2013 Interns (from left) Carrington,
Kristin, and Montana, with Megan

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The pumpkin pyramid!

Today really felt like autumn. There was a chill in the air, the wind was brisk, the sun is lower on the horizon, and the leaves are changing color. In Boothbay, more and more license plates are from Maine and folks who summer here are moving back to warmer climes.

If you’ve been reading Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens blog postings this summer, you know that our fabulous interns, Kristin, Montana, and Carrington, took over the summer writing. Kristin is now back at college; Montana is on to another internship at Longwood Gardens; and Carrington is, hopefully, soon to be gainfully employed at another public garden. Until next summer’s interns join us, our wonderful staff here at the Gardens will be providing weekly updates on our projects, designs, and plans.

Before moving on to what’s happening right now, I want to take a moment and plug our summer internship program for 2014. We would love to bring in three dynamic horticulture interns for the season. Dorothy Freeman, CMBG director of philanthropy, has set up a naming opportunity through which you can sponsor a summer intern. If you have any interest in this opportunity, please contact Dorothy.

Another thing we need for all of our internships for next year is summer housing. With so many folks calling Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor their summer home, it is pretty difficult to find summertime housing for interns. If you know of any possible housing opportunities for our interns in all departments, please let us know about these as well.

We are striving to provide the best possible internships in all of our departments. By supporting these positions, you can help us continue to recruit and train the best and brightest of the next generation.

Back to this week. We received several loads of pumpkins from Spear Farms in Nobleboro and Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. With various combinations of orange, white, and yellow, we are setting off to provide pumpkin displays in our core garden area. In the photograph to the right, you’ll see the results of our giant pumpkin pyramid. Atop the pyramid is a pumpkin that summer intern Carrington Flatness painted in a copper color before she left CMBG.

- Rodney Eason, Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator (September 25, 2013)