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Astilbe 'Avalanche'

Pure White and Fragrant: Astilbe ‘Avalanche’

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Fragrant, pure white Astilbe ‘Avalanche’ is tall and sweetly fragrant in the Cleaver Event Lawn gardens this week. Graceful, feathery flowers atop glossy green frond-like foliage are content in part to deep shade and damp to wet conditions. We love how this herbaceous perennial attracts pollinators, like butterflies. Fortunately, Astilbe is not a favorite of deer. Native to ravines and woodlands in Asia and North America, Astilbe is an easy, satisfying plant for a home garden that’s most commonly known as ‘False Spirea’. You’ll find Astilbe offered in a variety of colors when you visit your local greenhouse. Come enjoy it here if you can!

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’
The Begonia are looking outstanding (‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’ and B. boliviensis)

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

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

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

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

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
Fringe Trees
Water lilies

Lerner and Great Lawn:
Water Lilies

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Baptisia ‘Moonlight’

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

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.


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

Pollinators Exhibit

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.

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”.

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.