The spectacular display of the flowers at the Gardens is really all for the pollinators (in the biological sense!). Revel in the intricate relationship between flower and pollinator in this engaging presentation by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Photo Club members. This photography exhibit “Pollinators in the Gardens” is on display in the Resource Room of the Visitor Center until September 30, 2014. Here are some images of this lively exhibit.
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’
Osteospermum – African Daisies
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed (shown above)
Echinacea – Coneflower
Coreopsis – Tickseed
Anigozanthos – Kangaroo Paw
Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisies
Gentiana ‘True Blue’
Monarda – Bee Balm
Lillium ‘Golden Stargazer’, ‘Stargazer’ and ‘Silk Road’
Rose and Perennial Garden:
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ – Sunflower
Echinacea ‘Balsomed’ – Coneflower
Echinacea ‘Magnus’ – Coneflower
Astillbe chinensis var taquetii ‘Superba’
Cleaver Event Lawn:
Geranium ‘Sue Craig’
Inula magnifica ‘Gold in Spring’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’
Potato and Lettuce flowering, several cultivars
Calendula – Pot Marigold, several cultivars
Amaranthus several cultivars
Helianthus – Sunflowers, several cultivars
Ipomoea purpurea – Morning Glory; several cultivars
Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica – ‘Irish Poet’ Tasssel Flower
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’
Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden:
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Gentian ‘True Blue’
Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’ Cone-fections Coneflower
Leucanthemum – Shasta Daisy
Hibiscus – Blue Chiffon Rose-of-Sharon
Ligularia Japonica – Japanese Ligularia
Allium – Ornamental Onion
Lonicera sempervirens – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Tunica saxifraga – Tunic Flower
Liatris ‘Prairie Blazing Star’ – Gayfeather
Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ plantain lily
Lobelia cardensis ‘cardinal flower’
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A. G. Annabelle’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ Rozanne Cranesbill
Bosarge Family Education Center:
Heuchera villosa ‘Autumn Bride’
We are very fortunate to have the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) “From the Mountains to the Sea” exhibit open here this week at its 6th and final venue, the Bosarge Family Education Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay ME. Everyone is invited to the reception Saturday August 9, 5-7 pm. There will be a live botanical artist demonstration by NESBA and Maine artist Kate MacGillivary at 2 p.m. The exhibit will be on view from August 1 through September 30.
NESBA works to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England. The Society educates individuals and organizations about botanical art and illustration through exhibits, lectures, workshops, and outreach programs.
Through its art, NESBA emphasizes New England plant diversity and its preservation, provides a community for artists and illustrators engaged in this challenging discipline, designs forums for meetings and discussions, as well as for camaraderie among other botanical artists, illustrators, scientists and historians.
Images courtesy: NESBA, New England Society of Botanical Artists
Top image: Asclepius syriaca, Milkweed, Susan Pettee, Massachusetts
Greetings fellow plant enthusiasts, my name is Kristin Neill. For those of you that don’t remember me, I am originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. I’m a student at North Carolina State University studying Horticultural Science and Plant Biology. This is my second summer interning at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. I’m excited to have the chance to return to Maine and continue working and learning every day at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
One of my favorite parts about working for the Gardens has to be planting. We are constantly changing designs and adding and moving plants within the individual gardens and it’s phenomenal to get to participate in these changes. We were very busy in June completing some of our biggest projects, including a new design in the Great Lawn bed and many annual plants. We have some very beautiful displays this year, including some very exceptional plants.
So let me tell you about some of my favorite unique plants this summer. I’ve had the opportunity to do many of the annual plantings in the front entrance walk, the Great Lawn, and the Children’s Garden. One of the more interesting plants in the garden, that is definitely not native to Maine, is the Agave. Agave was interesting to handle in its entirety. Sharp needle-like ends at the tips of each leaf make handling this gorgeous plant deadly, and make planting even harder. Agave is known as the “century plant”, meaning that it takes a long time for it to flower, then after flowering the plant will die. Up here in Maine, though, this plant will not make it through the winter and will never get the chance to flower. Although it was a challenge to handle and plant, I enjoy having this plant in the gardens as well as seeing guest reactions to it. It has been used in a distinctive design on the front entrance walk. Where else will you see Agave growing in Maine?
Now think back to the times of dinosaurs; imagine the massive looming creatures and the massive plants growing that had to sustain such creatures. One of our newest additions to the Rhododendron Garden is a plant reminiscent of such plants. Called Gunnera manicata, this giant-leaved perennial definitely resembles “dinosaur food”, which also happens to be one of its common names. Gunnera manicata is one of the largest herbaceous perennials on earth. The huge, toothed, palmately-lobed, and prominently-veined leaves on Gunnera can get as big as 6 to 8 feet across. This unique plant is also commonly called “giant rhubarb” because of its similarities to rhubarb, although botanically, it is not related.
So come visit this summer and check out these unusual plants along with many more unique ones here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens!
Bridge Summer Intern 2014, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Horticultural Science and Plant Biology Major, North Carolina State University
As a new horticultural summer intern at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) and having never been in the state of Maine before I was unsure what to expect when I first arrived at the Gardens. Of course I had seen pictures of various places within the garden and have been amazed by them, but none of these photos could compare to actual beauty of CMBG. My first day of work I found myself in complete awe of this spectacular place, even the parking lot that I found myself lost in was amazing. The colors of the flowers are so vibrant and the smells intoxicating. The small details of each individual flower of the blooming plants make Coastal Maine so magical. My first week of work was definitely filled with work to be done from removing tulip bulbs to mulching in the rain. I woke up sore but so excited to head back to work in the wonderland that is CMBG. Even today I find myself walking around in a fantasy trying to absorb everything that CMBG has to offer. The flowers are in a constant rotation of blooming times. The first week I arrived the Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud) was flowering and now Delphinium elatum is in full bloom and roses are filling the air with their invigorating fragrance. Everything changes here, but my amazement of this place remains the same. I am just about half way through my summer internship at CMBG and I can’t imagine leaving this remarkable place. When I head back to the University of Delaware this fall to complete my senior year I’m not sure I will be able to find the same tranquility that I have discovered here in Maine. Not only is the environment of CMBG a great place to work, but also the other horticulturalists are so knowledgeable and fun to work with. I have definitely learned a lot about horticulture thus far and I look forward to what else CMBG has to offer as I finish up my last month and a half in this utopia that is Maine.
– Meghan Sobbott
Walbridge-Bacon Summer Intern 2014, CMBG
University of Delaware 2015
BS Agriculture and Natural Resources
BS Plant Science
Environmental Soil Science Minor
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.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ standards
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’
Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden:
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’
Syringa ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang lilac
Cuphea micropetala (KOO-fee-ah my-kro-PET-ah-lah) – Candy Corn plant (shown above)
Rose & Perennial Garden:
Hyssop ‘Black Adder’
Echinacea sp. – Coneflowers
Lerner Garden and Great Lawn:
Hemerocallis – Daylilies
Lillium ‘Golden Stargazer’ and ‘Silk Road’
Platycodon – Balloon Flower
Helenium – Sneeze Weed
Echinaceas – Coneflowers
Melanthium – Bunch Flower
Phlox ‘Danielle’ – Garden Phlox
Ceanothus americanus – New Jersey tea
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
Cleaver Event Lawn:
Phlox paniculata ‘David’
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’
Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’ – Pokeweed
Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Geranium ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne cranesbill
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Hennie Graafland’
Rhododendron ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’
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!
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.
June 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)
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!