Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

We spent yesterday enjoying the grounds of the relatively new Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. It is a magical place combining natural gardens with art, mostly sculpture.

This shot shows the Meditation Garden, a beautiful construction of rock and plants near the beginning of our walk.

Perhaps the most whimsical part of our walk was the Fairy Village located in a forested section. There are several standing sculptures - a cat and a bear - inside a fenced area enclosing a number of small "fairy houses" which visitors are invited to build - but only out of "non-living" materials. It's rather beautiful and strange. Later on our walk, we found more of these fairy houses in a completely unrelated part of the gardens.

As we returned to the Visitors Center, this is a shot of the pergolas with clematis climbing up the side and cone flowers in the foreground.

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