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2014 Summer Interns, field trip

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Last week the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens summer interns went on a day trip to Bar Harbor with Rodney Eason, Director of Horticulture. First stop they went to Lunaform to see how their enormous concrete vases and pieces are made. Then they traveled the Rockefeller Estate on Mt. Desert Island and toured the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and several other gardens as well. It was wonderful experience for our interns!

Our summer interns are involved with and contributors to many different areas of the Gardens each summer, including admissions, education, gift shop, horticulture, marketing and membership. From left to right: Emma – Mount Holyoke College ‘14, Christabel – Emerson College ’15, Kristin – North Carolina State University ’16, Fei – Bates College ’14, Meghan – University of Delaware ’15, Lauren – University of Michigan ’15, Caitlin – Rochester Institute of Technology ’15, Mary – Bates College ’16.

The Codfather

Come see the Codfather

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

We’re delighted to welcome back Maine Artist Steve Lindsay to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with his spectacular bronze sculpture, The “Codfather”. The sculpture is a generous gift to the Gardens from Tish and Seabury Stoneburner, which was originally installed here in 2006 as part of a June LaCombe sculpture exhibit. The “Codfather” is now permanently installed on our Shoreland Trail for everyone to enjoy for many years to come. Interesting fact: at six feet long, the “Codfather” is a life-size bronze replica of a world record 211-pound Atlantic cod caught off the coast of New England in 1895. Original fabrication and bronze casting images may be viewed on the artist’s website: www.stevelindsay.net. Come see the Codfather!

Polynation

Pollinators , a June LaCombe SCULPTURE Exhibit at the gardens

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Make sure you look for some or all of June LaCombe’s 2014 exhibit, “Pollinators”, when you visit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this summer in Boothbay, including Polynation by George Sherwood (image courtesy of June LaCombe). June brings together some of the finest artists and artwork in New England each year; her outdoor installations demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. June has helped clients for 25 years to build their art collections as she oversees the selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture.

Come see the full “Pollinators” exhibit here in person until September 30th or view it on her website: June LaCombe SCULPTURE.

Down East magazineJune LaCombe is currently featured in a great article, “The Art of Nature” in the August issue of Down East magazine. Download Down East article (PDF)

A Wild, Woolly (Polyphemus) Visitor

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Is it a bird? Plane? Nope, it’s a Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)! 11 year-old Youth Education Steward and young naturalist Graham could not wait to share this beautiful moth that he found at his home, so he brought it in. He took it to our Resource Room in the Visitor’s Center where he identified the fuzzy, nocturnal pollinator using a field guide. He learned that what was once a Giant Silkworm had become a big, handsome moth. One that’s in the same family as the lovely, elusive Luna Moth. What’s cool about the Polyphemus? It has strikingly colorful wing patterns and multiple transparent eyespots. Thank you for sharing it with us, Graham!

Main Entry - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Visitor Center

Arrival is New at the Gardens

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

In case you have not yet visited the gardens here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this year, you will immediately notice a new series of plantings from the parking lot to the Visitor Center. Over the winter, we drew up plans for a new arrival garden that would provide for more flower color and a better view of the visitor center. The entrance walk had matured to the point where many of the plants were now being shaded out by now mature trees and shrubs.

Entry Garden - Winter 2013As soon as the ground thawed this spring, we began moving trees and removing overgrown plantings. We left a core backbone of spring flowering shrubs such as the witchhazels that we love in March and April. By removing some of the overgrown shrubs, we were able to uncover the beautiful, curving stone wall that had been installed when the gardens were first built.

Before you cross the walk to the arrival path, we planted a row of hydrangea standards which should be flowering in a few weeks. This initial burst of flower color will be a signal that you are on the right path. After you cross the walk, you are immediately greeted by the bright red stems of ‘Bright Lights’ swiss chard and the red flowers of Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears.’ As you ascend the pathway, we have added perennial and annual color all along the way, with the color palette tending towards bright and happy colors. The design intent was put a smile on your face as you walk toward the visitor center and set up the summer displays.

The showstoppers thus far have been the begonias. We planted Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ and Begonia ‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf.’ The bright orange and red of these flowers have most of our guests stopping and taking note of the beautiful plants. By the end of this summer, all of the annuals should fill in the arrival beds and make for a colorful and impactful display.

Another detail to note is that our facilities crew pulled the Kennebunk green color from inside of the visitor center and added it as an accent color to the entry columns. Our marketing team also added 5 colorful banners to signal your arrival to CMBG and our year of the Pollinator. We hope you enjoy these improvements as we continue to make Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a great place for you to visit.

– Rodney Eason
Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator

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!

Wings of Life

Wings of Life, a film by DisneyNature

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

On Saturday, June 21, we had a “Wings of Life” film showing as part of our National Pollinators Week. This truly amazing film by DisneyNature appeals to adults and children of all ages. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film shows the intimate and sometimes very dramatic relationship between flowers and pollinators through stunning digital footage of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and bats.

Following the showing of the film we released Monarch butterflies in the Children’s Garden.

Art in the Garden: Pollinators Exhibit

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, is now at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, from June 19 through September 30.

June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region. June LaCombe’s exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website.

Monarch Butterflies

Ready for a Monarch Butterfly Release

Friday, June 13th, 2014

As part of our National Pollinators Week and designation as a Certified Monarch Waystation, we have been raising Monarch Butterflies from eggs to caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. Our first batch of homegrown Monarch butterflies have just completed their incredible metamorphosis and will soon be released into our Children’s Garden where they will discover and enjoy a diet of milkweed (Asclepias) plants, including tropical varieties. What a wonderful sight. We have about 25 now and hope to have 100s fluttering around the Gardens before long! Stop by the greenhouse in the Children’s Garden for a peek at the next round of eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalides in the greenhouse in the Children’s Garden.

10 Easy Maine Hikes

Maine Today: 10 Easy Maine Hikes

Monday, June 9th, 2014

While we’re certainly known for our beautiful cultivated gardens, not everyone knows that we’re a destination for hikers as well. Thank you Maine Today for including us in your list of easy hikes with great views. Read full article online

A walk through the beautiful gardens, trails and wild spaces of this nationally-acclaimed 250-acre property is an experience to be treasured. Tour the visitor center, then meander about through the Rose & Perennial, Great Lawn & Ledge, Burpee Kitchen, Children’s and Rhododendron gardens, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and others. Then make your way to the edge of the garden proper and hike the Shoreland and Huckleberry trails along the scenic Back River.