More than 80 outstanding ornamental gardens in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are opening to the public this year, and all of them are described on a new nonprofit website dedicated to gardening and landscape design in northern New England.
The gardens — both public and private — are described on the Calendar page of the Evergreen Foundation’s website, evergreenfoundationnh.org. The calendar also lists the garden’s location, website, phone number, admission price and opening dates and times. The calendar is illustrated with beautiful full-color photos.
The gardens include 39 properties in Maine, 30 in New Hampshire and 11 in Vermont.
Nine public gardens — one-third of all the public gardens in northern New England — are all on or near Maine’s scenic Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park They include two elaborate projects by the noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand: the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and Garland Farm, Farrand’s last home. Both are open only one day per week.
Other Maine gardens include 24 private residential properties—all on or near the Atlantic coast—that will be opened on only one day in July. (Private gardens are usually opened only on one- or two-day fund-raising tours sponsored by garden clubs or other non-profit organizations.)
Among New Hampshire’s public gardens are the 19th-century poet Celia Thaxter’s restored perennial beds on the Isles of Shoals—open just 11 days 2019 —as well as the Fells in Newbury; Fuller Gardens in North Hampton; the new Bedrock Gardens in Lee; and Prescott Park in Portsmouth, distinguished by its stunning sweeps of perennial and annual flowers.
Other New Hampshire gardens are at 22 private homes in New Castle, Portsmouth, and the Wolfeboro area, all open only for one or two days in June or July.
Vermont’s public gardens include three formal landscapes: elaborate privet parterres at Hildene, the Robert Todd Lincoln home in Manchester; balustraded terraces overlooking Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms, in Shelburne; and a garden of popular
19th-century perennials and herbs at the Old Stone House Museum in the lovely historic hamlet of Brownington. Eight private gardens in Shelburne will also be opened on July 14.
The Evergreen Foundation’s extensive website also offers:
• Photos and detailed information about Evergreen, the 25-year-old woodland garden in Goffstown, now owned and maintained by the Evergreen Foundation, and always open on the first weekend in June, when its 220 Catawba rhododendrons are at peak bloom—this year May 31 to June 2;
• A free 28-part “minicourse” on residential landscaping: “How to Create Large, Lush, Private, Low-Maintenance Landscapes”;
• Descriptions of great landscape designs; and
• Proposals to create natural parks and other public landscapes in New Hampshire.