Last weekend, I went on a Garden Tour, ‘diggin’ it,’ sponsored by the York County Maine Master Gardeners. Entry to eight gardens was a modest $20.
I started writing this post to include all of the gardens, and I was putting myself to sleep it was so boring. So, I decided to write about the things that I really liked.
This was a ten-year old farm on which the land had been cleared, house and barn built and farm animals tended by two women and their families. I was impressed with their hard work, dedication and their desire to live off the land. The house was cute, the rock garden of perennials handsome, and the wooden raspberry fence unique. I loved the painted bee hive, and I haven’t even mentioned the goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, turkeys, and rabbits. Nice farm.
These were two different gardens on the tour. The water feature on the left was the nicest one we saw and interestingly enough the lot had a water front. The meditation garden on the right was on property so far out and bordered on all sides by dense woods, it seemed like you could meditate by just looking in any direction. But if you wanted a separate space, this was gorgeous and meticulously maintained by the resident Master Gardener and her husband.
These photos are from a farm that offered a CSA program. I was impressed with the quality and design of the hoop house which included raised beds on both sides and in the front and a hanging shelf from the roof for drying things like onions. I also liked the staking system for the tomatoes which was like a trellis system.
The garden of a late 1700’s cape style home owned by a Master Gardener and landscape designer included an extremely small vegetable garden but with a similar tomato trellising system only on a smaller scale. This vegetable garden was in the front yard with the flower gardens and was so good looking it was a show stopper. I had never seen Astilbe used as a planting under a tree, but I liked it. The perennial gardens were in big curved plots with large groupings of the same plant so there was real punch wherever you looked.
I had a great time touring these gardens and hope something here caught your eye and gave you an idea for your own garden. I could post another 30 photos of gorgeous flowers from the tour, but I’m going to give you a break and keep them for another day. Well, maybe just a couple.
Happy August and enjoy your gardens. I’m struggling with patience because I have numerous plants I want to move around, but it’s too hot. Patience is something I have to continually work on. 🙂