Jen Dunlap

As I write this, the rain pours down outside. It is a warm, slightly scented, spring rain that gleans the faintest hint of Magnolia x loebneri. There are a few not far from here and I am grateful. For this smell, this rain, and for this day, I am grateful. Our connection to nature sustains us. Just before the rain began we finished a planting of Hosta, Pulmonaria, and Astillbe around the Horse Chestnut in our yard. I can’t stop gardening! The sticky buds of the Aesculus plump and ripe, hang in a protective embrace around the new transplants. The heroic Anne Frank wrote about the Horse Chestnut in her diary from February 23, 1944, the following:

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Spring Forward – a Horticulturist’s Metamorphosis

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Greetings all! As we spring forward into this season of new beginnings, change is certainly afoot at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The snow cannot melt fast enough as we all, here at CMBG, patiently await the first signs of plant life to emerge from the thawing tundra below. Anticipation over the forthcoming bulb display is thick and we remember well those grueling planting days of fall with our calloused hands and sore knees. We planted more than 23,000 bulbs last fall, and this spring looks to provide another jaw-dropping color extravaganza.

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Thinking about “the Way Life Ought to Be”

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Help!  My desk is covered with catalogues from every seed and plant company that I ever bought anything from!!!  New tools, new vegetables, new flowers, new ideas to take the cold out of winter and get me thinking about the “way life ought to be”…the reasons why I came to Maine in the first place.   Winter is planning time here in the Horticulture Department at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens…planning to make our dreams and your expectations come true.  We all need to create a vision for what we see as the perfect garden.the one that will inspire and energize those who see it to want to do something similar.  My vision, my dream for our visitors and especially for those who have homes or properties nearby is that they are inspired to plant more flowers and vegetables.

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Snow Is A Good Thing

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Are we having fun yet? This season is shaping up to be a “good old-fashioned Maine winter.” We’ve been spoiled the past several years with relatively mild conditions. I was born and raised in Aroostook County; so I’ve felt like the stereotypical old-timer with my “back when I was a boy” stories about “real Maine winters”. (You know the ones: 25 below zero, three feet of snow, and walked four miles to school-uphill–both ways.)

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Year’s End (with a tip of the trowel to Irving Berlin)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Please channel your best Ethel Merman and help me sing out the old year….

There’s no business like grow business,
Like no business I know.
Everything about it is appealing,
Everything the good earth will allow.
Nowhere could you have that happy feeling
When you’re not wielding that muddy trowel.

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