Gardens in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine?

rosefollyAugust 27, 2013

Along with two of my sisters, I will be driving through New England in the middle of September. We will mostly be visiting relatives. Both my parents came from people in this part of the country.

Unfortunately we won't have time to take too many side trips, nor do I want to try the patience of the non-gardening sister too far. However I would not seeing a couple of gardens along the way if we would be passing close by already. Our route will take us across southern Vermont and New Hampshire, then over to the coast of Maine, then north to the Bangor area. The non-gardening sister has already found for us the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens to visit in Boothbay Harbor. Maybe that is enough; it does look quite wonderful. But if there is another not-to-be-missed place just a few miles off our route, I'd like the chance to think about stopping.

BTW, I will be finishing up the trip planting flowering shrubs in the back yard of the non-gardening sister, who has recently moved to a new house. Up close to the house I'm planting a couple of polyanthas, 'Lullaby' and 'Little White Pet', so this post even has roses in it.

Any suggestions of places to visit?


This post was edited by rosefolly on Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 12:35

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ratdogheads(5b NH)

On your way up to Bangor, consider a side trip to North Creek farm in Phippsburg. It's a little off track but I think worth the trip. A scenic drive, nice folks, a cafe featuring locally grown and homemade cuisine, a little gift shop, sort of an art/antique gallery, and of course quite a collection of Rugosas and hardy old roses. Think Secret Garden - Maine style. Don't expect the roses for sale to be equal to what's advertised on the website, but you just never know what you might find :)

In NH, perhaps Fuller Gardens in Northampton, NH. It's a lovely old estate garden, primarily roses but curiously not a lot of old roses. Even so, it's a great location just a stone's throw from the beaches. It's a good place to get ideas for what modern varieties available to the average home gardener will survive New England coastal winters.

Finally if you'll be traveling along Rte 101 in NH, make a quick side trip (10 minutes off the highway) to Uncanoonuc Mountain Perennials. It's a hidden treasure. They have the most wonderful display gardens including a rose garden. You can even picnic there.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 1:41PM
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Mendocino_Rose(z8 N CA.)

The garden in Phippsburg is Suzy Verry's garden. I might have spelled her name incorrectly. You may have read her books on Gallica's and Rugosas. Michael and I went there. The town is charming and we enjoyed the ride out to the farm and store. It was October with no blooms in sight, but still fun.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 8:17AM
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I would love to go to her garden! I have her books. She used to post here a lot, too, and I always enjoyed her comments.

Okay, I'm putting that one on the list.

Thanks, Rat Dog Heads and Mendocino Rose.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 11:41AM
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