• Field Trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, June 8-10

    A wonderful time was had on the Maine Trip.

    Thursday’s stop on the way up was in Portland where we had a Thai Lunch and visited the gardens at the Wadsworth-Longfellow house.  A wonderful example of what can be grown in a small mostly shady area.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    View from cottage at Ocean Gate Resort

    We arrived at the Ocean Gate resort with time to get together in the “hospitality cottage” for drinks and snacks and enjoy the amenities including kayaking and the hot tub.

    Thursday sunset

    View from the rooms

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the Children’s garden

    Friday morning we woke up to clouds and light showers, had a great hot breakfast buffet at the resort and visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden.  It was a great day to enjoy the gardens, learn about new plants and to take photos.

     

    Our docent gave us a wonderful guided tour and answered all our questions.  We enjoyed the sensory garden, rhododendrons, children’s garden, mediation garden, fairy gardens among others.

     

    Path back up to main garden

    CBBG is a wonderful combination of formal and native plantings.  After returning to the resort, again we had snacks and drinks in the hospitality cottage.  A group went to Boothbay Harbor for lobster and seafood dinner and shopping.

     

    Wind Orchid

    Rhododendron Garden

    Meditation Garden

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Friday Sunset from The Lobster Shack in Boothbay Harbor

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Saturday we woke up to sunshine and warmer weather.  We enjoyed another hot breakfast and packed up to come home.  Ladies enjoyed the morning in a variety of ways.  Kayaking, swimming, reading by the pool, playing ping-pong, or enjoyed the morning lounging in the Adirondack chairs enjoying the view of the bay or shopping in Boothbay.

    Eastwind Schooner

     

    Captain John gave us a wonderfully guided tour around the harbor on the Eastwind Schooner.  Then we headed home with the cars making various stops on the way back to Simsbury.

    Enjoying the ‘Eastwind’

     

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