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Oh the apples!

The change in the weather and the beautiful fall colors always signifies apple season in Maine.  Nothing beats a warm sunny fall day, the sweet smell of fall, and apple orchards bursting with fruit. There are many varieties of apples that are ripe at different times of the fall to extend the season. Happy Picking!…

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Alliums

Often in the late spring I am asked “What are those big purple round flowers?” They are a type of allium, in the onion family, Allium giganteum. They are a bulb similar to a tulip or daffodil bulb that needs to be planted in the fall in order to come up in the spring. They are a…

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Pesticides: Organic vs. Synthetic

As we all become more aware of the environmental impacts farming, gardening, and landscaping have on our waters, habitats, and people lots of folks want to move toward organic methods. ‘Organic’ is a term that has taken on lots of meaning and can be interpreted in different ways. The assumption that going organic is the…

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Rain Garden

What is a Rain Garden? A rain garden is an intentional low spot, or depression designed to collect rainwater runoff. Rainwater runoff occurs when rain lands on surfaces like parking lots, driveways, roofs, or even compacted lawns that can not be absorb by the land. Why collect rainwater runoff? Collecting rainwater runoff prevents water from flowing…

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Great Inspiration

As summer approaches, I often think of those who have inspired me in the landscape profession. One of my favorites is Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959).   She spent her summers in Maine as a child and then as an adult she made Bar Harbor a permanent residence. While she was educated in the great gardens of Europe, her love of the rocky Maine coast and the…

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Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year the Perennial Plant Association names a new ‘Perennial Plant of the Year’. Plants receive this designation by vote from the members of the association. Plants are chosen based on five criteria: “suitability for a wide range of climate conditions, low-maintenance requirements, relatively pest and disease resistant, readily available in the year of promotion,…

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